Walmart’s Straight Talk offering the Nokia E71 and 6790 for $245; unlimited everything for $45/month

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Walmart and their no contract mobile service Straight Talk has finally started offering smartphones and the first two they’re bringing to the market are Nokia’s E71 and 6790, the latter most Americans know as the “AT&T Surge“. Both devices are immediately available, will cost $245 each, and require the $45/month plan that gives users an unlimited amount of minutes, texts and internet access. Straight Talk is a mobile virtual network operator, or MVNO as the industry calls it, so they don’t actually have their own network. Instead they piggy back on both AT&T’s and Verizon’s networks, offering different devices in different parts of the country depending on what the back room contracts say. In this case, since these devices use GSM, you can expect to get a signal wherever AT&T provides coverage, and not only that but you’re not limited to a data bucket either. It’s unlimited. There’s probably a fair use policy in there somewhere, but as long as you don’t tether your smartphone and download 1080p Blu-ray rips you should be fine.

“Clearly, the Wal-Mart shelves are getting crowded with so many prepaid offerings now, especially to start the holiday season. My take on the Straight Talk move is that the company is upping its ante by enhancing its handset lineup now that Wal-Mart shoppers have more choices. However, I think that not many prepaid price-sensitive customers will feel attracted to pay $250 for an older smartphone,” said Maidy Whitesell of Current Analysis. “Also, I find it very interesting that Straight Talk has not presented a CDMA smartphone yet. This leads me to think that Verizon Wireless is protecting its network and customer migration to the MVNO by not allowing the company to present a smartphone to its customer base.”

The price tag may be a bit high, but it’s a one time fee, and the lower monthly bill, at least compared to what everyone else offers, is sure to make a lot of people happy.

[Via: FierceWireless]

  • pfunk

    E71 or E71x? IMHO, big difference.

  • pfunk

    E71 or E71x? IMHO, big difference.

  • pfunk

    E71 or E71x? IMHO, big difference.

  • pfunk

    E71 or E71x? IMHO, big difference.

  • stoli89

    The picture shows an E71 ! That’s a pretty good deal. Assume it also comes with OVI maps, considering access to OVI store is also included. Looks more like and unlocked phone to me.

  • Jane

    I tried to avtivate my Nokia e 71-Straight talk today and was unable to do so because the serial number was 3 digits short. There was only 15 digits when there should have been 18 digits. Straight talk refused to activate it. I purchased the phone at walmart.

    • Dana

      If you are on FB, Straight Talk has a page, they seem pretty responsive on there. I would post there.

    • Manny

      Bring it back to WalMart for exchange or refund.

    • Crystal

      If you bought it within 90 days return it to Walmart. I used to work there.

  • koolio

    Also, $245 included 30 days of service, so the device itself is $200.

  • Csy30076

    Just bought one on Friday. This Nokia E71 is FREAKING AWESOME. It is full featured and nothing is locked. You have access to ALL the phones features just like a contract smartphone. All the specs Straight Talk says it has, IT DOES! It also runs on At&t’s 3.5G network. Yeah thats right, 3.5G. So when you are on the web not using Wifi, you’ll be running at At&t’s 3.5G speeds and its FAST as HELL. I have already installed Google Maps, YouTube, Wilki, 3D games, A Streaming TV App and more. There are so many you can download, and most are FREE. Nokia has a store called Ovi Store, and you can download there for free or just another website. You have access to your Email instantly just like any other smartphone. There are tons of office apps too. The phone itself is made of Stainless Steel. The whole housing, so its VERY GOOD quality. Unlike those plastic Blackberries. The 3.2mp camera takes excellent pics and the video quality records pretty good video. This phone is worth EVERY PENNY, and the best thing is, Its only $200. My brother just bought the new Motorola Android X phone for Verizon and he paid $200 for it WITH a contract. Bummer for him. $200 for the E71, NO CONTRACT and its a smartphone with all the bells and whistles. Including running on At&t’s 3.5G network. Cant beat it, Just cant!!!

    • Vgapro

      Does it have a carrier subsidy lock – i.e. would it still work if I swapped out the SIM for a AT&T or T-mobile SIM?

