Telus.com TELUS: Get the Essential Phone for $460.00 (previously $650.00) Get the Essential Phone for $460!

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You can get the original smartphone with a front camera notch at an even lower price, because the Essential Phone is now $460.00 (previously $650.00) at TELUS!

At launch, the Essential Phone was originally priced at $1050.00, but was reduced to $650.00 in November 2017. The price has been reduced again and this deal is also available at Koodo, but the phone comes unlocked from both providers and can be used with most major networks in Canada.

Sporting an edge-to-edge screen with a sleek titanium and glass design, the Essential Phone positions itself alongside other flagships like the iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy S8, but at approximately half the price. Notable features include:

  • 5.71" edge-to-edge display with 2560 x 1312 resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage
  • Dual 13.1MP rear cameras and 8MP front camera
  • Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n
  • Android 7.1 Nougat operating system
  • No headphone jack, but a USB-C to headphone jack adapter is included

This offer is available online or in TELUS stores -- click here to find the location nearest you. Online orders are eligible for free shipping.

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    • I would have bought the Essential phone at this price if I didn't really buy an S8 on sale before Christmas. The timing on this is brutal.
      Also what the heck is this supposed to mean?
      Kevin81 wrote:
      Jan 19th, 2018 2:59 pm
      (Double checks the charger - all good)
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    • It was $0 tab medium before.
      After that $0 tab large and $200 GC
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    • @Kevin81, thanks for posting this deal. Please add the deal price to the subject (thread title) when posting deals.
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    • mikered14 wrote:
      Jan 19th, 2018 3:09 pm
      I would have bought the Essential phone at this price if I didn't really buy an S8 on sale before Christmas. The timing on this is brutal.
      Also what the heck is this supposed to mean?
      My attempt at quick cheap cell phone humour about a phone/phone deal getting hot again. There are no known issues with the chargers on these phones.
      Only issues with my comedic flair.
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    • tk1000 wrote:
      Jan 19th, 2018 3:13 pm
      @Kevin81, thanks for posting this deal. Please add the deal price to the subject (thread title) when posting deals.
      fixed, thanks!
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    • RFDQ1016 wrote:
      Jan 19th, 2018 3:12 pm
      It was $0 tab medium before.
      After that $0 tab large and $200 GC
      Yes, but then you need to mess around with pro-rated charges and trying to cancel or port out, etc etc. This way, you can just buy it straight up from the website. No strings.
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    • If I didn't already have a Pixel 2, i'd jump on this.
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    • A few issues when I did own this phone for anyone who would find this helpful.
      - Screen does not feel responsive at all, you can actually see the disconnect between your touch and the movement on screen
      - The fingerprint scanner in many cases would not register ESPECIALLY while charging
      - Cameras are decent, I would suggest downloading the Google camera app
      - Despite the claims, it is very easy to scratch the back even with a case on
      - Despite the high resolution screen, it is quite easy to distinguish pixels
      - I found it mind boggling how even though this phone is using an 835, it was slower than every other 835 phone I've used

      At the end of the day, I couldnt live with this phone anymore and upgraded to an XZ Premium, hope this is helpful!
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    • Heythumb88 wrote:
      Jan 19th, 2018 3:39 pm
      A few issues when I did own this phone for anyone who would find this helpful.
      - Screen does not feel responsive at all, you can actually see the disconnect between your touch and the movement on screen
      - The fingerprint scanner in many cases would not register ESPECIALLY while charging
      - Cameras are decent, I would suggest downloading the Google camera app
      - Despite the claims, it is very easy to scratch the back even with a case on
      - Despite the high resolution screen, it is quite easy to distinguish pixels
      - I found it mind boggling how even though this phone is using an 835, it was slower than every other 835 phone I've used

      At the end of the day, I couldnt live with this phone anymore and upgraded to an XZ Premium, hope this is helpful!
      Don't think I'd ever switch to a Sony for myself, but I haven't tried the PH1 so I can't really compare.

      My guess is it'll go back to $0 on tab medium on Koodo again in March, plus possiblity of GC to sweeten the deal.
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    • Is the Essential PH-1 considered a good phone? Most reviews I've seen are on launch day or even earlier, but apparently there have been many updates since then.

      I'm curious as to people's opinions between the Essential, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the LG G6.
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    • putty3d wrote:
      Jan 19th, 2018 3:53 pm
      Is the Essential PH-1 considered a good phone? Most reviews I've seen are on launch day or even earlier, but apparently there have been many updates since then.

      I'm curious as to people's opinions between the Essential, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the LG G6.
      I don't think so at all
      Telus is unloading it quicker than the depreciation on an LG phone

      Stick with Apple / Samsung / Google
      Heck even Blackberry has retained value longer
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    • putty3d wrote:
      Jan 19th, 2018 3:53 pm
      Is the Essential PH-1 considered a good phone? Most reviews I've seen are on launch day or even earlier, but apparently there have been many updates since then.

      I'm curious as to people's opinions between the Essential, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the LG G6.
      Its a good phone. Potentially maybe even a great phone - but that'll depend how patient and nitpicky you are. I've had it since black Friday and am very happy with it.
      It has it quirks - but i haven't had any major issues yet.
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    • I found it to be an excellent and underrated phone. I always found it breezing fast. It also has an LCD screen, which is a big plus since all AMOLED screens suffer from terrible uneven corner tint issues. At this price it is more than worth it.

      The only thing I would say is don't try to order a tempered glass screen protector for it, none of them fit the phone well and they all leave big unstuck margins. Order a pack of protective films for the PH-1 from Amazon instead.

      Also there is now a mod for it where you can get the Pixel 2's Google HDR+ camera. Other phones so far only had the Pixel 1's camera app.
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    • TBH, I love my Essential PH-1 and I got it during the Black Friday via Koodo Mobile and the final price including tax was $394.14 which was a no brainer for me...

      I honestly see a lot of people complaining about it being not responsive (especially on reddit) but I haven't seen them myself or it might be b/c my last phone was Nexus 5 and any phone is considered a huge upgrade...

      I did do an RMA through Koodo the first time as my mesh cloth was coming off through the ear piece and I got the replacement in a week. Since then, I've put a wrap on it + install the Oreo BETA 3 onto the phone and it's one of the best purchase I've made for 2017...
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    • Question for you:

      HOw do you get it outright?

      Like is koodo willing to sell it out right or only when u activate new acct?
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    • This or One Plus 5T?
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    • I've used mine for a few months.

      Cons:
      - Screen latency. It's definitely here, but honestly it doesn't bug me as it seems to for everyone else.
      - Slipper as f*k. Prepare to drop your phone if you don't have Spiderman hands. Get a case, but then it hides the nice looking ceramic back.
      - No headphone jack. Ugh.

      Debatable:
      - Camera. It's not iPhone or Pixel class for sure, but for the price, I'm happy with it. The last few updates have made a big difference to me.

      Pros:
      - Great software update release rate. Security patch at Jan 2018 level, and I believe they got the Dec patch faster than Pixel phones. Oreo beta with Treble support coming close. Based on their AMA they're already working on 8.1 and have seen Treble payoffs. They've also added things like Portrait mode post release.
      - Premium build. Playing with plastic phones now feels like I'm using a toy phone
      - Battery life. I've had great battery life with mine. Easily lasts a day and very little drain overnight if it's left unplugged.

      I got mine at the $360 price, and I'd gladly buy the phone again at that price, and would strongly consider this even at the 460$ outright price. Everyone complains about
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