Yesterday the folks from Mountain View put their LG Nexus 4 smartphone up for sale on the Google Play Store for the second time in two weeks, and it sold out pretty much just as fast as the first round. Google’s new Nexus is either extremely popular and seeing an unaccounted for demand, or they need some serious work on their sales skills. The Play Store became almost unusable as Google warned users they still had stock, and to keep trying as it was experiencing a heavy load. Now lets talk shipping.
In case you can’t see the sad and depressing image above, last night Google updated their shipping estimates for the Nexus 4 — and brace yourself — 8 to 9 weeks for the 8GB Nexus 4. Seriously? Two months or more? So much for Christmas gifts, New Years, and any December birthdays. You can toss all of those ideas out the window. By then we’ll probably have Android 4.3 Key Lime Pie on the Horizon.
Jokes aside that is pretty terrible. Google and LG apparently are having some serious trouble keeping up with the demand. That or this is a ploy to get tons of attention — and it’s working. Google’s 8GB Nexus 4 is a great deal at $299, but sadly it isn’t set to ship for 8-9 weeks. The 16GB model is priced slightly higher and those estimates are sitting around 4-5 weeks. This means those probably won’t arrive until after Christmas too.
First time around they switched it to full on “Sold out” but now it appears they are leaving the device in stock, and instead just posting some painful and increasingly longer ship times. The picture above basically sums up what Google needs to do, and that is “round up the troops and get er done.” Sadly this is most likely an inventory problem more than anything. Yesterday evening these ship times were 1-2 weeks and 5-6 weeks. It seems like now the dust has settled Google’s realized just how many they need to ship.
Hopefully these are just “estimates” and Google gets some stock in and begins shipping these devices in the next 2-3 weeks. If users end up waiting 8 weeks we have a feeling there will be a few angry customers soon. We’ll be sure to monitor this disaster of a device launch, and update if the ship times get better or worse. Who purchased a Nexus 4 yesterday? If you did will you be canceling if you have to wait this long? Let us know below in the comments!
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I’m ordering my 16GB Nexus 4 on Friday. I don’t care if I have to wait 4-5 weeks.
I’m on Sprint with a $77+ bill every month. I’m used to slow things.
Slow (and unstable) Nexus S 4G because Sprint is dragging their ass on 4.1.2 which actually makes it more stable.
I can wait 4 – 5 weeks as long as Google takes my money on Friday. I’ll just move to Straight Talk AT&T when it’s here. Funny, prepaid AT&T is still faster than postpaid Sprint. 😛
I don’t think you’ll get charged until it ships, just a thought.
I actually did try to order on Tuesday. They don’t actually take money, but they will put a hold on your account for the full amount and will take it when it’s time to ship.
They put my order on hold for 7 days until Friday or until I got another card on file with enough money…and then turned around and cancelled it immediately after they sent the e-mail stating it had been placed on hold.
It would’ve been nice if they had left it on hold at least. 🙁
i was biled immediately, right when I checked out. I purchased it a few days ago. aint no teling when I’ll get it.
Ebay india has sold around 900 nexus 4 ..which i guess was all bght from playstore.. they are selling it at 320$
They got from LG
Seriously. How, just how, do you f*ck something like this up?
Easy. Ebay scammers and DailySteals who buy up TONS and TONS of phones just to sell them all for their own profit. That’s what happened last time.
Daily Steals just recently had a “sale”. Nexus 4s for $500. They bought them all from the Store and sold them back to people for a high price.
When you have multiple people doing that, then you run out of stock easy.
I blamed Google at first too but after seeing all of the eBayers and then Daily Steal’s scummy sale, I’m not so sure anymore.
They can still create multiple accounts and cause problems
once you buy one you cant buy another unless it is delivered
BS. Google didn’t prepare their front end, back end, or limit it to 1 per CC/address/email. They fucked over their fans and the people who spread the good news about Android to the uninformed masses. I’ve been waiting for 3 weeks on a 1-2 week shipping window. I don’t think it will ever get shipped. Also LG is crap.
My order from yesterday says 6-7 weeks ship time and 2 day shipping,I use Striaght Talk with a IPhone 4 and don’t never want to go back on contract so I don’t think I’ll cancel as better deal than IP5 or note2
Than give me some shipping costs back. i paid $14 for 2 day shipping!
Just a thought…. If this were the iPhone, you all would be rolling on the floor about how idiotic the iSheep are for waiting 2 months(?) for an an already released device.
Thats exactly what i see here for a device with not so stellar (youll see by Q2 2013) specs, sealed battery, anemic non-expendable memory, no LTE(the future), mediocre camera etc. At least the iPhone has a good camera and good storage options.
People please dont become Nex-Sheep.
The draw here is the price. Getting a top phone for such a low price out of contract will result in substantial savings. It also provides the freedom to switch carriers or phones whenever one likes. So if a superphone gets released next year, one can sell the Nexus 4 and buy the new device.
The benefits far outweigh the cons of the device (no LTE, sealed battery etc).
It’s pre order
Got a16GB version but have to wait 7-8 weeks for shipping, too bad I cant get it before Christmas.
i have bought 16GB. it was saying 4-5 weeks delivery and I had it after two days
Much better spectrum next year anyways…
Ordered Nov 27. 16 GB. First it was cancelled 12/3 due to credit card problems..? Called AMEX and they said No attempt made to bill phone. Re-did/resubmitted (same) order. Playstore says phone shipped 12/6… Hmmm…No charge on my card..again. 5 e mails and 2 calls later I got my phone -15 days after it was supposedly shipped the first time. I hope the phone turns out to be worth the frustration factor expended to get it.