By Joe Paonessa Nov 6, 2017
Best Buy currently has the unlocked Essentials phone on sale for $449.99. That's $250 off of the regular price
and in the ballpark of $200 cheaper than what you can find it selling for at Amazon (updated: 11/7/17 Amazon has since updated its inventory and pricing to match Best Buy's offer). It's available for $499 directly from the Essentials website.
Now if you bundle the Essentials phone with a prepaid SIM card and plan, you can get the phone for even cheaper. With a bundle, the phone's price gets reduced to just $399.99. With select bundle packages, the Essentials phone and plan work out to be cheaper than what Best Buy is selling the phone alone for.
Some top bundle packages include:
Essentials Phone Plus Phone Plan Bundle Pricing
- Simple Mobile SIM card and $40 plan featuring unlimited talk, text and data with the first 6 GB for $440.99
- Cricket Wireless SIM card and $40 plan featuring unlimited talk, text and data with the first 5 GB for $441.98
- Mint SIM's 3 month plan with unlimited talk, text and data and the first 2 GB each month at high speeds for $449.99
- Boost Mobile's SIM card with an unlimited talk, text and data plan for $459.98
There are many other prepaid plans that you can choose from each provider, but to get a discount, first add an Essentials phone to your cart then pick a phone plan and SIM card. You don't even have to ever subscribe to the plan that you purchase. You can simply purchase one to save a few more dollars on the phone. It should work on nearly every carrier in the USA.
Essentials Phone Specifications
The Essentials phone comes with some high end specifications, although it has been knocked in some reviews for what appears to be poor camera software.
- 5.71" 2560x1312 LTPS IPS display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa-Core processor
- 4GB RAM
- 128GB internal storage
- Dual rear camera's featuring 13MP Dual RGB + Mono camera with image fusion technology
- 8 MP selfie camera
- 3040 mAh battery with fast charging
- Fingerprint sensor
- USB type C
- Support for the following LTE bands:
FDD-LTE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 17, 20, 21, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 66
TDD-LTE: 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43
You may want to hurry up and grab this phone if you are interested in the bundle package. Best Buy has already sold out of one color of the Essentials phone.
If the Essentials phone isn't your cup of tea, Best Buy has similar bundle packages available for other phones.