Essential Phone to be a Sprint exclusive in the US
by Anton Arsenov / Jun 12, 2017, 4:08 AM
Until now, the only place to order, or more precisely, to make a reservation for the Essential Phone in the US has been the official website of the company. The situation is about to change, however.
As confirmed by Essential’s President Niccolo de Masi, Sprint will be the exclusive carrier partner for the Essential Phone in the US. Only Sprint will sell the phone in its online and physical stores, and only Sprint’s customers will be able to get it with subsidies. This could prove crucial to Essential's success, as the majority of phones in the US are still bought directly from carriers.
Of course, the unlocked Essential Phone, compatible with Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile, will still be available online through the official website of the company. This is exactly how HTC sells its HTC U11 flagship, by the way.
Sprint hasn’t yet announced availability details for its Essential Phone release, but the shipments are expected to start in the late summer. No word is said on pricing either. As you may already know, the unlocked version of the handset is offered for $699 on the official Essential website where you may also buy a 360-degree camera accessory for $50 extra. For now, we still don't know whether the Essential Phone is to be shipped outside the US.
source: USA Today
- 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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Only Sprint? I suppose it means that the Essential Phone isn't so essential to the major US carrier, perhaps? Damn.
posted on Jun 12, 2017, 4:27 AM 2
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New company with a new smartphone. iPhone for the first couple of years was exclusive to at&t when it first came on the market. I would love to see every phone sold to every carrier. But carriers are the ones footing the bill to carry and stock up on every smartphone. So it takes time. As far as the specs are concerned for their first smartphone, then this one is looking top notch, and with some very unique features, like the modules and a 360 camera for only $50 more.
posted on Jun 12, 2017, 6:27 AM 4
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AT&T was Apple's second choice. Also, the Essential Phone is no iPhone. And no, carriers are not footing the bill with their stock. Carriers pay for what they sell. Unsold stock in exclusive arrangements often goes back to the manufacturer (see Verizon and BlackBerry Storm), sometimes with the carrier owed for overhead. Sprint is in no such position to make sweeping demands. It does these solely to try and differentiate itself from ATT/TMo/VZW...
posted on Jun 12, 2017, 12:06 PM 1
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They claim it is a unicorn phone to show investors that Essential can make a solid phone. They also said they didn't plan to sell a lot of their first device. They pretty much just confirmed this 100%.
posted on Jun 12, 2017, 6:32 PM 0
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