LG Nexus 4 Demo Units Begin Arriving In T-Mobile Stores

With just a few days left before the Nexus 4 officially launches to the world, at least a few T-Mobile stores are beginning to receive some demo units. Before you rush out now to your local store, we know that the Nexus 4 will only be available in select T-Mobile stores thanks to the launch announcement, so we’d suggest phoning ahead. Our best guess is that high traffic and high volume locations are the most likely suspects to receive devices for sale. Still, that’s just a guess at this point so don’t take it as gospel.

In the meantime, as you countdown the last few days before you definitively can buy from either T-Mobile or Google’s Play Store, you can take a peak at some pics and imagine that’s your hand.

Quick spec reminder:

  • 4.7″ HD Gorilla Glass 2 display
  • 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor
  • 8 megapixel rear camera
  • 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal memory
  • 2100mAh battery
  • HSPA+ 42Mbps capable
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • NFC
  • Wireless charging

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  • My money can’t wait….

  • curiousgeorge

    so is it 100% confirmed that there will not be Wifi Calling?

    • yes, it’s a Nexus device. “TRUE” Nexus devices aren’t supposed to include ANY carrier apps, including those that may be useful. And no, the Verizon GN was NOT a true Nexus so that doesn’t count. T-Mobile likes to keep the authentic Nexus experience.

      • ghulamsameer

        Honestly, I would be willing to give up Wifi calling for a true Android experience.

        • Cozzy

          You don’t have to totally give it up. Use a program called gooveip from google play. Free calls in the US and canada over wifi as well as cell data networks (cell data feature works only on the paid version).

        • Nearmsp

          T-mobile Wi-Fi calling is free world wide to the US. Only T-mobile’s bobsled comes close but it shows up a MA random number rather than your own like the UMA/Wi-fi calling by T-mobile.

      • T-mobile is like Androids awesome Uncle man they don’t mess with a true experience and they back their nephew as if its their own.

      • Dakota

        When I first got the gnex I was on tmo prepaid. Tmo apps appeared when I started but the good thing is they could all be deleted

        • wise

          No, they didn’t just appear; they reinstall based on your previous phone’s apps.

      • Am I the only one who had issues with WiFi calling anyway? I have 6mbps down high speed internet at that. I would always have this random noise in the background, or my voice amplified or echo’d. I always wanted to make the best use of WiFi calling, but my call quality never matched the call quality on T-Mobile’s mobile network.

    • brian

      If you know how to root i’m sure the developers will come out with something for that

      • jian9007

        That would be nice, but unfortunately, T-Mobile’s Wi-Fi calling is
        closed source. It’s put in at the kernel level of the phone’s OS. You would need a custom kernel to implement it, assuming you had the necessary code. I hope they open source it one day so we can put it on Nexus phones and into custom ROM’s.

        • Don’t doubt XDA they can make ish happen but they aren’t too into illegal acts though.

    • Y314K

      TMobile could make the Wifi calling .apk available for Nexus 4 users easily… But I doubt they would care to do that for their customers…

      • Terry

        Wifi calling supported on N4

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    • zalo

      Tmo Posted their N4 docs and they include a section about Wifi Calling. http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-5015#WiFi_Calling

  • Josue

    rather get the unlocked version

    • Sapphire3g

      There is no locked version, regardless of the vendor. At least that is my understanding.

      • Miguel Angel Portela

        I think he means tied up to T-Mobile.

    • Why?

      • atari37

        Because it’s a lot cheaper.

        • Josue

          dude the 16GB unlocked version is $350 the TMO variant is $499 w/o a contract…so its kinda a no brainer

        • jaZzyjeff

          I think he means cheaper as in $199 on a Classic Plan.

        • Josue

          did you forget the $50 M.I.R?

        • od312

          If you’re talking price, of course. I didnt know your motive. That’s why I asked

  • Richard Yarrell

    If your on tmobile be happy to walk into your nearest tmobile store and purchase this device. That’s something many people on other networks wish they can do but they can’t so I guess they will hate..Tmobile is the spot for this device unlimited data usage and a great monthly bill with an excellent network. LTE is extremely overrated and your battery life will be excellent on hspa plus 42mbps network.

