The good, bad, and too much ugly of the AT&T Nokia E71x

As I posted earlier today, I found the AT&T Nokia E71x in stock at a local Federal Way, Washington, store. I bought the HTC Fuze back in late Fall and wasn’t eligible for an upgrade discount and didn’t want to try to get an early upgrade since I wasn’t sure about the device. Thus, I paid the $299.99 price, plus about $34 in tax. I love my unlocked Nokia E71 (see my full review) for the most part and was excited to see what some of the improvements might be in the E71x. After spending several hours with the device, I am afraid I may be returning it very soon since I have been spoiled by the features of the SIM-unlocked E71 device. I do think that new S60 users will find the E71x to be a very attractive messaging device at $100 or even for 1 penny at Amazon, but us power users will most likely be disappointed.

Thoughts on the hardware

The E71x is physically the exact same as the E71, except for the black color compared to the gray/silver color of the unlocked E71. One minor difference is that the E71x keyboard has a bit more texture than the E71 so your fingers stick just a bit more on the keyboard. There is still the 2.5mm headset jack, single mono speaker, microUSB port, standard Nokia charging port, and 3.2 megapixel camera. It seems there is no FM radio in the E71x. So at first glance, it looked like the E71x was going to be as good as the E71. However, there are some major software differences that really make the unlocked NAM E71 the better choice for S60 buyers, but let’s start off on a positive note shall we?

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What’s good about the E71x compared to the E71?

The E71x is the first S60 device with the TeleNav-based GPS navigation software preloaded. The software is branded AT&T Navigator and you get a 30-day trial when you buy the E71x. It is a subscription service that costs about $10/month. While it is debatable whether or not this type of service is a good choice, remember that you can just purchase one month at a time with no contract if you only travel once in a while. I am posting a more in-depth article and video on AT&T Navigator on the E71x soon too so stay tuned for a deeper look at it. Amazingly, the GPS receiver was able to get a fix within just 1-2 seconds on the E71x. I also downloaded Google Maps and found a fix was obtained in just about that same blazing speed so kudos to Nokia and AT&T with the GPS receiver strength.

The device seems to be very snappy and as I was installing apps I was seeing almost 100 MB of available on board memory for application storage. This value looks to be a bit more than the E71 and may help the device to fly around and be zippy.

The camera does not appear to have any purple tint and takes pretty decent photos. As you can see in my image gallery, the E71 actually took purple tinted photos at first, but then started taking good quality photos. It seems as if there is a memory caching issue causing the purple tint or something and the E71 NAM may actually work just fine after waiting a couple of seconds. I did nothing, but close the camera application and restart it to go from purple to clear photos with the E71 NAM and have no idea what is going on with it.

Quickoffice is included as well, but the Office 2007 support requires an upgrade. Many of the other standard apps are found on the E71x too, such as Adobe PDF, Notes, Clock, Converter II, RealPlayer, and more.

Major disappointments for me

No contact search: One function on the E71 that you can experience on Windows Mobile phones is the ability to just start typing away on the keyboard and have your contact smart filtered. This is EXTREMELY useful and I use it every day, yet this capability is not an option on the E71x.

No support for Nokia Email; When you select to setup your email you are given an option for Xpress Mail and Mail for Exchange. Selecting Xpress Mail takes you through a wizard that just ends up creating an inbox in the standard, lame Nokia Messaging application. I popped my SIM back into my unlocked E71 and started getting constant text messages from 1111302000 and it turns out it is related to Xpress Mail. With only 200 text messages this can be an issue so I deleted that account and service. Selecting MFE takes you to the download for the MFE application that then ends up as an inbox in Nokia Messaging. MFE is fine, but the lack of support for the new Nokia Messaging/Email client is not good. The Nokia Email/Messaging client is very good and makes email bearable on the Eseries devices. I even went to the Nokia Email site and download the setup utility only to find out it just creates yet another folder in the Inbox of the limited Nokia Messaging client. This actually works like a champ! You need to go to the Nokia Email site on a PC and send the install link via SMS to get the install to work properly though.

Where the heck is my cool Month view? Nokia did a good job finally making some improvements in the Calendar application on the E71 with the appointments dynamically scrolling up and down on the right of the month view calendar. On the E71x all you see is a larger month view of the calendar that makes the device look like a BlackBerry with the DOS look and feel to PIM apps again.

