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Google's Nexus 4 is said to have been snapped up within 30 minutes of its UK release this morning. Getting hold of a Glastonbury ticket would have been easier, apparently. The handset's affordable price obviously had masses eager with the Visa, ready to splash either £239 for an 8GB or £279 for a 16GB version. Google's Play …

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It was a joke. Ten minutes late to launch,followed by half an hour of timing out, lock ups, one almost complete payment process, and it now looks like no Nexus 4 for me today or in the foreseeable future. And to add insult to injury, I've just got my email from Google notifying me it's available for sale :/

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Oh no...

....what will you do now?

Quick the End of the World is nigh. All hands to the pumps. Abandon all hope all ye that enter here.

Or you could just wait a little longer and get on with life, it's not like there won't be any more is it?

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What's the fuss? I had no problems.

I got online after 5mins and successfully ordered 20. They should all be here tomorrow and I'll list them on eBay and make £££s.

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If it was Apple

they'd need 14 days to change the wording of "In Stock" to "Coming Soon"

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Wondering why anybody would down-vote Alex Walsh's post?

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email?

At least you got the email. It hasn't turned up for me yet. P'haps yahoo have blocked them all as spam...?

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Re: email?

Reply to myself eh? Madness. But interestingly enough, Yahoo DID put Google's email into the spam folder!

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Quit the whining.... At least you can buy them in your country at the discounted price via the Google store. Others (yes like me) aren't so fortunate.

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FAIL

It was a joke. Ten minutes late to launch,followed by half an hour of timing out, lock ups, one almost complete payment process, and it now looks like no Nexus 4 for me today or in the foreseeable future. And to add insult to injury, I've just got my email from Google notifying me it's available for sale :/

So what do you expect when you use Internet Explorer?

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US version

The US site started offering the phones about 10 minutes before 11am PST ... but kept going up and down like a yo-yo ... after a couple of minutes I managed to get a couple of 8Mb phones into the cart and click "pay" but after that nothing ...

It's back to "coming soon" again ... and I shaved my ***** for this?

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Paris Hilton

what did you shave?

inquiring minds what to know!

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Anonymous Coward

It's sad to see mental health problems are on the increase.

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Anonymous Coward

Who let the sheep out

Baa baa baa baa

Who let the sheep out

Baa baa baa baa...

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Re: US version

Slight correction, it went on sale a little after 8:30 AM PST and the ordering system has been up and more times than a prostitute at a frat party.

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Re: What's the fuss? I had no problems.

Oh great. It's people like you that, due to your greed, buy loads of the item & make people pay extra to fill your fat pockets then let them get it at the correct price from Google. I hope one day it comes around and bites you right in the arse.

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Re: What's the fuss? I had no problems.

Then you woke up.

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Re: Oh no...

Why are you being a dick? He isn't fawning over the thing, or saying he can't go on without one. He's just reporting on the poor experience he had trying to buy a nexus.

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Re: If it was Apple

Indeed, but it is a horse of the same colour albeit a lighter shade. Me, I'll stick to my Dell Streak and my Huawei. I don't know what the fuss is about.

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Re: what did you shave?

Probably his balls - but at least he's switch to Android from Apple ...

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Nexus 10 32GB is out of stock too, after one hour. 16 GB is still available at the time of writing.

I managed to snaffle a 32GB one - after accidentally ordering 2 due to horrible Play store timeouts and so on. I cancelled the extra one - perhaps I should have kept it for ebay and $$$ profit... ;)

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grr.

I got to the store, put one in the basket and went through most of the purchasing process then the checkout bit ground to a halt.

Went back to the store to try again and they're all gone :(

Downvoted you out of spite :P

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I got there early, and still couldn't buy one. Not in a huge rush, need it for xmas, but it would be nice to have it ticked off the list.

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Followed by the huge rush to Google support trying to return it when they develop lots of problems due to piss poor build quality and testing.

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LG kit is normally very well made.

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LG is usually better than Samsung.

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LOL

fruity fanbois troll.

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Anonymous Coward

Here Have A Free MS Surface

Then you will know what shite means.

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No problems with (e.g.) maps or making phone calls here.

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Nexus 4

Well, as has been commented on elsewhere on the internet. The sale of the Nexus 4 didn't go that well. i started trying to buy one at 8:10 and the checkout process either crashsed with an ambiguous error and you had to start again, or Google wallet failed miserably. Stock would fluctuate between being in stock and coming soon. Gave up at 8:45 as had better things to do.

Didn't manage to bag one - but will try again in a few weeks time.

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I've accidentally ordered 3 - it was not clear at all that payments had gone through or been accepted etc.

