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    Default LG: South Korean wireless carriers were against the Nexus 4 because it was too affordable

    The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition): Daily News from Korea - Nexus 4 to Go on Sale in Korea After All
    LG Electronics will release the Nexus 4 smartphone developed in collaboration with Google in Korea after all, the company said Thursday. Radio wave certification is completed and the handset will be sold unlocked as early as next month, even though mobile carriers have turned up their nose at the affordable gadget.

    With a 4.7-inch screen, the Nexus 4 has a top-of-the-range Qualcomm quad-core processor but costs only around W400,000 (US$1=W1,069). LG at first said that it would not release the phone here because the mobile carriers were against it, but consumer demand persuaded it otherwise.

    "At present, we are discussing the price, sales channels and supply volume with Google," said an LG staffer.

    The Nexus 4 available here is expected to cost more than overseas because of added distribution costs and VAT.

    I guess the carriers don't want the Nexus 4 to disturb the status quo (aka high margin from selling phones in their retail stores). Too bad Google Play Store doesn't sell devices in South Korea.


    Look like supply is going strong as LG is set to sell it in South Korea "as early as next month."

    October: 70,000 produced
    November: 90,000 produced
    December: 210,000 produced
    January: 500,000+ to be produced very likely (385,000 have been produced as of Jan 22nd. With 9 more days to go and only 115,000 needed to breach that 500,000 barrier).

    If demand is solid, February could see lot in production.
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    Default Re: LG: South Korean wireless carriers were against the Nexus 4 because it was too affordable

    If they produced 500k in Jan, where have they gone on sale? Not in Can, or the US I don't think.....?
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    Default Re: LG: South Korean wireless carriers were against the Nexus 4 because it was too affordable

    Quote Originally Posted by BillyDan View Post
    If they produced 500k in Jan, where have they gone on sale? Not in Can, or the US I don't think.....?
    It can take up to 2-3 weeks from phone coming off the production line to phone in customer hand.

    So the phone that was produced back in January 5th might just get to the customer today.

    As for sales, T-Mobile stores are getting plenty of them in stock.

    Here's an example taken from a customer posting:

    Bought: 19-01-2013 (MediaMarkt Germany webshop)
    Received: 22-01-2012

    S/N 301K (Korea, January 2013) 413xxx
    HW version: rev_11
    the device was the 413,xxx in the production line.
    It was delivered on January 22nd.




    424110 10-th AUSGBK
    425110 8-th AUSGBK
    430110 5-th ATMOBK
    435110 5-th ATMOBK
    445110 9-th ATMOBK
    450110 9-th ATMOBK
    451110 8-th ANEUBK "EUROPE OPEN" - something new
    455110 8-th ANEUBK
    456110 8-th ACAGBK CANADA_OPEN
    461110 8-th ATMOBK
    463110 8-th ADEGBK
    465110 8-th ADEGBK
    467110 9-th ADEGBK
    469110 9-th ADEGBK
    471110 9-th ATMOBK
    474110 9-th ATMOBK
    476110 9-th ATMOBK
    479110 9-th AUS8BK
    482110 9-th ATMOBK
    485110 10-th AUKGBK "UNITED KINGDOM_OPEN"
    487110 10-th AUKGBK
    489110 10-th AUKGBK
    491110 10-th AAVCBK VIDEOTRON - seems to be a Canadian telco?
    493110 10-th ADEUBK
    495110 10-th ADEUBK
    497110 10-th AISRBK
    499500 10-th AUKGBK
    502035 11-th AUSGBK
    507035 11-th AUSGBK
    512035 11-th AUS8BK
    513035 11-th AUS8BK
    Last edited by BookReader2; 01-25-2013 at 08:05 AM.
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    Default Re: LG: South Korean wireless carriers were against the Nexus 4 because it was too affordable

    So they are still catching up on back order commitments......wow.....

    They have not been on sale in Canada since early Dec (when I bought mine - received it 3 weeks later), and I don't think the play store in the US has had them either.

    Still blows me away that they have ramped up production but can't bring the product back to market. Google is still playing catch-up.

    Generally you want to surf or be on the leading edge of a wave and not find yourself drowning behind it
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    Default Re: LG: South Korean wireless carriers were against the Nexus 4 because it was too affordable

    isnt this illegal or something. kind of like price fixing scandle that happened for LCD TV's
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    Default Re: LG: South Korean wireless carriers were against the Nexus 4 because it was too affordable

    Quote Originally Posted by BillyDan View Post
    So they are still catching up on back order commitments......wow.....

    They have not been on sale in Canada since early Dec (when I bought mine - received it 3 weeks later), and I don't think the play store in the US has had them either.

    Still blows me away that they have ramped up production but can't bring the product back to market. Google is still playing catch-up.

    Generally you want to surf or be on the leading edge of a wave and not find yourself drowning behind it
    Looks like they are fulfilling carrier quotas now too.

    Nexus 4 coming to Rogers and Fido "early February" | MobileSyrup.com

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