I had been thinking about buying a new mobile phone for some time and had looked at many options. I finally decided to go for a Google Nexus 4, mostly because it has much better specs despite having a modest price. The caveat – it’s not available in India (officially).
Generally, the easier way of getting something from USA, is to have somebody bring it with them when coming to India. However, at this time, I couldn’t find any suitable person who could do this for me. So, I started looking at other options and came across several articles/blog of people who have done it – like http://trak.in/mobiles/buying-google-nexus-4-india-price-rs-22500/ and http://bijopaul.blogspot.in/2013/02/nexus-4-in-india.html. There is a lot of discussion going on Nexus 4 Indian thread. Most of these method consists of 3-4 steps like :
- Getting a forwarding US address from a third party (like ppobox)
- Connect to google play using a VPN so that they will think you are in US
- Order and provide the US address from step 1
- Third party will send it to your India address for some charges (including custom etc)
First Attempt : My first attempt was through ppobox. However, Google canceled my order after two days saying – “Order not able to be delivered to a PPO. Please update address in Google Wallet and place a new order. Thank you.”
Second Attempt : After doing some more research, I ordered again through iShopInternational. I selected ishop because their’s was the least complex process. Everything has to be paid in advance and they will handle custom/courier/whatever. Their quote was for ₹ 21,463 (all inclusive) for 8 GB model. I ordered on 13th March and got the phone delivered on 19th March. Pretty fast !!!
I will write more about my experience with Nexus 4 as I start using it …