Tuesday, August 22, 2017

(Update: Unlocked from Best Buy) Essential Phone is up for pre-order from Sprint, Best Buy, Essential, and Amazon

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Update (August 22): The unlocked version of the Essential Phone is now available for pre-order through Best Buy for the same $699.99 price tag. If you’re interested, head to the website below:

The unlocked version can be purchased through Amazon and Essential from the links below as well, and as is the case with all retailers, the white version is still “coming soon.”



Update (August 17): Andy Rubin has announced that the Essential Phone is also available for pre-order from Essential.com, BestBuy.com, and Amazon. You can pick up both Black Moon and Pure White color options if you order from Amazon or directly through Essential, though Best Buy is only selling the Black Moon version for now, with the Pure White listed as “coming soon.”

Interested? Head to the links below to grab yours today.



Original post: Andy Rubin’s phone is now available for pre-order at Sprint.


Essential, the first phone from the company with the same name, launched in late May and was supposed to reach customers within 30 days. Essential missed this self-imposed deadline by a big margin, which only shows how challenging the mobile industry can be for a new company, even when you have the father of Android in the founders list.


Earlier this week, Essential informed customers who pre-ordered its first phone that the device will ship within seven days.


Now Sprint, the only carrier offering the Essential Phone, is following suit. Pre-orders for the device are now open for the black version, while the white version will become available at a later date. Full retail availability of the Essential Phone will take “a few weeks.”


Read: Why are carrier exclusives (still) a thing?


Customers can buy the Essential Phone from Sprint for its full price of $699 or they can opt for the carrier’s Flex Lease payment plan. That would result in savings of $260 across an 18-month installment plan, with monthly payments of just $14.58. There is some fine print, of course – most importantly, at the end of the plan you will need to decide between getting a new phone, continue leasing, returning the device, or paying it out to own it.


Sprint may be the only network to sell the Essential Phone, but the device will also go on sale on Amazon and Best Buy.

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