From the Duh files: LG says Google Nexus 4 stock issues caused by heavy demand

From the Duh files: LG says Google Nexus 4 stock issues caused by heavy demand
It is almost impossible to snag a Google Nexus 4, as you know. Each time Google has had some inventory to sell in the U.S., it was sold out quickly. Even at T-Mobile, where the 16GB version of the stock Android smartphone is priced at $150 over Google's price, the phone is sold out. There has been a lot of buzz lately from that corner of smartphone fandom where geeks and phone junkies hang out, that is curious to know exactly how many handsets LG and Google have sold. But we will forgive the lack of numbers for now because LG needs to spend every second they have manufacturing more phones.
Basic economics would tell us that there are only two reasons for the Google Nexus 4 remaining sold out just about everywhere. Either LG has made too few phones or demand is too high. According to Andy Coughlin, LG UK’s head of the mobile division, the problem is the latter. He says that LG talked over forecasts of demand with Google prior to manufacturing the handset. Coughlin adds that the Google Nexus 4 "had proven extremely popular, and as such, retailers have been met with huge demand. We are working closely with Google to ensure that those who wish to purchase a handset are able to do so."

IHS mobile media senior principal analyst Ian Fogg says that this time of year, keeping the Google Nexus 4 out of stock and creating this buzz around the phone is helpful to Google. "All of this raises the public profile of Android," Fogg said. "All of this helps Google's strategic objectives."

Hopefully, some more supply of the Google Nexus 4 is on the way.

source: CNET, AndroidAuthority

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Nexus 4
  • Display 4.7 inches
    1280 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.3 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB,
  • Battery 2100 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop



35. etudiant

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 14, 2012

Good news, am getting shipment on a Nov 27 order, is within the 1-2 weeks stated at the time by the site and well within the 2-3 weeks quoted in the order confirmation. So the expected delivery delay numbers are useful and even a bit conservative. Note that the bumper is still listed as 'sold out'.

31. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

im still waiting for mines, hope it will arrived before christmas T-T P.S: The 16gb nexus turned out to be about $400 for me, so I rly dnt know if I can consider this a deal my area Siii is about $480 off contract

25. skoubek

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

mines intransit ¡! it was a 11 27 order quoted as 2 to 3 weeks. They are getting caught up!

27. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

if they can get my wife's shipped and here by Xmas I'll be quite happy. :)

24. fatcat

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 06, 2012

Response to my e-mail inquiry sent a couple of days ago and received today..."Thank you for contacting us today about your Nexus 4 order. I understand how frustrating it can be to wait for a new device that you have ordered. We are taking orders based on available inventory and are quoting timeframes based on when your order will ship. Packages ship within these timeframes based on the order in which they were received. Your order will be shipped in the time frame quoted when when you placed your order if not sooner. This shipping timeframe also appears on your email order confirmation.

22. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

ordered a second 16 gig N4 today for the wifey. Site said 5-7 week wait. hopefully thats an over projection lol.

28. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

N4 couple now eh?

21. etudiant

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 14, 2012

The recommended response if one has screwed up is to admit it and then work hard to fix the problem. In contrast, the Google/LG 'solution' to the botched Nexus 4 launch is to admit nothing and keep the customers in the dark. I have one on order, as have many others, possibly hundreds of thousands. The only information re the delivery status available to me on Google is that the order is 'pending', as it has been since Nov 27. The guess is that everyone else is in exactly the same situation. No estimated delivery date, no progress reports, no indication of increased production, just radio silence. Not an ideal relationship building experience imho. Perhaps Google and LG want us to know they don't care about us as customers. If so, they should be confident their message is being received loud and clear.

18. giulio

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

I have to admit that you guys from phonearena are doing great job to update everyday yours viewers with all kinds of news and you are from me the 1st and only site that I love to check everyday....but lately I have noticed that the home page is filled with alot of commercial......and I do know that they are those that help you to go on in your guys business....what about have one slide bar with 100's of ad instead popping from anywhere at point that you don't even look at them ...just think about to close those windows and just focus on the real news....I still love phonearena the way you guys update as about phones ,etc...But my opinion is to find a little lite home page that don't freeze you pop right the way, but the real news you have to wait to load ! thanks

19. redmd

Posts: 1965; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

you are yet to know your browser. I have no ads here. using Firefox mobile. also ads is what keeps PA around.

