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Update: The Best Buy page is live and taking orders right now - estimated shipping is 3-5 days. No sign of handsets being sold in-store, unfortunately (no in-store pickup either).

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If you're one of many of us in the US still seeking out a Nexus 4, it appears another purchasing option may be springing up shortly, at everyone's favorite defunct-business-model brick and mortar electronics retailer. That'd be Best Buy, in case the allusion wasn't clear, where a listing for the newest Nexus handset has just appeared.

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The caveat, though, is that it seems this is going to be a contractually-shackled version of the Nexus 4, on T-Mobile. The good news is that the on-contract price is low, at $199 with a new 2-year agreement. To get it for the same amount at a T-Mobile store, you're required to send a mail-in rebate for $50, so Best Buy could prove an easier (and in any practical sense, cheaper) option.

Best Buy lists the unactivated price at a whopping $600, so don't expect to walk out without T-Mobile service unless you've got cash to burn.

We don't know when the device will become available, but we'll keep you informed as we learn more. I called into a local Best Buy asking about the Nexus 4, and the reps were predictably clueless.

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • marcusmaximus04

    I wonder how successful I'd be at trying to get them to price-match google...

    • http://Twitter.com/eggoespada Eric Gonzalez

      Not successful at all. Best Buy will not usually sell you the phone off contract, and they definitely wouldn't price match it.

      • bobhadababyitsaboy

        I've seen it before...just not iPhones

        • http://twitter.com/TKfromCLE Terry Kessler

          Last I checked, this isn't an iPhone.

          • bobhadababyitsaboy

            Glad I didn't say that, otherwise you would be correct. My comment was in response to price matching in general. I've seen it on an android device, just not iPhone.

      • marcusmaximus04

        It varies wildly depending on who you talk to.

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

      Best Buy will price match retail stores pretty easily, but they are awful when trying to price match websites. I watched a buddy of mine spend close to an hour while every manager and salesperson in the place was trying to avoid price matching a case on Amazon. They might decide that the Nexus 4 they are selling is a "T-Mobile Nexus 4" and insist that it's not the same product. Of course, if you're the first person to hit the store and try that, there's a chance you'll get a sales person and manager that haven't been told not to price match against Google :)

      • will bartlett

        i walked in, asked if they'd price match let's talk for a note 2...they said yes after 20 seconds.

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

          That's pretty good. I've never seen them respond that quickly to price matching. I watched them accept a competitor's coupon about that fast, but I think they might have already taken a couple earlier that day. The XDA forums are loaded with people who've had widely varying experiences, so I'm sure it depends a lot on the store and even the person you get.

          • will bartlett

            someone posted on xda about BB price matching an off contract price. i went up there and the lady was a jerk about it. wouldnt even look at what i had...a copy of the receipt...emails about them matching it....tons of stuff. but yeah. she was really mean about it and it made me want to call corporate and complain...this was all after i had purchased it so i just returned it right then and there and stated the reason for return was her being an a-hole about it.

    • FrillArtist

      Why do people price match? If you can get something at a cheap price somewhere, why not get it there instead of wasting time with managers and reps trying to get them to lower theirs.

      • marcusmaximus04

        If Best Buy has it in stock and Google still doesn't, then I'd much rather get the phone immediately for the same price, rather than waiting around for more stock.

        • http://twitter.com/TKfromCLE Terry Kessler

          This isn't for the same price. This is $199 WITH a TWO YEAR contract.

          • marcusmaximus04

            ? I'm talking about price matching an off contract N4 from Best Buy(normally $600) with the off contract price from google($450).

          • ddpacino

            And $600 w/o one vs 349 in the Play Store without one. Big @$$ difference right there playa.

          • sahilm

            But they say the unactivated price is $599. Maybe we can negociate regarding that (hit "replace my device (no contract)" to see that price).

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

        3 common reasons: other business is out of stock or doesn't have the color or precise model (ie. different amount of storage), you're a Best Buy regular chasing reward points when the other store doesn't offer rewards, or the other location is farther away than you want to travel.

        4th, and truly the most common reason... You're trying to trick Best Buy into selling something cheaper than anybody else. Most (not all) of their employees aren't even suited to flip burgers, so this isn't very challenging if you can provide convincing details.

