Google Play Store Now Suggests Nexus 4 Purchase From T-Mobile?

Judging by the sudden rise in my emails, it seems that a number of you have caught a change to the Play Store today, specifically the order pages for the Nexus 4. We’re not sure exactly when this began, but as of this writing, Google’s Play Store has an extra “Special Offer from T-Mobile” and lists the Nexus 4 on a two-year agreement for just $199.

It’s peculiar that this same message shows up on the 8GB order page as well, considering T-Mobile only carries the 16GB model. The Play Store link takes you directly to T-Mobile’s order page for the Nexus 4, which begs the question, why is Google directing traffic away from its own store? Setting that question aside for the moment, the T-Mobile link also lists an out-of-stock Nexus 4, so no matter which way you go about trying to purchase the device right now, you’re going to come up short.

The lack of inventory for both parties definitely has us wondering why Google is directing traffic to T-Mobile, instead of fulfilling future orders through their own channels? It’s a question we’d like an answer to, but likely won’t get. Either way, we’re hopeful that at either the Play Store or T-Mobile will have the Nexus 4 back in-stock soon.

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  • jian9007

    And when you go to the online store, it shows them as sold out (out of stock)! Unless you log-in and go to add-a-line, then it lets you add it to the cart.

    However, the Note 2 is only $199 (after $100 mail-in rebate, of course) on contract through Friday, instead of the usual $369.

  • Lanh Nguyen

    for some reason I got an email from whohas.it saying it was back in stock but yet everything is out of stock. Unless it was back in stock for only 5 mins.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000547911441 Josh Wolfe

    I may punch a baby if they stop offering it through the play store… Naturally I didn’t have the cash at the moment to get in on the first round.

  • Trevnerdio

    Is Google floundering on their own phone sale process again? Come on, should have learned from the Nexus One.

  • JB

    If I was to guess, maybe it’s part of their exclusive partnership, ya know to help T-Mobile acquire some customers… Google doesn’t lose in this situation as they get their money either way, I would imagine…

  • NardVa

    Google = Fail with Nexus 4 launch. Biggest shopping day of the year is Black Friday and nobody can buy a Nexus 4.

    • Dakota

      You’re right..such poor planning.. Makes Google look as bad add T-Mobile usually does making them a perfect pair

      • WW

        Yeah, Google is a complete failure.

        • Qayin

          Lol @WW

    • Zombie Killer

      Let us actually think about this for a moment, shall we? If a particular day is the ‘biggest shopping day of the year’, which I seriously doubt (its just MARKETED as that, and you’re a sucker for believing that), then it doesn’t actually mean that anything additional is sold because of that day. It just means that people have been trained to HOLD OFF for that day. In other words, for the month leading UP TO that day, sales are EXTRA SLOW, then the difference is suddenly sold on that specific day.

      The reality is that this is nothing but a STOCK TURNOVER day. The retailers all got together to decide that this is the day they want to BLOW OUT all of last year’s merchandise, which will be absolutely worthless as soon as the new stock starts arriving. Nexus 4 is *NEW MERCHANDISE*, it isn’t going to be time to blow it out until NEXT year. If you want the “black friday deal” on a nexus phone, the one you should be looking at is GALAXY NEXUS — OLD merchandise being blown out.

      In fact, they planned PERFECTLY so that new Nexus 4 isn’t available in large quantity until AFTER this year’s stock turnover day.

      GOOD PLANNING GOOGLE!!! Very well planned!

      • whiteiphoneproblems

        That doesn’t make much sense. Google doesn’t offer the GNex any longer, so there is no “old” stock… the N4 is the phone they’re selling now. The point about Black Friday is that (obv.) a lot of people do much of their holiday shopping in the days immediately after T’giving, and folks only have so many spaces on the gift list to fill. You would think Google would want a piece of that action, as most retailers do — even the notoriously sale-averse Apple is having their (once-yearly) sale tomorrow (although, to your point, I think it’s true that they don’t put the newest models on sale).

