We've barely had the glossy white version of the Nexus 4 for a month, and now the 8GB model with its matching bumper seems to be gone. The US Play Store was just updated with the message, "Nexus 4 with Bumper (White, 8GB) is no longer available for sale." This isn't like the usual out of stock issue - the product listing looks like it's been retired. The more expensive 16GB white version (with bumper) remains available for purchase, along with both black versions.

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We don't know if the 8GB white model is going out completely, or if Google is just running out of its allotment of free bumper cases. (The free case promotion has always been marked as "while supplies last.") The latter is certainly to be hoped for, at least if you're a fan of the two-tone looks of the white Nexus 4. If you want a free bumper with your dirt-cheap, unlocked smartphone, you'll now have to shell out an extra $50 for the 16Gb model... which you should probably do anyway. The rest of the Nexus 4 listings are showing a 1-2 day ship time at the moment.

We'll be keeping an eye on the Play Store listings, as always, and will update with any further news.

Source: Google Play Store

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Godspoken

    So I never really understood...What's the point of these "bumpers"?

    • Ben Freund

      I suspect they greatly reduce the liklyhood of the screen breaking when you drop your phone and it lands on an edge or corner.

    • Outrager

      To keep the front/back from touching the table and getting scratched up when you put it down and possibly to help with grip.

    • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

      In addition to that, they also are a little thicker than the phone so that there is space on the top and bottom and it keeps the screen/back from touching the surface its on. This reduces scratches and stuff.

    • Krzysztof Jozwik

      To keep your phone from shattering when you drop it.

  • Liam Higgins

    Could it just be lack of demand?

  • david coffey

    I've had my nexus 4 and bumper since January, and i can't tell you how many times I've dropped this phone. And not a scratch on my phone. My bumper is scuffed pretty good in several places, though. If not for this bumper, I'd have crack and chipped glass, no doubt. Well worth the $20 investment.

    • er

      You could get a cheaper case.

      • Niall Murray

        I've been using a Poetic one form amazon. It's topnotch.

      • david coffey

        You're right. I could. But I spent $397 on this phone (after taxes and google ridiculous shipping fee) so what's another $20 on a great quality bumper?

  • truth

    Didn't even get them in the UK. Google/LG should fix this.

  • Greg Nelson

    If this phone had a legit lte, I'd be all over it...

    • Michael Ta

      if you'd forget about LTE, you'll live your life happier. Seriously you don't. need. it. to survive. having LTE is great sure. But not having it doesn't kill you.