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Dying to Get a Hold of the Sold Out Nexus 4? Amazon has the 8GB Version for $494

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The Nexus 4 in both 8GB and 16GB variants has been sold out in the U.S. (potentially the globe too) for what seems like an eternity. LG doesn’t think there are supply issues, Google clearly does. All I know is that there are more than a handful of Android enthusiasts who want this phone and have had no chance to pick it up. Well, unless they want to pay out top dollar.

Take this listing on Amazon for example. The 8GB version, which normally runs $299 from Google, can be had for $494.99. I don’t think I need to do the math here, do I? If you are desperate  though, you better hurry as they only have 20 or so in stock.

Or as some have pointed out, you may want to check your local T-Mobile store.

Via:  Amazon

Cheers Matthew!

  • Rohail Shah

    I have a feeling LG is doing this on purpose so the Nexus 4 doesn’t overshadow their Optimus G. Sleazy. Google better pick someone else for the next Nexus it’s 2013 and it’s STILL a disaster.

  • lgmakescrapphones

    “LG doesn’t think there are supply issues, Google clearly does” THATS BECAUSE EVEN LG REALIZED THE “NEXUS 4” SUCKS. I passed up the nexus 4 for a Note 2. Came from a Galaxy nexus. Unless your coming from an Iphone the nexus 4 isnt even an upgrade.

    • TheVoiceOfReason

      It’s an upgrade if you want a quad core processor, 2GB of memory, and immediate Android updates from Google. The only downside of the whole phone is lack of LTE, and that’s not a big deal.

      Nice burner account, by the way.

  • This should be illegal.

  • tomwhite86

    $509 now and only one left. Ready… GO!

  • What’s up with all the Nexus 4 hate. Yeah it sucks that Google and LG didn’t plan on the high demand. But don’t take that away from the phone. I will patiently wait for the phone to be back in stock, I love my Gnex now and I will love the next generation more. I have owned all the nexus lines starting with the N1 ( OG Droid if you want to get vanilla) and each iteration I loved. I was even on unlimited data with Verizon and I switched to prepaid (best choice ever) GSM just so I can prepare for a N4. My buddy has one and its amazing. And even when they mark it up (3rd parties) its still affordable. Granted 350 is more ideal, but how bad do you want it. I love the nexus line, just don’t like how its distributed…poorly.

    • Droidzilla

      People hate what they don’t have so that they’ll like what they have better. It’s a weird thing, but it seems to work for the masses. I have one and can safely say that the Nexus 4 is the best Android device I’ve ever owned or even used. It really is very, very good.

      • Exactly! And for the price weather its 509 or 300 to me, to have the latest Android device from Google (The new standard) it is worth it. I can’t wait to get mine!

        • Droidzilla

          This. Had Google released it for a “normal” price like $500-600, no one would have bat an eye or said it was too expensive. The fact that it’s $300-350 is just a ton of icing on the Jelly Bean cake.

  • I could have sworn it said for Verizon… Oh god

  • Raven

    Yesterday, my wife told me that her boss got a new Nexus 4 phone and knowing how much I love my Nexus 7 thought that was something that I might like. I then commented that unfortunately it will not work with Verizon so it is not really of much use to me since we both are still under Verizon unlimited contracts. She then said that her boss is with AT&T and she just got it from a local AT&T store. Does this sound plausible? Is AT&T selling the Nexus 4 or is it more likely that someone is confused on either the phone or the provider. We live in ND.

    • itznfb

      They are not being sold in AT&T stores as far as I know. The stores around here aren’t carrying them.

    • Droidzilla

      It works on AT&T, so maybe that’s the confusion. Or it could be an LG Optimus G, which is sold direct by AT&T (for only $99 on contract; pretty darned good deal, if you ask me).

    • JRomeo

      The Nexus 4 works on AT&T, and its speedy fast on their data network. However, AT&T does not sell the phone.

  • This is exactly what happens when there is high demand for a limited supply. If they were only going to make 400,000 or whatever the number going around is, then they should have raised the price to begin with. It’s economics, people.

  • HateMeNow

    Looks like there is one left and they raised the price to $509.99

  • Austin

    Is the nexus 4 even coming back?

  • J. Gilbertson

    I can’t wait until the Nexus 4 becomes a relic and the ugly stepchild of the nexus line. The next Nexus will hopefully address all of these issues between in-stock and LTE. And hopefully by then Google will channel all their servers to handle the massive flooding of the play store when these devices go on sale. Seems like there are much more Nexus 7’s and maybe Nexus 10’s out in the wild then there are with the 4’s yet they’re still in stock.