15. redmd

Posts: 1965; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

can we say it's just the best selling phone of the year hands down.

14. themasos

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 06, 2012

So according to this article google is selling the Nexus 4 for $49.99 Tmobiles price is $199.99 "where the 16GB version of the stock Android smartphone is priced at $150 over Google's price" It actually looks to me like Google has it priced at $150 over Tmobile. Google is Currently selling it for $349.99 Perhaps a little research and editing is in order before posting? Just saying Also I am showing that Tmobile has them in stock.

23. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you know not of what you speak. On CONTRACT its selling for $200 after rebate. On VALUE plan its selling for $500. On the Play store its selling for $350. Since most of the Nexus customers by far will be getting either the Value plan or the Play store sale, that is the comparison. Few people upgrade to regular contract pricing because its a lot more expensive over all. Tmobile is trying to get away from that bit by bit. Its more expensive for them and the customer.

36. themasos

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 06, 2012

I got my Lumia 920 for 99$ on one year contract no mail in rebate and pay 40$ a month for 5000 minutes 5000 texts and 4Gb of data. I have yet to see a company, prepaid, value or contract that can beat that. Im not sure how Contract pricing is more expensive.

13. Danre

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 02, 2012

LG i need Nexus 4...... So please start manufacturing more .....

11. Omarc07

Posts: 590; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i been trying to buy this phone but its always out of stock what i like bout it that it supports a lot of 3G bands so i could use it with at&t, t-mobile and claro over here in puerto rico and still get 3G hspa+ but the reason i want it its cuz ima go to mexico next month and i wanna use it over there with telcel since it also supports mexican 3G bands..

9. lzsbleach

Posts: 155; Member since: May 20, 2012

I want to see some figures.

7. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

"No sh*t, you think?" Now give us some actual numbers!

4. dbareis

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

As we still don't know the numbers all we can say is that the demand was higher than they expected, not that "demand was high".


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Will be buying this phone, can't wait to see, feel the power of MSM8960, along with Vanilla Android, also along with over-clocking, rooting this™®©

34. Aeires unregistered

You won't need to overclock, the N4 is insanely fast. How responsive and fast is the biggest comment I get when people see my N4.

2. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

It's just too bad it's an LG. All the LG phones I have had have been duds. Some nice LG flip phone (Pad failed) LG En V (turned off all the time) LG En V3 (would freeze) LG En V Touch (Unresponsive, would turn off, and replaced 5x) I quit trying to beleive in LG. I hope this phone proves me wrong.

5. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Getting thumbed down for a fact? So I didn't have LG phones that were complete trash? People are too funny.

6. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

maybe you got thumbs down because this phone is no where near what you "used" to have.......sorry but please dont hold LG's past with this one, as this is mainly a "Google" phone.......have a nice day

29. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

They were LGs flagship phones...

33. Aeires unregistered

N4 is a Google flagship phone, big difference. 3 of the 4 phones you listed had software problems not even likely to happen with the N4.

37. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Please define google phone. I've never heard of a "Google" phone. Each manufacturer still produces their own phones even though they have an Android OS. Its not like iOS where it will only come on Apple products. So therefore some Android/Google phone manufacturer can still be a POS because there are so many. So please don't assume a phone cannot have a failure because it's a "Google" phone. Whatever you mean by that. IT IS STILL MADE BY LG.

8. mick25

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

no, thumbed down for being a r3tard. "hurr my experiences were bad if you dont agree with me youre stupid!"

10. Droiddoes unregistered

"hurr my experiences were bad if you dont agree with me youre stupid!"" He...didn't say that. Like, at all.

30. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I didnt say you had to agree with me. I simply stated MY FACTS and every LG product I owned failed. I also said I hope this product proves me wrong so I gain faith in their products once again. I ain't jumping into their bandwagon though unless theres some good 5* reliability ratings at one point.

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