Essential Phone gets certified, will now work on Verizon's network

Essential Phone gets certified, will now work on Verizon's network
While the only U.S. carrier selling (and leasing) the Essential Phone is Sprint, the carrier branded model and the unlocked version available from Essential, Amazon or Best Buy are now both certified for use with Verizon's network. A text disseminated by Essential on Friday night, and one sent by Andy Rubin, both confirm that the Verizon certification is now complete for the handset that features a 5.7-inch edge-to-edge LCD display.

If you have a Verizon SIM card, all you need to do is insert it into the phone. It might take a reboot (according to Andy Rubin) before your Essential Phone starts rockin' Big Red's 4G LTE network. With this news, the PH-1 (PH-one or phone) is now able to work on all four major U.S. carriers. If you're looking to purchase the handset, Sprint will sell it to you for $699.99. Or, you can enter into an 18-month lease for $29.17 a month. After 12-months, you can upgrade to the latest models including the Apple iPhone 8, Apple iPhone 8+, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and more. After 18-months, you can buy the phone for $699.99 minus the amount you've paid to that point. Sprint currently has a 50% deal on an 18-month lease allowing you to pay $14.58 a month for 18-months. You do need to activate a new line or have an eligible upgrade to score that discount.

Best Buy and Amazon are both offering the unlocked version of the phone for purchase at a price of $699.99. Like the Sprint model, this variant will also work with all four major U.S. carriers.

Powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset, the Essential Phone carries 4GB of RAM and 128GB of native storage. A 3040mAh battery is inside, and while the handset currently has Android Nougat pre-installed, the upgrade to Oreo is expected within the next month or two.

Check out our review of the Essential Phone. It's hot off the press and it just might surprise you! To read the review, click on the link.


source: @essential, @Arubin via AndroidPolice

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  • Display 5.7" 1312 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3040 mAh

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10 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

The carrier-exclusive stuff might end up hurting the sales or market share of the Essential Phone, and to Sprint for that matter! Sprint is hardly a reliable carrier. It's like Andy Rubin is trying to fail... but I hope not, as I'm getting hyped by the Essential Phone each time I read news about it.

2. Frogger

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

Well thanks to you iPhonearena, you and your biased review, 4/10?! Really?! I can't seem to think about buying this phone. Maybe I'm going with the V30 this year.

4. g2a5b0e unregistered

Your comment makes so little sense, it makes my head hurt. You admit that you think the review is biased, but now you don't want to buy it anyway. Perhaps the review isn't as biased as you say. Maybe it just isn't that good of a phone.

5. Frogger

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

I like the phone's design, and I like stock Android and timely updates, but it's normal to worry about buying a product that got low review score.

6. Subie

Posts: 2364; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Maybe read the whole review to see why it received the low score. It's getting software updates to fix the issue... hopefully.https://www.phonearena.com/news/Essential-Phone-receives-a-new-update-that-actually-makes-it-usable_id98077

7. KingSam

Posts: 1449; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

For people who are on the fence about buying, reviews help sway their decision.

8. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Damn, that was harsh, they really scored it a 4/10? It's notch isn't as bad as the iphonex's notch.

9. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

After looking at iPhone X, essential phone starts to look pretty.

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Having the same feeling. Essential phone does look better than iPhone 10 at least to me.

10. Cosnayomex007

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 02, 2017

Essential phone rocks it for me, iPhone X has a lot not going for it this year, except u wana show the world u gat the money, their are better, way better phones and value for money phones than the iPhone X. That Essential phone is one of the most gorgeous I've seen in a long time

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