DEAL ALERT: T-Mobile's Week-Long, Online-Only Nexus 4 Offer

From Monday, Feb. 11 to Monday, Feb. 18, consumers can take advantage of an online-exclusive T-Mobile deal on its Nexus 4 Android smartphone.

Purchasers will get a $50 mail-in rebate off the $349 MSRP 16GB device, after a $250 instant discount. The offer comes in the wake of Google resolving issues with its supply of the phone, after the device's November release quickly led to out-of-stock status at suppliers everywhere. In fact, the Nexus 4 was so instantly popular that supply was outweighed by demand ten times over.

Google executives handled the shortage after CEO Larry Page announced it to be a major priority, as reported on Jan. 23 by Phandroid.

"Nexus 4 offers a pure Google experience with your favorite Google apps, AndroidTM 4.2 (Jelly Bean), and an amazing Photo Sphere camera for stunning 360-degree pictures," says T-Mobile's Web site for the device. "For the ultimate Nexus 4 experience, add unlimited data on a nationwide 4G network, only from T-Mobile - the only carrier to offer Nexus 4."

Other features that make the Nexus 4 one of the hottest commodities of the moment include:

  • "gesture typing," which allows users to write and send texts/e-mails more easily
  • 8-megapixel camera that not only allows users to take and share 360-degree panoramic photos, but also to edit them through built-in software
  • full 1080p video capability; videos can be edited in Movie Studio and quickly uploaded to YouTube
  • Google Now, which allows for automatically appearing information about weather, sports scores, traffic, transit schedules and more
  • ability to be updated by an unlimited, nationwide 4G data network plan

The 5.27-in. long, 2.7-in. wide phone also has connectivity with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HSPA+42.2 Mbps, NFC (Android Beam) and SlimPort HDMI.

Although the majority of user reviews for the Nexus 4 are overwhelmingly positive, at least one consumer on the product's own Web site warns, "Beware before you purchase the Nexus 4. There are many articles with regards to the poor screen sensitivity issue. You will need to press very firmly, harder than usual in order for the touch screen to respond; and that's if you're lucky."

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