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E71x To Hit AT&T In May

March 31, 2009 in Nokia Phone News
Expect the E71x to arrive in May.

Expect the E71x to arrive in May.

There were a grand total of two Nseries/Eseries phones ever subsized by AT&T. About zero of them were actually successful. They were the N75 and E62, and both suffered from some major issues: the former had some lousy battery life and heat problems, while the latter looked like a bland, oversized calculator.

But now Nokia’s giving it another shot, or possibly forced to give it another shot thanks to weak demand in the Americas, most notably the USA. That’s no accident – Nokia doesn’t sell many high-end phones through the carriers here, preferring to sell its most featured smartphones online and at its two stores in the entire country (New York and Chicago).

So what am I getting at? Basically, there’s an AT&T-exclusive clone coming to the USA, and it’s the E71x. Based on the E71, which has been officially available since July, the budget-friendly E71x will cost only $100 (update: $149.99 + $50 AT&T Promotion card, which can be used to pay your wireless bill) with a two-year contract, making it the cheapest Blackberry-ish phone around (at least on AT&T, anyway). That’s awesome. But there’s just one catch:

Nokia, which is trying to claw back US market share by working more closely with carriers, customized the e71x to AT&T’s specifications, including working on the user interface, and linking up to the carrier’s services, including its music store and directory services.

Still, I see the E71x doing pretty well in this market, simply because it has a leg up against the competition in terms of features, and it’s cheap. Really cheap.

Nokia E71x at AT&T
AT&T Picks Up Nokia’s E71x: Part Of Bid To Recapture U.S. Market?

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الدلع
9/30/2009
10:01 am

Was it confirmed that this will run S60 3rd Edition FP2? Is there any chance that us current e71 owners can get a firmware upgrade to FP2?

blued888
8/2/2009
1:50 pm

Scratch that though, didn’t realize I typed in E62 over a month ago. I meant wait for the E72 instead.

blued888
7/1/2009
12:49 pm

Better wait for the E62 in the Philippines guys. :) Pretty much the same thing as the E71 aesthetically, but a whole lot better inside! Faster processor, optical navigation pad and S60v3 FP2!

Ais
6/28/2009
12:20 pm

They say it won’t.. unless you buy it from the US: http://www.eclecticelectronics.net/philippines/nokia-e71x-philippines-not-gonna-happen/

Erwin
4/1/2009
7:33 am

when will it possibly reach APAC, specifically the Philippines? I think this is really cheap.

ang
6/28/2009
12:45 pm

it’s cheap, but remember that it’s locked and branded by at&t. so you might do better with an e63.

zai villanueva
4/1/2009
1:25 am

how much is this one in Philippine peso??

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