No Mode switcher or Home screen apps: I don’t use the Mode switch capability much, but along with this utility comes the functionality to select Home screen applications. You can choose to show up to 17 different types of data on your E71 Home screen, including E-mail notifications, music player controls, search, and more. You do not get to customize the Home screen on the E71x except for the bottom left and right soft keys and shortcut bar apps.

No Download! utility: I have complained about the Download! utility in the past being inconsistent and rather limited. However, there were some good apps in there and it is the precursor to the Ovi Store. Without Download! even being available on the E71x, I have to wonder if we will see the Ovi Store on the device when the store launches next month and I am beginning to doubt it.

No support for Nokia Podcasting application: OK, I might be a minority here and this one may be a bit picky, but I LOVE the Nokia podcatcher and use my S60 devices all the time to download and listen to podcasts. This application is not on the E71x and after transferring the install file to the device it refuses to install. With every application you load you see a pop-up stating “Checking certificate validity” and with Podcasting you then get an error that it cannot install. It seems that AT&T doesn’t want you downloading podcast files over the air on the E71x.

No one-touch hardware customization: On the E71 you can setup your hardware buttons to launch different applications and perform different functions. There is no such utility/setting on the E71x and you are stuck with the default apps. The press and hold capability on the E71 makes you much more efficient. Also, you cannot control the one-button email function.

Where are the Nokia Ovi services?: I didn’t see any supported Ovi services on the E71x, including the lack of Share on Ovi found on the E71. Nokia Maps is not present and there is no FM Radio on the device that I could find.

AT&T bloatware

If all these limits (compared to the E71) weren’t present then I probably could accept the E71x with the bloatware. Here is a list of what AT&T includes on the E71x out-of-the box:
  • AT&T Navigator (actually a nice service/application)
  • Where
  • Yellow Pages
  • Monopoly trial
  • Mobile Banking trial
  • Brain Challenge trial
  • WPT Hold Em trial
  • My-Cast Weather trial
  • Collapse! Chaos trial
  • Wiki Mobile (doesn’t seem to be a trial and useful)
  • MobiTV (subscription service)
  • OZ Instant Messaging client (be aware this uses your allowable text messages)
  • XM Radio (subscription service)
  • MusicID (subscription service Shazam application)
  • Cellular Video (subscription service)
  • mSpot Remix
Hyperlinks to the following are present and unchangeable:
  • GPS apps
  • Shop games
  • Shop apps
  • Mail for Exchange
  • Xpress Mail
  • Music apps
  • Community
I understand that AT&T wants to make money on their subscription services, but please allow owners to at least be able to move these icons to a custom folder. I always create a Junk or Stuff folder on my S60 devices and put utilities and apps I never use in there. The only two icons I have found the ability to move are MEdiaMall and Cellular Video. You can move most of the rest of them, but only within the root folder or folder where they can be found. You cannot move or even uninstall the trial games and apps found in the Games & Apps folder so that is one cluttered mess. Thankfully you can move out apps you install yourself and Quickoffice so you can pretty much forget about this folder.

More experiences with the E71x

I loaded up JoikuSpot Light to check on the ability to tether the E71x and it worked just fine. I understand there is an additional $30 charge that AT&T may charge you if you tether often so be aware of this additional fee.

I didn’t yet try any VoIP apps so I can’t comment on whether or not those work.

Some closing thoughts for now

While I like the black color and improved camera performance and want to be as supportive as I can of Nokia devices being available on US carriers, I just don’t think I can compromise so much and keep the E71x. I have 13 more days to make my final decision, but key things like the Contact search, Nokia Podcasting, customizable Home/Standby screen, and lack of support for Nokia Email is just too much for me.

My recommendation

As much as I want to support this device I cannot really recommend it for those who read this site. I suppose it will be OK for new users, but they may also be expecting things like threaded SMS and the ability to use the device without being beaten down by AT&T services and demos. I recommend you look for a NAM E71 and skip the E71x. Even better, you may want to hold out for the E75 NAM when it is released. I find myself using the E75 more than the E71 due to the fantastic Nokia Messaging application and MFE integration, along with the larger QWERTY keyboard.

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89 Comments to The good, bad, and too much ugly of the AT&T Nokia E71x

Tom
May 5, 2009

Why does AT&T insist on crippling otherwise good products? At least they turn a blind eye toward customers with unlocked phones on their network.

