The current situation with the Nexus 4 shipping times is 5-6 weeks for the 16GB model, and the famous Sold Out message is still showing for the 8GB version in the United States. Most people know LG confirmed it has been high demand that caused stock problems with the Nexus 4, and will still cause problems meeting the demand well into next year. If you managed to get your Nexus 4 ordered even with a shipping delay of more than a month, you might want to know that this shipping time has not been entirely true.
We’ve been contacted by a number of our readers stating that they placed an order for a Nexus 4, which stated a shipping time of more than a month, and the handset had been delivered within one week. We first noticed a number of our readers mentioning this at the start of last week, although after we didn’t report this information it seems that a number of people felt that an email was in order to bring this to our attention.
This is what one of our readers had to say “Hi, just to follow on from an article you posted sometime early last week regarding the Nexus 4 being out of stock for the rest of the year. I just wanted to let you know that I ordered my Nexus 4 16GB on Wednesday and was given a delivery estimation of 4-5 weeks, it would seem that was incorrect as I actually received the Nexus 4 on Friday and am typing this message to yourself using that very device! I don’t know why I received it so quickly it may be that I have been prioritized for purchasing a Nexus 7 earlier this year, or it may be an artificial holding back of stock to make the device look as though it is in higher demand (like what happened with the Wii). Anyway I hope you will take this into consideration“.
Did you receive your Nexus 4 much sooner than Google’s play store quoted? We’d love to know if this is a rare case for a small number of orders, or are Google really sending out the Nexus 4 to a lot of people way before the delivery estimations? Leave a comment below, and remember that it might be worth placing an order if you’ve been holding back, especially considering some handsets are being shipped much sooner that the quoted 4-5 weeks. You can also see the LG Nexus 4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 in this article, which includes a number of videos delivering a range of comparisons.