        • Kenny O

          Lol at "their employees are not suited go flip burgers"... So true. I asked a salesman and a manager for a USB hub, bad enough to not know where it was, they did not even know what it was. When I explained it they didn't know something like that existed.

        • CodyToombsSucks

          Wow you must be some sort of tech guru (fat kid in his mom's basement) to pick on a bunch of employees who are on most of my experiences been at least competent and contributing to the US economy. Get a life you pretentious loser.

          • marcusmaximus04

            Oh come off it. I *used to work at Best Buy* and I found that funny.

          • Kenny O

            It's not about picking on them as much as stating facts. If you are going to work in a store that sells technology you should have a better than average working knowledge of the products you are selling. In my own personal experiences I have found that the majority of the folks working at best buy know very little about the stuff they sell.

          • Joe Rico

            You must either be A)...a Best Buy employee...or B) a fat kid in his Moms living room....

          • Philip Brain

            he didnt go picking on them fag! he asked them where it was and was expressing his dissapoint

          • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

            Wow. Horrible spelling and grammar and a slur in the same post. You were only a Hitler mention away from the troll trifecta.

      • nyte

        Best Buy only price matches in-stock items.

      • Joe Rico

        Lets say you have a gift certificate....or Best Buy Bucks. Or you want to shop at a particular store. It's also a way of retail outlets to get more business you know.....

    • Mike Evans

      They won't match a website (usually) and they also are supposed to check the stock of the competitor first anyway (even for brick and mortar stores). If there's no stock, no match.

      Double lose.

      • will bartlett

        they changed that recently. they price matched let's talk when i bought my vzw note 2...

    • Ray

      It's not going to happen. They will not price match the carrier locked device to an unlocked device sold on Google's website. Let us know if they do, I'll run down to Best Buy soon after.

      • ddpacino

        I don't think the Best Buy version is carrier locked. It's just sold with a contract vs. without one...

  • http://twitter.com/sbatwater Sebastian Atwater

    Best Buy always marks up their off-contract price above what the carriers charge. I'm not surprised, and I doubt they will even price-match T-Mobile's off-contract pricing. let alone Google's.

    • McLean Riley

      I can tell you that they tell at least their employees that this isn't mark up. They show their employees cost on all their items and most phones come in right around 5-10 bucks cheaper than they are being sold off contract for. They could have this number inflated to avoid employees buying them at discount, I don't know, but they say it's because they have to buy them from the carrier.

      • Joe Rico

        They could be inflating some prices. When I bought my GS3 back in mid Oct I specifically remember seeing the extended total of the GS3 as $821.00 even though it's advertised as $699. Maybe I'll ask the guy that sold me the phone since he seems like a straight shooter.

        • McLean Riley

          They add a ton of stuff that packages out at the end once you hit total.

    • Leaveyourhouse

      Sebastian...you've never been to a Best Buy have you. Their phones are ALWAYS the same price or cheaper than in a Verizon, ATT, or T-Mobile store. Try going outside and getting some air, my friend.

      • bobhadababyitsagirl

        If you're talking about out of contract phones, that's different. However, the original poster chose to be lazy and not specify. Good on you, Sebastian.

  • nebula

    4G mobile phone?
    Must be a mistake

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      T-Mobile calls HSPA+ 42 4G.

  • bobhadababyitsaboy

    I don't know about the best buys in your location, but none around me sell subsidized t mobile phones in store...and it's probably not a question they would know, rather someone in some office who decides to put this up

  • moelsen8

    why can't google just focus on getting this thing back into the play store, first and foremost. it's springing up everywhere but available nowhere. i'm hoping this is leading to a big "re-launch" with all pistons firing, at least..

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

      Chances are, Best Buy or a distributor had their order ahead of Google in the line for the next manufacturing batch. Google is not in charge of every Nexus 4 manufactured, LG is. LG is not going to risk pissing off their other customers by allowing Google to jump the queue.

