Nokia 7.1 picks up official Verizon support, BYOD program lets you save $250

Nokia 7.1 picks up official Verizon support, BYOD program lets you save $250
Looking at the official list of Nokia smartphones available in the US today, you'd be forgiven for forgetting the brand was pretty much dead and buried just three years ago. There are now no less than 11 Android handsets sold under the Nokia name stateside, either unlocked or through major carriers including Verizon and AT&T, ranging from the entry-level 2V to the high-end 9 PureView.

But perhaps the most interesting of the bunch is the mid-range Nokia 7.1, which typically costs $350 in a version compatible with GSM networks at retailers like Best Buy and Amazon. Starting this week, the 5.8-inch Android One soldier can be activated on Verizon as well, according to official confirmation provided to the folks over at 9To5Google. A new software update that's been in the works "for a while" is apparently making that possible, although unlike the aforementioned ultra-low-cost Nokia 2V, the 7.1 will not actually hit Verizon stores anytime soon.

Instead, the handset will remain available through its current channels, and you will be able to "bring" it to Big Red like any other carrier-certified phone. By "switching" to the nation's largest wireless service provider, you'll also be eligible for a free $250 prepaid Mastercard until August 8, which effectively brings the price of the Nokia 7.1 down to $0 if you choose to take advantage of the latest Best Buy discount. The retailer charges $100 less than usual with no upfront activation requirement, also letting you save a whopping 150 bucks if you don't have a problem taking the 7.1 to AT&T right off the bat.

While not exactly a must-buy at $350 anymore, this bad boy sure has a lot going for it at $250 (not to mention $0), including a premium metal-and-glass build, relatively sharp screen with 2280 x 1080 pixel resolution, decently powerful Snapdragon 636 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage space, dual rear cameras with Zeiss optics, and a stock Android experience.

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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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8 Comments

1. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

This is great news. The best Nokia phone so far is now usable on Verizon. This is why phones that are unlocked for ALL carriers is so much better.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Awesome. The second best Nokia branded smartphone (the Nokia 9 Pureview is by far the best) is now available on the #1 U.S. carrier. Great to see that this GSM unlocked phone will now have support for Verizon’s LTE network.

4. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I'm amazed at how fast the best Nokia phone is even though it's a midrange device with the SD 636. Much better of an experience than the laggy 6.1. Only gripe is that it doesn't support all carrier LTE bands, a GSM technology for the uninformed.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

I’m amazed at how good the second best Nokia branded smartphone (Nokia 7.1) is. You get good performance, a good camera, fast OS and security updates, and a design that puts other smartphones to shame, from those in its price bracket to those above its price bracket like the uninspiring Pixel line. It’s great that the 7.1 now supports LTE on Verizon, and despite what the uninformed that don’t even know what devices have a FPS, it’s common knowledge amongst smartphone enthusiasts like myself that LTE is based on GSM technology.

6. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I'm amazed at how people can be ignorant just because someone considers the Nokia 7.1 to be the best phone Nokia has at the moment. Last time I checked, that was considered an opinionated statement. The Nokia 7.1 has a few things that the 9 doesn't and that does make a difference despite what some people think. It's common knowledge that LTE is a GSM technology, but some people did not know that despite trying to call themselves smart. Lol should have stayed a geek.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

I’m amazed at how some people can be ignorant and think that their opinion is greater than the facts. The Nokia 9 Pureview is the best Nokia branded smartphone out right now, and even other sites have said this as well. Spec for spec and performance vs performance proves this, but logic is clearly not something that everyone possesses. As I said, it’s common knowledge that LTE is based off of GSM, which is why I said it, but some fake tech enthusiasts clearly didn’t know that, nor do they know that certain smartphones do have a FPS when they claimed it didn’t. Lmao should have stayed a 5th dimensional imp that plagued Superman.

8. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I'm amazed at how conceited some people are. The Nokia 9 isn't the best at all especially when you have multiple other devices that are so much better imo. Some people are going by specs and while that may have some say depending on the circumstances, but for what you need a phone to do and it being capable of doing that, then flagship specs won't necessarily make a device better. A lot of people prefer the iPhone 8 Plus over the overpriced iPhone Xs Plus, which has slightly better specs than the 8 Plus. This is why some people are wrong, a usual thing when you're trying so hard to sell your device as something worthwhile. I guess that's why some people weren't aware that LTE was a GSM based technology.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

I’m amazed at how some people clearly don’t know what “conceited” means, lol. No one said that the Nokia 9 Pureview is the best, but it is the best Nokia branded smartphone to date, and that’s a fact, not an opinion. Some people don’t realize that the specs are what provides the better user experience overall. The 8 Plus is preferred by some over the later iPhones because of price and design (as the notch has a polarizing effect on people) and lack of a FPS. But it’s a FACT that the later iPhones are more powerful, have better performance, have better cameras, etc. It is not wrong as what I’ve listed are FACTUAL things, while others are going off of opinions as if they are facts. A person can LIKE a lesser powered, lesser performing devices, but that doesn’t change the FACT that a device that performs better, is more powerful and has better features is the better device. This where some people are wrong, a usual thing when you’re trying so hard to sell your favored OEM’s devices as something worthwhile. I guess that’s what happens when you aren’t aware that LTE is based off of GSM technology, and that the Nokia 9 Pureview actually does have a fingerprint sensor.

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