    • Swecllc

      at&t, I just dropped them, for ST. for price & coverage. frack!

    • TeeJae

      I have a question which may be dense, but I want to be sure. It says that it only works with the 45$/30 day pln..usually when I purchase, I buy the 45$/90 day(3 months at a time). Does that matter? Should you purchase the plan one month at a time? I”m really excited about the phone and I want to purchase it for myself. I’m just trying to get as much info on it as possible before I buy, YouTube was very helpful..now I’m trying to hear from actual people who have straight talk.

      • Lefasa

        They have many options. You can go month by month, or 3 months, or 6 months. It does not matter as long as you have the US$ 45.00 unlimited plan. It really works as they say.

      • Crystal

        That wouldn’t matter cause your still buying the $45 monthly plan just for three months instead of one.

    • mike

      hey csy — I have att and st now. I wanna cancel my att cause the reception is bad at my new house — if i buy this e71 — will my reception still be bad since its running off of att towers ?

      thank you

      • http://www.facebook.com/crazy.kizmet Wendy Wagner

        I have had AT&T, Virgin mobile through AT&T, and Straight talk through both AT&T and Verizon. I am not sure if it is the phone or carrier that makes a difference, but all had different reception at my house.
        I went to Straight talk after canceling my AT&T contract due to poor reception in my house.
        I tried a Virgin phone thinking I would like the phone better than the one I had, but got nearly no signal at my house. Stay away from them, they never refunded my money in spite of the 30 day guarntee. I put another $50 dollars worth of my time into trying to get the return process right before sending it back. Customer service is way worse than Straight Talk.
        My Straight talk Verizon network phone died, and I had to go to an AT&T phone because I did not have the money to get a higher end phone. Reception is not always fantastic, but it is good inside my house as long as I go to certain places.
        I suggest calling tech support if you have poor reception. They can assist you in “tuning” your phone to their towers.
        If worse comes to worse, they now have the 30 day return policy. Just be sure to get a return authorization, and ship the phone with tracking and validation.

    • Neuroboost

      Question, does the wi-fi ability for the E71 cover the cell phone signal for talking and not just the internet ability? I am worried about the at&t signal for talking but i have wi-fi in house. 

  • ShootingStarsPhotography

    any input on nokia 6790 vs E71 ?

  • ShootingStarsPhotography

    any input on nokia 6790 vs E71 ?

  • Lena0019

    does this have front facing camera as well as a rear one like the iphone4? i read that on a review site and want to have it comfirmed if its true im def getting one asap. can anyone who has this phone reply plz?

  • Lena0019

    does this have front facing camera as well as a rear one like the iphone4? i read that on a review site and want to have it comfirmed if its true im def getting one asap. can anyone who has this phone reply plz?

  • Lena0019

    does this have front facing camera as well as a rear one like the iphone4? i read that on a review site and want to have it comfirmed if its true im def getting one asap. can anyone who has this phone reply plz?

  • Lena0019

    does this have front facing camera as well as a rear one like the iphone4? i read that on a review site and want to have it comfirmed if its true im def getting one asap. can anyone who has this phone reply plz?

  • Lena0019

    does this have front facing camera as well as a rear one like the iphone4? i read that on a review site and want to have it comfirmed if its true im def getting one asap. can anyone who has this phone reply plz?

  • Lena0019

    does this have front facing camera as well as a rear one like the iphone4? i read that on a review site and want to have it comfirmed if its true im def getting one asap. can anyone who has this phone reply plz?

  • Lena0019

    does this have front facing camera as well as a rear one like the iphone4? i read that on a review site and want to have it comfirmed if its true im def getting one asap. can anyone who has this phone reply plz?

  • Lena0019

    does this have front facing camera as well as a rear one like the iphone4? i read that on a review site and want to have it comfirmed if its true im def getting one asap. can anyone who has this phone reply plz?

    • Rockcandy37

      Yes the e71 has a front and rear facing cam!

  • Lena0019

    does this have front facing camera as well as a rear one like the iphone4? i read that on a review site and want to have it comfirmed if its true im def getting one asap. can anyone who has this phone reply plz?

