(Pocket-lint) – There’s been no confirmation that it won’t launch its much-hyped phone (1) in the US, after rumors started to heat up about the phone’s actual availability.
This will mark a major disappointment for enthusiastic fans of the fledgling tech brand in the US, but that’s no huge surprise given a recent list of wireless carriers Nothing provided contained any US names or canadian.
Nothing provided a statement to PCMag confirming the decision saying:
“While we would like to bring the phone(1) to the wider community across the world, we are focused on national markets, including the UK and Europe, where we have strong partnerships with main local operators. It takes a lot to launch a smartphone as you know, from in-country cellular technology handset support to carrier partnerships and local regulations, and as we’re still a young brand, we have to be strategic at this subject.”
The phone will apparently work in the US, but simply won’t have reliable coverage or connectivity, making it a pretty risky purchase for anyone who spends most of their time in North America. It will have no voice calls over LTE on AT&T, limited coverage on T-Mobile and no service on Verizon at all.
Nothing followed that saying, unsurprisingly, that it aims to launch phones for the US down the line, but with no promise that a version of the phone(1) would ever be in that number.
Written by Max Freeman-Mills. Editing by Chris Hall.