    • itWasntMe

      Go cry a river dude the phone is already $349.99 w/out a contract

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jamille-Browne/1184321457 Jamille Browne

    Google better ship my device soon

  • Lanh Nguyen

    Um…

  • noelsito

    I think Google really wants to promote the Nexus brand and that’s why it’s selling it for such a low price and it’s using T-Mobile on the Play Store because it gets more profit from the phones bought by T-Mobile. Well at least that’s what I think, correct me if I’m wrong.

  • john

    very misleading title! they are not recommending it they simply are just posting it.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      I changed it to suggests, but suggest/recommends, I’d an argument could be made for the use of either word here. It’s still strange of Google to add this in.

      • .A.J.

        I see it as advertising for a partner. It makes sense in that while the phone is relatively cheap unlocked, some people wouldn’t mind signing a contract in order to pay even less. I just find it sad that they posted that while the phone is not available. I’m going to buy it from the Play Store, when it’s available. I’m saving my upgrade for after T-Mobile has LTE up and running in my area.

      • davedsone

        I think they are trying to help out a carrier that carries the “pure” version. Let’s face it, it’s only $199 if you have an upgrade, otherwise you do better buying from google. It doesn’t really hurt them, and it encourages T-mo to offer a phone that Google wants out there. Win/win. Win.

  • trife

    This whole release is just one huge ball of fail. First the no pre-order thing, which led to people thinking their order went through…..only to find out the N4 is backordered. Fail.

    Then we have the bumper case. How the hell is a bumper case sold out? Yeah, yeah I know…it takes time to manufacture them. But c’mon…there should’ve been a plethora of these things to go around. This is a product that is cheap to produce. Now the next best option is eBay where they’re going for $60-$80. Fail.

    We also have the wireless charging orb. So you tout wireless charging as one of the selling points of the N4 and even show off your orb in the heavily-viewed “The Verge” video. But it isn’t for sale on launch date. Nor has there been ANY mention of when it’ll be available. Fail.

    And now this. Rerouting traffic to T-Mobile, who is also sold out. And this coming Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year. FAIL.

    • whiteiphoneproblems

      They royally screwed the pooch. Three years in, and the Nexus program still isn’t ready for prime time.

      • trife

        I’d say that the device itself is VERY ready for primetime. I love mine and I couldn’t be happier with it. There are a few letdowns (mainly the camera for me), but the hardware/software are top notch, IMO. If this was distributed like the S3 and was on all the major carriers, I think it would do VERY well.

        But they really need to straighten out the kinks in the way they get their product to consumers. You can have the best product in the world, but if you don’t have an efficient and hassle-free way of getting it to consumers, what do you really have? Reading some of the forums online, I’m seeing numerous people flat out canceling their backordered Nexus 4 orders after this debacle. I’m sure those canceling are a drop in the bucket compared to people keeping their orders, but still the damage has been done. Stuff like this makes people think twice about dealing with you, which is a shame because this Google product is amazing.

        • Dakota

          So the camera isn’t a lot better than the gnex? What@volume? The one I tested in a store only seemed like a Tony bit better. With all the’issues’not feeling an urgency to upgrade handsets. The speed test in the store didn’t even lead to a 4 win.. And gnex got the 4.2 update less than 24 hours after the launch.

        • trife

          The camera is definitely better than the Galaxy Nexus. I didn’t expect photos to be iPhone 5 quality, but I was hoping for better. The camera isn’t bad at all–just not what I’d like to see.

          And the volume levels are fine. The only thing is that if you lay your phone flat, the volume is muted because the speaker will be covered. Not a dealbreaker for me, albeit a small design flaw. But in terms of volume alone, this speaker blows the GNex away.

          Trust me when I say this is worth the upgrade, if you can find one!

