Nokia's American expansion starts on a budget with the 2V on Verizon and the 3.1 Plus for Cricket

Nokia's American expansion starts on a budget with the 2V on Verizon and the 3.1 Plus for Cricket
Let's face it, US carriers have a woefully poor phone brand portfolio compared to other countries, as you can see in the Statista chart below. Unlike many foreign carriers, they mainly offer iPhones and Galaxies, while the rest is single digits in market share, spread among LG, Motorola, ZTE, Google's Pixel and "other" brands. The world's second-largest phone maker is nowhere to be seen, while former stalwarts like HTC or Sony are barely hitting one percentage point, bummer.

That is why it is always exciting when a new entrant managed to pierce through on America's largest carriers, especially one with such a nostalgia-loaded brand like Nokia. That's right, a few budget handsets from the Android manufacturer will be making their way in Verizon and Cricket's stables.

Nokia 2 V is the maker's first phone on Verizon

Nokia chose a brand new phone to make a cameo on Verizon, and it managed to achieve a great balance between specs and price. Featuring a "Nordic" design with stainless steel metal accents (to emphasize the stereo speakers, for instance), the Nokia 2 V is touted as one with two-day battery life. How did Nokia manage to pull this off?

Well, with a combination of the power-sipping 5.5" HD+ display and entry-level Snapdragon 425 processor, paired with a huge 4000 mAh battery pack. Fret not, though, as the Nokia 2 V features fast charging to top off the battery quicker.

On the camera front, there is an 8MP shooter on the rear, and a 5MP one at the front and the only ho-hum part when it comes to specs is the lowly 8GB of basic storage, which, however, can be expanded further via a microSD card. All in all, the Nokia 2 V has all the makings of a great choice for Verizon's prepaid portfolio on offer.

Nokia 2V price and release date on Verizon

The Nokia 2 V will be available in Verizon stores and on next week, on January 31, at a price that is yet to be pinpointed but sure to be in the mouthwatering budget range. Considering that the Nokia 3.1 Plus for Cricket will sell for under $160, we can bravely expect the 2 V for Verizon to be even more affordable given the specs we detailed.

The Nokia 3.1 Plus is the first Nokia phone on Cricket

Being on Cricket Wireless whose network piggybacks on AT&T's towers, means that Nokia actually managed to appear on America's two largest carriers in a way which is a commendable achievement, albeit in the low-end of the smartphone spectrum.

The Nokia 3.1 Plus with its 5.99-inch display and 18:9 aspect ratio isn't just a bigger counterpart to the Nokia 3.1. It actually has new hardware under the hood and different exterior design, too. An octa-core Snapdragon 439 with the new power-sipping 12nm process for Qualcomm's midrangers runs the show and aids the promised "two-day battery life" from the 3500 mAh battery that is made possible by the HD+ resolution of the screen.

In the camera department, the dual setup on the back has a 13MP rear sensor that sports Phase Detection Auto Focus and a depth-sensing 5MP sensor for portrait bokeh blur that can be adjusted even after the image has been taken. An 8MP front camera takes care of your selfie game, and the fingerprint scanner is conveniently located on the back, what more can you ask for from a budget 4G-capable handset. To top it all off, it is an Android One device, so major software updates should land right after Pixel phones if the ways of Cricket permit it.

Nokia 3.1 Plus price and release date on Cricket Wireless

Cricket is getting the variant with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, not the lower-priced version with 2GB of RAM and 16GB ROM, but you can only get it in blue. At the $159.99 suggested retail price, one can't be too picky. The Nokia 3.1 Plus is available at Cricket Wireless retail stores and on immediately. Any takers?

Related phones

3.1 Plus International
  • Display 6.0" 720 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek Helio P22, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(34h talk time)



1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22714; Member since: May 28, 2014

This is an excellent way for HMD to enter the U.S. market. Test the waters by starting off small first, without having put in too many resources in case things don't work out, and build from there. This will also put to rest those that say HMD ignores the U.S. market.

2. libra89

Posts: 2333; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Ooh nice!

3. markusinfinite

Posts: 81; Member since: Aug 05, 2016 Nokia official site says 2gb ram only!! Sad

4. Subie

Posts: 2438; Member since: Aug 01, 2015 It says 2/3gb of ram, and this article says that Cricket's units are getting 3. What do you expect - It's an entry level phone. And yet, it will still get better software support than some "flagships".