Brad Barbaza
May 5, 2009

I think you put it perfectly when you emphasized that people who read this site will feel disappointed. For better or worse, us S60 power users are in the minority in the US. Despite all you said, if I had to pick one AT&T phone, I’d still pick this over the iPhone. This still is a great opportunity to introduce Symbian to the public. I’d be curious to see how many E71x owners switch to an unlocked Symbian device after two years..

Just in the last few days, I’ve gotten hooked on Nokia Podcasting, so that’s a major let down!

As for the other quirks, I have a theory.. It appears that Nokia simply did a fp2 port to the E71 hardware rather than do a fp2 version of the E-series firmware. Nearly all of the E-series features are gone: new calendar layout, mode switch, assignable shortcut keys, etc. Is encryption still supported?

I can think of two reasons they did this.. 1. The E75 is still too early in it’s development to use as a base. Waiting for that to change would only mean more delays. 2. Nokia has hinted in a recent podcast that at least one more device is coming to AT&T. Keeping the AT&T branded FP2 ‘vanilla’ rather than optimizing it for E-series means that fewer manhours need to go into the next S60 device for AT&T. Also, from AT&T’s perspective, customer support becomes more streamlined.

That’s my guess, but it seems to make sense.

Ricky Cadden
May 5, 2009

Great walkthrough, and so sad to see that not only did AT&T take nearly a year to launch this phone, but they completely crippled it, as well, when it’s clear that the E71 is a phenomenal product, by the many awards it has received. With the unbranded unit $320 at Amazon, I can’t really see why you would purchase the branded unit.

dani
May 5, 2009

its not possible to remove the trials etc by a full format? Or to make it a vanilla product by changing the product code to an e71 code?

Matthew Miller
May 5, 2009

Hard reset does nothing. You may be able to mess with product code, but with the way AT&T has this device locked down I highly doubt it and I am not risking $335 to try it when a perfectly capable E71 NAM already exists.

Jose R. Ortiz
May 5, 2009

I hear you on the podcatcher. I’ve recently switched over to the HTC Touch Pro and although I love the keyboard, I really miss the E71 podcatcher.

Joe
May 5, 2009

AT&T removed the option to install Nokia Email/Messaging on a Nokia device? Totally asinine.

Julio
May 5, 2009

I’m not surprised with the review. I recently purchased my E71-2 from Best Buy unlocked for a lot more money but now I’m begining to see that it was money well spent for a better equipped device, since there was no at&t garbage. Just a straight factory shipped Nokia from Finland.

J Cubed
May 5, 2009

Thanks for doing this! I just won an e71 on eBay for $260; looks like a better deal than a e71x on Amazon for $.01. I just hope AT&T doesn’t start polling for regular e71 devices and forcing the $30 plan…

Brian
May 5, 2009

I just “upgraded” from the E62 to the E71x. I totally agree with this article. I have also noticed that ringtones are limited to 300k on the E71x. There is no such limit on the E62. This means you have to either find and buy a ringtone instead of using a mp3 you already have or cut a mp3 with Audacity. What is the deal with the bogus demo games. What happened to game included that actually work? I am really debating on whether to keep it or give it back and go unlocked.

Andrew
May 5, 2009

Could you give Xpress mail another go and let us know how well or badly it works. I don’t think those SMS messages will come from your allocation since Xpress mail is included in the PDA service plan. Its easy enough to verify by checking OLAM. The SMS messages do suggest that Xpress mail will be pushed to the e71x.

Matthew Miller
May 5, 2009

Andrew, for you readers I will give it another try and report back :) I also received a question about customizing the SMTP and other settings.

Matthew Miller
May 5, 2009

Xpress Mail does have an option for Push so you are correct there Andrew. The text messages I mentioned only appeared on the E75 after I took my SIM out of the E71x so if you have the XpressMail client running on the device there are any actual text messages that you see.

I was also asked, “With that expressmail client on the E71x, can you enter in server information manually? The main question being, can i use any IMAP, POP3, SMTP server I want?” You can choose POP/IMAP and enter in the incoming and outgoing servers and all the port settings. Actually, if you want Gmail IMAP you should not select the Gmail option since that is only for POP.

