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Essential Phone Release Date Will Be Exclusive To Sprint

12 June, 2017, 18:55 | Author: Lydia Fleming
  • Essential phone to be carrier exclusive with Sprint in US

Essential, the new tech startup from Android co-creator Andy Rubin, announced on Monday that Sprint will be the exclusive carrier partner for its upcoming smartphone, the PH-1, in the US. Though Sprint will be selling the phone, the device will not carry Sprint's or any other company logo. AT&T is the more likely choice, given its large customer base and the GSM network protocol it utilizes, which means that its phones are usually more friendly across borders internationally.

Essential has previously confirmed that the device will be sold for $699 unlocked, pitting it directly against other high-end phones like Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy S8.


The news comes via USA Today, who's gotten a statement from Essential President Niccolo de Masi. Now he's back in the usa with a high-end device created to breathe new life into the concept of modular phones, and Sprint has the exclusive. Sprint says the device will be available at Best Buy as well.

The Essential Phone can and will work with any of the major carriers thanks to its wealth of built-in radios which will support all the major names. The Japanese company owns 83 percent of Sprint and Rubin is an advisor to the SoftBank Vision Fund. So we'll have to wait and see to find out whether it will really be worth it to buy the Essential Phone from Sprint. The company is now the nation's No. 4 mobile carrier, ranking behind Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. But if you want a carrier-locked variant, Sprint will be the way to go. The partnership between Andy Rubin's new company and the nation's no. 4 wireless carrier makes sense given Rubin's friendship with SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son.

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