Nokia’s parent company, HMD Global was focusing on markets that have seen a minor upgrading in the past few years, and has not paid much attention to the US market. Now, the company decided to work with operators again to launch new phones in the US.
It is being reported that HMD has already cooperated with two telecom operators, Verizon and Cricket Wireless. It plans to release two exclusive Nokia Android smartphones in the US any time soon.
Many of them devices are responsive with US and Canadian carriers, but they have never been sold directly through operators in North America. Many people still know the name of Nokia and associate it with quality devices. Entering the North American market is important for the corporation.
Unfortunately, neither phone supports post-paid subscriptions, but at least the collaboration will give more people the opportunity to use Nokia phones again.
At first the deal will start on small scale, with only two Nokia devices going to the operators. HMD’s mobile phone for Verizon is Nokia 2V also known as Nokia 2.1 (spotted earlier this month) and Cricket Wireless will offer the Nokia 3.1 Plus.
The Nokia 2.1 is a low-end Android Go phone with a Snapdragon 425 processor, 8 megapixel rears and 5 megapixel front camera and 1GB of RAM. It is reported that Nokia 2V will be available on Verizon’s website and retail stores starting January 31.
The Nokia 3.1 Plus is somewhat better, running Android Pie (Android One), Snapdragon 439 and with 2GB of RAM, also 13 megapixel and 5 megapixel dual rear camera, 8 megapixel front camera. The phone will be available today at the Cricket Wireless website and retail store for $160.
According to HMD Global VP Americas Maurizio Angelone:
“In 2019 and beyond, we will continue to give consumers a versatile line up of Nokia phones they can use unlocked or with their preferred wireless providers,” said in today’s press release.
“Our approach to operator relationships is not transactional—our users will see more devices at different price points launching with our prepaid and post-paid wireless prover partners and on the open market.”
Moreover with the partnership with Verizon and Cricket Wireless, HMD has also entered into collaboration with Rogers to launch a carrier-only smartphone in Canada as soon as possible.