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Have you got a case of the Nexus 4 blues? Unfortunately, it’s still out of stock in the Play Store. We know from a recent interview that LG is citing underestimated demand as the reason for the phone’s seemingly endless unavailability. That’s something Google CEO Larry Page says the company is working on. But if you want a Nexus 4 right now in the States, there is another option, as long as you’re willing to sign a contract with a carrier.

The Nexus 4 is back in stock online, through T-Mobile, after being sold out for weeks. It's now been several hours, but the Add To Cart button is still there - a refreshing development considering recent shortages. Artem spotted the phone on T-Mo's site and was able to put it in his shopping cart but experienced an error message and had to clear his cookies or use an incognito window. I tried it out myself and didn’t have the same problem. I selected a dummy plan and was able to get all the way to the secure checkout page with the phone in my cart.

Now, if you’re willing to bite the bullet on a two-year contract with T-Mobile, you’re not getting a bad deal. In addition to the regular contract subsidy, there’s a $50 mail-in rebate and free shipping, so the phone can be in your hands for $199.99. Through the end of the month, you can also save $35 on activation fees.

If all goes according to plan, the Nexus 4 should be hitting T-Mobile’s brick-and-mortar stores soon. Until that happens, there’s no telling how long the device might be in stock online, so if you’re considering a purchase, acting quickly is the safest bet.

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Source: Nexus 4 at T-Mobile

  • http://twitter.com/ao9news andy o

    t-mobile does add like $20 to the plan for subsidized phones, no? And what is this about activation fees? I didn't even know there was such a thing to be discounted in the first place, but I haven't used post paid in years. Is that a thing with all the carriers?

    • Kenny O

      TMO usually charges a $35 fee on all activations - upgrades and new customers (at least for post paid). When I was still buying subsidized phones I used to buy my TMO phones from Walmart as they never charged any activation fee and generally sold the phone cheaper than TMO. I've heard if you complain about the fee to someone in customer care they will generally wave it, a couple of my friends have done that and it's worked for them.

      • selonmoi

        Wow. Impatience sure is expensive.

        • Kenny O

          Yep, You get the Nexus 4 for only $150 cheaper than getting it unlocked from Google then pay an extra $480 ($20 times 24 months). Even at TMO's ridiculous $549 off contract price you only spend an extra $200. Not sure why anyone would buy it subsidized.

          • http://twitter.com/ao9news andy o

            The t-mo "version" is the exact same though. It's also unlocked.

          • Kenny O

            Yep, exactly the same.

          • http://twitter.com/snookasnoo Idon’t Know

            So they can get one.

  • okungnyo

    Even if you buy the unlocked version, don't you have to go with T-Mobile anyway? (Because screw AT&T.)

    So is there any benefit of buying the unlocked version as opposed to the T-Mobile version?

    Can someone be kind enough to work out the math and find out how much money would be saved either way?

    • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

      There are a half dozen independent carriers that use their networks. Also unlocked keeps the options open.

    • mike
    • http://www.facebook.com/brian.w.daniels Brian Daniels

      With a T-Mobile value plan the voice/texting plans are $20 less a month and data plans are $10 cheaper than a plan on contract. So with one line you would save thirty a month, two would be fourty and on it goes.

    • TK

      I'm not sure why screw AT&T unless you mean buying one of their plans. I'm on straight talk and I couldn't be happier.

  • 752,000 Nexus 4 produced

    from poking the serial #, the result is as followed (see that thread on XDA-Developers forum)

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

    there is a good chance that January production number might be around 550,000. LG wasn't kidding when they said they have ramped up production.

    752,000 (now) - 70,000 - 90,000 - 210,000 = 382,000 so far in January. And the month has about 10 more days to go.

  • McLean Riley

    Is the issue because of the abundance of Galaxy (Nexii?) that were floating around before? Maybe they don't want to have to sell these on dailysteals so they made less? Or could be that their prices are incredible and people are finally realizing Android's potential.

    • cosmic

      It is the first part. While the Nexus 7 was a big hit, no previous Nexus device has seen much in demand. Chances are the Nexus branding got a healthy dosage of mind share after the Nexus 7 because of its quality/price ratio and the mind share carried over.

    • TK

      Only speaking for one person out of a million, but the reason I did not buy a galaxy nexus was because of the bad speaker. Everything else looked good to me.

      • McLean Riley

        I loved my galaxy nexus. I just think they made too many and had to sell them in every outlet possible for less money, and they didn't want that to happen again.

  • Faust

    As a guy who works at T-Mobile, I can confirm that most (if not all) Stores should have some N4's in stock by the 15th of this month.

    Our store being a low volume store ended up getting 3 in stock (not counting the demo unit) while high volume stores got 9+ in stock.

    • QwietStorm

      Today is the 23rd..?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000372600312 Joseph Pojunis

    Went through all the steps to buy one.. my order processed for about 5 minutes, then it said the order could not be processed, with no reason given. I tried again, same message. Sold out?

  • http://twitter.com/Vizualize a.d.AM

    Still in stock 24 hours later. They mustve gotten a ton of them or nobody cares at this point because its not as "hott".

  • kenjab

    Not sure when it happened exactly, but it's out of stock on the T-Mobile site again.