  • Lena0019

    does this have front facing camera as well as a rear one like the iphone4? i read that on a review site and want to have it comfirmed if its true im def getting one asap. can anyone who has this phone reply plz?

  • Lena0019

    does this have front facing camera as well as a rear one like the iphone4? i read that on a review site and want to have it comfirmed if its true im def getting one asap. can anyone who has this phone reply plz?

  • Lena0019

    does this have front facing camera as well as a rear one like the iphone4? i read that on a review site and want to have it comfirmed if its true im def getting one asap. can anyone who has this phone reply plz?

  • Lena0019

    does this have front facing camera as well as a rear one like the iphone4? i read that on a review site and want to have it comfirmed if its true im def getting one asap. can anyone who has this phone reply plz?

  • Lena0019

    does this have front facing camera as well as a rear one like the iphone4? i read that on a review site and want to have it comfirmed if its true im def getting one asap. can anyone who has this phone reply plz?

  • Lena0019

    does this have front facing camera as well as a rear one like the iphone4? i read that on a review site and want to have it comfirmed if its true im def getting one asap. can anyone who has this phone reply plz?

  • Lena0019

    does this have front facing camera as well as a rear one like the iphone4? i read that on a review site and want to have it comfirmed if its true im def getting one asap. can anyone who has this phone reply plz?

  • Kbattles

    Hi i just bought the e71 i had a straight talk phone but i just wanted to switch my number over to the e71 but my wife threw away my red activation card and i cant activate my phone is there a way to find the 18 digit MEID DEC

    • Wootenjames

      You should be able to find it in the menu. on my st phone its in the phone status and on others its in the prepaid menus.

    • Mslataprada

      look on the battery or in the battery compartment

  • Kbattles

    Hi i just bought the e71 i had a straight talk phone but i just wanted to switch my number over to the e71 but my wife threw away my red activation card and i cant activate my phone is there a way to find the 18 digit MEID DEC

  • Kbattles

    Hi i just bought the e71 i had a straight talk phone but i just wanted to switch my number over to the e71 but my wife threw away my red activation card and i cant activate my phone is there a way to find the 18 digit MEID DEC

  • Charlie Watson2

    Straight Talk did carry a Verizon smart phone called Samsung Finesse R810C. I guess that the Verizon network could not handle the unlimited internet access or something because they do not sell it anymore. Wal-Mart claims this phone doesn’t work in my area but that is a lie because I someone that has one. It was the only phone Straight Talk had with 3G internet according to Wikipedia. -cgwatson79

    • Brownsteve1

      I bought a Samsung Finesse R810C on ebay from CA. I live in FL and it works fine. According to WalMart, it wouldn’t. I don’t know why they say that. What good is a phone that can’t use out of your area? I’m thinking about buying the Nokia 6790 smart phone now (just because of the apps) and will probably sell the Finesse. I’ve had the Finesse for some time now and have never had any problems with it. I don’t know why WalMart dropped it in my area.

  • Rb8584

    i just bought my e71 through straight talk and i have to say it is an awesome smart phone! the ovi app store could be a little better but for what it is its not bad. plus 45$ a month for unlimited everything is the best out there. at first i was a little worried about straight talk using at&t towers but i get 3.5g just about every where and have never had a dropped call. if your looking for a great phone and an unbeatable monthly service price the e71 and straight talk is what you want

  • Myjolta

    Wal-Mart is superb… Verizon Wireless is superb… AT&T is superb… My Samsung is superb and I am sure that the E71 is also superb… Unfortunately, when you must undergo the extremely unpleasant experience of having to deal with TracFone’s out-of-country, script-dependent Customer Service personnel to resolve a problem, that pretty much squashes the deal for me.

    • Runner63

      Your right. Their customer service is not very good. But what do you expect for a non contract phone? Treat them like a human being and you have no problems! You will pay 3 times the $45 monthly fee With all this phone does if you had tin contract. If you want to pay that because of a little incontinence with customer service then go right ahead and flush $100 a month down the toilet!

