Nothing Phone 1 Comes to the US for $299 but This Is No Bargain

From CNET: The Nothing Phone 1 is now available in the US for $299. This might sound like a steal since the global version launched last summer at £399 in the UK (roughly $480, AU$700). My colleague Andrew Lanxon found the Nothing Phone 1 to be a great value at that price, thanks to its striking "glyph" design and other perks. But just because you can get the Nothing Phone in the US at what looks like a discount does not mean you should.

Nothing is positioning this launch as a beta with partial US carrier support and an unfinished operating system. This means the phone might only work on 4G or with limited 5G support. It will also be running a beta version of Nothing OS 1.5, the company's software that's built on Android 13. The phone's hardware is otherwise identical to the global model, meaning it has 128GB of storage, 8GB of RAM, a 50-megapixel dual camera system and a 120Hz OLED display.

Nothing did not return our request for comment. But the phone company isn't hiding these limitations; everything is spelled out in the Frequently Asked Questions section of the beta program's website.

One of the biggest drawbacks to buying the Nothing Phone 1 in beta is that you can only access 4G for the most part on major US carrier networks. If you have Verizon, you'll also have to request the carrier to manually add the phone's IMEI number for it to work. Verizon users won't have access to the carrier's CDMA network either, further limiting the experience. T-Mobile has partial support for 5G, but that's it. Nothing says that while the phone itself wasn't designed for the US, the company's future plans have the American phone market in mind.

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