Steve Richter
May 6, 2009

What do you mean by “round 2″ on the e71 Nam camera? Do you take two pictures of the same thing, with improved results. Not very practical, if you time available, could be useful.

venkat20
May 6, 2009

I have the nokia mobile E71 Series all the above mentioned features are great,good.But it locked to the network vodafone india .I want to unlock the mobile.I found the unlocking instructions in the site named http://www.mobileunlockguide.com.I want the unlocking code

Earl F. Parrish
May 6, 2009

Cellular Video is not a subscription service. It is included with any unlimited data plan if you have a compatible phone.

Andrew
May 6, 2009

Thanks for taking another look at the mail client Matthew. Those text messages are clearly control messages for Xpress mail, probably to enable the push. Speaking of which, how fast can Xpress mail push from Gmail IMAP? How does it compare to the Seven Beta and will it support private domains hosted with Gmail? Lots of questions I know but given that anyone who buys this thing may be stuck with Xpress mail, the value of the device is very dependent on what Xpress mail can and cannot do.

Matthew Miller
May 6, 2009

Earl, I tried running CV and it tells me I have to “upgrade” to an unlimited data plan, which I already have. There looks to be an option to switch to a $15/month plan instead. I may just give it a try to see if that works. Thanks for the heads-up on the CV cost.

There are so many AT&T services I don’t know which is free and which costs money. I also think I just obligated myself to being charged for Where.

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stevenj
May 7, 2009

Now I am really glad I got an E63 even moreso than an unlocked E71, E63 has most features of E71 but for $269. No ATT bloatware, I don’t make use of much data services, I pay per Kb as I go; I can wait to get home to use the net! E63 has a 3.5mm standard headphone jack. No GPS or HSDPA and it’s plastic build looks good and feels nice, but is not so durable. The E63 is satisfying because most problems with Euro centric E62 I got in 2006 have been worked out except formatting in organizer- the ZIP CODE field is not set for just numbers in ZIP CODE, and phone numbers are unformatted.. Unfortunately E63/71/71x smaller body has to have a smaller screen than E61/61i/62!

taylor torres
May 7, 2009

I am curious if you know or have an opinion on the following: How was Apple able to escape AT&T’s branding and bloat when introducing the iphone? They had no track record in the phone category, were rejected by Verizon and had no previous ties with AT&T. Large negatives. Nokia is huge, knows how to sell phones and had years of association with AT&T but in this area, appears subservient to AT&T.

D Price
May 8, 2009

I was wondering if anyone else has tried following google’s “sync” instructions with this phone? Google instructs you (here: http://www.google.com/support/mobile/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=98230 ) to create a “New Sync Profile” — however, on my e71x, this menu option seems to be missing.

I’ve had this phone for two days (upgrading from a lame flip phone) and I’m seriously considering taking it back.

(1) I don’t think the AT&T email integration is very good (I use gmail, not exchange). It works, but for example if I receive a calendar attachment, there seems to be no way to add it to the calendar.

(2) There are a zillion menus, and it’s hard to find anything.

(3) AT&T’s neutering removed a lot of the customizability.

(4) While Nokia’s mail app (which I learned about via this post) seems good, it doesn’t seem to integrate with the rest of the phone– I can’t seem to add some calendar attachments, and it doesn’t pop up notifications on the home screen.

(5) The Java implementation is once again crippled, forcing some apps to perpetually ask me if I want to be able to talk to the network. Gmail’s app is one of those. Fail.

(6) The phone is somewhat popup happy. It likes to stop to ask me to “Select Connection”, providing several options, one of which is inexplicably called “Operator ‘Proxyless’”. Another has a (?) icon and is called “Uncategorized”. It’s bizarre.

(7) Unlike on an iPhone, where it is dead simple to see if you are using Wifi, and what the strength is, on this phone it is not easy to tell.

I think I might wait for the Blackberry Curve 8900 to come to AT&T– even though it is 2G :-( . Or maybe I’ll shell out for the e71. Sigh.

Hlorri
May 8, 2009

The reason Nokia Messaging throws you back into the native Messaging app is that you got a buggy version (e.g. by downloading it directly from email.nokia.com).

Instead, you need to log into your account, then select the Download option (you’ll be prompted for phone number and model) – this will send you link to a working copy (personalized for you) via SMS.

