Deal: Unlocked Nokia 7.1 price drops below $300 at Best Buy

Deal: Unlocked Nokia 7.1 price drops below $300 at Best Buy
Nokia 7.1, the mid-range Android smartphone that made its debut on the market last October, is now on sale at Best Buy. More importantly, the US retailer is selling the enhanced version of the Nokia 7.1, which packs 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, double the amount included in the regular model.

When HMD Global revealed the Nokia 7.1, it said the smartphone will be available for purchase for $350. However, Best Buy now offers the handset for just $299.99, $50 off the MSRP. The only catch is that you'll have to activate your phone the same day you buy it, otherwise, you're required to pay the full price.

Also, AT&T is the only carrier you can activate with when you get the Nokia 7.1 on promotion. Even so, it's worth mentioning that the unlocked Nokia 7.1 is only compatible with GSM carriers, so you'll be able to use it on T-Mobile, Cricket, Tracfone, Net10, Simple Mobile, and, of course, AT&T.

Last but not least, the Nokia 7.1 comes with free 3 months of SiriusXM streaming service, even if you don't activate it with AT&T and pay the full $350 price.

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7.1
  • Display 5.8" 1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, Octa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3060 mAh(19.5h talk time)

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38 Comments

1. biddy7

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 12, 2019

Great post

2. Venom

Posts: 3548; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

The Moto G7 is $199 if activated on Sprint and $249 if activated on any other carrier. The 7.1 has the added benefit of being an Android One phone while the Moto G7 has support for all carrier bands. Might have to cop that jawn.

3. RocketDoc

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 24, 2018

You can also get the $50 off this and some other unlocked Best Buy phones by buying it with a Cricket or AT&T Prepaid SIM ($10) and a refill card >$40.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Great midrange smartphone that outclasses many other midrange smartphones in its price range, including Lenovorola's offerings like the G7. So glad that I copped this jawn early on, especially since it's GSM unlocked, which is the world standard, and future proof.

5. antroid

Posts: 392; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

You have also the essential phone for 240$ in Amazon I think it's not a bad deal when you consider the specs and the build quality

6. Venom

Posts: 3548; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree. The Essential Phone isn't an Android One phone, but it gets updated just as fast as the 7.1 if not faster and it's usable on far more carriers in the UNITED STATES than the 7.1.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

The Essential Phone started out as train wreck, but through many updates, has now become a pretty good smartphone. It was the issue it was having that kept me away from it due to the length of time it took to address them, but I may actually pick one up now, especially since it's GSM unlocked, which is the WORLD STANDARD.

15. Venom

Posts: 3548; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Pay no attention to fake geniuses trying to acknowledge the Essential phone as a great phone. Real fans of the phone know that it was never given a fair chance in the beginning because several updates have been made since then making it a compelling product that gets constant updates and is usable on all carriers in the UNITED STATES.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Pay no attention to venomous multi banned account trolls that pretend to favor Android smartphones when everyone knows he's only doing it to hide who be really is and the fact that he really favors Apple products. Real Android smartphone fans don't have to pretend to like something just to justify trolling. The many updates that Essential has sent out to its one smartphone have now made it pretty good, and what's even better is that it's GSM unlocked, which is the WORLD STANDARD.

28. Venom

Posts: 3548; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

It's funny how some people try to change their tune after they've been proven wrong multiple times along with making baseless conjectures and projections. I favor whatever product that interests me and that could be from any OEM that produces a compelling product. They are just mad because they have been outted for having multiple accounts in order to give themselves a thumbs up. They should have just stayed a geek because they are definitely not a genius.

32. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

It’s hilarious how some people prove their own hypocrisy without even knowing it. They jump on the Nokia branded smartphone bandwagon after bashing the brand and being proven wrong for doing so. They are so triggered by the fact that I prove what I own, while they post photoshopped images that they later delete due to being called out for it, as well as being outed more and more for being a multi account troll that has been proven to attack anything I favor simply because I favor it. They should have just stayed banned after their 9th account instead of making a 10th one that gets proven wrong and outted continuously.

7. Venom

Posts: 3548; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

No doubt about it that 7.1 is a great phone, which was never the question. Verizon is strictly LTE now with no 3G being activated now, so some people that are going on about GSM being the standard should check their facts first.

10. domfonusr

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

GSM and LTE are both outgrowths of the 3GPP standards body. CDMA belonged to the competing 3GPP2 standards project, that, as far as I know, no longer exists. To be fair, GSM 3G adopted technology based on wideband CDMA, and so there was some question as to which body was pushing forward the primary technology; however, HSPA is an outgrowth of the WCDMA tech that was adopted by 3GPP after 3GPP2 started using the Ev-DO standard within CDMA tech (their hope was to eventually develop Ev-DV on CDMA, but this was superceded by WiMAX and LTE developments before it could be deployed)… thus, the 3GPP, who is responsible for the standard that everyone is on now (LTE), and that included GSM at the beginning, is the standard that won out. I would say that GSM's days as a standard in the US have long been over, but it is worth pointing out that LTE is a direct outgrowth of the same standards body that first developed GSM, and so the relationship is seen as somewhat of a standard, in and of itself.

