The Essential Phone is free with a signed 2-year contract at Telus

The Essential Phone is free with a signed 2-year contract at Telus
While subsidized pricing has fallen out of favor in the U.S., the practice remains in other parts of the world. For example, Canadian carrier Telus is now offering the Essential Phone for $0 with a signed two-year pact. The cost of the required data plan starts at $95 a month. That's right, the offspring of the father of Android, Andy Rubin, is free if you lock yourself up with Telus for a couple of years. The off-contract price of the phone is $1,050.

The steep drop in the pricing of the Essential Phone on contract would seem to dovetail with a recent report that claimed only 5,000 units of the handset were sold in the U.S. Originally offered on September 8th by Telus for a price of $290 on contract, the carrier quickly dropped the subsidized price to $200 just 12 days later. After another two weeks has gone by, here we are telling you how Telus is offering the phone free on contract.

If you're considering picking up the Essential Phone, keep in mind that a very big update has just been sent out to the device OTA. The latest system build (NMI81C) will bring major improvements to the camera that will supposedly bring its performance in line with the cameras found on other flagship phones. When we reviewed the Essential Phone, the cameras were a disappointment to us, which partially explains why we gave the device a "4" out of 10 score. You can check out our review by clicking on this link.

source:  Telus via MobileSyrup

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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



1. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

There is no steep price drop. The Canadian carriers have a monopoly and abuse that relentlessly. They can pretty much charge anything for bare minimum service and throw a phone in your face like a dog treat. That $95 per month plan gets you 300 local minutes (that is right, just in your city in Canada), 2 GB of data and that's it. So in essence, you will pay them $2300 a s**t plan and a phone worth less than half that.

2. kennybenny

Posts: 228; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

True that... the Big Three are charging through the roof for minuscule data caps. 10 GB costs $135 CAD on Rogers, and that's for ONE line only. In the States, 10 GB costs $50 (Approx. $62 CAD) more than half the Canadian rate.

6. Subie

Posts: 2442; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Oligopoly and collusion. If America thinks that a Sprint/T-Mobile merger would be a good thing for consumers down the road... Good luck. They could be in the same situation as Canadian consumers.

9. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Not only that but you are bound to never see the same phone bill twice.

10. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1284; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Here in India, we get unlimited sms and calls all over India plus 1GB 4G data per day for just Rs309 or less than 5$ per month.

12. lallolu

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

That is crazy cheap.

14. fyah_king unregistered

Well, the cost of living in India is a lot cheaper. If they charge the same as us Americans than the Asians will not be able to have a phone.

5. lyndon420

Posts: 6915; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Depends on the carrier. I've been with Rogers since the beginning of Android and my plans with them have gotten better without any significant increase in price. I've been paying around $90 per month all along and my plan currently sits at 3gb data with unlimited calling/long distance to anywhere in North America. Not going to deny that us canadians are being hosed though.

7. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

When I am in the UK I am on a 3 plan with unlimited data, 600 minutes, unlimited messages for 19 pounds. So I can't stand Canadian carriers at all.

8. Nopers unregistered

SO much engineering went into this flop. I mean ceramic and titanium aren’t easy to work with.

11. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Well they're to blame. This phone doesn't offer anything competition doesn't and still lacks headphone jack. They priced it at the iPhone level despite no one ever heard of this brand outside phone nerds. If they really thought this was gonna sell that I don't feel sorry at all. Literally the only thing everyone spoke about this phone was "Boohoo it's made by father of Android!" Well who cares, it's still the same Android we have it hundreds of other phones

13. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

here in the Netherlands you get: Free Samsung Galaxy S8 unlimited calls + 5GB data, for 44 euros per month on a 2year contract.

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