The translucent back and flashing glyph design of the Nothing Phone 1 have many US phone enthusiasts fascinated, yet they are unable to get one. Certainly not quickly. However, it might be simpler for its ancillary gadgets.
Carl Pei, a co-founder of Nothing, told CNBC that the firm wasn’t prepared to handle the complexity of the industry, which often requires working with strong US carriers, therefore the Nothing Phone 1 isn’t available in the US. We are currently in talks with a few US carriers about maybe launching a future product there, he said. A third of the sales of the device were produced in the US, where Nothing already offers its Ear Stick wireless buds. Pei was also a founding member of OnePlus and is already acquainted with the US smartphone market. It took years for OnePlus to launch a device with carrier support.
Nothing has topped 600,000 Phone 1 devices sold so far. But Pei has big ambitions, matched by similarly big challenges. He previously said the company has a “zero-percent margin” on its phones, due to the strong US dollar and less-than-favorable terms from suppliers. “The goal is to be profitable in 2024,” he said.
– Mat Smith
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