        • MEWJ

          You make some very valid points, but it appears more and more that nothing really is what it seems anymore….My point is the GS3 at this point may go down as Androids first profit answer to I phone…..but I believe its that very reason that other devices are swept aside with even better specs…..Also if you really take a second and thing about tech culture and how they have involved all of these bloggers and reviewers to essentially tell you and what and what not to buy…..prime example…the Samsung succes with Gs3…is now being pushed towards the Galaxy Note2….it’s like they obviously dont want the numbers to end, so the same company releases another larger version of the GS3 and piggyback the success….Meanwhile Droid DNA will get pushed to the side…the verizon customer is usually not the Tmobile customer and thats based on class and income….HTC will fail because they chose the money over making the device more accessible to more people….anyway glad to hear a real life take on the phone, Thanks!

        • techpro1993

          Biggest Problem with S3 and Note is the physical button. It’s so yelling yesterday’s technology. I will never get a Samsung phone until they fix this, just like I will never get iphone with that ugly home button.

    • Qayin

      I don’t think its ever a failure when you sell out of something !

  • https://plus.google.com/102290060063255149992 Alek Tritt

    Too bad they have none in stock.

    • Bamaloosa

      Got my nexus 4 11/19/12 after being backordered for 2 days. It’s the best android I’ve ever had! Smooth no lag. Got 19 hrs of battery life today. The new gesture KB is amazing. Photo sphere is something to see. 5 stars simply amazing phone. Plus when Google is ready to go past 4.2jb you’ll be the first to get it.:). Unlike these phone carriers who are 1-2yrs behind. The quad core S4 processor is like cutting a twig off a tree with a chainsaw. It’s worth the wait.

  • FILA

    cuz maybe google is getting more money back on t-mobile side of things

  • Ashley

    Some stores like mine had them in stock. Only five total for today… They are scarce but can be found. Call your local store and they know the one that will get them first. Only certain stores carry it for now and in very limited quantities.

  • fixxmyhead

    i think they heavily under estimated the demand and are having a hard time producing them

  • Joseph Lagalla

    My guess is that google is backordered, so they are directing traffic away in the hopes that T-Mobile has not done the same and will have stock available to consumers sooner than they can.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DSwagg09 Dion Mac

    Well this ex retention specialist gets to tell his tail YAY!!! So, yesterday I called around to a few store in the area hoping to find a store with the Nexus. Luckily for me, the second store knew exactly what store would have it on live display and possibly in stock. 25 minute drive, cool! I get there and they have two nexii(sp?) left. F’n SWEET!

    SN: I was only getting it from tmobile because of EIP.

    Back to story… I played with the display, just to be sure its what I want. No crowd, so I took my time. Get to the counter, she pulls up my acct, tells me I had EIP available (shocker b/c I was past due until just that morning and usually it takes forever to reset itself) but Im very excited at this point. So after a while, I start to wonder whats taking so long. Then I hear her say to her co worker, “I don’t see the Nexus in the system.” Dude comes over and rechecks. #Nothing. He suggested to her do it manually but then I couldn’t do EIP. At this point, I could literally smell the Nexus thru the box… figuratively. Needless to say, I didn’t get the phone!!!

    Not mad, but only because it makes better since to save a hundred fifty more dollars and save a hundred and fifty one dollars 0_o (tmobile EIP down payment(200.00 plus $20 for 20 months = $500) vs play store out right $349, but yall knew that). Anyway, these thunder monkeys really dropped the orb(pun intended) on this release. Great phone, terrible way to get it. That is all!

    • philly8

      she could have just went straight to pos and clicked eip instead of going thru the upgrade system lol

      • http://www.facebook.com/DSwagg09 Dion Mac

        @1d70ab228478788fa24491725155e887:disqus Let me tell you… They were two point away from being ratchet. No class at all. Im surprised they didn’t know what they were doing. But to respond to what big crazy said up there. I was past due… UNTIL THAT GAH SCRAM MORNING. And the only reason I was past due is because I setup a payment arrangment, wanted to go ahead a pay it early but I figured id get double charged. So @mewj:disqus again, Im an ex Retention Specialist. I know what the hell is going on more than the scram dealers half the time. Oh, and she actually had the device in her hand, she just couldn’t sell it to me unless i didn’t use EIP because it wasn’t in the system(T motha faqn mobiles computer ish!). Again as an ex rep, I can see why/how that would happen.