    • TheVoiceOfReason

      Don’t expect the next Nexus to have LTE either unless AT&T and Verizon agree not to hold back Google’s updates. The problem with US carriers is they want to do all their own testing and approval of firmware updates before they can be released.

  • eazyean1

    Why no Verizon !!

    • Droidzilla

      Seriously? This question has been directly addressed by Google from the get go; as in, before the Nexus 4 was even released.

      • eazyean1

        it was more of a statement, Then a question….

        • Droidzilla

          So, it was a statement that turned into a question?

          • eazyean1

            Dude seriously get a life

          • Droidzilla

  • I love how the “list price” is shown as $699, the nexus 4 is _really_ good at illustrating how f-ed up smartphone pricing has become.

    • J. Gilbertson

      I want to know who determines the list price. Because if we look at the primary retailer (Google Play) we know that’s not the actual list price. Hate how retailers feel like they can jack up the “list price” and come down what seems to be quite a bit and make themselves look good. Anyone else knows that it’s still something like a $195 mark up.

  • Sirx

    To answer your question: No. Not even a little bit. Not even coming down with a slight cough to get the Nexus 4.

    I’m not sure if it’s just because I’m (mostly) happy with my Galaxy Nexus (thanks to awesome developers, NOT Google), or because I know it’s not for Verizon anyway, but I just do not understand the hypebeasting you guys still put into the Nexus 4. Granted, I understood it at first–you get a lot of phone for very reasonable a price.

    However, Google has been beyond incompetent in its handling of pretty much everything Nexus (with the 7 being maybe the sole exception), whether it’s supply (Nexus One and now Nexus 4), support (LTE Galaxy Nexus–Oh, I know: “But Verizon is the one…” so forth and so on. But I blame Google–Either they should’ve found a way to say “F*** it” and pushed the update(s!) to my Galaxy Nexus, or they should not have released the phone as a Nexus), or performance (stuffing my Nexus 10 back into the box to send back today, because if it randomly freezes up and/or resets on me while I’m reading an internet article one more time, I’m going to launch that awesome form factor as a Frisbee[tm]).

    And frankly, I’m tired of trying myself and/or reading about others trying to continuously reward Google for acting like it has never sold a single product in history. How such a massive company can be this……unable…is beyond my comprehension.

    Oh wow–this went rantish quickly :-/ Still posting though.

    • uncle paul

      Wait, your on the XDA Nexus 10 thread too!? lol

      I sent Kellex an email on this but he never replied.

      We need to obtain info on the director of Nexus hardware/support and implore him to acknowledge these issues.



      get this on the front page already dammit!

  • moelsen8

    it’s an awesome phone, but that’s one huge markup. you have to think that sometime very soon it’s going to reappear in the play store and stay there for a while this time.. probably better off waiting at this point.

  • Sqube

    So wait… there aren’t any supply issues, but they’re constantly sold out and people who have them are selling them for ~160% the normal price?


  • PyroHoltz

    Is it possible Amazon is procuring these Nexus’ through some other channel besides Google, and goes to LG directly to buy them? Therefore driving the cost up since supply is low? Seems like a lost cause to me, just a thought.

    Maybe Google subsidizes these phones at a lower cost than LG sells them?

  • picaso86

    I will not pay that much money..Wait until they are in stock on Google Play.

    • LionStone

      Still waiting… 🙂

  • Alexander H

    Not Amazon – 3rd party reseller selling on amazon

    • feztheforeigner

      Who somehow managed to grab the name Google (and no, this is not Google just look at the other products they sell).

      Amazon should not allow re-sellers to take copyrighted names….

      • billybobjon

        It says the phone is made by Google….(even though that is technically wrong…it’s LG) it clearly says ships from and sold by southbay electronics….I’m not saying it’s ok to jack the price up but they arent trying to fraud anyone….they have good reviews for the most part.

        • michael arazan

          Google did contract the phones to be made by LG and is technically considered a Google phone. The same way Apple contracts Samsung to make the screens and chip sets and other parts for an iPhone.

    • I wish Amazon was handling the product that way it would be Prime eligible

  • Rodeojones000

    Isn’t a post like this just salt in the wounds of those waiting for this phone? I mean, this is nearly $150 more than the sold-out 16GB version on the Play Store.

  • itznfb

    Technically, SouthBay Electronics has it in stock.

    Edit: After searching… apparently there are tons of Nexus 4’s both 8GB and 16GB listed on Amazon. Some even being fulfilled by Amazon. Terrible pricing though.