Nothing, the company founded by former OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei, has just launched its first ever smartphone – and to say it looks different from just about every other phone on the market is an understatement.
Sporting the same semi-transparent design as the Nothing Ear (1) headphones launched last year, the Phone (1) looks just as intriguing, sporting a semi-transparent back with unique LEDs.
The bad news? It’s not launching at all in North America.
Still, for those of us in Europe and Asia there are plenty of ways to get your hands on the Phone (1) now. Read on to find out how to get the Phone (1) at the best price – or read our review of the phone to find out what we think so far.
Where is the Phone (1) available?
The Nothing Phone (1) is available from across the UK, Europe, and Asia, but it isn’t due for release in the US or Canada.
Nothing has confirmed to PCMag that it plans to run a “closed beta program” with a “limited number of our private community investors in the U.S.” though with “unpredictable” service on T-Mobile, no VoLTE on AT&T and no service on Verizon at all, it’s easy to see why it won’t be available in the States and Canada.
How much does the Nothing Phone (1) cost?
The Nothing Phone (1) comes in three versions:
8GB + 128GB: £399/€469/₹33,9998GB + 256GB: £449/€499/₹36,99912GB + 256GB: £499/€549/₹39,999
That’s a competitive price that puts the phone firmly in the territory of our mid-range phone ranking, up against rivals like the OnePlus Nord 2T and Samsung Galaxy A53 – though if you’re in India, note that the price has jumped by ₹1,000 since launch because of “fluctuating currency exchange rates & rising component costs.”
It follows in the footsteps of the Nothing Ear (1) earbuds – despite featuring premium features like ANC and wireless charging, the buds went on sale at an entry-level $99/£99/€99/₹6,999.
Where can I buy the Nothing Phone (1) SIM-free?
Before launch, Nothing made a lot of fuss about having an invite-only pre-order system, with a waitlist and referral system in place. That’s now closed, but the good news is that you can now simply… buy a phone. It’s a radical reinvention of the purchasing system, we know.
The phone is available SIM-free direct from Nothing itself, from Amazon, or from Selfridges in the UK. Note that at the time of writing, Amazon UK is advertising the phone at 20% off – though in fact it’s simply selling the phone at its standard price, and it’s never sold the phone at the higher price it’s supposedly discounted from. You can also pick it up on contract from O2, both online and in-store.
It’s a similar story outside of the UK, with availability from Flipkart in India and a range of carriers and electronics stores – including Amazon – across Europe.
The best Phone (1) contract deals in the UK
As mentioned above, the Phone (1) is a network exclusive for O2 in the UK, and they’re offering it both online and in-store. Here are the best contracts O2 has right now, broken down by the versions of the phone. These are all 3-year contracts with unlimited minutes and texts, and perks including free roaming in select countries and extra subscriptions to streaming services, and all cost just £10 upfront.
8GB RAM + 128GB storage:
£22.81 per month for 3GB of data £25.81 per month for 10GB of data £30.80 per month for 30GB of data £32.80 per month for 75GB data
8GB RAM + 256GB storage:
£24.20 per month for 3GB of data £27.20 per month for 10GB of data £32.19 per month for 30GB of data £34.19 per month for 75GB data
12GB RAM + 256GB storage:
£27.59 per month for 3GB of data£30.59 per month for 10GB of data £35.58 per month for 30GB of data£37.57 per month for 75GB of data
Mid-range smartphones, Smartphones