T-Mobile postpones LTE Nexus 9 launch, no new date in sight

When T-Mobile officially launched sales of the Nexus 6 smartphone it said it would start selling an LTE version of the Nexus 9 tablet in early December. Now, it appears those plans have changed. According to an internal note found by TMoNews, T-Mobile has postponed sales of the Nexus 9 with LTE.

Here’s the reported statement from T-Mobile to its staff:

Update: The launch of the Google Nexus 9 has been postponed. This article will be updated with the launch date once it is confirmed.

T-Mobile will launch the Google Nexus 9 on a date to be determined, which will be available on the web or through Ship-to (Direct Fulfillment) in HSO. This HTC device features a beautiful 8.9? screen and a 64-bit 2.3GHz dual processor.

Based on this, there’s not even a new date for when the carrier will begin sales of the 32 GB tablet, which Google lists on the Play Store for $599. You can’t buy it there either as Google lists the availability as “Coming Soon.”

I’ve watched every Nexus device launch since January 2010 when I bought my Nexus One, and I can’t recall a more frustrating launch.

Nexus 6

For some reason, there are inventory issues this year affecting Nexus products; Google sold out of Nexus 6 stock within hours, if not minutes, the few times it offered the phone, for example. And it took weeks after the Nexus 9 Wi-Fi tablet launch for the company to start stocking the Bluetooth Keyboard Folio. Now the Nexus 9 LTE model was supposed to be available, and it isn’t.

nexus 9 and keyboards

Hopefully, whatever is plaguing the stock of Nexus phones and tablets is resolved soon because the holiday season is typically one of the best for devices such as these. Of course, that assumes you can actually buy them.