        • http://www.facebook.com/DSwagg09 Dion Mac

          Oh, and three hours later, I now have the Nexus 4. Ha!

        • MEWJ

          Ok, so you can clarify that this phone can be purchased with the EIP? Also, when would you estimate stock availability to improve on this device??

    • MEWJ

      Ok…Listen to me ans listen to me good…I have the Value plan…and some of what you just said made sense….Now let’s deal with rest! Ok you say you were past due up until that morning…PLEASE CLARIFY!! DID YOU PAY THE PAST DUE BILL OR DID YOU SOMEHOW THINK THE EIP FINANCING WOULD HAPPEN ANYWAY??

      Now let’s back up a little…If you called and got an on hand count for two
      devices…Did you confirm over the phone that they were available or did you assume the clerks were accurate with saying they had two???One thing appears to be a fact about this launch…Any store that actually has a live demo….has or had the device in stock. Another fact is you HAD to be in at an official T mobile retail shop, because to my knowledge only a real T mobile store would have it(as far as the T mobile end of this horrible launch goes). Also what SYSTEM are they or you talking about….???

      ANYONE IN THAT STORE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO TELL YOU HOW MANY THEY INITIALLY RECEIVED….AND THE ONLY SYSTEM AN ACTUAL T MOBILE STORE USES IS A SERIES OF LOCKING CABINETS AND OR BACKROOM AREA. I don’t know about you but if I call a store and they tell me they have two of something I may want….short of very likely circumstances..LIKE THEY GOT BOUGHT BEFORE I GOT THERE…WHATEVER ITEM IN QUESTION SHOULD BE THERE…….NOW LEVEL WITH US ALL……!!!!

      Sounds like you got pumped about this device and figured if they had it and you liked it…YOU made an attempt to buy it, BUT STILL OWE A PAST DUE BILL, GOT SOUR…PROBABLY GIVE THE RUN AROUND(HINTS THIS SYSTEM YOU MENTIONED)…….and got brought back to reality, T mobile will NOT sell you or any Value plan customer a new device with any money owed…..For those of you who don’t know….When you get a Value rate plan you are issued initially $400 per line you have..that acts as your credit line and only 400 can be applied to any one phone. So it’s sounding like our friend here thought he could get over on his own plan rate…..and cop the phone before paying his bill. Many of you also dont realize…..Launch dates are arranged around the Value or post paid accounts due dates…and that standard date for most if not all is, the 13th of each month. This is why T mobile didn’t do there’s until…11/14….and this seemingly lame partnership with Google probably had them agree to Sunday 11/13 for the play store. What angers me as a customer is that so much actual truth is being left out. Google can manage to produce not one but two nexus 7 tab’s realizing a 32 bit model would really be a sweeter deal! Then they add a 10 inch model!!!!!
      Samsung is saying they have sold well over 30 million Galaxy s3 phones since june…..BUT GOOGLE WITH ALL THAT THEY HAVE AND DO FOR THE TECH WORLD COULD HAVE LAUNCHED THIS PHONE ANY BETTER THAN THIS?? I’ll bet you there aint a T mobile out of a Galaxy S3….This entire launch seems to be falling apart due to nothing but greed and poor marketing. This phone may never really get its due because if T mobile REALLY HAD ITS WAY it would be $599, so they settled on $499…but google say’s its only worth $349…then the classic plan people can buy it for $250….even though t mobile plasters $199 EVERYWHERE!
      REBATES DONT COUNT UNTIL YOU RECEIVE THEM THEREFORE ASSUME IT’S $ 250 UNTIL YOU GET IT!……THIS PHONE IS SHOWING GREED AND RETAIL DECEPTION IN WAYS NEITHER GOOGLE OR T MOBILE BELIEVE WILL HURT THEM……BUT IT JUST MAY VERY WELL DO SO……IN CLOSING I WANNA SAY, I DONT BELIEVE FOR A SECOND SUPPLY IS AN ISSUE OVER A PHONE MANY DONT EVEN KNOW ABOUT….BOTH COMPANIES WANT THE TECH HUNGRY PEOPLE TO GO BUY ANOTHER GALAXY…IS THIS WAR BETWEEN APPLE AND ANDROID…..THEY DONT CARE THAT WERE THE PAWNS WHO ARE WILLING TO BE TREATED LESS THAN A CONSUMER OVER AN ITEM MOST OF US WILL STILL BUY ANYWAY…..AND DUDE…PAY THAT BILL!