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Tony
May 8, 2009

You can fix the “Checking Certificate Validity” problem easily. This is the first thing I did, so that I could install some things.

Open the application manager, (Settings > App mgr) and then go to Options > Settings, and turn the “Online certificate check” to off. I don’t why AT&T wants this on, because all it causes is problems…

Phil
May 9, 2009

I just brought my E71x home and I too cannot find the FM radio. Ominously, there’s no reference to it in the documentation. Interestingly, nokiausa.com states that it does has an FM radio when you do a specification comparison, but not on the technical specifications page for the phone itself. One of the reasons I chose this smart phone was because it supposedly had an FM radio. I’m hoping the functionality is present and just needs to be activated through software. If not, I will seriously reconsider whether I will keep this phone.

Mike
May 9, 2009

I was able to get nokia podcasting application installed on my e71x, but it does not start. In order to get past the nagging “certificate validity” issue go to:

Settings > App Mgr > click Options > Settings > then change Online certificate check to “off”

So the app is installed, but when you click to open it, nothing happens. No errors – nothing. Wondering if I am the only one with this issue or if other people are getting it.

Matthew
May 9, 2009

Mike, that is exactly as far as I can get. I am trying out an application called Resco News that is an RSS reader that supports downloads of podcasts. So far it seems to work pretty well, but is not as quick and simple as Nokia Podcasting.

I emailed som folks at Nokia to see if we can get this working for us and hope that it doesn’t take much to get it working soon.

D Price
May 10, 2009

As an update: I returned my e17x with minimal hassle to the AT&T store. While it’s nice that you can apply one workaround after another to make up for AT&T’s (and Nokia’s) bad moves, life is too short.

I’m back to my crappy flip phone, which never billed itself as “smart.” I couldn’t imagine spending two years with an e71x. If I go with a Nokia, I’m getting one which is unmodified by a carrier.

Mike
May 10, 2009

I got Nokia Maps working by doing the following:

browsing (on the e71x to) http://nokia.mobi/maps

After clicking the Download link, I did NOT choose the e71 as this is an upgrade file not the core maps. Instead I chose the Nokia 5700 Express Music. This downloaded version 1 of Nokia Maps and installed fine. I opened it, confirmed it was working, then went back to noikia.mobi and downloaded the e71x version (version 2).

It installed successfully.

HTH

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Michael Perlman
May 12, 2009

One more feature that it seems AT&T stripped is the front-facing camera. It’s not so obvious, but in all the photos and videos I’ve looked at, the E71x just doesn’t appear to have the little hole through the upper-front panel for the camera. I’m sure Qik users will be very upset about the omission.

LQ
May 15, 2009

Mike, I tried following your directions for installing Nokia Maps, but after installation, I can’t find the application. I can’t tell if it installed correctly. Maybe a stupid question, but where do I go to run the app?

Matthew Miller
May 15, 2009

LQ, when apps are installed on the E71x most go by default to the Games&Apps folder. You can go there and then move it where you like. I moved Nokia Maps to my AT&T GPS folder where I keep all my GPS and mapping programs.

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lonevoice
May 19, 2009

Any ideas about how to get around the 300K limit on ringtones that doesn’t involve 3rd party software?(or if it HAS to, something really easy to use?)

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David
May 28, 2009

Surprised to see nobody else having issues with the E71x bluetooth connections disconnecting and reconnecting repeatedly. I am having this issue with my BMW integrated bluetooth. According to Nokia discussion groups, many others having the same issue, even with other car makes and bluetooth headsets. At&t customer support useless, and I called Nokia directly and they don’t have any solution either. Most likely need to return the device to At&t.

y
June 7, 2009

OMG boyz.

everything works.

you just have to know the right way to do it. and have right software(3d gen)

e71x is a really good phone.

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rdunaway
July 10, 2009

I bought the E71x through Best Buy… 99 bucks. Watch some clown will say Ha Ha! You paid to much! Who cares… I thought it was a good deal. And I was in need a a new phone.

After reading this and many other articles on this device, I found it to be true. AT&T has crippled this device.

I chose this phone for a specific reasons.

Nokia – Has always been a rock solid phone for me. Symbian OS – Most any app has been available. Server logins – Logging into servers I maintain.

Anything else was extra.

I didn’t expect to see some of the functionality of this phone removed, crippled or made just plainly not to work. What FM Radio???

