Carl Pei’s Nothing Phone has received a lot of attention, but Americans shouldn’t get overly enthusiastic about it.
Nothing (1) will not be sold or even function in the United States. The Nothing Phone (1), which promises to be a contender and slightly upend the smartphone market, is essentially channeling the spirit of the early OnePlus devices. With a glance at the Nothing Phones glyph lighting effects that appear on the back of the handset, we got a glimpse of how it would work yesterday.
While there is still a lot we don’t know about the Nothing Phone, it is now clear that the product won’t be available in the US, at least not at launch.
While we would love to make phone (1) available to everyone worldwide, we are concentrating on our domestic areas, such as the UK and Europe, where we have solid relationships with top local carriers. As you are aware, it takes a lot to launch a smartphone, from ensuring that the device is compatible with local cellular technology to carrier relationships and local regulations. Because we are a young company, we must be strategic in our approach.
Only a few hours before, Evan Blass had revealed via hinted on Twitter that the Nothing Phone would not receive US support.
Nothing apparently confirms in a subsequent statement that carrier agreements are the key obstacle preventing the company from accessing the US market. PCMag , to whom Nothing confirmed the news, makes this claim.
Future plans call for the introduction of a smartphone supported in the United States. For the time being, a select group of our private community investors in the U.S. will have access to phone (1) via a closed beta test. Readers who are anxious for phone (1) to become available as soon as possible in the US should call their carrier and inform them about our situation in the interim.
The good news is that a model with US network support is under development, however there is no estimated release date for anyone looking to purchase a Nothing Phone (1) in the US.
In the interim, you won’t be able to use a Nothing Phone that you attempt to purchase in the United States. The smartphone should only partially function on T-Mobile, but it won’t work at all on Verizon and won’t have any VoLTE service there.
When compared to Carl Peis’ other initiatives, this decision is a little unexpected. The OnePlus 6 was the company’s first product to be offered through carriers in the US, but every other model was available for purchase in the US market unlocked. Given the extensive marketing the Nothing Phone has received to date, it is very shocking that the US market is currently being ignored by the firm.