Andy Rubin took to Twitter to announce that the Essential Phone’s Verizon certification has finally been completed.
Essential Phone review: Maximum hardware, minimum software
Just two days ago, Andy Rubin and the Essential team held an AMA on Reddit to answer some of the most pressing questions out there, ranging from its underwhelming camera performance to global launch plans. One of the users asked when the device would be certified for Verizon, to which Andy Rubin replied, “Could come as soon as tomorrow!” As you may know, while the Essential Phone has been available in the US for some time now, it hasn’t been perfectly compatible with all four major carriers: the phone launched without Verizon certification, which meant that people looking to buy new Verizon SIM cards to use with their Essential Phones could run into trouble.
Well, it looks like you won’t have to worry about that anymore. As promised (sort of) by Andy Rubin during the AMA, the Essential Phone is officially approved for use on Verizon’s network as of Friday September 15. This means that whether you have an existing Verizon SIM card or planning on buying a new one, it should work without any problem with the Essential Phone.
Whether you have an existing Verizon SIM card or planning on buying a new one, it should work without any problem with the Essential Phone.
The Essential Phone is now technically supported by all four major carriers in the US, but it remains to be seen whether this full compatibility will impact its sales. Though the device boasts an elegant design and durable materials, consumers point out that its price tag is simply too high for a phone that lacks waterproofing, headphone jack, and expandable storage, some of the most “essential” features inside a smartphone these days.
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