    • archerian

      “If you’re on tmobile be happy to walk into your nearest tmobile store, try out the Nexus 4 display piece and purchase this device from Google Play”

    • Nearmsp

      yes, but why would anyone pay extra by buying this at a t-mobile store (not to mention sales tax) when one can buy it on-line tax free from Google? Am i missing something here? If it is just to make other people jealous, well, I am more interested in seeing my bank balance than what other people think of me.

      • The tax actually depends on the state. I had to pay tax for my Gnex from the Play Store. (In Cali)

        • JRomeo

          I paid tax on the nexus from google play store here in florida….. maybe its the same in all states.

  • scb1898

    So jealous right now.

  • Nik

    Getting a Nexus 4 from T-mobile is one of the biggest rip offs. Just by it unlocked from Google for $300 8gb or $350 16gb and save money in the long run.

    • Dakota

      Once again their actions totally go against their value brand they’re trying to promote. When you can buy the phone from Google for 100-150 more, there’s no logical reason to buy from T-Mobile ..even if for some reason you like contracts or u need unlimited data, buy from Google and sign value. Was gonna say use StraightTalk but I’ve had a Tmo Sim w them for 10 days & randomly each day my connection stops working & I have to reboot the phone. Their outsourced service is awful so planning another port

      • LC

        Don’t forget about the article that David woke earlier in the week…I tend to agree with him with the possibility of Google partially subsidizing the device through the Play Store.

        • Y314K

          David would be correct IF u didn’t see Nexus 7 tablets at the same price as the Play Store & even cheaper from Radio Shack now & from Office Depot during Black Friday (32GB Nexus 7 for $229)… So I think that point is not valid… I think it’s TMobile trying to make extra cash from the ignorant walk in buyers out there or Google not caring what LG charges other partners or resellers… Why can’t TMobile just make a huge order from the PlayStore to get the phone at the same price that Google is selling it for… I would understand a markup of $25 to $50… But $150… “come one son…”

        • No no, the problem lies with LG and their pricing. Look at the post I did on the Spanish retailers not selling the device because of LGs markup. T-Mobile is merely doing what they should do, that’s why I said I was wrong in my original editorial.

        • Y314K

          But I think it’s Google letting LG mark it up or turning a blind eye… I would think Asus would be willing to mark up the Nexus 7 by at least a $100-$150 too for non-playstore retailers… I doubt Google is subsidizing the Nexus 7 for every retailer… Google should fix this by letting the retailers order thru them or from them… That would force LG to give a better deal to retailers & carriers…

          At worst LG is probably selling the Nexus 4 to TMobile at the same price that Google will be selling it for… Instead of selling it at cost or for a small markup TMobile wants to get more cash from from Value customers while still hitting them up with a 2 year contract… Not cool…

      • Dakota

        Well I’m told no stores in Atlanta will even have it..so much for a big push.

  • Miguel Angel Portela

    I have a Galaxy S3 but I’m contemplating this. Mostly wondering about the battery life.

  • Johhnybegood4

    ARGHHH!! *throwing money at monitor*…. take my money now!!! I can buy 2 with what I paid for my full-priced Sensation last year!

    • MasterTan

      You bought a sensation LAST YEAR? Ahahahahaha.

      • czaplin

        I also bought one last year. What’s funny? It is still great piece of hardware with decent specs. However Nexus 4 will be my next phone. Sensation will be inherited by my wife :)

      • the sensation is a truly amazing phone with an amazing root community to back them up

  • Jeff Martinez

    Christmas is coming early can’t wait!

  • This looks cool, but I won’t be getting it.

  • Gavin Smith

    I wish I could give Google my $300 now and not have to wait til the 13th.

  • robotate

    called around, none near me. east bay cali.

