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Nokia e71x AT&T (and TMO) Phone $99 No Contract YMMV


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#1 draxxlith

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 12:06 PM

Radioshacks around the U.S. have clearanced the e71x down to $99 outright, in stores.
This means that you can buy it and pop in your SIM card from either AT&T or T-mobile, and rock and roll. Note that it only supports AT&T 3G, but voice, text, and EDGE speed will work on T-Mobile. Note that AT&T will probably make you get the $29.99 data plan if you use this phone on their network. EDIT: THE PHONE IS BB5 LOCKED, SO IF YOU PLAN ON USING IT ON T-MOBILE, YOU WILL NEED TO PURCHASE AN UNLOCK KEY OR TRY TO GET ATT&T TO UNLOCK IT FOR YOU. Google 'unlock e71x' for an idea of what it will take/cost. Sorry for anyone who saw this before this was found.

The e71x has a 320x240 pixel screen, will take microSDHC cards, a 2.5mm headphone jack, comes with a microUSB cable and wall charger,WiFi, GPS and supports free turn by turn navigation (even without data plan) using OVI Maps. You can download apps from the OVI store as well as any Symbian programs that will run on Symbian S60 3rd edition FP2, which is what the phone runs. It does everything a windows mobile or android phone can do, including multitasking, but has MUCH better battery life. Here's a review in case I missed anything - http://reviews.cnet....7-33573216.html

This is the AT&T version of the e71, which still sells for $200 on sale, and is still on amazon for $230 in white- http://www.amazon.co...74875375&sr=8-2

About 1 in 3 Radioshacks in my area have ONE left, and some of them don't have a display out for it anymore, so you might have to ask. The Radioshack item number is 170.4145, if that helps.

Even more YMMV is that, when I got mine, there was some sort of promotion running that got me a further $50 gift card for buying accessories with it, but that might not be valid everywhere, or after this week, for that matter.

As far as the phone itself goes, I love it so far, and have found a couple helpful sites for setting it up-

First off, removing AT&T junk - http://nokiaexperts....emo-games-apps/

Tips and Tricks (most e71 stuff will work for the e71x as well) -
http://nokiaexperts.com/
http://www.e71fanatics.com/

Hopefully this will help out someone else like me, who was ready for a new smartphone, but not ready to lock into AT&T any longer than I need to, so I can jump ship once some really good Android 2.2 phones with hardware keyboards hit. Just ask if you've got questions.

Edited by draxxlith, 26 May 2010 - 01:14 PM.
Phone is actually BB5 locked


#2 BigDirty

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 12:36 PM

Are you sure the 71x is unlocked? The 71x was a carrier branded handset and used BB5 locking - so I wouldn't be surprised to see if it was locked down pretty tight.
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Posted 26 May 2010 - 01:12 PM

Are you sure the 71x is unlocked? The 71x was a carrier branded handset and used BB5 locking - so I wouldn't be surprised to see if it was locked down pretty tight.



You make an excellent point, I hadn't looked into it because I had always been able to unlock older nokia phones online for free, but it IS BB5 locked, so you will have to pay someone to unlock it (sometimes local places exist), or call AT&T.
Good news for AT&T customers, though - http://consumerist.c...-an-iphone.html

I'll edit the original post to reflect this, thanks for the heads up!

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 01:27 PM

u sure this is with no contract?
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Posted 26 May 2010 - 03:46 PM

u sure this is with no contract?


Yup. Just did it yesterday, it's free on contract, but you just have to ask to buy it outright, they list the outright price on the bottom of all the phone price tags, and it is $99.99. It is being clearanced is why the outright price is so low.