The only U.S. carrier selling the Essential Phone just started taking pre-orders for Andy Rubin’s latest creation.
Essential and Sprint have a tight relationship despite the former being an entirely new company in the mobile industry. Andy Rubin, Android’s co-founder who’s trying to do his own thing now, is close with SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son. For those unaware, SoftBank is the parent company that owns Sprint. That explains the agreement to make Sprint the exclusive carrier for the Essential Phone. Rubin needed support for Essential, and it’s unlikely many carriers will step forward for an unproven brand.
As the phone is about to ship in the U.S. in its unlocked form, Sprint is also preparing for a nationwide release. The carrier is now letting its customers pre-order the Essential Phone at a special price.
Sprint is advertising 50% off the Essential Phone; however, it’s not cutting the full price in half. Customers will instead get 50% off the monthly payments of an 18-month Sprint Flex lease.
The promotion saves you $260 by lowering the payments to $14.58 per month with $0 down. Once you’ve reached the end of your 18-month Sprint Flex lease, you can either trade the phone in for something else or pay $175 to own it.
If you do pre-order the Essential Phone through Sprint, it should ship by August 28.
Buy it now: Sprint