The most interesting Android phone of 2022 will not be sold in the US

There are plenty of reasons to be excited about Nothing’s first smartphone release, Phone 1. As Carl Bay’s first smartphone project after leaving OnePlus, fans are expecting a return to those roots, and in fact, the company uses many of the same marketing/hype tactics that OnePlus used in its days First. Nothing’s noise machine hasn’t been working at full throttle since the phone’s existence was first confirmed. If you’re in the US and are thinking of getting involved in Nothing’s marketing, fortunately – North Americans won’t be able to purchase this phone. In other words, instead of Nothing Phone 1, you just get… Nothing.

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This restriction was first observed by Evan Blass, who noted on his Twitter account that a few American bands are on Nothing’s List of Compatible carriers. Then, in a statement to PCMag, the company confirmed that the phone doesn’t see a launch in the US or Canada – at least initially. The company has since confirmed this in a statement to the Android Police as well.

Nothing says it’s primarily focused on markets like the UK and Europe right now, and while you can attempt With Phone 1 in the US, you’ll see spotty coverage on T-Mobile and no VoLTE on AT&T. Verizon customers, going forward, aren’t quite as lucky.

While we would like to introduce our second product to the entire community around the world, we will focus on local markets, including the UK and across Europe where we have strong partnerships with leading local carriers. It takes a lot to launch a smartphone in different markets, from ensuring the phone is supported by cellular technologies in the country to carrier partnerships and local regulation, and since we’re just getting started we need to be strategic about it.

However, there is a positive side: Nothing has also confirmed that it has plans to release a US-backed phone in the future, but it will need proper support from the carrier before that happens. A limited number of the company’s private community investors will also be able to acquire Phone 1 in the US through a closed beta program, but it doesn’t look like most people will be able to participate in this opportunity.

It’s just the beginning for Nothing, and we’re definitely aiming to launch a US-backed mobile phone in the future. Currently, only a limited number of our private investors in the US will be able to purchase the phone (1) through a closed beta program.

In the meantime, if you really want phone (1) to be available in the US as soon as possible, contact your carrier and tell them about us!

It’s disappointing news for sure, especially after the company enlisted the help of US-based content creators like Marquis Brownlee to help with its marketing efforts. While carrier compatibility hampers US phone versions certainly isn’t something new – which is why so many phones from companies like Xiaomi and Realme are a nightmare to use in the US – it’s not as if Carl Pei has been discontinued. The OnePlus 6T was the first OnePlus phone compatible with the US carrier (T-Mobile), but before that, all of its old phones were sold in the US with an unlocked flavor, right up to the inaugural OnePlus One.

Then again, Carl Pei doesn’t have a Chinese giant group backing him this time, and this he is The company’s first smartphone release. Knowing how hard it is to get US network compatibility right, it’s not overly surprising. Given how strong the ‘nothing’ game can be, this news will definitely break some hearts.


Update: 06/23/2022 03:55 EST BY MANUEL VONAU

Nothing statement

We’ve updated our coverage with a statement we received from nothing. It is similar to the received PCMag that was previously published in this article, but the wording is very slightly different.

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