It isn't exactly a secret that the Nexus 4 is one hard phone to find, at least if you're looking for it on the Google Play Store. The phone sold out in minutes once it launched on Google Play Store, and since then, it's been nothing but broken hearts and full wallets. Google thought placing a link to T-Mobile's online Nexus 4 listing would help the situation, but it looks like that was only a temporarily solution to an ongoing problem.
That's because T-Mobile's online listing for the Nexus 4 now says the phone is out of stock, just a few hours after the link went live on the Google Play Store. Android Police points out that you might still be able to find a Nexus 4 at T-Mobile's retail stores, but the fact that they sold out so fast online probably means that it won't be long before the phones available at retail stores are gone too.
Then we'll be back to waiting for the Nexus 4 listing on the Play Store to go from "sold out" to "in stock," which, considering the stock issues Google has been dealing with since launch, could be a while down the road. The Nexus 4 sold out on the Google Play Store in just 24 minutes, and in that short span of time, Google even ended up taking more orders than it could fulfill. Some of those who got an order in at the last minute were sent an email that said it would take three more weeks for their phone to ship out.
Android fans are apparently willing to pay a premium to get their hands on a Nexus 4 at this point. If you're going through T-Mobile, the 16GB Nexus 4 will cost $499 off contract, while signing a two-year commitment will bring the price down to $200. Google sells (or rather sold) the 8GB Nexus 4 for $300 and the 16GB version for $350 on the Play Store, so there's a pretty significant markup on the device over at T-Mobile. Keep it here at Android Community, as we'll let you know if anything changes with the Nexus 4's stock situation!