Essential Phone to be a Sprint exclusive in the US


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

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14 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Only Sprint? I suppose it means that the Essential Phone isn't so essential to the major US carrier, perhaps? Damn.

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7531; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

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.

9. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Sprint is the worst choice. Global standard is GSM, it would have been so much better if they chose the other 2 GSM carriers.

11. Gawain

Posts: 448; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

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...

2. Greenmule

Posts: 130; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

Any port, in a storm, they say.

3. izim1

Posts: 1607; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

This makes it official, then. This phone is DOA

4. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

DOA. Oh well.

6. smoked_2na unregistered

Chuckle, chuckle. Exclusive for a phone with no history.

7. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1844; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I guess rubin didn't want this phone to be a success...

8. libra89

Posts: 2312; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Wow, Sprint is just having a ball with these high end nice phones being exclusives. I would have never thought that I would be typing this.

10. TechDork

Posts: 404; Member since: May 10, 2010

I was actually interested in it until now. Oh well. iPhone 8 it is haha.

12. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Why not just get the unlocked version then?

13. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

retarded design

14. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

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%.

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