  • Get_at_Me

    I wanna take a second to thank Verizon Wireless. They screwed up the Galaxy Nexus launch last yr to a point where Google wasnt willing to budge on terms with carriers. Kudos to TMO as well for accepting Google’s no nonsense stance concerning the N4.

    • archerian

      like Tmo has a choice? The fact that they priced it a few hundred dollars above the Google Play price shows the amount of support Tmo is putting behind the N4. The N4 is a great device and will be a success, but not from getting wildly sold off T-mo shelves.

      • UMA_Fan

        There’s still tons of people out there who buy retail. How many things are out there today that are much much cheaper online? People just like walking into a store and picking it up

        • archerian

          I agree there might be several people who like getting products in store, and this might actually be better for Classic Plan customers. But the N4 is not the typical phone that comes to a regular customer’s mind when they plan on getting a smartphone, and if they did some research into this device, they would easily figure out its available cheaper via Google Play. And if they walked into a T-mobile store, there is a good chance the store staff would steer them towards the Galaxy or some other model with greater margins. Also, many who like to buy in store do so as the online price difference is perhaps not worth the effort, but in this case, its quite a difference not just in terms of money but contract extension too. Am I saying there will be no N4 sold via Tmo? Absolutely not, but several factors preclude it from being sold at the same level as a Galaxy or similar.

      • Napster87

        that’s because t-mobile has to order them directly from LG who’s only give the 350 price tag to google. they’re not giving the same price to any other source. the price tag is not t-mobile’s choice.

        • archerian

          if that were true, either way like I said, Tmo doesn’t have a choice. I don’t think they are getting the N4 at a rate that needs them to sell the device at the price they are planning to. If they are, perhaps it could be due to not being able to commit to large volumes or marketing support. It could be more to do with not cannibalizing higher margin devices.

      • Jason Crumbley

        The price T-Mobile is selling it for is dictated by LG’s MSRP.

      • Dakota

        I called 2 stores this am & none even knew what a Nexus 4 was. They continue to be a joke. Months ago, I went in to ask @ diff between SG3 & HTC phones & the only answer I got was they’re made by different companiesSERIOUSLY!!

        • Dakota

          UPDATE..The corporate store manager called me back..NO STORE IN ATLANTA WILL HAVE WORKING NEXUS 4 PHONES!!!Unbelievable…not buying phone sight unseen.

        • JRomeo

          buying a nexus device sight unseen is a safe bet. they are high quality devices. I bought the Nexus One sight unseen, i bought the galaxy nexus sight unseen. no regrets.

        • Svengalis

          How is that a joke? Most phones are the same today with just different companies names on them!

  • MinionInNC

    If only this wasn’t a LG product.

    • BahamasGeek242

      I know man but I am taking the dive for the last time. I tried the LG G2x and it was a nightmare. So I ran to Sammy and HTC but I will give LG one more shot

  • Qbancelli

    This phone will change everything….in a good way.
    And all other carriers will hate it.

    “My money is on my hand and my finger is on the trigger/mouse”

  • tdizzle

    T-mobile should match the play store prices. Some people dont like to wait 2 years to get a new phone

    • Little T

      What is the difference? Just buy it and throw your SIM card in.

  • sarni84

    Yea baby! I will have this soon can’t wait! Some select stores will have it and they no nothing till the night before. I called a bout ten stores in the philly area. Basically they said they can’t put none aside and can’t preorder yet just have to go in! I just called T-Mobile and they said you have two upgrades for December but we will give U them early to get the nexus on 13th I’ll prolly just go through them. Anyone work in a philly T-Mobile store? ;)

  • BahamasGeek242

    A lot of people on here keep saying its a rip off to buy the phone from T-mobile but everyone has the same phone plan. I for example have a old plan from 2006 and I am not planning on leaving T-mobile so I could get the phone 16GB model for 150 less than the play store. I went into another corporate T-mobile store and the rep told me he would not make me change my plan and I could get a phone upgrade. unlimited min, free nights and weekend, 300txt Unlimited data (throttled after 5GB) $68.72 taxes included. I don’t use regular text much I use g-chat

  • TMoFan

    No wifi calling is a disappointment but it’s a tradeoff I’m willing to make. Plus this will hold me over until some LTE phones come out next year. I don’t think my G2 will make it until then.

