Nexus 4 completely sold out on UK launch day, confirms Google

Nexus 4 completely sold out on UK launch day, confirms Google

Summary: Buyers have snapped up all the Nexus 4 smartphones offered via the Google Play Store, the company has confirmed, after people claimed on Twitter the Android Jelly Bean 4.2 handset sold out within minutes after its launch.


The LG-made Nexus 4 has sold out on Google's store on the day of the smartphone's launch in the UK, Google has confirmed.

Would-be customers posted on Twitter when they realised the handset was no longer available to buy through the Google Play store, with many saying it was out of stock within 30 minutes of going online on Tuesday morning.

 Both the 8GB and the 16GB models of the Nexus 4, which cost £239 and £279 respectively, displayed a dead 'order' button and a live 'notify me' stock alert button to visitors.

Google confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that it no longer has any inventory of the Jelly Bean Android 4.2 phone to sell.

"The Nexus 4 is sold out on the Google Play store in the UK," a Google spokeswoman told ZDNet. "We're not sure when it will be available again."

However, the smartphone is still in stock at O2, the only network provider with rights to carry the phone right now. People can get the phone for free on contracts over £36 a month, via O2's online or high street outlets.

Nexus 4

In addition, online retailer Carphone Warehouse is offering the Nexus 4 on plans from O2, Vodafone and Three, with a free handset on tariffs over £31 a month.

The LG-built Nexus 4 has an 8-megapixel camera, NFC capability and wireless charging. The smartphone, Google's fourth, runs the latest Android OS, Jelly Bean 4.2.

eBay listings

Already, listings have appeared on eBay for Nexus 4 handsets, with the sellers saying they bought them from the Google Play Store. At the time of writing, for example, an 8GB model had a bid of £270 (a £31 premium) with 18 hours of the auction still to go, while a 16GB version had an offer of £350 (a £71 premium) with 20 hours left.

Tuesday also saw the release of the Google Nexus 10 on the UK Google Play store, though the tablet is still on sale for £319 for the 16GB model and £389 for the 32GB version. The Google Nexus 10, reviewed by ZDNet earlier this month, comes with an A15 processor, a 10-inch display and the highest screen resolution of any tablet on the market.

Topics: Tablets, Google, Mobility, United Kingdom

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  • wow

    lot of butt ugly phones out there now
    • Butthurt Much?

      LMAO... another butthurt fanboy! Love it...
      • Now be fair...

        It's not exactly the supermodel of the phone world is it?

        However you'd be pretty silly not to go for this phone at the moment if you're in the market for a smartphone. It's half the price of an iPhone and even 20 quid cheaper than the budget-stripped sgs3 mini, but it's conpletely specked out and being a nexus you can actually be pretty certain of updates for your handset; the last remaining weakness in the android world.

        Personally not getting one, but that simply comes down to the fact I don't need a new phone... Plus I'm about to buy my second N7 in 6 months to get mobile with it...
  • Looks like the same might have happened in the US

    I did get mine! Looks like it went on sale at 9:45am Mountain (8:45am Pacific). My order has a timestamp of 9:57am. As of 10:05am Mountain, the 16GB model seems to have been sold out!
  • Nexus 4 sold out in the U.S. even faster than the U.K.

    Both models of the Nexus 4 appear to have sold out in the U.S. in minutes. I was able to successfully purchase a Nexus 10, but it took more than ten tries.

    - Rick
  • I don't know what to make of this...

    What does the Google spokeswoman mean when she says ""We're not sure when it will be available again"?

    Wouldn't Google know when their inventory would be up again? Come on!

    As far as I can see, even the Nexus 10 is sold out (at least on the UK Play website).
    • Unlikely.

      They'll have their initial launch stock, which is gone. They are now waiting on deliveries they know to have shipped. Now they're 90% certain that the first of these deliveres are expected to arrive in the wahrehouse say friday... Well they won't tell you that because they don't yet know if something will happen en route, a warehouse issue, or even if the whole order will be available. If they tell you we'll have them online saturday,(allowing a day to enter the system) 10,000 people log on to find that actually the stock hasn't cleared into the system yet; they're annoyed because you said saturday. If they don't set expectations, they can't let you down. At the end of the day at this stage there is nothing that can be done about the stock levels, so they say they don't know. It's standard - pop into an applr store and ask about the mini or some i5 models, they'll always say they don't know when their deliveries arrive either... Doesn't seem likely does it?
  • Google is playing with fans..

    Google is playing with fans, nexus will not be available at Play Store until mid February -