Google's Nexus 4 has sold out again

Nexus 4 stocks exhausted for a second time

Google has exhausted stocks of its Nexus 4 Android smartphone in the Australian Play Store for a second time, just hours after the device went back on sale yesterday following a two month long hiatus.

The flagship Android phone first went on sale through Google's Play Store in mid-November last year, but both the 8GB and 16GB models were listed as "coming soon" less than an hour later.

Both models of the Nexus 4 were available to order on Google's Play Store yesterday for the first time since the initial launch, but stock of the 16GB model lasted less than seven hours. The phone is now listed with the message "temporarily out of stock", and the store advises customers that the company is "out of inventory."

The 8GB model of the Nexus 4 is still currently available to purchase in the Australian Play Store, but it is listed as "ships soon", with a 2-3 week wait denoted.

The current Google Play Store listing for the 16GB Nexus 4.
The current Google Play Store listing for the 16GB Nexus 4.

PC World Australia has contacted Google to clarify stock levels and sale availability several times since the Nexus 4 went on sale. However, the company has not responded to inquiries and refuses to comment on stock availability or any further details.

Google is heavily promoting and selling its own-brand devices like the Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 tablets directly to customers, but the company has severely struggled with stock levels since the mid-November, worldwide launch.

In addition to online sales, the 16GB model Nexus 4 went on sale "exclusively" through Harvey Norman retail stores today for $496. The outright price through Harvey Norman is $97 more expensive than the Play Store, though Google charges $19.99 for shipping

A quick search on the Harvey Norman website indicates that most retail stores are already out of stock of Nexus 4 devices. A message on the site reads, "we’ll be getting more stock really soon and you can still buy on back-order." Australian Android blog Ausdroid reports that additional stock is set to arrive in the first week of March.

The Nexus 4, as currently advertised on Harvey Norman's website.
The Nexus 4, as currently advertised on Harvey Norman's website.

In addition to outright sales, selected Harvey Norman stores offer the Nexus 4 on a range of Optus post-paid mobile plans starting at $35 per month over 24 months ($15 per month handset repayments + $20 Optus plan) and ranging up to $130 (no handset repayments on the $130 Optus Timeless plan).

Did you manage to purchase a Nexus 4 yesterday from the Google Play Store? Will you pay more for a device from Harvey Norman? Are you annoyed about the stock shortages? Let us know in the comments below!

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Ross Catanzariti

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18 Comments

twig

1

It's almost as if they DON'T want us to buy it...

Name

2

Of course I won't pay $100 more

Mel

3

Got for me and my mate 2 x phones (16GB)!!!

John

4

Why would someone buy it from hardly normal, ill just wait for it to come back in stock... im also waiting to see if the roumored white nexus is a new model or just a variant of this one.

Steve

5

Managed to get one yesterday. Kogan has them too, but they want even more than Harvey Norman does when including postage.

Iceman

6

Really disappointed the way google managed this whole crap. I've given up chasing nexus 4 now.

name

7

I managed to get one from the Play store yesterday (was sitting at the PC with a finger over F5, at 8:45am).. i managed to buy one within seconds of it coming out.. (Very Happy)

I was considering getting it from HN, since it's not really $100 more.. on Play store, it's $20 postage.. so it's less than $80 difference... using a BYO plan, thats only about 2 month extra for the pay back (12 months instead of 10 pay back..still better than 24) and in theory i would have it in my hands now but HN has completely failed! they can only charge a premium if they have stock.. Fail!

Nav

8

Yeah, I have actually paid more...I ordered it from Kogan for 494 + Shipping, then saw that even Google Play had it in stock....so I ordered 8GB version for $349 + Shipping and cancelled Kogan, however a part of me wanted to get the handset in my hand right away and ofcourse 16Gb is the preference. Looked up on Harvey Norman which store in Melbourne had it available, ordered it and will Pick it up today :). By the way cancelled my order on Google as well ;) Have all the emails and my credit card still billed for $513 from Kogan, which hopefully would be refunded in near future.

