Nokia’s parent company, HMD Global had a single agenda when it took over the business of making Nokia phones – returning the Nokia brand back to its glory – the plan appears to be on the right course. Its been over 24 months since the brand pushed its first Nokia phone to the market, and has since churned out a number of Nokia phones, expanding into new markets, gradually finding its way into the top 10 phone providers globally, and is in the top five in a few markets.
Though it currently sells Nokia phones in over 100 counties, the brand has yet to officially penetrate the US market, that has now changed, as HMD Global with its Nokia branded phones has announced its foray into the US market where it has inked an agreement with two carrier partners – Verizon and Cricket Wireless. The Nokia licensee is also expanding its presence to Canada where it will offer Nokia phones via Rogers Wireless.
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In its initial step and a big step into the U.S. market, HMD Global is offering the Nokia 2V for Verizon wireless, and the Nokia 3.1 Plus for Cricket Wireless, while Rogers subsidiary, chatr will in time t come offer a yet to be disclosed Nokia Phone. Both the Nokia 2v and Nokia 3.1 Plus are both special variant of the respective international variants.
The latest attempt is HMD’s bigger first move at gaining a strong presence in North America. More Nokia branded phones could be on the way, according to HMD Global VP Americas Maurizio Angelone.
Launched in other markets as the Nokia 3.1, the Nokia 3.1 Plus for Cricket Wireless flaunts a 5.99-inch HD+ display coupled with an octa-core Snapdragon 439, 2GB RAM and 32GB storage. The 3,500mAh powered Nokia 3.1 Plus and priced at $159 starting January 25, 2019.
The Nokia 2V, on the other hand, is a much pocket-friendly phone. It packs a monster 4,000mAh battery, Snapdragon 425, 2GB RAM, 8GB storage, 5.5-inch HD screen, and a 5MP front/8MP rear cameras. It will go on sale from January 31 via the carrier’s online and physical stores at an unknown price point.