  • Hoppysport

    Can somebody please help with an answer? With an unlocked Nexus 4 from the Play Store, will I be able to use the phone as a hotspot with the Tmo unlimited data plan? I can’t do that with my Galaxy Slll. Thanks

    • You can do it with a GS3 just download FoxFi from the Play store.

      • Hoppysport

        I’ve tried using FoxFi on my GS3 and my iPad 3. Whenever I try to connect, I get a connection error on the ipad. It’s infuriating.

        • Oh thats your problem Apple doesn’t fair well with Android products. In fact, I went with my family to bestbuy today to get some iPads because for some reason my family likes that stuff and I found out that the only bluetooth profiles that are supported are Apple devices and bluetooth peripherals… What a crock of crap!

        • jaZzyjeff

          My friend’s iPad Mini connected fine with my G2’s hotspot.

      • Yup. Works like a charm :)

    • Jason

      I lets me do it with my Galaxy Nexus…

    • ChristianMcC

      And works on my nexus s.

  • Dakota

    Well I want to test it in my hands first. Hoping the cam is better but if volume is as low as gnex, I’m out. Could barely even hear my GPS in a silent car with no people and no radio.

  • 21stNow

    I want to try this in-store before I buy it from the Play Store. I played with an Optimus G in an AT&T store this week. I didn’t like it. I had difficulty with the touchscreen, in that when I tried to scroll, I would end up selecting whatever my finger landed on instead of scrolling. Sometimes, using a device with the security tethers can lead to undesired performance. Because I’m skeptical of LG anyway, I have to try before I buy.

  • I went from my t nexus s to galaxy s3 and I was initially worried about bloatware, but it really isn’t bad on the s3. I have no regrets.

    • remister

      You don’t worry about it, as it has the specs to run all the apps right now. Wait until you have lots of apps, that will be time to root it, etc.

      • It doesn’t have it, it’s a generic manual. I wish people would do some research before telling the public something.

  • Yes JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So ummmmm what is the ACTUAL launch date for T-Mo?? I KNOW Google’s is Nov. 13th…But is T-Mo’s the same day?? Asking because Loyalty offered me a free early upgrade for this horrible radio and 7 HTC Sensations i have burned through and I called to confirm I can get this phone and they said “yes you can”…I didn’t get to ask if it was the same launch day. I know I have to call in and order with ONLY loyalty department. So I’m curious.

    • jaZzyjeff

      Nov. 14th for T-Mobile

  • The Other Jake

    Hey David! Any chance of T-Mo selling this through Best Buy? It appears Google and T-Mo have a TIGHT grip on this thing,so it might be a “no”…

    • It’s possible, but I don’t see it right now, there’s been no indication of third party sales.

      • The Other Jake

        Thanks for the info

      • wifi?

        So between gs3 and Nex4? Tough decision. The issue with either is that they would probably be good for about 7-12 months then something LTE, better, newer will come out no? Gs3 has wifi calling and this one does not. Figure gs3 will get jelly bean but nothing passed that…but geez, whatever phone I get I will want another/different one in like 7 months :)

  • TrentonKnew

    I am terrified that I’m gonna get this phone, and then 3 months later there will be a 32GB version for the same price.

    • ChristianMcC

      That’s exactly what I’m waiting for. For the time being I’m just going with a GNex off Craigslist from someone upgrading to this phone.

  • BizzaBoy

    I am sitting here and smiling. Haven been T-Mobile customer when it was still VoiceStream. I have a Classic Family plan from way back where unlimited texting and 3000 minutes and 5GB for 2 lines were $149. Now this plan has 6 lines ($5 a pop), and 2 additional $20 data contract for my older kiddos. Guess what, for me $200 via T-Mobile is cheaper than $350 in the Play-Store (assuming they don’t screw up my upgrade next week).

