If you’re still refreshing Google’s Nexus 4 sales page in hopes that the “Out of Stock” message turns into an “In Stock” message, you will notice that Google is now pushing its potential customers to buy the Nexus 4 from T-Mobile. There is a message that states,
“Special Offer from T-Mobile: Get Nexus 4 for only $199 after a $50 mail-in rebate. Requires a new 2-year contract on a qualifying plan.”
It then provides a link that brings you to T-Mobile’s Nexus 4 sales page. This has consumers confused because one of the major selling points of the Nexus 4 (other than its amazing, top-of-the-line specs) was that it was being sold at a ridiculously low price off-contract. This also showed the benefits of buying Nexus devices directly from Google’s Play store rather than the carriers themselves. To push customers to purchase the device from a carrier and to sign a new two-year contract seems to contradict the whole reason of Google having their own device listings.
Also to pour salt on the wounds of those still craving the Nexus 4, T-Mobile is now sold out of the Nexus 4. Happy holidays?