It certainly seems like Google and LG have been ramping up production of the Nexus 4 after the initial launch left countless customers without a phone. While it's still unclear if they've made enough to meet worldwide demand, there will at least be one group that will finally have complete representation: T-Mobile stores! Back in November, the company picked up Google's latest flagship handset online and in 'select stores.' As of some undisclosed time this month, however, all retail locations will carry the Nexus 4.


It doesn't look like anything related to device subsidies or contract requirements are going to change, despite a brief scare in December when the on-contract price shot up to $400. Also, we can learn from this document that T-Mobile will not accept returns for Nexus 4s ordered via the Play Store. In case you were thinking you could get away with that. You sneaky devil, you.

Source: T-Mo News

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  • scuttlefield

    Admit it! You just wanted another reason to display that parrot picture!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft


  • kenjab

    There's only one store where I want to see it: the Play Store.

    • http://www.facebook.com/leo.davidson Leo Davidson

      I feel the opposite, having ordered a Nexus 7 and a Nexus 4 via the Play Store. I'd now pay a significant mark-up to buy a device from somewhere else, so I didn't have to deal with Google's processes and support again.

      • Jens Knutson

        Really? I had to contact support about my Nexus 7, but I found the process to be a breeze. What kind of trouble did you run into?

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    I guess we know why the Nexus 4 has taken so long to get back to the Play Store, they are too busy playing nicely with T-Mobile. I thought that pandering to the carriers was going to end after the Verizon Galaxy Nexus debacle. For as much as Google seems to be trying to buck the carriers, and they are making progress, it always look like they take two steps forward and then one step back.

    • selonmoi

      Right, that's why the Nexus 4 has been so consistently available on t-mobile.com and the stores have been overflowing with stock.

      Why is it so hard for some people to accept the simple explanation that there just hasn't been enough stock?

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

        I hate explaining stuff I thought was obvious. If they are going to launch the Nexus 4 into physical stores, they have to produce a ton of them to put on store shelves. I can't find an exact count of T-Mobile USA stores (assuming it's just going into corporate stores and not Walmarts and many other T-Mobile resellers), but it appears to be somewhere between 8,000 - 9,000. Even the small stores in bad locations are going to get about 10, with larger locations stocking 50-60. That means, to stock the stores appropriately, T-Mobile likely ordered at least 200,000 units. If production was ramped up as most of us think it should be, that's not a huge bite out of what can/should have been in the latest batch out of LG...but if the Play Store sells out again, while T-Mobile locations across the country are well stocked, then I'm pretty sure that's the opposite of what any of us want to see.

        You're taking my point out of context, implying that I said they've been shipping all of the Nexus 4s over to T-Mobile. I'm saying that the current round is probably delayed while they prepare to get T-Mobile fully stocked and they are probably waiting to put their own stock into the Play Store until T-Mobile is ready to load their shelves.

        • selonmoi

          Fair enough. I definitely read more into your comment than you had intended. Thanks for elaborating.

          That said, I do think it's wise of Google to try to cover off both bases. There are a lot of people who still think their carrier's store is the only place to buy a phone. I spent 15 minutes in a T-Mobile store last week and of the four or so other people who walked in, one specifically asked about the N4 and left immediately on hearing they had none.

          I hope that manufacturing is finally picking up and that they'll be able to supply the 200,000 units to T-Mobile while still leaving a much larger number to sell from the Play Store. We'll have to wait and see what happens this month.

          • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

            Very reasonable response, that's awesome to see on the internet. After I re-read mine, I felt like I'd been kind of a jerk.

            I'm probably being blindly optimistic, but I'd like to see enough N4's hit the Play Store that they don't sell out for at least a week, if at all. I haven't got any problem with T-Mobile carrying the Nexus 4, and I haven't got the crazy fear of carriers like some people do, but I feel like Google would have been better served by making the Play Store the primary focus and letting T-Mobile (and other partners internationally) wait a bit longer.

            I can't shake the feeling that Google actually believed the Nexus 4 would be a market failure; like they hedged their bet by signing a deal with T-Mobile in advance to put some of the risk on their hands. Hindsight is obviously 20/20, but it's a shame that Google didn't have more faith.

            My own little anecdote with T-Mobile and the Nexus 4, just because... :) I was one of the lucky ones that got it in the first release. I didn't get to order the bumper in time and other cases weren't really being made yet. I was traveling, so I went into a T-Mobile store to see if they might have N4 cases. When I walked in (to a completely dead store), one guy said only stores in Arizona were getting the N4 and there were no accessories yet. When I pulled out my N4, his eyes bugged out, absolutely in shock. The thing I found weird and a little unsettling, I realized he was one of two people working in cellular that I'd talked to in the last year that was actually excited about a phone. It might just be a drone-type job, but I'm disappointed that carrier stores don't seem to foster curiosity or knowledge in the devices.

          • selonmoi

            "Very reasonable response, that's awesome to see on the internet."

            That absolutely made my day. Thanks.

            FWIW, in my 15-minute T-Mobile experience, two employees also seemed pretty excited when they saw mine. They asked a bunch of questions about it, and I gushed appropriately. Both were really impressed by how it performed, but one seemed a bit off-put by the 16 GB maximum storage.

          • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

            There were two guys in the T-Mobile store I went to, one was the guy I described and the other had a blank look the whole time. I'm pretty sure the second one waited until I left so he could ask the first guy what we were talking about :)

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    I wonder if this will finally result in accessories? The bumper has been out of stock since the first launch, and cases on store shelves would be nice to see (even if painfully overpriced). The wireless charging dock would be absolutely wonderful since most of the alternatives have problems with proper compliance to the Qi standard, alignment with the magnets, or they simply cost way too much. Then there's always the car dock which has never even materialized in pictures. With a real store presence, these types of things are going to be in enough demand that it'll be simply insane not to make them available.

  • Rob

    Can I personally commend and thank Cody Toombs and selonmoi for offering an engaging and level-headed discourse?

    Well done guys! Too often I find the banter in forums to be turn off. So much of it either starts off as or ends in the trading of inflammatory or even mean-spirited juvenile barbs. These guys didn't do that, and they were self-aware enough to comment on their own words while offering expressions of appreciation when someone explained or clarified something further.

    May this be a lesson to so many of us out there that it is possible to have a lively healthy debate and express your passion on a subject that doesn't have to end in baseless name calling or insults. Thanks again! ;-)

    • Sootie

      Screw you!!!! (lolz)

    • selonmoi

      Awww shucks! Thanks for the thanks.

      In retrospect, my first reply was pretty sarcastic and dismissive. I'm glad the conversation elevated from that point.