Sprint Claims Pricing Advantages Make It Perfect For The Essential Phone

Sprint Claims Pricing Advantages Make It Perfect For The Essential Phone

Sprint Claims Pricing Advantages Make It Perfect For The Essential Phone

The Essential Phone will launch as a carrier exclusive for Sprint in the US.

No word on specific availability or pricing from Sprint, but you can pre-register to get line on its website here. AT&T is the more likely choice, given its large customer base and the GSM network protocol it utilizes, which means that its phones are usually more friendly across borders internationally. Now a report coming out of USA Today reveals one of the major United States carriers will also be selling the phone. Meaning, Sprint will be the exclusive carrier partner for the Essential phone.

Sprint retail outlets will not be the only places for usa consumers to buy the Essential smartphone. It's worth mentioning that the phone will not carry the carrier's logo. While Sprint does have network improvements in the works, its performance has generally lagged behind the likes of T-Mobile and Verizon for several years now. I mean, Sprint likes to load up their exclusive devices will a ton of bloatware, something Rubin is trying to avoid with the Essential Phone.

But under CEO Marcelo Claure, Sprint has been gaining momentum and adding subscribers. Essential Products was founded by Andy Rubin, co-founder of Android, the world's most widely used operating system. Sprint did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment. But if you want a carrier-locked variant, Sprint will be the way to go.

The nation's no. 4 carrier hasn't made an official announcement yet regarding pricing, but the phone will be available unlocked from Essential's website for $699 (and $50 extra for the 360 camera, optional).

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