16GB Nexus 4: Gone in 20 minutes on Google Play Store in Australia

by: Bams SadewoJanuary 31, 2013

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Oops, the Nexus 4 has done it again. We told you yesterday that the flagship Nexus phone was returning to Google Play in Australia. It looks like buyers didn’t waste a single moment to wipe the virtual shelves clean, as the 16GB variant of the phone is now no longer available for purchase.

This sure feels like a déjà vu, except that is has actually happened before. This time, the stock on the Play Store was exhausted in just 20 short minutes. Fortunately, all isn’t lost as you can still get the 8GB Nexus 4 there, which we don’t think will stay that way for too long.

There’s no telling when Google will restock the Nexus 4 in 16GB flavor. If you don’t mind paying extra, you may want to consider grabbing it from Harvey Norman instead, as it will start offering the phone in its stores starting tomorrow, albeit in a limited quantity. The 16GB model can be had for AUS$496.

So, did you manage to grab the 16GB Nexus 4 today from the Play Store? Disappointed about the stock problem? Hit the comments below.

  • Tarek Assaf

    Since I live in a country different then the ones where you can buy from the playstore, I had no choice but to buy through amazon and get it via a forwarder. I literally paid double for it.
    Google should make the presence worldwide.

  • Jamie

    Wow… 20 minutes? I actually managed to get my hands on one, so I must have made my purchase just at the right time. Cannot wait to get my hands on it, have been waiting for new Nexus goodness for such a long time. Will be kinda sad to finally retire my trust Samsung Nexus S though… It has served me well!

  • 750,000+ already

    October: 70,000 devices produced
    November: 90,000
    Dec: 210,000
    January: 500,000+

    from decoding the serial number (according to XDA Developers users)

    Phone produced in Oct had serial#
    10000 19th of Oct, AUS8BK
    20000 USA
    60000 AUS
    70123 ATMOBK (t-mobile)

    Something like 70k devices produced in October

    73000 1-th AO2UBK (O2 UK model)
    75000 5-th AO2UBK
    80000 5-th AO2UBK
    85000 21-th (?) AUKGBK – strange,
    90000 9-th AUS8BK
    92000 10-th AUS8BK
    95000 – USA
    109000 – GER
    110000 – UK
    132000 – USA
    138000 – USA
    150000 – USA
    160000 – AUSGBK

    265133 14-th ADEUBK GERMANY
    266133 15-th AHKGBK Hong Kong
    267133 15-th AHKGBK Hong Kong
    268133 15-th ADEUBK GERMANY
    269133 15-th ADEUBK GERMANY
    270133 15-th ASWSBK SWS Switzerland (looks like around 500 units)
    271133 16-th AISRBK Israel
    272133 15-th ADEUBK Germany
    273133 15-th AHKGBK Hong Kong
    274133 15-th AHKGBK Hong Kong
    275133 15-th AHKGBK Hong Kong
    277133 17-th AHKGBK Hong Kong
    278133 17-th AHKGBK Hong Kong
    279133 16-th AMYSBK
    280123 17-th AMYSBK
    289000 18-th UK
    300123 19-th ADEGBK
    305112 19-th ACA8BK
    306000 28-Oct (?) AUSGBK, 211KPPB306000 “csn” is also very different from the “surroundings”
    306001 8-Oct AUSGBK 211KPHG306001 esnoutgodate=null >>Never shipped?
    306009 4-th Dec AUSGBK 212KPHG306009 esnoutgodate=null
    306010 19-th AUS8BK 212KPYR306010 esnoutgodate=null
    306020 19-th AUS8BK esnoutgodate=null
    314001 19-th AFRGBK
    314002 19-th ADEGBK
    314050 19-th ADEGBK
    314123 19-th ADEGBK
    315112 19-th ADE8BK
    319123 20-th ADEGBK
    320123 20-th ADEGBK
    321123 20-th AAUGBK
    325112 20-th AUSGBK
    330123 20-th AUSGBK
    340123 21-th ACAGBK
    350123 22-th AUS8BK
    360123 26-th AUSGBK
    365123 27-th AUS8BK
    370123 27-th AUSGBK
    374110 28-th AUSGBK

    January 2013
    375110 2-th AUS8BK
    377110 3-th ASFRBK
    381110 2-th ASFRBK
    385110 3-th AGBRBK GBR “UNITED KINGDOM” – a new retailer? Play store was a AUKGBK
    390110 3-th AUSGBK
    395110 4-th AUSGBK
    399110 3-th ATMOBK
    400110 4-th AUSGBK
    406110 4-th AUSGBK
    445110 9-th ATMOBK
    450110 9-th ATMOBK
    451110 8-th ANEUBK “EUROPE OPEN” – something new
    455110 8-th ANEUBK
    456110 8-th ACAGBK CANADA_OPEN
    461110 8-th ATMOBK
    463110 8-th ADEGBK
    465110 8-th ADEGBK
    467110 9-th ADEGBK
    469110 9-th ADEGBK
    471110 9-th ATMOBK
    474110 9-th ATMOBK
    476110 9-th ATMOBK
    479110 9-th AUS8BK
    482110 9-th ATMOBK
    487110 10-th AUKGBK
    489110 10-th AUKGBK
    491110 10-th AAVCBK VIDEOTRON – seems to be a Canadian telco?
    493110 10-th ADEUBK
    495110 10-th ADEUBK
    497110 10-th AISRBK
    499500 10-th AUKGBK
    502035 11-th AUSGBK
    507035 11-th AUSGBK
    512035 11-th AUS8BK
    513035 11-th AUS8BK

    650986 – 18th of January
    752,xxx – 22nd of January

    834,xxx – 27nd of January

    933,xxx -30th of January

    • Joey

      Why is this garbage posted on every Nexus 4 post?

  • le_lutin

    It’s still available to buy through the play store in the UK, 24 hours after it went on sale.

  • jeremy

    Still here in Canada too.. Of course I bought an Optimus G. :-(

  • jeremy

    Think I may just buy one too. Lol

  • Cazman

    No it lasted longer than 20 minutes (as per the source article)
    I got mine 40 minutes after it went on sale, and stock lasted a lot longer.

  • GadgetLover
  • Anton Martin

    20 minutes, that’s an eternity, here in Spain it only lasted 9 minutes

  • wwizzard

    No it lasted much longer than that I purchased at 8:20 and I got dispatch notice last night :)