      • MEWJ

        Again….off subject but a valid comparison…Google has managed to release 3 new tablets withing a few months….but somehow couldn’t estimate the supply and demand ration any better than this…and lets not forget initial batches of the Nexus 4 go back to probably June or earlier…do your youtube research…I would even go out on a limb and say they probably delayed the release date banking on the success of the GS3..and 30 million units and counting….Google profited just as much as Samsung…did someone forget Google/Android are the same company! Who knows how long it takes to produce a large number of phones….but we all would be stupid to really think Nexus 4 is unavailable, and Google should have never allowed T mobile to go to market with there product selling it for more….just stupid….and you dont have to be a business major to know they could have worked out a deal….that would have simply used T mobile as an addition purchase location…..Again those Galaxy S3 stats say a lot about what these companies and phone makers are capable of…..It appears that Google must have forgotten about the appeal of the pure android experience and figured lets let to mo help with the launch…..BAD IDEA GOOGLE…BAD IDEA.

        • http://www.facebook.com/DSwagg09 Dion Mac

          I want whatever pills your popping because your on a serious trip! Im going to respond to @ philly8 about your concern b/c I just cant with you right now!

  • kresk

    I was able to order one from T-mobile via CC the first day it was available. Got it on the fifteenth and a couple days later I started getting a creaking sound near the volume button every time I applied pressure to that area. For a few days I tried to ignore it but it started driving me crazy. I called CC back yesterday and they are sending me a new one Friday (tomorrow). A little bummed but not mad. Phones have glitches sometimes and I understand that. If the sound started a few months in I probably wouldn’t have bothered exchanging. Since I wasn’t even a week in I figured it was a justifiable concern. Just sharing my story, it wasn’t meant to deter anyone from getting one of these. Believe me when I say that this phone is nothing short of amazing!!

  • archerian

    is it just me or does clicking the link do nothing but reload the same page? The link looks like the usual ad-click-redirect link, so maybe Google is making thousands off just the page-clicks alone by now… edit: their html has a spacing error that seems to prevent the link from functioning properly, looks like someone was editing the page with his turkey in the oven ;)

  • philly8

    thats what happens when u get LG to make a device…Fail

    • Josue

      I see what you did there

  • niididdy

    Google just suckled this time around! And I’m still waiting for my phone…

  • Mirad77

    Google I just want the phones I ordered and couldn’t careless of whatever you post on playstore.

  • monchis

    I believe the phone is actually 199+ 50 mail in rebate with classic plans. So it’s 150.

  • alex !


    A link for those future Nexus Owners that Adobe Flash Player can be supported and Colors on Led notification are nice!

  • AM3RIG

    Why you would buy this w/ onboard-8GB & 4inch screen for $500+ over GNOTE 2? So why not you buy GNOTEII for $650 or less?

  • AndroidProfit

    Google YET AGAIN blows THEIR 4th Nexus release.

    It’s honestly as if Google JUST DOESNT CARE!

    WE HEAR YOU LOUD AND CLEAR GOOGLE! You are SCREAMING…. PLEASE BUY OUR COMPETITORS PRODUCTS!!

  • dethduck

    They are no longer pointing to T-Mobile to purchase it, likely as T-Mobile is out of stock as well.

  • Foogle

    Im so pissed, Im just going to get an AT&T Iphone 5 with LTE. Kiss my ass google!