I’ve read article on how to uninstall AT&T’s bloat ware (call it what it is). I’ve read articles on why certain apps run on the E71 and not on E71x. Turns out to be what’s called the FP (Feature Packs). I don’t want to get into particulars about it, because I’m not familiar enough about them. I’ll say more about this later. But there seems to be a bit of difference between them.

One of the comments that was made in the original article has made a point. I’m curious myself to see how many people will return this phone for an iPhone.

I’ve seen the iPhone, It seems to have all the applications I need to run. Where as the E71x doesn’t run Skype. It installs, The app starts, then has major issues after starting. You can run Fring. Even it has issues on this phone. You can live with it’s issues, but at least it works. Over AT&T’s Media Net the quality is lacking in the clarity. Over wifi connections I found it better then expected.

I’ve tried to install many different apps for watching live video streams (NOT AT&T’s). It looks as if a VLC port for Symbian S60 3rd seems to be just getting started. That’s good news.

Hava, which is what I really wanted to work, keeps telling me I have to use my service providers network to communicate to my Hava box rather then my own network/Wifi other then AT&T. That’s Silly. I’m supposed to have an option to let me choose. The option doesn’t exist. But on the E71, it does. Other people who are running Hava on their phone (not E71x) are telling me I’m mad, that they are using wifi to connect to their Hava boxs. It’s these little things that seem to plague this phone.

Oh yeah! Somebody also made mention of the Camera on the front missing. I’ll bet ya the hardware is there. Also, The AT&T Manual mentions that you have the ability to make live video calls for a price. Are you going to turn your camera around and not see the other person your talking with? A rush to market issue.

Other Video Stream player apps just don’t seem to install, work or work only partially. Okay, after a lot of reading… It seems that a lot of these apps are written for FP1 not FP2. What the difference? Hey at least Microstuff made there OS’s backwards compatable for the most part.

Truthfully, I don’t want to sound like I’m bashing this phone. I had it for nearly 2 weeks now. I’ve been using a Nokia 6620 unlocked from Europe for almost seven years. I’ve had almost every app I wanted on that phone. I praised the Symbian OS Gods for being able to provide the applications I needed. I would have used the phone much longer, but I needed VNC to log into a server I have running at home. I couldn’t get an app to do it sufficiently. It seem the phone is old enough where nobody wants to write code for it or support it anymore. So it was time for a new phone. For the most part, I like this phone. It does work for what I really needed it it for (to log in to servers).

Many people I have talked to that have the E71 can run VNC with out issues. On the E71x VNC Starts, seems run well, then after a few minutes it locks up the phone. I’ve been only able to find one version that will install on this phone. And that’s turning all the install saftey/licensing features off to install it.

I guess when I started looking a this phone I was really looking at the E71′s features and expected the E71x to be the same, expecting all the bugs/issues the E71 had worked out. Again, I didn’t expect it to be crippled. I really don’t think that this is Nokia’s fault either. I think that AT&T’s rush to market is what has plagued this phone. After all, it is money they are after, just like any other business. This may be the down fall of this phone.

I could have made a different choice in phones I guess. But I can’t help asking myself that one question. After buying this phone. How many people will take it back and buy an iPhone. Could it be a ploy?

Truthfully, I’m a PC guy and have never had a love for Apple. But then I feel the same way about Windows also. I would like to give this phone more time, but AT&T will sit on their %&# for who knows how long before figuring out that they need to push a bunch of fixes for this phone. By that time my return policy will expire. I’ll be stuck with a crippled phone. Hmmm….

Then again, I coulda spent the few extra bucks…. Huh?

Parvez K
July 16, 2009

How do I select custom ringtones? When I go to my Memory Card > Tones and select a song to be set as ringtone, it says 300KB is the limit. If that is the case, then its bad. Morever, I cannot see my movie ringtones that I have on my Memory card in my Profiles list to set them as tones. Where am I not getting it right?

Dan
July 20, 2009

Hello, To anyone reading this blog who is considering getting the att e71x I would STRONGLY advise NOT to.

Everything is either expensive to get on it or a hack.

I am not saying symbian phones are bad.

I am saying this phone is an object lesson in current american business practices. Every decision by att was made to maximize revenue with customers locked into a contract. What ever doesn’t work seems to be engineered not to work to push the customer into a higher paying alternative that provides a new revenue stream for ATT.

