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The Nexus 4 Restock Watch Thread

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by ravenvii, Nov 14, 2012.

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    Out of sheer envy at the Nexus 4 owners/discussion thread, I'm creating this thread for those of us who were unlucky yesterday.

    Keep each other posted on any rumors or updates for when Google might restock the Play store with more Nexus 4's.

    From my end, I'm hearing anything from 2-3 days to 2-3 weeks.

    jsw, it'd be mighty useful if you could put your little scripts here for easy retrieval!
  2. 3bs
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    No Play store in Ireland so I ordered it from handtec but they haven't given us an ETA yet and I'm thinking about cancelling my order and trying to buy it elsewhere.
  3. macrumors 604


    Where did you hear 2-3 days?

    I'm only reading about weeks.
  4. ravenvii, Nov 14, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2012

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    A post of someone who spoke to a rep. As unreliable as anything out there, unfortunately. Also heard "before Thanksgiving."

    EDIT: And of course the ever-helpful official "within the next few weeks" from Google.
  5. jsw
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    I will do so later tonight!

    Somewhere, I have code that will (or used to, in olden times) create a post here. If I can resurrect that code, I'll even post a comment once the stores (at least in the US) open up with some inventory.
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    anyone knows when it'll be available on Amazon dot com ?
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    I keep checking numerous times a day.

    Is there a way to buy in Canada other than the play store?
  10. jsw
    Moderator emeritus


    Use AppleScript Editor to make a script like this:
    tell application "Mail"
    	set theNewMessage to make new outgoing message with properties {subject:"N4 available!", content:"https://play.google.com/store/devices/details?id=nexus_4_16gb", visible:true}
    	tell theNewMessage
    		make new to recipient at end of to recipients with properties {address:"yourphonenumber@txt.att.net"}
    		make new to recipient at end of to recipients with properties {address:"youremail@gmail.com"}
    	end tell
    end tell
    You can change the subject and contents, and that's a link to one of the options - it might be the other which is available. Change the contact info (you can, as shown, send to multiple emails).

    Make sure Mail is set up to send email on your computer.

    The checking script is attached - just drop it somewhere, rename it to remove the '.txt' (not necessary, just... more appropriate), open it, and edit the "~/Desktop/NexusEmail.scpt" bit to be your AppleScript file (or just make sure your AppleScript file is names NexusEmail.scpt and is on your desktop).

    Make sure it's set to be executable:

    • open Terminal
    • type "chmod +x " (without the quotes but with the trailing space)
    • in Finder, drag the file from wherever you put it into Terminal
    • this will produce a line something like "chmod +x /Users/yourname/Downloads/chexnex.sh", depending on where you put it
    • hit return to run the command

    Then run it in Terminal:

    • in Finder, drag the file from wherever you put it into Terminal (on an empty line after the prompt)
    • this will produce a line something like "/Users/yourname/Downloads/chexnex.sh", depending on where you put it
    • hit return to run the command

    You'll need to leave Terminal (and your Mac) running, but you can hide the window.

    Note that all it does is see if "sold out" isn't on the page. If they change the wording, this will trigger - it doesn't guarantee they're available.

    Off to bed, will check for replies tomorrow!

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    I really hope Google is learning from all this for the Nexus 4 (2013) launch.
  12. jsw
    Moderator emeritus


    I'm sure they are, just as much as they've learned from all the previous ones. ;-)

    Lesson: no matter how slow, crappy, and buggy your ordering process is, people will still use it.
  13. macrumors 604


    Via Reddit, whohas.it is a service that claims to notify you as soon as an item is in stock. Here's the page for the Nexus 4:


    They have an app, ironically enough, for iOS. No Android app yet.

    You have to set up an account, but alas. Worth a try.
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    Rumor going on at XDA that Nov 20-22nd should see Nexus 4 restocked. That also means people who got backordered should be getting notices this week. This coincides with the above rumors of "stock within a few days..."

    Only rumors. Good luck.
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    Backordered devices shipped this week, which indicates possibility of online sales.
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    They'll be available today at 12 PM PST / 3 PM EST. I actually got an email this time. Google is learning. :rolleyes:

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    Shhhhh it was supposed to be a secret.
  21. macrumors regular

    $20 says they silently go on sale at 11:54 instead and are then sold out for 2 weeks again.
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    U.S. only:mad:
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    Aye, sorry. Where are you?
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    Really hoping against hope that they'll lump us Canadians into today's re-launch as well. We're basically like the States with universal healthcare :D

    Also: 2 limit per customer, and this might be RETROACTIVE. If you ordered more than 2 the first time around, you'll only get 2. Excellent move if true imho. Screw the reseller stores and gougers.

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