There is still hope for the US variant of the Nothing Phone (1). As most of you know, the device is available in a number of regions, but the US is not one of them. Having launched a couple of days ago, there is still hope.
We may yet see the Nothing Phone (1) in the US, there is still hope
Why is that? Well, It seems like Nothing is redirecting US consumers to the US website when they try to buy the phone in the EU. We tried opening up the listing ourselves, from a US IP, and that is indeed what happens.
There is a Nothing Phone (1) listing in the US. You can access it via this link, if you want. You cannot buy the phone at the moment, but that listing does share information about the device. Thus it’s leaving room for things to change.
This, of course, does not guarantee anything. Nothing may simply want the US consumers to be aware of the Nothing Phone (1), just to be in the loop. The company would probably want to deliver the phone to the US consumers, though.
The US market is considerably different than the EU markets, and India, though. It relies heavily on carriers. Consumers tend to stick to a specific carrier and sign contracts every couple of years to get extreme discounts on devices, or devices for free.
Nothing may try to look a carrier partner in the US, while a certification is also needed
Therefore, Nothing would need to make a partnership with at least one major carrier in the US in order to be somewhat relevant. Well, that’s at least the logical approach to things. There are always consumers who buy devices unlocked.
The thing is, the Nothing Phone (1) is not certified to work in the US. If consumers in the US decide to import the device, they would likely have problems with cell service. That can easily be changed with proper certification, though, of course.
Folks over at Android Central tried using the Nothing Phone (1) on T-Mobile, and it worked well, to a degree. It managed to reach decent 5G speeds, though there were times it couldn’t even get a signal. So importing the device is probably not the best idea for US consumers.