    • Ray

      The carriers buy in Bulk. Consumers do not. So, it is financially a better move to get these puppies out to carriers first. I could be wrong. :)

    • Elias

      Carriers, stores and Google order from LG. Google sells theirs in femtoseconds. Other retailers have stocks lasting longer because they're more expensive. Pretty obvious.

      • moelsen8

        no one likes a smartass. i understand google is lg's customer, but they're also the ones waving the banner here.

  • UnoriginalDom

    A big majority of Best Buys don't carry T-Mobile contract phones in the store. They're only available online. I work in the mobile department and this is news to me too.

  • Kenny O

    Why do I feel like by the time there is actually Nexus 4's available it's going to be i/o time and we'll be salivating over the next generation Nexus phone

    • shadowdude777

      The Nexus phones have always been released in November or so though. I don't think there's even any news on them at I/O usually, is there?

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

        I don't expect a "new" nexus phone at I/O either, but I kinda think they'll do the storage shuffle like they did with the Nexus 7, bumping the Nexus 4 to 16/32 gb models.

        I do feel like we might finally see more than one Nexus phone at the end of this year. Fingers crossed :)

        • shadowdude777

          That'd really be fantastic. I'd love a Sony Xperia Z-based Nexus, a Motorola Nexus, a Samsung Nexus, and so on. Maybe some less common form factors. A giant phone, a tiny phone, a QWERTY slider, etc? Okay, they probably won't ever do that last one, but I can dream...

      • Kenny O

        You're right. November is the most likely time we would see brand new hardware, I was more just making a point that by the time they resolve the shortages something else is going to be the must have phone. What Cody said is the most likely scenario - a bump in memorize size or something minor like that......but you never know :-)

        • shadowdude777

          Unfortunately, that time might have already come. It seems like people are eyeing the Xperia Z.

          • Kenny O

            True.....I'd be cool with that as long as I could get Cyanogen on there. I like my Nexus 4 a lot, but it's not perfect......but then again nothing is. The main thing I wish was better was the mediocre camera - especially in low light.

  • Ray

    I'm glad I got mine in time. That would of sucked to be stuck in the queue waiting for Google to release the new batch. :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/ssmathison Scott Mathison

    Keep in mind that this is more than likely the LOCKED version of the phone. Just letting all of you know in case that is a deal breaker for you.

    • Daniel Lopez

      There is no locked version. Google has never locked Nexus devices. Show me a source otherwise and I will admit I'm wrong.

      • http://profiles.google.com/ssmathison Scott Mathison

        You sir are completely correct. I just came back here to retract this incorrect statement. The version at T-Mobile is indeed UNLOCKED and the exact same one as the one on the Google Play store...do NOT listen to what the T-Mobile (or any) in store rep tells you. They know very little about the phones they sell.

        • BLADESMAN1889

          Correct [about the in store reps] its the same in the UK - I try not to talk to any of those fools in the stores - they stand there almost smugly looking on anyone who comes in the shop as if they are clueless. They then try spinning whatever BS comes into their tiny little heads until I can take it no more - then I usually put them in their place.

    • fixxmyhead

      you're a moron and obviously dont keep up with the news. there is no LOCKED version of this phone, there all unlocked.

    • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh Tripathy

      A locked Nexus? Since when? /s

  • NYAvsFan

    Screw it, I'm tired of waiting for the Play store to get back in; just ordered mine. And since the original poster didn't have it, delivery is expected to be 2/6-2/8.

  • paxmos

    You guys are so naïve...Why is it that Goo Gel..Play Store is out but Best Buy has them in stock and sells them at $599 a pop?...This is goo gel learning to make good profit...

  • Philip Brain

    it has no mention AT ALL on the entire page of 8 or 16 gb

  • BLADESMAN1889

    The UK Play Store status has changed - ever so slightly - after refreshing my Vaio [had been out with her indoors] the Red lettered 'Out of Stock' has changed to White lettered 'Temporarily Out of Stock' so this may mean nothing at all but its a change lol

    • Troy Dos Santos

      I also noticed this "minor change".... hmmm .... given the bigger problem at hand

  • Junior Rosario

    Oh....the phone is listed with expansion slot for memory?????

  • J

    I am a Best Buy Mobile employee.... I'll keep in touch with anything I can find out.