If you’ve been hesitant to get Andy Rubin’s first smartphone due to having a plan on Big Red, good news: the founder of Android and newly-established unicorn Essential has announced the Essential Phone has been verified and now officially works on Verizon. Before, you could pop a Verizon SIM into the phone, but some connection issues would arise and if there were problems, you couldn’t get help since the phone wasn’t officially supported on the network. Now that it’s passed Verizon’s certification process, everything should be good to go.
Update: Verizon certification complete. Thanks for your patience. Might need to reboot your phone. Happy Friday!
— Andy Rubin (@Arubin) September 16, 2017
This news comes a month after Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile have pledged support for the Essential Phone. For whatever reason, Rubin and the team at Essential were able to get verification from the other three major US carriers way before Verizon would support them, but I guess the Big Red has a long list of prerequisites. Who knows? At least it works now.
The Essential Phone features a ceramic and titanium body, a 5.7-inch edge-to-edge screen, a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat, dual 13MP cameras, and a 3040mAh battery. There’s also a fingerprint scanner on the back, Bluetooth 5, and a USB-C port.