That was pretty quick. Just hours after Google began referring customers to T-Mobile, the Nexus 4 is now out of stock on the carrier’s online store.
T-Mobile carried the 16GB version of the Nexus 4, which was available for $199 with a 2-year agreement. Google has offered the same device for $349 SIM-free, which is an amazing proposition, no matter how you look at it. Sadly, the Nexus 4/10 launch was a fiasco, and many people were forced to look for alternatives, including eBay and T-Mobile.
Now, T-Mobile seems to have exhausted its supplies of Nexus 4’s, although you might still find devices in brick-and-mortar stores.
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Patience is a virtue; perhaps the single most important virtue for without it we almost invariably leap when we should stay put.
The Nexus 4 is a truly excellent phone and value, however if you go out and get yourself roped into a contract you are, in my opinion, being just as foolish and un-circumspect as the average guy who responds to the siren song of “…come to us, we’ll make it easy” sung ad nauseum up by the contract carriers.
Is there anyone out there who doesn’t know for a fact that with the obvious home run Google has hit with their Nexus 4 that they will product more! lol
Of course they will; and just as assuredly in about 3 or 4 months other manufacturers are going to have comparable phones or ones that exceed the Nexus 4 at a similar price point. That’s what capitalism and the free market do – when not constricted by monopolistic agendas devised by fruit cakes.
Here’s what I predict – take it or leave it – very shortly we will have at least one, probably more, Nexus “killers” available and their manufacturers will address the three greatest weaknesses the Nexus 4 has:
1. No removable battery
2. No micro SD card
3. No LTE compatibility.
When that happens I will be one of their first customers, after its been out about 3 months and others have had the opportunity to experience, report on and the manufacturer has had time to fix the bugs all new devices invariably, understandably have.
And then, because I exercise patience and didn’t rush in where fools love to tread, I will have a phone more or less equal to a Galaxy SIII – if not with new tech in it – and one that will serve my interests not that of a carrier or support the lack of foresight that Google displayed by not choosing to eschew the aforementioned 3 negatives.
Some people don’t mind being under contract. T-Mobile long term customers only pay $200 for early termination. Also some people like to insure there phones passed the basic manufacture warranty.
There’s always something better around the corner (especially for Android users). But at this price w/ these specs you may be wrong that someone will come out with a device and sell it so cheaply like Google has been able to do.
If we are afraid to be wrong it means we will be afraid to think new thoughts and use our imagination the way God intended us to. This is why the best leaders encourage brainstorming – gathering their people together, and saying “This is our problem; what I want are ideas, suggestions, I DO NOT CARE how crazy they may sound, or whether at first light they seem ridiculous or unworkable, I just want all the ideas you can come up with; I want all the wheat and chaff you can give me. Then, we’ll sort it all out later, and maybe if we’re lucky, as we tend to be when we do this together, one of us will be able to see at least the beginning of a solution that we can build upon and/or even pull in related ideas from other ideas that could support it.”
This is how all the truly great, Level 5 (see Jim Collins’ “Good to Great” book) have conducted themselves.
Ummm, dude… There is no god.
Any phone that comes close to LGs Nexus in specs cost twice as much. So in three months you think the best phone on the market will be released and you’ll be able to buy it for $350 unlocked. Doubt it….
Wouldn’t be the first time I’ve been wrong. sms
Time will tell; the important point is that if one allows oneself to be blown hither and yon by this gust of marketing hype or that, and buy into the “this is THE best deal and the “you’ll never get a better deal” sales pressure that most advertising and salesmen/women employ, then you – without any exception – will find that you have a made choice that ultimately poorly serves you, but does serve oh so well their agendas.
Given I don’t expect I will find myself facing summary execution for not buying now, I will therefore bide my time, and if it takes 9 months, so be it, vive la différence!
Agreed. The people who really need to learn patience, are the people purchasing these phones at $150-$200 mark up from private sellers. Saw the $20 bumper case on eBay for over $60. That’s insane!
Let’s look at it this way, the only way any of us learns patience – sadly or humorously as the case may be – is by experiencing first hand the fact that being impatient doesn’t work because it goes completely counter to intelligent thinking.
Intelligent thinking presupposes that before you act in anything that is of serious import – and with which you are going to be stuck living for a year or two – that you sit back, get a hold on your emotions and think your decision through. But that is, frankly, and as a professional salesman I can speak with authority on this subject, the last thing the average (not the best, but rather the average) salesperson wants you to do.
The average salesperson – rather than taking the time to get to know you and your situation – i. e. what your lifestyle is about, what you have seen that interests you, what you don’t like about your current phone (or whatever product) that you’d like to see changed and also what price range you can comfortably handle – doesn’t give a good God damn about any of that. All they want is to do is “close you”, signed on the dotted line and out the door with your new whatever before think twice and experience “buyers remorse”.
Fact is, everyone of us – myself included has fallen for that tactic – but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn and profit from the experience.
I wonder where are the naysayers now! The so called “Tech Experts” said that this phone will be a bomb due to the lack of LTE and yet the phone flew off the shelves in minutes and Google/LG is going to have a hard time keeping up with demand. I guess the Holy Grail LTE is not as important to people as many make it out to be. Maybe its the low, no contract price that is making people buy this awesome phone, but what do I know, I’m just one of those so called “idiots” who will buy a phone in 2012 without LTE.
PS all of you fools that are buying this phone at ridiculous prices on EBAY and getting stuck on contracts with T-Mobile, you have missed the whole point of this phone and I pity the fool!
Why the hell would someone buy this phone for $199 with a 2 year contract from T-Mobile when you can buy it sim unlocked for $299??!
Because it’s THEIR money. Let them do with it what they will.