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Andy Rubin's Essential Phone to be a Sprint-exclusive

Essential Phone by Andy Rubin to be available in the US only via Sprint
Essential Phone
Although many people are waiting for Andy Rubin's phone and most of them might not want to be tied to a certain carrier, it looks like the Essential Phone is headed for the US as a Sprint-exclusive.
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Andy Rubin's first smartphone promises to offer a few tempting highlights for those not finding any of today's flagships able to suit their needs. However, it looks like the Essential Phone will have a major flaw, at least in the US - carrier exclusivity.

According to Essential President Niccolo de Masi, who spoke to USA Today, Sprint is "the network of the future" in the US. "We like to bet where we think the market is going as opposed to where the market was. I feel like we are a new brand and a new consumer electronics company and we are partnering with the network of the future," he said.

However, Sprint is currently the fourth carrier in the US by subscribers, behind Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and T-Mobile. Those interested to get the unlocked phone will be able to do so via Essential's website for $699 USD. The 360 camera accessory will have a price tag of $50 USD. Sprint still has to announce its own pricing. The handset is expected to arrive on the market by the end of August.

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Codrut Nistor - Senior Tech Writer - 5464 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2017-06-14 (Update: 2017-06-14)