I have no idea whether all three will be honoured. If I were Google I would cancel two of my orders and just ship me one, but if three turn up I doubt I'll have a problem finding people to sell them to. (Not at a profit, I hasten to add, before get flamed!)

Artificial limiting of supply is incredibly frustrating, but you can see why they do it. What's not really acceptable is giving people such a poor shopping experience with page crashes etc. Of all the companies in the world, I didn't think Google would be struggling to provide a web service!

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WTF?

> Not at a profit, I hasten to add, before get flamed!

Anti-Capitalist Political Correctness is now at the level of shameful preemptive self-criticism?

Despair.jpg

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Shirley you could go in and cancel your own orders before they ship?

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What proof of Artificial limiting of supply?

Because the writer of this author said so?

Rumour is, they told 30k units in the UK this morning in 30 minutes. 1000 a minute....

And looking at the number of G+1's on the page, It's likely it's true.

Not all companies play the same games as Apple and Nintendo....

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Re: What proof of Artificial limiting of supply?

30k units - nice - but its still a piss in the ocean compared to Apple. Just sayin'

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Re: What proof of Artificial limiting of supply?

Same games as Apple? Honestly 30k units is just a joke of an allocation - one Apple store probably sold that many iPhones over the first weekend. At 30k they wanted it to appear sold out - don't be surprised if loads more appear in the next day or so.

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30K is HUGE.

30,000 units is an AMAZING figure. It's 'probably' more than 3 times the iPhone 5's first day sales (Apple only say what they want you to hear - including their sales figures).

This is 'probably' the MOST AWESOME sales debut ever.

It'll 'probably' set a GUINESS WORLD RECORD.

They'll 'probably' have them on the ISS with the next Dragon delivery.

The space crew will 'probably' use them to phone their wives (or boyfriends).

Somewhere, someone will 'probably' drop it down the shitter.

And they'll 'probably' fish it out with their bare hands.

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Re: What proof of Artificial limiting of supply? @ Anonymous Coward 11:52 GMT

What proof do you have that Apple & Nintendo play those games?

Oh, you don't? Why am I not surprised...

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Re: What proof of Artificial limiting of supply?

30k supply constrained.

Looking on XDA at how many people sell desperate for one, I'm pretty sure they could have easily sold double that in the UK alone...

Considering it's a phone that not exactly in the public eye, it's impressive.

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Re: What proof of Artificial limiting of supply?

30k phones at one Apple Store? Hardly. Pretend a box with a phone in is is 15cm x 10 x 5. stack phone retail boxes in cases, probably 30 per box. 12 cases per row on a pallet, probably no more than 5 rows high. That's 1500 phones per pallet, roughly. You can NOT convince me that a typical Apple Store has stock space to store 20 pallets. They MIGHT be able to handle 2. They wouldn't be able to run credit cards and offer overpriced service contracts fast enough to get 3000 phones out the door in 12 hours.

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Re: What proof of Artificial limiting of supply?

Why compare to Apple? The best selling single model is the S3 - which would also be a better comparison due to also being android. Comparing sales of 1 android phone out of thousands, to all of Apple's sales, is hardly fair. Btw, Apple phone sales are a piss in the ocean compared to Samsung (or even Nokia), and especially compared to android.

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Re: What proof of Artificial limiting of supply?

Indeed, hardly any advertising or coverage, compared to months of hype and advertising campaign for apple. Also consider that most phones seem to be sold on contact, and this is the full price unlocked version.

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Geez what is it

with everyone trying to buy a product on the day of release? I don't get it, just sit it out a couple of days, or better still, weeks and put your order in then, your phone is not broken now is it? no, well then, be patient and wait.

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Re: Geez what is it

Yes, that went well with the Raspberry Pi didn't it?

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Re: Geez what is it

fancy getting down voted for pointing out what a bunch of sad, shallow, materialistic bastards are out there, whose lives are so empty that can't have the shiny thing.

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Re: Geez what is it @Leona A

"your phone is not broken now is it?"

Actually it is. Hence the justified disappointment!

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It took three OS X browsers, one Windows 8 VM, lots of patience and a hung Google Wallet checkout page. I only knew I had succeeded (the checkout page never completed) was the email saying my order had gone through.

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In the meantime.

Nokia and Microsoft can't sell jackshit in the mobile arena... Warehouses around the globe are full of 'em, gathering dust.

Consumers have spoken. Anyone wasting effort on Windows Phone will be going down the pan soon after Nokia...

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Re: In the meantime.

simple reason for this, Nokia aren't selling the Lumia 920 sim free for £279. If they were I have no doubt it sell at a similar rate.

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Re: In the meantime.

Oh dear, you really haven't a clue have you - enterprise, embedded, vertical markets - iOS doesn't work, Android too many holes - MS will make mincemeat in these IMPORTANT value add markets.

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