Friends and family code drops the price of the Essential Phone to $299

About a week ago, we told you that the Essential Phone had received a $200 price cut, dropping the cost of the phone to $499. That 29% drop certainly made the device more affordable. But suppose we told you that there is a way for you to pick up the Essential Phone, Andy Rubin's pride and joy, for only $299. While our math skills aren't what they used to be, that is less than half the original $699 price for the handset.

To score an Essential Phone for $299, you are going to need the friends & family discount code. To receive that code you will have had to pay full price, or know someone who paid full price for the phone, before October 22nd. The purchase had to have been made from Essential, Sprint, Best Buy, or Amazon. You will have to fill out a form found by clicking on the sourcelink, and pass along some information about the previously purchased Essential Phone. That info includes the unit's unique IMEI number and the serial number. The form must be submitted before November 15th.

The $200 discount can be used toward the purchase of another Essential Phone, taking the price down to $299. If you don't need, or want, another Essential Phone, you can use the $200 friends and family discount toward the purchase of the modular Essential 360 Camera. Using the code toward the 360 Camera would essentially (no pun intended) make it free.

Your first step is to click on the sourcelink and fill out the form. When you get the code from Essential and use it while checking out, you'll see the $200 discount listed under "Gift Card."

source: Essential 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 128GB
  • Battery 3040 mAh



1. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Is this even profit? Maybe if they use it on the accessory? I feel bad for them as they tried to make a well built device but a few risks and mistakes made this a failure

24. You_Dont_Say

Posts: 431; Member since: Jan 26, 2015

ROFL even at $299, I still wouldn't buy it.

2. LanjaKodaka

Posts: 219; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

Lol it's just another nextbit robin.

4. boriqua2000

Posts: 260; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

Seems like this phone is anything but essential

5. Bondurant

Posts: 787; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Another pixel troll, "Essential is bad cause its priced too high" and now "Essential is bad cause its priced too low".

13. troutsy

Posts: 383; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

"pixel troll".... I guess I've seen it all now.

20. jacky899

Posts: 434; Member since: May 16, 2017

Pixel troll? I think you mean samsung troll. Only samsung guys are commonly known for that kind of behavior

28. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Only samsung guys are commonly known for that kind of behavior Are you kidding or what?

6. umaru-chan

Posts: 377; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

They should have announced their phone at starting price of $500 and gave some money to MKBHD to sing how good their phone is. That would've given them a chance.

22. rsiders

Posts: 2037; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Not without a decent camera.

7. Cat97

Posts: 2022; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

They should have pushed for entirely bezel-less (no lower chin) and then I would have bought one, no questions asked. Hopefully the Essential 2 will do this.

9. gregzeng

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 17, 2013

New model due, so clearing the old stocks now...?

10. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1184; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I think they're going to iron out the deficiencies in next phone and just trying to clear stock. I hope they make one with 6+ inch display and without a notch. This phone is a steal at this reduced price.

11. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1603; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Still too much for a phone that lacks the essentials.

12. yalokiy

Posts: 1124; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Would by one for myself if there was faith in continuous support, but it looks like they'll go broke in half a year.

15. JesseJames

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

It should have been released at that price in the first place. It's really not a bad phone but $650+ for something no one has ever heard of while lacking features similarly other priced phones had is a bit of a stretch.

16. JcHnd

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Remember when we thought that the LG G5 was the biggest flop in smartphone history?

17. slannmage

Posts: 289; Member since: Mar 26, 2013


19. Arashmahmoodi25

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

150 $ is worth to buy

21. jacky899

Posts: 434; Member since: May 16, 2017

I think this is a good buy for someone looking for an affordable near-flagship quality phone. This is much cheaper than even the OnePlus 5 and nearly as good spec wise. The bezel-less screen design looks better than the majority of the flagship phones too. I really hope Andy's company can survive and become competitive next year.

23. nestor

Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 04, 2017

utspil would, at such a price. if officially sold in Russia.

25. Droid1

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

Anyone want to give me a code?

26. Droid1

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

Who owns this phone?

27. fyah_king unregistered

In for a white one too.:)

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