  • Billie_marsh

    how do you send apicture to facebook

    • Jt_turner

      u have to get a facebook mobile, you may do this by login on your facebook on a desktop or laptop computer.

  • seemi

    i want to buy it plz contact 03007035365 or 03122608334

  • Anonymous

    Just a small correction to your pricing. The cost of $245 includes the first month of Straight Talk unlimited, so the phone actually costs $200. By the way, this is absolutely worthwhile. I was already using a Straight Talk phone at $30 a month, so my smartphone is costing me $200 once off plus an extra $15 a month. Being able to search the web on the move and get directions saves me a huge amount.
    In a shop, I can go online and compare the opposition’s prices straight away. This saves money and time. This is just one of a hundred uses. This is not just a toy, it is a meaningful improvement to your life.

  • Nthomas789

    Straight Talk is a great service that I used for over four years when I was on a really tight budget. It does not offer high-quality customer service but the signal strength is exceptional and the phone selection is very good to this day, and of course the marquee feature is the pricing, which is dirt-dirt cheap. If you’re like many Americans and NEED to cut your cell phone bill in half, this offers the fewest sacrifices.

    • Runner63

      4 years it’s only been around since summer 2009. Retard.

  • Dreskel4

    love the e71 from straight talk, pretty much gives you a blackberry experience without the extravagant costs of owning a smartphone on a contract. The contract postpaid business model shouldn’t last too much longer in these new economic times so the big boys better get on it.

  • Dreskel4

    love the e71 from straight talk, pretty much gives you a blackberry experience without the extravagant costs of owning a smartphone on a contract. The contract postpaid business model shouldn’t last too much longer in these new economic times so the big boys better get on it.

  • Carocurtis

    I’ve been with Straight Talk for a while now, and have saved so much compared to my old contract carrier, that I was able to upgrade and treat myself an E71 for Christmas. I have been having a lot of fun exploring all the features. With the Unlimited plan, I can really make the most of what this phone has to offer without worrying about what it’s costing me.

  • Mcflurry46

    for the Nokia 6790 Smart Phone is it a touch screen as well?

  • JS85

    Just a MAJOR TIP to anyone with Straight Talk and upgrading your phone, save yourself a headache by reading this! YOU MUST GET AN UNLIMITED SERVICE CARD AND PORT YOUR NUMBER YOURSELF ONLINE! I spent 3 weeks trying to do it via telephone with their support and it never worked they kept activating my new phone with a different number and resending me SIM cards. DO IT YOURSELF ONLINE!!! Straight Talk is great but their support really sucks!

  • Anonymous

    I have now got used to my Nokia E71 from Straight Talk and it is great. The price for the phone is $200 as the $245 includes i month of unlimited . I am really impressed with this phone. It does everything that you would expect from a blackberry, but at a much lower price. I would far rather have this phone than sign up for 2 years at a much higher price for a leading edge touch phone.

  • DannyPackers72

    I am absolutely IN LOVE WITH THIS PHONE! I switched to Straight Talk from Metro PCS a few months ago and picked one of these bad boys up. I actually like it a lot more than my friends Blackberry’s. Nokia has always made extremely good phones in the best and they have yet to let me down. I’m on the unlimited plan for only 45 bucks a month which is also pretty cheap. Straight Talks nationwide coverage is also massive, my E71 hasn’t dropped a call ever. If you’re thinking about getting this phone don’t hesitate just do it.

  • Anonymous

    i am so happy that straighttalk is finally coming out with a smartphone. Hopefully this is the start of a line of smart phones for straighttalk. They already have great prices and incredible plans like the unlimited one for $45 a month. Can’t wait to see what this phone does. Does anyone know why or if straighttalk does not offer international calling

  • Jeff Ritcher

    It’s about time Straight Talk came out with a smart phone. It just ads and incredible phone to a company with amazing service. Although the phone is a tad more expensive with Straight Talk, everything evens out and eventually pays its self off due to their cheap service, with plans ranging from $31 a month for 1000 text and 1000 minutes to $45 a month for unlimited talk and text. I switched and I love it, you should too.

