A week ago, Essential Phone got a $200 permanent discount and started selling for $499 and now you can get the phone for $299. Yes, that’s less than half the original $700 price.
To get the phone at $299, you should know someone who purchased the phone at original $699 pice. And it is also necessary that the purchase should have been made from Essential, Sprint, Best Buy, or Amazon. Once you have someone who purchased the phone on the original price, you need to go to this link and fill out the form with all the details asked. Once you submit the form, you’ll get a $200 coupon code which you can use to purchase another Essential phone for $200 less. If you are not going to buy another phone, you can buy the Essential $360 camera. Interestingly, the camera costs $200 and applying the code will make it free (wohooo, a free camera). Once you apply the coupon code, you’ll see a $200 discount under “Gift Card”.
There is one thing to keep in mind that the form must be submitted before 15 November and the code must be used before 15 December. So technically, Essential is almost forcing you to buy a new phone quickly.
Essential is a company co-founded by Android co-founder Andy Rubins. The company released its first and only phone in September but it did not do well. Reportedly, it managed to sell only 5,000 units. There could be multiple reasons behind the low number of sales. Essential phone was first announced in May and the company set to launch it in July. However, the release date got delayed to August for some unknown reason. But the phone did not come in August as well and it was finally released in September. The delay in launch might have resulted into less excitement about the phone. Moreover, the phone’s camera performance is not as good as the other flagships including the Galaxy S8 and Pixel 2.
Another reason could be the price of the phone as it was the company’s first phone and was set at $700 which is a lot for a new phone from a new company. The company could have learned from OnePlus, which had set the price for its new flagship phone to $400 and sold over hundreds of thousands of devices. But apparently, Essential has got it now and permanently dropped the price of its phone to $499.