Google Nexus 4 is very hard to find. The first time it went on sale at the Google Play Store, both 8GB and 16GB models sold out quickly. Even at T-Mobile, which offered the 16GB variant subsidized at $199 after a $50 mail-in rebate and for $499 unlocked, the phone was sold out. And that happened even though the unsubsidized price for the phone at the carrier is $150 more than what Google charges at the Play Store. Last week, another batch of phones was sold out quickly and now Google is accepting orders that won't be shipped for as long as 8 to 9 weeks for the 8GB model and 6 to 7 weeks for the 16GB version.
It is going to be hard for those wanting a Google Nexus 4 to find one over the next several weeks. How many of these potential buyers will turn to the Apple iPhone 5 this holiday season? Google might want to keep this in mind and ramp up production of their next Nexus handset prior to the next holiday shopping season.