How Much Would You Actually Pay For an Essential Phone?. My new Essential phone is being delivered today; and, I can't believe what I am getting for the money. As this article points out, this phone is a steal at $350, and a bargain at $450. You would have to be insane not to grab this great phone for $223. It is one of the only two phones in the world that is already rocking Android 9 Pie, and it's lack of bloatware is a reason to buy it, all by itself. As the article author points out, it might be worth it to buy the phone and keep it in the box. Not.