We already suspected that will be the case, however now it’s official – the Nothing phone (1) is not going to be obtainable within the US. No North American provider was on the supported record that we noticed yesterday when 100 restricted version models had been put up for auction. Here’s what the corporate needed to say:
“Whereas we’d like to deliver telephone (1) to the complete neighborhood around the globe, we’re specializing in house markets, together with the UK and Europe, the place we’ve got robust partnerships with main native carriers. It takes so much to launch a smartphone as you recognize, from guaranteeing the handset is supported by the nation’s mobile applied sciences to provider partnerships and native regulation, and as we’re nonetheless a younger model we should be strategic about it,” stated Nothing in an announcement to PCMag.
Verizon doesn’t permit telephones on its community that aren’t on its whitelist. Equally, AT&T allows VoLTE just for choose telephones. And that’s successfully a ban, since with out VoLTE your telephone might want to drop right down to 3G to make a name and AT&T shut down its 3G community this February. T-Cellular is extra open, however it doesn’t use the all the similar bands as European carriers, so protection might be spotty.
Nothing does have plans to launch a smartphone within the US sooner or later, however it might want to get at the least one main provider on board first. Founder Carl Pei has accomplished it earlier than, the OnePlus 6 was the first from his former firm to promote within the US and Canada with help for a number of carriers (however not all).
PS. Regardless that some models are being auctioned off proper now, the Nothing telephone (1) launch is ready for July 12.