5. Subie

Posts: 2438; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

After double checking your link - you are right. Nokia is stating 2gb of ram for the plus model on Cricket. So then the question is now for Daniel Petrov. Where are you getting your info that Cricket is getting units with 3gb of ram?

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22714; Member since: May 28, 2014

Still, it will get better support than most flagships, as you similarly stated.

7. Subie

Posts: 2438; Member since: Aug 01, 2015


10. Venom

Posts: 3935; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Basically another foodstamp phone that is bound to leave a bad taste in consumers mouths. I don't understand why they can't just release some of the better spec'd devices instead of this low end devices.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22714; Member since: May 28, 2014

Another "foodstamp" phone that's bound to get better support than most flagships. It's business 101 to start out small with carriers so not to waste resources just in case things don't work out. There is no way you can logically say that this isn't a smart move.

15. Venom

Posts: 3935; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Just because you say it's better doesn't mean that it's better. You act like you're the CEO of Nokia or something. This is just another phone that will probably fall through the cracks and leave a bad taste in people's mouth.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22714; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, where in my comment did I say the word "better"? I don't Ike I'm anyone but myself, but only someone that just wants to complain for the sake of complaining will take issue with this logical business move.

19. Venom

Posts: 3935; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

What the what lol? I think you are drunk because you are fumbling your words again. What I said above is the likely scenario.

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 22714; Member since: May 28, 2014

Try punctuation next time, lol. What you said isn’t a likely scenario in anything, but do keep on deflecting from what I posted.

8. phoneclash

Posts: 40; Member since: Dec 18, 2018

I got to play with a Nokia 3.1 plus today at a cricket store, and it’s really a nice phone. Good size, weight on it, the cricket wording is in the back and silver color plated, some won’t like that, cause they don’t have the android one wording like on the photo above, but for $160+ activation fee, you get a just under 6 inch phone, 32gb memory and NFC can’t go wrong with it. The only other phone in cricket’s lineup with NFC around that price range is the Alcatel idol 5, and that’s a long in the tooth phone.

9. Duncdawg26

Posts: 188; Member since: Jan 20, 2017

That's actually a pretty decent at least as far as cricket goes, even if it only has 2gb ram (cricket doesn't have great offerings) . I didn't realize how nice Nokia phones were until I held one at Best Buy. Build quality always effects me more than I realize and Nokia definitely won some points with me when I held one in my hand. So nicely made...

11. Venom

Posts: 3935; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Honestly might as well get the 6.1. At least it has slightly better specs and is usable on all GSM networks in the US. This isn't the way to go imo. Motorola is running circles around Nokia in the midrange market. Nokia definitely could do better than these two devices.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22714; Member since: May 28, 2014

HMD is one of the fastest growing smartphone vendors at the moment, growing at a much quicker pace than Motorola. More of their smartphone fleet has not only been updated to the latest version of Android than Motorola's has, and they also get better support. The assumption that Motorola is "running circles around HMD in the midrange market" is completely false. You yourself have said on may occasions that HMD can fill the spot that Motorola has left void, and now you're flip-flopping.

16. Venom

Posts: 3935; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

How is it completely false? The Moto G continues to be a big seller for Motorola due to the fact it offers great specs at an affordable price. I'm not flip flopping at all and I still stand by with what I said. I don't think you quite understand it. There's a reason why I continue to refer to the Android One X4.

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 22714; Member since: May 28, 2014

I just explained to you how. Reread my comment. HMD's line of Nokia branded smartphones are successful for the exact same reason, and they are growing at a much faster rate than Motorola is. You said one thing in favor of HMD over Motorola in the past, and now you're saying something completely different. That's called flip flopping, and I think it's you that don't quite understand it. There is a reason why I continue to refer to HMD's Android One line.

20. Venom

Posts: 3935; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

It's not flip flopping at all. Once again, I stand by with what I said. Not my fault if you continue to not understand it.

22. meanestgenius

Posts: 22714; Member since: May 28, 2014

It is flip flopping, lol. Stop getting so defensive because I pointed it out.

14. domfonusr

Posts: 1101; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

What a pleasant surprise! I look forward to having more choices when I go looking for phones, but I especially will enjoy seeing Nokia-branded in stores again.

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