Feb 08 AT 2:33 PM Nick Gray 21 Comments

T-Mobile cuts Nexus 4 price to $50, sales estimates inch past 1 million units

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It goes without saying that Google has had a pretty rough time getting the Nexus 4 into the hands of consumers. Low sales estimates from Google translated into supply shortages, but even when Google has phones to sell, the Google Play store simply couldn’t keep up. Users jammed up the servers, causing immense frustration for those who simply wanted to have the latest Nexus device.

Fortunately, the supply issues have been resolved, and T-Mobile is looking to sell as many Nexus 4s as it can by dropping the price of the 16GB model to just $50 for new customers. The discounted Nexus 4 price will only last until February 18, so we suggest you act fast if you were hoping to pick up a Nexus 4 on the cheap.

Unrelated to T-Mobile’s discount on the Nexus 4, the brilliant minds over at XDA-Developers have estimated sales of the Nexus 4 have surpassed 1 million units. While Google has not released any official Nexus 4 sales numbers, draugaz and others have been able to decipher a string of code generated from an LG website when the IMEI from a Nexus 4 is entered (for a more detailed explanation, check out the source link).  Selling 1 million units isn’t that big of an accomplishment these days, but it’s certainly a vast improvement over the 400,000 estimated sales calculated in early January.

If Google and LG manage to keep the supply issue in check, we could see the sales estimate hit 2 million units by the end of March.

Via: Tech Crunch

Source: XDA-Developers

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • O.J. Simpson, live statement from jail

    Firesale. They need to get rid of this obsolete and flopped phone!! And T-Mumble is the worst carrier – unlimited noncoverage everywhere.

    • hurracayne

      Right… and where going to listen to a troll under a guest account

      • iFonio

        You did… Even took the time to reply to his post.

        Must be important.

      • da gopher state

        dont fred me brotha da sticky bun come soon!

    • CTown

      At $350 Google was making a profit on this phone. That probably means at $200 this phone wasn’t really subsidized in the same sense as other premium smart-phones. Now this phone can actually be considered subsidized like how the iPhone is sold unlocked at $600 but on contract for $200-something.

  • Joel

    Wow, patience definitley pays off in the mobile world. Which is why I dont think I can jump on this deal. Im in the position of needing 2 phones, so $100 compared to $700 sounds way better. But 2013 just got here n the galaxy s4 isnt far away.

    I held a Nexus 4 in my hand and almost wanted to lick it, it felt so good in the hand.
    Seems im in quite a pickle, dick.

    • CTown

      It’s your phone, do whatever you want with it.My only suggestion is to not drop it, it’s made from glass after all!

    • thel0nerang3r

      Welcome to consumer electronics, you must be new here. Prices drop, early adopters pay a hefty premium for having things first.

      • Joel

        @thel0nerang3r
        I hear you loud and clear. Good point. As much as I would love to be an early adopter my pocket always says laughs in my face. I checked in with a tmo store and ended up being a tad bit disappointed – its a mail in rebate (shocking! >_>) so with tax included id really need about $135 upfront…not so great a deal for a nexus (imo)

        Still best to just get the damn thing from the playstore.

        • thel0nerang3r

          @Joel, my wallet has taken a beating over the years to get things when they are first released. Good thing that the Play Store seems to have inventory issues resolved. My guess is that the 8GB will be dropped and a 32GB will take the price point of the current 16GB, like the Nexus 7 did… but I’m just hoping here.

          • Joel

            Price drop? One can hope. That would be awesome. Also if the white was released on the Playstore as well. 16Gig White GN 300$…*drools*
            But one thing I do know is that I suck with contracts – not ruling the Nexus 4 out yet.

  • Nathan D.

    Sweet, I’m might Finally use My upgrade.

    • cengique

      Can you? It says “only for new customers”. Let me know if you can, because I would return the one I got last week and get this one now.

      The customer service gave me hell saying that it *may* not apply to me. But they can’t say for sure, because I already got the upgrade last week and now all phones show full price. So N4 is listed at $500 for me :)

      • Tangent

        T-Mobile will probably be able to get you that new customer price, at least if you’ve been with them for a while. They got me the Sensation at the new customer price while I still had a year left on my contract and got me on a new 2-year agreement. Sometimes you need to ask to talk to Customer Retention, they have a *lot* more leeway than frontline Customer Service reps.

        • TotalWattage

          Nope, I only managed a $100 discount on the price… But only after threatening to switch to a different carrier, after being with Tmo for 7 years. Speaking of which, it should be arriving any moment now ;)

  • Adryan maldonado

    hey thats one million individuals freeded from the chains of tyranny that is the carriers and bloat ware and delayed updates. Thats a victory in my book

  • hurric

    in canada fido still has it for a ridiculous price. i went ahead and ordered from google play . no reason to buy from carrier

  • donger

    Go t-mobile.

  • madsalad

    Those boys from XDA better watch out what code they are deciphering from a perfectly public facing website. They might be considered h4x0rz and be sent to prison for 20 years…

    • madsalad

      Jeez, just saw all the downvotes on this. If anyone thought I was dissing XDA, that is incorrect. I was commenting on the “Weez” trial and how dumb things have gotten. If you don’t know, “Weez” was given 3.5 yr. prison sentence for writing a program that accessed information from AT&T’s website that was only available through a security hole.

      From Wired, “The controversial case is one of a string of highly criticized prosecutions of security researchers who have been charged with serious computer crimes under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, prompting calls for reform of the legislation to make clear distinctions between criminal hacking and simple unauthorized access and to protect researchers whose activities are not criminal in intent.”

      I made the comment I did because the part of the article that said, “… the brilliant minds over at XDA-Developers have estimated sales of the Nexus 4 have surpassed 1 million units. While Google has not released any official Nexus 4 sales numbers, draugaz and others have been able to decipher a string of code generated from an LG website when the IMEI from a Nexus 4 is entered (for a more detailed explanation, check out the source link).” This sounded a lot like the “Weez” case to me.

      • madsalad

        Ugh. “Weev” not “Weez”