The AT&T Nokia E71x is actually a great buy at $99.99

The AT&T Nokia E71x is actually a great buy at $99.99

Summary: I admit that my post yesterday on the AT&T E71x may have sounded a bit harsh, but the overabundance of non-removable trial games and apps on the default menu screen and some other missing functions ticked me off. After calming down a bit (I did pay AT&T $340 for the phone) and diving into the E71x I now have it doing about 90% of what the SIM unlocked E71 NAM can do and it looks like I will be keeping the device. In looking at the available messaging-focused devices at the AT&T store the E71x is one of the best devices available for less than $100 (the refurb BlackJack II and BB Curve are also nice devices) and if you stay tuned to my Nokia Experts site you will find lots of ways to make your E71x even better.

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I admit that my post yesterday on the AT&T E71x may have sounded a bit harsh, but the overabundance of non-removable trial games and apps on the default menu screen and some other missing functions ticked me off. After calming down a bit (I did pay AT&T $340 for the phone) and diving into the E71x I now have it doing about 90% of what the SIM unlocked E71 NAM can do and it looks like I will be keeping the device. In looking at the available messaging-focused devices at the AT&T store the E71x is one of the best devices available for less than $100 (the refurb BlackJack II and BB Curve are also nice devices) and if you stay tuned to my Nokia Experts site you will find lots of ways to make your E71x even better.

I posted my first E71x tips article earlier today to try to help out new owners of this sleek device. I also made a post clarifying that the Nokia Email client DOES work on the E71x, you just have to follow a certain install method.

Here in the US consumers are used to and expect heavy subsidization of their phones. With this subsidy comes along some baggage and as a person who rarely buys subsidized phones I had to remind myself of this fact. Using some of the tips I posted you can hide much of what AT&T installs on the device to greatly improve your experience with the E71x. There is no doubt that the hardware is fantastic and now that the camera no longer has the purple tint issue it is actually quite usable. There are very few subsidized Nokia S60 smartphones here in the US and I think the E71x can be a great device to raise the awareness of S60 here and have people looking for more eventually.

Topics: Hardware, Mobility, Nokia, Smartphones, Telcos, AT&T

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  • Sad day when someone gets paid to change their opinion..

    Harsh is harsh if its well deserving, period. Dont soften just because an AT&T exec squaks.
    JT82
    • Never heard from AT&T

      I never heard a thing from AT&T and am
      disappointed you would think I would change my
      opinion just because of pressure.

      I changed my opinion because I was mistaken and
      found that the installation methods I was
      trying before were not the only way to get apps
      on the device. I also found out more about the
      device after further usage and had assumed that
      my long experience with the unlocked E71 would
      have prepared me fully.

      As I said, I don't buy subsidized devices often
      and wasn't prepared for all of the carrier
      stuff on the device. I am learning how to deal
      with it and that is why I softened my opinion.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
  • Help me out here Matthew...

    You state you paid AT&T $340.00 for the phone...yet it can be purchased from them for $99.00.

    Are you really that philanthropic?
    IT_Guy_z
    • I paid unsubisidized price

      I paid the full, unsubsidized price because I
      did not want to extend my contract or try to
      get an early upgrade discount. There are a LOT
      of devices coming out in the next few months
      and I thought the E71x was low enough in price
      (I paid more than this for my unlocked E71) to
      keep my upgrade discount options in play for a
      possible new iPhone, WM, or Android purchase in
      the next couple of months.

      Most people that go into the store though will
      be looking for that low price and can pick it
      up for $100, after $50 rebate.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
  • RE: The AT&T Nokia E71x is actually a great buy at $99.99

    wow. talk about flip flopping. i dont know what to think now.
    ronartwell