14. Venom

Posts: 3548; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

At least you know what you are talking about unlike some who continue to spew misinformation. LTE has pretty much become the new standard which is why band support is more important than being GSM or CDMA unlocked. I honestly didn't know about the 3GPP2 and EvDo. I actually learned something.

20. domfonusr

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Ev-DO stands for "Evolution - Data Only", while Ev-DV stands for "Evolution - Data and Voice." Ev-DO was deployed widely on CDMA networks belonging to Verizon and Sprint, and also US Cellular, among others at the time. Ev-DV would have been deployed eventually, but WiMAX came to Sprint before it could happen, and LTE came to Verizon around the same time. Of course, as you well know by now, WiMAX on Sprint was very short-lived, replaced entirely by LTE within just a couple of years after LTE became the globally-adopted standard for networks moving forward.

26. Venom

Posts: 3548; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Yeah I remember the whole WiMax fiasco and Sprint charging the 4G tax even for users who didn't have WiMax coverage. They were in such a rush to be the first to get 4G that they ended up hurting themselves by being far behind when LTE became more and more prevalent. Some people still stubbornly go on about GSM being the "world standard" even though you just pointed out that LTE is the more globally adopted standard. I'm man enough to admit when I'm not familiar with something or know more about a subject unlike some people who have been utterly decimated with the "real" facts but continue to spew misinformation.

33. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

You have proven yourself quite knowledgeable, but GSM is still the world standard. There are places in the world that still dint have LTE, iirc. But of course, there are others here that continue to go against what I say just because it’s me saying it, whether it’s true or not. It’s why they continue to get “decimated” by the facts.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

It’s great to see someone that knows a few things concerning this, unlike a certain someone that knows absolutely nothing. However, GSM is still the global standard, and will be for quite some time, unlike what some people unjustly like to say.

19. domfonusr

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

The only reason GSM is still a global standard is because it is inexpensive to deploy and operate. This makes GSM a convenient choice, particularly in the developing world. That is why so many countries have only GSM networks, especially in Africa, South America, and parts of Asia. North America, Europe, Australia, and parts of Asia have largely moved on to either HSPA or LTE. There are still a couple of places where it could be important to have support for CDMA or TD-SCDMA standards, like China, for instance. The world has largely moved on to LTE, but you are not wrong to say that there are still a lot of countries that rely on GSM networks.

25. Venom

Posts: 3548; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Honestly didn't know some of that. Unlike some people, I don't try to act like a fake genius. LTE has mostly become the new standard, which is why I say carrier band support because carriers use different brands and some Nokia phones lack the important ones that can use LTE or T-Mobile Band 61 like the Nokia 7 Plus. It'll pick up HSPA and maybe a faint LTE signal, but it probably wouldn't be the most optimum experience for the user imo.

29. domfonusr

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I think the band support will come with time. Band 66/71 isn't exactly widespread yet. On Cricket, all I need as far as band support is really LTE 2, 4, 5, and 12. The others are so miniscule in coverage that they make almost no difference. I did get a little extra coverage out west on my Cricket Moto E with support for band 17, but it was barely any extra, and only in the desert. Compared to my Mom's ZTE Grand X 3 which lacked band 17 support... So many of the bands in the US are new to the point that they are just not yet gamechangers. They will be in a couple of years, but not just yet. Unless you happen to live or work in a place that only gets Band 66 or 71... but that is a real rarity.

31. domfonusr

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I don't claim to be a genius, though. I have read and seen a lot, but genius has little to do with someone's intellect if they choose to give it some substantial effort instead.

34. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Thank you for admitting that truth about GSM being the world standard, as opposed to the misinformation being spewed by a venomous multi banned account troll that continues to create account after account to try and get even with me for having his last nine accounts banned due to his incessant trolling.

27. Venom

Posts: 3548; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

LTE is the world standard.

35. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

GSM is the world standard. That’s a fact.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

The Nokia 7.1 is a great midrange smartphone. No one ever said or implied that anyone questioned that. No doubt that Verizon is LTE now. No one ever said otherwise, so people getting in their feelings over the mention of GSM being the world standard need to check their faces first.

11. domfonusr

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I do find the Nokia 7.1 and the Motorola Moto G7 to be very competitive with each other, as also are the Nokia 4.2 and the Moto G7 Play. The Nokia's offer better software-update potential, but the Moto's have splash resistance and other perks, including lower price for the G7 and better processor for the G7 Play. I am very excited to see the good competition in this space, and I hope it continues.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

The Nokia 7.1 offers splash resistance as well, and has a better screen and more powerful processor than the Lenovorola G7. For a slightly higher price, you get more with the Nokia 7.1.

13. Venom

Posts: 3548; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree. Both phones offer something that makes them highly competitive despite what some people think. The processor isn't too far from each other and with the Motorola, you get the ability to use it on any carrier. Getting more with the 7.1 is subjective.

22. domfonusr

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

As with anything else competitive, there are trade-offs. The Nokia will be superior in some areas, and the Moto in others... and, of course, individual definitions of what is "superior" apply, based solely on the potential user's discretion. For example, one user may see having a fingerprint sensor as an unwelcome overcomplication of the phone, while another may see the same fingerprint sensor as an absolutely essential element for security purposes - just because more people see it one way than the other does not make the minority view incorrect, either!

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