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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11 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

The Essential Phone needs to prove itself first, then it could be considered by the Carriers. Not hoping on a new-comming brand that's starting from scratch.

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7363; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I can understand your point. However it has a lot going for it. It comes with 128 gb and 4 gb of ram out of the box. Plus it has the latest SD 835, with Bluetooth 5, wifi ad, USB-C with USB 3.1 transfer speeds, stereo speakers, dual 13 mp cameras, titanium casing, with gorilla glass 5, cat 16 LTE or 1 gigabit, dual SIM standard. Plus if you pay an additional $50 you will get a 360 camera attachment. Not too bad.

8. Jovericain

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 11, 2017

There is no dual SIM unfortunately... But still, it will be mine!

9. PryvateiDz

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Comment went to the wrong place, lol

12. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

@sgodsell, I was referring more to the software and after-sales support of the new Essential Phone, and not about it's hardware specs.

10. PryvateiDz

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Yeah, I think the spec and feature set is fine. I don't necessarily think that it needs to "prove itself" per se, but for average consumers, it may need to be in physical stores, and have some hands-on reviews for release. However, in his interview with wired Andy said the smartphone is not meant to be a big seller. It's meant to be sort of exclusive. Insert from the interview: "He sees loads of innovation, but believes companies don’t take advantage of it because they’re simply too big." "If Essential sells 50 million phones this quarter, Jason Keats, the company’s head of product architecture, is totally screwed. Essential simply cannot produce that many phones. That’s the point. “We’ve gone after technologies and methods of manufacturing that aren’t designed to support 50 million devices,” he says. He wants Essential to think like a high-end watchmaker, not a commodity gadget builder." "From the start, Essential’s designers and engineers met with countless manufacturers in search of the most interesting technology and materials, especially stuff no one could produce at scale. “We’re not for everybody,” Keats says. “You know it’s going to be a little exclusive.”

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Such a gorgeous device. Hope it does well on the market.

3. Ocr22

Posts: 29; Member since: May 12, 2017

Well we all know att will make it hard to work with its Volte and other stuff like they have in the past with unlocked phones . I guess T-Mobile or maybe verizon will be the way to go since they allow volte and most features to work on unlocked devices.

6. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Nice phone. I'll wait for the Pixel 2.

13. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Come on tmobile!!!!

14. S8PlusIsBoss

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 22, 2017

It's pretty much plain and simple for me since March 2011. Nothing beats Samsung they are Android and Technology nothing else matters. This essential phone is essentially worthless and another Android handset that people won't buy. This handset was designed to challenge the worthless Pixel handsets and collectively they both are going nowhere on the Android platform. The S8 and S8plus are the best handsets on the market today and the S8plus is the best phablet on market today.

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