    • BizzaBoy

      One more quick comment. I added yesterday a line and got a “HTC One S” for $0. This one will end up getting CM10 flashed, and be rather close to the “Nexus 4”. If you are cheap, that might be the route to go to begin with.

  • Mobilewolf789

    Guys don’t forget you can also use the magic jack application to make free calls to US numbers as an option for wi-fi calling. It’s a free app.

  • scase66

    Love my Galaxy S3 but after playing with the Nexus 7 I believe I will be going Nexus from now on. No bloatware and the latest updates. Waiting to see what the next Nexus phone will be, disappointed with no LTE in the latest version.

  • niididdy

    Unlocked via Google Play store for me! And why aren’t they taking per orders??? I’m getting two!! C’mon Google!

  • jaZzyjeff

    Anyone know of a T-Mobile store in the San Fernando Valley/Los Angeles area that is carrying the device?

    • benny…

      T-Mobile on Los Felix Blvd will be receiving them.

      • benny…

        Correction, Los Feliz blvd…

        • jaZzyjeff

          Any display units there right now?

        • benny…

          They’ll have them on Monday…

  • is the nexus 4 from tmobile unlock or is it not yes or no

    • JRomeo

      the tmobile version should be identical to the google play store version.

  • DuvallMariano

    OK people keep saying its a rip off to get from t mobile. I have t mobile and its time for me to upgrade. I plan on staying with T-Mobile because all I use are nexus devices(galaxy nexus right now). I feel like it makes perfect sense to upgrade and get the 16gb version for only $199(and $50 mail im rebate)with a 2 year contract. Then when next years nexus device comes out I can just buy it directly from google. Saving $200 dollars now. Am I missing something???

  • Nick Gonzalez

    This phone is damn tempting.

  • illuminati

    I want this phone but I have a EVO V 4G if I sold it I would lose?$100 :'(

  • David VanHouse

    I dont understand all the people complaining about no T-mobile supplied WiFi calling…..IT STILL USES YOUR T-MOBILE MINUTES. Its basically the very worst Wifi-calling app in history. There are tons of Free Wifi calling apps on the market that DONT use your minutes.

    • niftydl

      Cost wise, minutes are the least of people’s problems with smartphones. The main reason for WiFi calling is extended coverage, not minute supplement. Also, if you are a post-paid customer you can call T-Mobile and have them add a feature so WiFi calling will not count against your regular minute pool.

      • David VanHouse

        Yeah but you can use any VOIP app to get wifi calling without having to call Tmobile

        • niftydl

          Right, except that those are 3rd party providers and are not nearly as convenient as having the VOIP feature integrated into the phone software directly. I was just pointing out the fact that you can – if you take the effort – make WiFI calling not count against your minute pool.

  • johns

    why doesnt tmo just buy from google play store? instead of from lg. cheaper price lol

  • Titino Lattie

    my question is who will ever provide device protection insurance if y’all buy from Google play store? Tmobile wont cover this devices if you buy from Google Play store. that is negative but more safer is buy with contract so you can have full device protection insurance, Tmobile will cover warranty extension but Google Play store don’t! Think Twice smile!

    • JRomeo

      Google gives a 1 year warranty. a friend of mine returned their Nexus7 using the 1 year warranty and got a replacement.

  • MadMan

    I was just told that no Tmobile stores will carry the Nexus 4, it can only be ordered on the Google Play website.

    • Riiiiiight, “select” stores will have it. That means high volume and high traffic locations.

  • Dakota

    How do you find out which stores will have it? I called 2 stores and they didn’t even know what I was talking about or how I could find out. First store said they’re not a corporate store & told me to call one. (How r u supposed to know difference if they look exactly alike). The corporate store was also a bit uncertain & said they don’t have any scheduled for the week & I thought Nov 13 was the tmo release date. I’m in the city of Atlanta if anyone knows. With lots of my gnex problems I’m not buying without testing volume, camera, and speeds

  • czaplin