Essential phone will be a Sprint exclusive in the US

Essential Phone

Essential Phone

As confirmed by Essential's President Niccolo de Masi, Sprint will be the exclusive carrier partner for the Essential Phone in the US. 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.

Rubin has previously confirmed that the Essential Phone will be released in June and the company is going to sell it on its website for $699.

When the handset was announced there were no details on which carriers would be offering the device, now we know that Sprint will be the exclusive carrier if you want the handset on a contract.

French 'keeper's stoppage time blunder hands Sweden a vital win
Didier Deschamps ( France coach): "If we couldn't get the win, we should have been able to hang on for the draw". The Dutch go above Bulgaria who lost 2-1 in Belarus to stay on nine points.

Newcomers such as Huawei, OnePlus and others have had to seek new methods to sell phones, whether through retailers such as Best Buy and Amazon or direct-to-consumer.

Sprint hasn't specified how much the Essential PH-1 will cost through its site and stores, and only reaffirmed that the device is "expected to launch later this summer". If purchased unlocked, the phone will work on all US carriers. Lenovo, for example, bought Motorola Mobility in large part because it already had relationships with AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint. That said, rumors of a potential T-Mobile-Sprint merger have picked up as of late.

One thing worth pointing out is that Andy Rubin is a good friend of Masayoshi Son, who is the CEO of SoftBank. 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 a request for comment.

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