Nothing phone (1) steps closer to launch with key partners in Europe, UK, and India.
Consumer tech company Nothing today confirmed the first of many partnerships for its hotly anticipated smartphone phone (1). Elisa, O2, Telekom Deutschland and Flipkart will help fuel Nothing’s global expansion plans and bring phone (1) one step closer to its summer launch. Powered by Android-based Nothing OS and supercharged by Qualcomm's Snapdragon platform, phone (1) delivers a fast, smooth experience that’s uniquely Nothing. Pricing, availability and partner incentives will be announced at a later date.
“When we started Nothing we wanted to bring back the excitement we once felt for the tech industry,” said Carl Pei, CEO and Co-founder of Nothing. “Joining forces with leading telcos and retailers, we look forward to shaking up the smartphone market together. We can’t wait to reveal phone (1) to the world later this summer.”
In Finland, Elisa will be the exclusive operator for phone (1) and will carry Nothing’s first smartphone both online and in its highstreet stores.
"We are looking forward to partnering with Nothing and bringing phone (1) to our customers in Finland,” said Ilkka Pohtola, Business Director, Personal Connections Business at Elisa. “Elisa is the Finnish market leader in telecommunications and digital services and was the first operator to bring 5G network and services to their customers in Finland. Now we have the joy to present an innovative and unforeseen 5G phone for Finnish consumers and are excited about the future."
O2 will be the exclusive network partner for Nothing in the UK. UK customers will be able to purchase phone (1) in-store and online.
“We want to make sure that O2 customers always have access to the latest and greatest technology. Nothing phone (1) provides a combination of great design and technology that offers something truly unique for our customers,” said Gareth Turpin, Chief Commercial Officer of Virgin Media O2. “I'm really excited that we are partnering with Nothing to be the exclusive network supplier in the UK, as we continue to reimagine connectivity, offer our customers more choice and enjoy the benefits and value they expect from O2."
In Germany, Telekom Deutschland will be the exclusive operator for phone (1), with customers able to purchase the smartphone online and in selected stores.
“The innovative and differentiated design of the phone (1) prototype convinced us to collaborate with Nothing,” said Torsten Brodt, Senior Vice President, Consumer Segment, Telekom Deutschland. “Once again, we will offer an exceptional smartphone exclusively for our customers on the best network in Germany.”
Meanwhile in India, Nothing has expanded its partnership with Flipkart, India’s homegrown e-commerce marketplace. This is an extension of a successful partnership from 2021 (when Nothing announced its foray into India) and aims to tap into the tremendous market potential that currently exists."As a customer-centric platform, we always bring new innovative products and brands that fulfil ever evolving customer aspirations,” said Ajay Veer Yadav, Senior Vice President, Flipkart. “We are delighted to bring Nothing’s much awaited phone (1) to Indian consumers and we are confident that it will be another exciting milestone in the smartphone industry."
Elisa’s mission is a sustainable future through digitalisation. We are a pioneer in telecommunications and digital services, and in 5G. We provide sustainable solutions for over 2.8 million consumer, corporate and public administration customers in our core markets of Finland and Estonia, as well as in over 100 countries internationally. In Finland, Elisa is a market leader in telecommunications, and our international cooperation partners include e.g. Vodafone and Tele2. Elisa is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki. In 2021, our revenue was EUR 2 billion and we employed 5,300 people in more than 20 countries. Elisa is a carbon-neutral company. elisa.com
Nothing is a London-based consumer tech company building a world without barriers between people and technology. Nothing is creating an ecosystem of seamlessly connected products and services that bring artistry and passion back to the industry. Following the success of ear (1), the company's highly anticipated smartphone product phone (1) will launch Summer 2022.
Nothing is a privately held company with backing from GV (formerly Google Ventures), EQT Ventures, C Ventures and other private investors including Tony Fadell (Principal at Future Shape & inventor of the iPod), Casey Neistat (YouTube personality and Co-founder of Beme), Kevin Lin (Co-founder of Twitch) and Steve Huffman (Co-founder and CEO of Reddit).
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