The Google Nexus 4 by LG has been highly sought after, and often hard to obtain due to being out of stock periodically. With Google not disclosing details on inventory, it’s been difficult for owners to ascertain if this is due to low stock or simply high demand.
Well, some Nexus 4 enthusiasts have taken it upon themselves to find out the approximate number of units sold and their efforts have paid off. They have determined that LG produced around 400,000 units by the end of 2012. This number was found using some creative techniques. They found that if they took the International Mobile Station Equipment Identifier (IMEI) on their phone and entered those numbers on this site, a long series of characters would be produced such as “LGE960 ACAGBK 212KPHG188745 20121206 GLOBAL/GLOBAL N N.” Given that data, they were able to breakdown the string of characters and conclude some interesting information about their device:
LGE960 = phone model
A = ?
CA = Country where the device was sold. (Others include ‘US’ for the U.S., ‘HK’ for Hong Kong, ‘AU’ for Australia and so on.)
G = Storage (G = 16GB, 8 = 8GB)
BK = Color
2 = ?
12 = Production Month (December)
K = Production Country (Korea)
PHG = ?
188745 = The line or production number, showing that phone was the 188,745th device made.
2012121206 = The production date in YYYYMMDD format
Compiling the results, Nexus 4 owners found LG produced approximately 70,000 devices in October, 90,000 in November, and 210,000 devices in December. Google has declined to comment on the numbers.