U.S. carriers confirm the Essential Phone will work on their networks, but none will offer it directly (UPDATED)


UPDATE: Andy Rubin confirmed in an interview with Recode's Walt Mossberg that his Essential Phone will be available for purchase online, but also via carriers in the U.S. and other retailers. However, he didn't say which carriers will offer the Essential Phone, although we expect more details soon.

Andy Rubin's Essential Phone is the gadget of the moment sort to speak. The phone that's been designed as an alternative to powerful flagships made by Apple, LG, Huawei, Samsung and other important players in the smartphone market, is going to be hard to come by.

Although the company behind the Essential Phone is trying to reassure customers that it will seek to do everything it can to make the device as widely available as possible, it's clear that it's not ready to mass produce a ceramic-made handset.

In any case, lucky customers who manage to purchase the Essential Phone in the United States will be pleased to know that most major carriers in the country will support the smartphone.

Verizon told The Verge that the phone would definitely work on its CDMA network, but some services might not be available to Essential Phone owners.




On the other hand, T-Mobile is mildly optimistic and says it invites all customers to bring their Essential Phone to the Uncarrier and that it will have more information about the services supported by the handset in the coming weeks.


Sprint's reply is rather laconic, as the carrier says the Essential Phone will work on its network, but more details will be provided later on.


AT&T is the only one that hasn't yet shared any details about the Essential Phone, but as many of you probably noticed neither of them said anything about selling the handset directly.

source: The Verge

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