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