I just looked for a podcasting app. It seems there is a good nokia podcasting app. But alas, like so many other things it does not work for this phone.

The nokia e-mail app works with gmail wonderfully for a 1980′s e-mail experience. Reminds me of e-mail on an adm5 terminal. Clunky, slow and seems to almost sync correctly with gmail online.. But messages I delete on the phone app still appear on the web interface…

If you like it thats great. I do not mean to rain on your parade. I wish I had been warned before buying this phone… Ok truth be told, I was. I just didn’t believe the posts. So to those of you who warned, thanks for the warning. Sorry I didn’t head it….

I deeply regret not getting it back to the ATT store before the 30day trial was up.

Asyut
July 20, 2009

My wife got the BlackBerry 8900. The one feature that it has that I wish the e71x had, is the Beside Mode. OMG! It’s awesome!

Do you know how we can get something like that for the e71x?

Here is a link so that you can see what I’m talking about: http://www.blackberrynews.com/2008/06/20/tell-the-time-on-a-blackberry-bold/

Asyut

Alexandra
July 22, 2009

I have an unlocked Nokia E71 from Europe. My service is through AT&T and I am not able to send or receive picture messages, but I was able to set it up for the Internet. Could anyone please help me with that? Att obviously can’t help out since its an unlocked phone. I appreciate it.

Alex

Jeramy
July 25, 2009

I have had this phone for about a week now. I have had many Nokia phones and I love them. This is my first smart phone and I have to say that I love it. I am not a power user. I do not use a data plan, nor do I plan on getting one. I like the calender, although a little more color and better variety of “Entry” types would be nice. I love Ovi Maps, when it works. and the PC suite software is very nice to transfer files and tweek calender and phonebook entries. I downloaded a bible software(very nice)from Olivetree. The best part is the help that this site gives. I chose this phone over a Samsung Jack because of this site. It pushed me over on my decision. I’m learning new things everyday about my new toy. Thanks Matthew

Sandi
August 5, 2009

How do u do a master reset for the nokia e71x!?!?!?!??!?!!? Please help!!!

roshan
August 8, 2009

tried to install the nokia maps according to the method described above

i.e. dowloading the maps file for express music 5700 but did not work

Jas1086
August 11, 2009

does it have WiFi to access internet for free without buying an additional data plan? will this phone allow me to add Twitter as an App?

A
August 13, 2009

It is a shame what the American carriers do to devices. I work on Windows Mobile, and we face the problem. In our Beta programs, our software works nicely, but by the time it hits the consumer it is ruined by the mobile operators. Unfortunately in the US they control the mobile ecosystem and keep all subscribers hostage. The best best is to pay the $ and buy a non-branded unlocked device.

Toxoido
September 6, 2009

If anyone figures out how to get Nokia Podcasting running for real on the e71x, please post it here. Let’s stop complaining about AT&T’s tech-stifling greed and get to work undoing it.

Richard
October 18, 2009

Has anyone else noticed if there is a song limit on the e71x? I’ve added a lot of mp3s and many of them I’m not finding. I wondered if it was like the motorola SLVR in that song limit regard.

Alicia
November 2, 2009

I bought the E71 unlocked but I have a subscription with ATT navigator. Is there a way to download this to my unlocked E71?

HORST
November 8, 2009

I AM A NEW NOKIA CONVERT AND WOULD LIKE TO BUY THE E71 (UNLOCKED)BUT FROM THE TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION I CAN’T FIGURE OUT IF IT WOULD BE COMPATIBLE WITH VERIZON (MY OLD CARRIER) ALTHOUGH IT REPORTEDLY OPERATES ON WCDMA 850/1900. ALSO, SOME ADS STATE “U.S. VERSION”. WHAT DOES IT MEAN? IT IS A QUAD PHONE…. ANY HELP WITH THESE QUESTIONS WOULD BE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!

anthony
December 9, 2009

how do I download joiku spot… unable to find a reliable link. Thanks

xty
December 16, 2009

I have a question… can i put customized sms tones on the e71, well i have the smaller one and if yes, in what format should it be thanks for replying fast

Ron H.
January 7, 2010

Toxoido!!! I have the same problem. I have a 4 gig memory card and about 460 songs. I’m only using a little over half of it and it consists of music, pictures, videos, and ringtones. Some songs play and some don’t. Once i download the songs, they go to the “data” folder of my memory card, like everything else that i download. If i move the song, it won’t show up in the music library, like it used to before. So, there might be a limit, unfortunately. And my music player won’t refresh at all!!! Also, my pics won’t edit, at all!!! And my phone will not allow me to save any messages to my memory card, only the phone memory, which gets deleted every few days, rather than staying until I’M ready to delete them! Other than that, great phone???? LOL

ashrita
March 21, 2010

can i use the e71x at&t unlocked in india? with airtel?

