It has been a while since I wrote a post. Recently I purchased Google Nexus 4 from US play store and many people asked me how I did so. We know Nexus 4 is not going to be released in India any time soon. Even if it is released, its price is going to be Rs. 30,000 above for the base 8GB model. There were estimates made by many online retailer of nexus 4 going to be launched in India in Jan 2k13, but they all came out to be wrong. Importing Nexus 4 infact any mobile phone from outside India is no big deal if you know the correct procedure. Follow these steps carefully and nexus 4 is going to be in your hand in no longer in 15 days.
1. Register on recommended shipping forwarding website
If you are unaware what package forwarding websites are, let me explain it to you. They receive the package on behalf of you in there warehouse and forward the shipment to India for a small fee. Google Play Store doesn’t ships to India and that’s where the need of package forwarding website comes into play. When we register on the website, they provide us with US address which we use while making purchase at Google play store.
I used PPObox.com and found it to be absolutely amazing. They were really fast and customer support was excellent.
Register on PPObox.com. You will receive a mail with address that you have to use while making the purchase in this format-
Sunny Gupta No. ‘Unique PPObox ID’ – ‘Unique package no.’
250 West 40th Street
New York, NY 10018
Creating New Shipment to Get Package Unique ID before placing order at Google Play store.
2. Making order at Google play store
Google Play Store devices section cannot be accessed in India. You will need US ip to access playstore from India. I used Justfreevpn.com. Many free vpn are there, you could use any as per your wish.
Click Add to cart, make the purchase using the PPObox US address. As soon as payment is made, a mail will be sent to your email id saying your Order has been placed.
3. Paying Forwarding Website
As soon as your package is received at ppobox local hub, they will send you a invoice. It would be Rs. 400-600 for shipping and 7% of total value of phone for custom duties. After making ppobox payment, just sit and relax. You will receive the shipment at your door step in 2-3 days.
Note- Invoice generate by PPObox includes custom duty charges. You don’t have to pay a penny to courier boy who delivers package at your door for custom duties.
Q. Do I need to create new gmail id to place order at Google play store?
Ans. No, you can use your existing email id to play the order.
Q. How much the total cost of Nexus 4 came out to be?
Ans. 16Gb version total cost will be around 24k-25k where as 8gb will be around 22k-23k
Q. How much time it takes for Nexus 4 to typically arrive in India?
Ans. It will be shipped in 2-4 days to US Address and in next 3-4 days to your door step. So its going to take anywhere about 5-8 Days (15 days being max).