If you are still trying desperately to get your hands on Google's latest developer phone, the Nexus 4 (currently sold out again at the U.S. Google Play store), you might start (Google) mapping out the nearby T-Mobile retail stores. T-Mobile will -- soon -- be carrying the devices in store.
TMONews received an internal T-Mobile document and posted it on Wednesday. The memo said:
The Google Nexus 4 will launch in all T-Mobile retail locations in January. The Play Store will continue to carry the Nexus 4.
To be clear, though, the memo goes further and states that T-Mobile will only handle exchanges or returns for those devices purchased from retail. Any devices purchase from the Play Store have to go back to Google.
The memo is a bit unclear though; it's possible from the way it is worded that T-Mobile stores will work with customers and assist them in returning the device to Google.
It's also unclear as to exactly when the Nexus 4 will hit T-Mobile stores. January still has a number of days to go. We don't expect stores to receive more than a few of each version (8GB, 16GB) of the handset, either.
The Nexus 4 is manufactured for Google by LG. It uses stock Android, and was the first smartphone to ship with Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). It sports a 4.7-inch diagonal 1280 x 768 pixel (320 ppi) WXGA IPS screen.
It carries a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP rear-facing and 1.3MP front-facing camera. It does not have a microSD slot, though, and does not support LTE.