Stacey
May 30, 2010

Hi im from Ireland i bought a nokia E71X in miami it worked grand when i got home but soon after the light on the screen went and can figure out how to fix it tryed everything it so annoying because i cant see anything or read messages and it under a 1 year warranty..can anybody help me??

Paul Williford
June 15, 2010

Would purchasing an “unlock code” for this phone simply allow me to use it on other carriers or does unlocking it also enable me to do the things Mr. Miller said he couldn’t do on his “locked” E71x: remove AT&T “bloatware” (including game trials) or customize the hardware buttons (which he could do on his unlocked E71)?

Mark
June 18, 2010

Nokia Podcasting on e71x – I confirmed it working on me e71x, go here to get it working for yourself:

http://www.symbian-guru.com/welcome/2010/02/exclusive-get-the-original-nokia-podcasting-on-the-e72e52e55.html

Joe
July 22, 2010

I just upgraded our at&t contract. instead of going to sprint. Got unlimited text and the new 200MB data on 3 phones. got 2 e71x phones ( free ) and a blackberry for the kid. So far I like the e71x. But this is my first smart phone. Its not bad, im not a huge power user tho. ( yet ) I do like the unlimited text messaging tho. Since now i dont have to worry about the kid going over on that. Shes not huge on the web on a phone yet so thats good for now. Im just wondering if i tether my cell to my laptop. even tho it is only a 200MB line, even if i want to use the tether for ashort time for a few pages or whatnot. how does at&t know that your tethering vs normal usage?

sharon
August 27, 2010

I am shopping for a new phone. I am/will be new to texting and I am electronically challenged. I am an ATT customer. After reading numerous reviews, I have concluded that the E71 would be a smarter choice over the E71.

Can I purchase and E71 phone from somewhere else and have ATT activate it for me?

Also, what is the difference between a locked and unlocked phone?

OkHouma
August 28, 2010

What is the advantage of an unlocked device?

Michael
December 1, 2010

I have an unlocked Nokia E71x and I want to do a HARD reset, using 3+*+GREEN Button and I was just wondering if I do a Hard reset will I have to unlock the phone again. I bought the phone from a gentlemen who unlocked it for $70. Thanks, hope to hear back from you guys soon.

LAC
May 17, 2011

IF ANYONE KNOWS WHY MY NOKIA E71X IS NOW USING LARGE AMOUNTS OF DATA WHEN I SYNC MY MAIL FOR EXCHANGE, PLEASE EMAIL ME ASAP AT ann.creager@yahoo.com

I have had this phone for almost a year now. I use AT&T Go Phone and I get 200 MB of data each month. Up until last month, I had NEVER went over this amount. The primary reason I have the data package is just to get my work email which is only about 5 to 10 emails a day and I NEVER open the attachments, I wait till I get to my work computer. On 5 occassions in the past month, my phone has sucked EVERY bit of my 200 mb of data PLUS I have put an additional $40 on my phone and they have taken all that as well. AT&T Prepaid is NO help on the technical end. I had to do a Factory reset right before all this happened because I added another email that I could never get to work. Could someone please help me before I throw my favorite phone out the window!!!!!!!

Edgardo
September 17, 2011

I want no minor youngs lady working here, no one should be forcibly working here… I need to shut down this blank space!.

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December 14, 2011

I hear nokia is a very reliable brand. Though the buttons in the picture are really small, it would be inconvenient even for my small girly fingertips :) That’s a shame you had a problem with Nokia E71x. Personally I like LG, i never had a phone of any other brand. Now I have touch, loving it so far

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January 10, 2012

Oh. This cellphone looks great. I like the design. And the functions sounds alright. Too bad it’s no longer in use. I’d love to have one.

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