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.