Nexus 4 User

9

Let's hope LG keep up with the demand

according to XDA-Developers users (thread title: [INFO] LG Nexus 4 Production Date and Place Identification), production rate is as followed:

October: 70,000 devices produced
November: 90,000
Dec: 210,000
January: 500,000+

from decoding the serial number

Phone produced in Oct had serial#
10000 19th of Oct, AUS8BK
20000 USA
45000
60000 AUS
70123 ATMOBK (t-mobile)

Something like 70k devices produced in October

Nov
73000 1-th AO2UBK (O2 UK model)
75000 5-th AO2UBK
80000 5-th AO2UBK
85000 21-th (?) AUKGBK - strange,
90000 9-th AUS8BK
92000 10-th AUS8BK
95000 - USA
109000 - GER
110000 - UK
132000 - USA
138000 - USA
150000 - USA
160000 - AUSGBK

DEC
165000
264000
265133 14-th ADEUBK GERMANY
266133 15-th AHKGBK Hong Kong
267133 15-th AHKGBK Hong Kong
268133 15-th ADEUBK GERMANY
269133 15-th ADEUBK GERMANY
270133 15-th ASWSBK SWS Switzerland (looks like around 500 units)
271133 16-th AISRBK Israel
272133 15-th ADEUBK Germany
273133 15-th AHKGBK Hong Kong
274133 15-th AHKGBK Hong Kong
275133 15-th AHKGBK Hong Kong
277133 17-th AHKGBK Hong Kong
278133 17-th AHKGBK Hong Kong
279133 16-th AMYSBK
280123 17-th AMYSBK
289000 18-th UK
300123 19-th ADEGBK
305112 19-th ACA8BK
306000 28-Oct (?) AUSGBK, 211KPPB306000 "csn" is also very different from the "surroundings"
306001 8-Oct AUSGBK 211KPHG306001 esnoutgodate=null >>Never shipped?
306009 4-th Dec AUSGBK 212KPHG306009 esnoutgodate=null
306010 19-th AUS8BK 212KPYR306010 esnoutgodate=null
306020 19-th AUS8BK esnoutgodate=null
314001 19-th AFRGBK
314002 19-th ADEGBK
314050 19-th ADEGBK
314123 19-th ADEGBK
315112 19-th ADE8BK
319123 20-th ADEGBK
320123 20-th ADEGBK
321123 20-th AAUGBK
325112 20-th AUSGBK
330123 20-th AUSGBK
340123 21-th ACAGBK
350123 22-th AUS8BK
360123 26-th AUSGBK
365123 27-th AUS8BK
370123 27-th AUSGBK
374110 28-th AUSGBK

January 2013
375110 2-th AUS8BK
377110 3-th ASFRBK
381110 2-th ASFRBK
385110 3-th AGBRBK GBR "UNITED KINGDOM" - a new retailer? Play store was a AUKGBK
390110 3-th AUSGBK
395110 4-th AUSGBK
399110 3-th ATMOBK
400110 4-th AUSGBK
406110 4-th AUSGBK
445110 9-th ATMOBK
450110 9-th ATMOBK
451110 8-th ANEUBK "EUROPE OPEN" - something new
455110 8-th ANEUBK
456110 8-th ACAGBK CANADA_OPEN
461110 8-th ATMOBK
463110 8-th ADEGBK
465110 8-th ADEGBK
467110 9-th ADEGBK
469110 9-th ADEGBK
471110 9-th ATMOBK
474110 9-th ATMOBK
476110 9-th ATMOBK
479110 9-th AUS8BK
482110 9-th ATMOBK
485110 10-th AUKGBK "UNITED KINGDOM_OPEN"
487110 10-th AUKGBK
489110 10-th AUKGBK
491110 10-th AAVCBK VIDEOTRON - seems to be a Canadian telco?
493110 10-th ADEUBK
495110 10-th ADEUBK
497110 10-th AISRBK
499500 10-th AUKGBK
502035 11-th AUSGBK
507035 11-th AUSGBK
512035 11-th AUS8BK
513035 11-th AUS8BK

