If you were lucky to snag a Nexus 4 when it first released a few days ago, you’re awesome. It sold out in the US in under an hour, so you’re REALLY lucky.
If you were one of the unlucky ones who thought you were ordering a Nexus 4 and received a “on backorder. Sorry about that” email, you’re not alone.
It’s no secret that thousands of people were displeased to read an email from Google Play that said it could be up to three weeks before they see their Nexus 4 shipped when expecting UPS tracking info.
For some reason, Google, the most important and largest Internet companies in the world, cannot get a simple e-commerce tactic down correctly. Why not just close ordering after sold out instead of letting thousands of wishful thinkers continue buying?
Related: read the email in its entirety here.
You may not want to wait three weeks for your new phone. Even though Google is allowing people to cancel, it still shouldn’t have happened.
Even with this slight blip on the radar, the Nexus 4 is arguably the most important handset to come out this year.
Why? Because it’s showing us that consumers are willing to leave out LTE to go to a no-contract plan. It also shows us that quite a number of people are sick of waiting months to get a new Android update, because Nexus 4 devices will receive immediate updates from Google.
If you’re one of those consumers, try landing this phone sometime in December, if you can wait that long. Or if you really can’t wait that long, you could always head to eBay and purchase one for $500 after price gougers scooped up hundreds of devices.