  • rvark

    I am interested only in good phone reception. Have the Nokia E71, seems to be superior to previous phones I’ve tried with Straighttalk. However the number keys and much of what comes up on the display is too tiny to read without carrying around reading glasses just to use the phone. The Nokia 6790 number keys are highlighted with yellow – does anyone know if this model has as good reception as the E71 and if the display characters are larger.

    Very disappointed with these problems, it completely ruins use of a good phone.

  • http://www.nokiaphonereview.net/nokia-e71x-review.html Nokia e71 review

    That’s really good move by straighttalk.

  • Bobmcgee55

    finally straight talk moves up the ladder. i have always loved their phones as much as i loved their service. who can get mad at no contracts and an unlimited plan for 45 bucks? not me.

  • El Whacko.

    My old Straight Talk phone started to bite the dust after a couple of years, so I decided to upgrade to a Nokia E71 a couple of days ago. It works like a charm, even though Straight Talk said it wasn’t available in my area, but the local Mal Wart carried it. It’s fairly easy to figure out and set up. Everything works as good as or better than expected. Even cooler, I was going to buy a data cable to add music, etc. But, to my surprise, the cable from my Nook works perfectly.

    For 45 bucks a month unlimited, you can’t go wrong.

  • Satsumas

    I am so happy with my Nokia E71. The E71 is a bona fide smartphone running the Symbian S60 3rd edition operating system, basically meaning I have a web browser and apps. I can load whatever MP3s on there I want and assign any of them as my ringtone w/o paying! The Nokia Ovi Suite PC software allows me to sync the phone with my computer and makes the liability of losing the data on my smartphone minimal.

    Throw on top of the killer smartphone an unlimited plan for $45/mo and there is nothing to lose. Dont be confused, you pay for your phone no matter what, free/discounted phones on contract recoup all lost costs and more through the inflated cost of service and constraints of a contract. Needing to front the cost for this phone was the least of my worries!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jimmy-Cramer/100001717476704 Jimmy Cramer

    I had to have a strong will power to not take the opportunity to upgrade to an Iphone on my Verizon contract which has just expired, and now that I purchased the E71 I really don’t regret making the change. I upgraded from a Voyager and Env touch to a couple of E71 and oh boy, the price and performance of the phone is much better. Of couse I’m comparing a smartphone to a media phone. Any ways, there are some things that really concern me. #1 Why did ST stopped offering smartphones on its website? #2 Why did Walmart lowered the price of the ST smartphones? #3 Why did Nokia abandon Symbian OS?

  • Cajonsushi

    i love how everyone compares their “non iphone’s” to the iphone.  If you dont own an iphone you really truly are missing out. so stop being cheap and BUY ONE!!!!!!  I’m tired of hearing people saying ” i love my nokia, i’m glad i chose it over the iphone”  noooooooo wrong!!!!!! you had no choice but to buy a nokia cause your in a different social class of people. the type of people that would be happy with a nokia????? yeah send em all to the death camps

    • Aggonzalezjr

      You are correct we are a different type of people. We save our money, we do not allow companies to take our money through repetative advertisments every year that assures us we need the new phone, We look at our children and count every penny to be able to give them a better oppotunity, We go to church on Sundays and Tithe, We ignore the easily persuaded, the quickly amused and the unsmart talkers like you. P.S. I make 65,000 a year, my wife 36,000 a year not wealthy yet, We do not want to give away what we dearly work for, in order to get a couple of more apps… Cajonsushi, I am sure your Iphone has give you full happiness, and that my friend is why we pray for individuals like your self and surely do not want to be like anything like you.

    • LPRATER

      YES WE ARE NOT IN A DIFFERENT CLASS A SMARTER CLASS CAUSE WE ARE MONEY WISE NOT CHEAP OR STUPID IN THIS DAY AND AGE DONT SPEND MORE THAN YOU CAN AFFORD SO WHEN YOU CANT PAY YOUR BIL AND HAVE NO PHONE WE WILL BE STILL TALKIN, NOW WHOS CHEAP

  • Bonmer334

    i bought my nokia 6790 off ebay new but straight talk says they cant transfer my service til this phone is validated wth i love it and i wanna keep it ne ideas?

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