The T-Mobile Nokia E73 Mode Starter Guide

The T-Mobile Nokia E73 Mode Starter GuideWelcome to the T-Mobile Nokia E73 Mode Starter Guide. I have always been a fan of the Eseries devices thanks in large part to their outstanding build quality, inexpensive pricing, functional QWERTY keyboards, and focus on getting things done. I was caught off guard and completely surprised when T-Mobile USA announced their new Nokia E73 Mode and made the immediate decision to buy one for myself. At only $69.99 $49.99 with contract, I see this purchase as a no brainer. The E73 Mode is a variant of the Nokia E72, which is a successor to the Nokia E71/E71x devices.

There are just a couple of differences between the E72 and E73 Mode, primarily in the radios used by T-Mobile USA. The E73 Mode supports T-Mobile’s unique 3G data network frequency, 1700 MHz, as well as the 900 and 2100 MHz bands so it will work with 3G in countries outside the US as well. It will not work with 3G on AT&T even if it is unlocked. In addition, the E73 Mode supports calls via UMA over WiFi so if you are in an area with a weak T-Mobile signal and have WiFi available you can make calls through T-Mobile over the WiFi network. See my detailed article below that further explains this rather unique connection method.

The Nokia E73 Mode is a Symbian 9.3 device with S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 that gets the job done. Here are some of the other key specifications of the E73 Mode:

  • ARM 11 600 MHz processor
  • S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 (3.2.3)
  • Quad band GSM/EDGE with 850/900/1800/1900 MHz support
  • Tri band WCDMA with 900/1700/2100 MHz support
  • 2.36 inch 320×240 pixel resolution QVGA display
  • 250 MB of free user disk space
  • microSD card slot for expanded memory (4GB card included)
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with over 10 profiles supported
  • Integrated GPS with A-GPS
  • Integrated FM radio with RDS
  • 5 megapixel camera with LED flash
  • Optical trackball
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • BP-4L 1500 mAh battery
  • Dimensions of 4.48 x 2.30 x 0.40 inches and 4.5 ounces

Review and experiences

Full review of the Nokia E73 Mode

The Nokia E73 Mode may not have the flashiest OS right now, but it is still an excellent choice that gets the job done.

How much does it cost?

The Nokia E73 Mode is available for $69.99 $49.99 with a 2-year contract and plan or you can pay $299.99 with no contract or subsidy.

In a world of large touchscreen smartphones, why is the E73 Mode my daily driver?

I have tried a few touchscreen phones, but the E73 Mode is my rock solid daily companion that meets my needs.

Tips & tricks

The E73 QWERTY keyboard is awesome. Want to read more about 80 keyboard shortcuts?

The more you learn about the QWERTY keyboard, the more efficient you will become with your device so take some time and learn these shortcuts.

Want to know what all those demo games, apps, and services will cost you?

The E73 Mode does have some demo games, apps, and services so check this post to see what each costs if you decide to purchase or subscribe.

Calls over WiFi? What is this UMA stuff all about and is it the same as VoIP?

The E73 Mode stands out from the Nokia E72 for a couple of reasons and one is the support for T-Mobile USA’s unique UMA service where you can place calls over the T-Mobile network via a WiFi connection.

Other useful Nokia E73 Mode resources