1. Final-MacGyver's Avatar
    08-17-2017 09:24 AM
  2. msp1518's Avatar
    In order to take advantage you would have to use Sprint as your carrier and unless you in some select big cities, that is not a good idea. Their coverage is God-awful.
    modifier and jamezr like this.
    08-17-2017 10:51 AM
  3. Aquila's Avatar
    That's a good deal for Spring customers. Nice
    08-17-2017 10:52 AM
  4. Almeuit's Avatar
    It is only a lease -- sadly.
    modifier likes this.
    08-17-2017 11:24 AM
  5. Final-MacGyver's Avatar
    Still a better deal in the end. You have the option to upgrade to a new phone at 18 months or buy the phone outright for $175. You end up saving $260 vs buying it outright.
    08-18-2017 03:57 AM
  6. andrew_ackley's Avatar
    It is only a lease -- sadly.
    Literally the same thing. Cheap option to purchase at the end.
    08-20-2017 08:55 PM
  7. sunriseshell's Avatar
    Just stumbled onto this deal yesterday, didn't even realize Sprint was going to have this phone let alone an exclusive. Was just wistfully surfing the phone and found it.

    I'm so used to having to choose from the big 3 only, not getting options to get the "cool" phones. It's about time.
    modifier and Final-MacGyver like this.
    08-21-2017 10:58 PM
  8. monezmod's Avatar
    Just ordered from Sprint on their discounted 18mo lease plan. Have a Nexus 6P now that I really like, so we'll see how the Essential phone stacks up. I've haven't seen any definitive news on their plans for software updates, so that is something that I am wary of.
    08-22-2017 07:08 PM
  9. Final-MacGyver's Avatar
    https://www.essential.com/blog "Essential Phone will get guaranteed Android OS updates for 2 years and will get monthly security updates for 3 years, so your phone will always be secure and have the latest features."
    08-22-2017 07:26 PM
  10. modifier's Avatar
    I've haven't seen any definitive news on their plans for software updates, so that is something that I am wary of.
    Besides the 2yr/3yr promise from Essential, Marques' video said that updating the OS should be quick because it's so close to pure Android. Oreo is already in the works.

    He mentions it toward the end:
    08-23-2017 12:35 AM
  11. fernandez21's Avatar
    Does mean android o and android p, but not q? Or would q be the last update?
    08-23-2017 02:17 AM
  12. modifier's Avatar
    Does mean android o and android p, but not q? Or would q be the last update?
    Depends entirely on Google's release schedule. Whatever lands within the next two years, we should get them.
    fernandez21 likes this.
    08-23-2017 02:43 AM
  13. anon(9918034)'s Avatar
    Just ordered from Sprint on their discounted 18mo lease plan. Have a Nexus 6P now that I really like, so we'll see how the Essential phone stacks up. I've haven't seen any definitive news on their plans for software updates, so that is something that I am wary of.
    It literally runs stock Android. Updates will be super easy, also considering it's by the Co-founder of Android.
    08-23-2017 08:07 PM

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