HMD Global to Bring Nokia Phones to Verizon, Cricket Wireless

Posted on January 25, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Android, Hardware with 5 Comments

HMD Global, the makers of the Nokia-branded Android phones, is bringing the brand to the United States. The company today announced a new expansion plan, which will bring some of the company’s phones to two carriers in the United States, as well as one in Canada.

Verizon and Cricket Wireless will start selling Nokia phones this month. Cricket Wireless will sell the Nokia 3.1 Plus, which comes with a 5.99-inch display, a 3500mAh battery, the Snapdragon 439 mobile platform. and a fingerprint scanner, starting at a price of $159.99. As for Verizon, the company will be selling the Nokia 2 V, a device with a 5.5-inch screen display with a 4,000mAh battery that promises two-days of battery life, powered by the Snapdragon 425.

HMD Global plans to launch another Android phone in Canada’s chatr network, owned by Rogers Communications, though details on that are scarce at the moment.

“Nokia is a brand synonymous with innovation and we are excited to once again bring Nokia devices into Verizon through our partnership with HMD Global. With the launch of the Nokia 2 V, we can offer prepaid customers a feature-packed smartphone with tremendous battery life at an affordable price,” said Brian Higgins, Vice President of Device and Consumer Product Marketing at Verizon.

The carrier will start selling the new Nokia 2 V in stores and online starting January 31. The Nokia 3.1 Plus is available today in stores and online starting today. HMD Global bringing the Nokia-branded Android phones to the US is going to be a big deal ahead of the upcoming surge in 5G hype.

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5 responses to “HMD Global to Bring Nokia Phones to Verizon, Cricket Wireless”

  1. jimchamplin

    Cricket means it will work on AT&T...


    • ben55124

      In reply to jimchamplin:

      ATT phones will work on cricket, but I recall hearing the reverse is not necessarily true. I'm a cricket customer but would never buy a phone from them (well except for some free Lumias back in the day).

      Too many good unlocked inexpensive motos and nokias to deal with cricket locks. Get a Nokia with android one -- N6.1 or N7.1.

  2. Kudupa

    Man i worry about Verizon and their OS update schedule. They are horrible at updating the OS plus their logo on the phones look trashy.

  3. Awhispersecho

    This is good for them. I think they will be a a major player right behind the couple big boys soon if they continue to expand their carrier lineup. I'm waiting on the Nokia 9 Pureview. Think it's my next.

  4. Patrick3D

    I've been enjoying the non-plus Nokia 3.1 (especially for the price) but if I were to buy a replacement now I would go for the 6-series or higher. As an example of how slow the 3.1 can be it takes 6-10 seconds to launch the McDonald's app, it's like running Windows on a netbook, tap the icon and wait while nothing happens until the app finally appears. Some apps are faster but even unlocking the phone can take a few seconds.