650986 - 18th of January
752,xxx - 22nd of January

834,xxx - 27nd of January
933,xxx - 30th of January

Nexus 4 User

10

From techcrunch:

How did they do it? They’ve taken the IMEI numbers of their phones and backtracked the production number of their devices using an LG mobile link that’s usually used for finding new firmware. An IMEI number, or International Mobile Station Equipment Identity number, is usually printed on the battery compartment of the inside of the phone. It can be used to prevent stolen phones from accessing a network.

If you take this link and put your IMEI number at the very end, this LG site will spit back out the IMEI followed by a long string of characters that looks something like this: “LGE960 ACAGBK 212KPHG188745 20121206 GLOBAL/GLOBAL N N”

If you break this string apart, you get:
LGE960 = phone model
A = ?
CA = Country where the device was sold. (Others include ‘US’ for the U.S., ‘HK’ for Hong Kong, ‘AU’ for Australia and so on.)
G = Storage (G = 16GB, 8 = 8GB)
BK = Color
2 = ?
12 = Production Month (November)
K = Production Country (Korea)
PHG = ?
188745 = The line or production number, showing that phone was the 188,745th device made.

Snoozin

11

I didn't even know there was stock issues. I ordered a 8GB version but could've easily got the 16GB at the time but I don't store much files anyway.
I'm currently using an old Nexsus S and was wanting to upgrade for ages, but iphone, and samsung were always out of my price range. The Nexsus 4 from google is an amazing price for a smart phone, especially with its specs, so why on earth people would pay more rather than wait is beyond me.
BTW: I don't recall seeing what warranty was offered from Google store?

Bundy

12

Ordered a 16GB yesterday, thank you Nexus Notifier APP :) .... Would never shop at the anti on-line mogul Hardly Normals! So I will wait for delivery and quite simply trading up from a Galaxy S which I loaded with Jelly Bean and it just couldn't cut it in regards to performance so looking forward to the Nexus being in my hand... I loved my Galaxy but the Samsung policy of not pushing updates unless they came via a carrier i.e. Virgin for an unlocked phone drove me insane, enough to root the phone and use official roms from OS.... So looking forward to have a phone that will get over the air updates from google :)

Carey

13

Ordered 16gb yesterday. Update today says shipped from Singapore. Estimated FedEx delivery date next Monday. Let's see.

Foe

14

Ordered through Kogan, tired of playing the refreshing and waiting for stock game on the play store, should get mine early next week, didn't want to get it from hardly normal because they were pretty much out of stock in any case, I waited long enough so just bit the bullet and paid the extra $90 but at least I know I got one coming. Bonus to getting one outside the country is that the os updates will come to other country sold IMEI devices before the Aussie ones so I should get updates before the Aussie sold ones do.

trev good

15

Failed to get 16 got an order in for 8 they took my money
That's all. So I'm guessing they don't really have stock
They just couldn't switch off quick enough.
20 bucks express delivery doesn't mean in the next few weeks when we get round to it.
Of all the shops to get exclusive HN just shows no respect for the user base

Jess

16

After missing out in November, I downloaded two different apps (Nexus availability checkers). They both went off in the morning and I managed to get mine with no hitch. My brother also managed to get one a whole 45 mins later that day. We have both received confirmation that it's shipped. I wouldn't pay extra at Harvey Norman as no one NEEDS a new phone.
All in all, very very happy.

George

17

I bought one from Harvey Norman, had it that morning. I didn't want to wait, and at $500 its still cheap for what you are getting.

Rekki

18

I hate you guys I've got a crappy nokia n8 and I can't find any app for it for nexus 4 notification, and looks like i've missed out i think i'm gonna go cry

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