I hope to answer more than a few questions for all of you about this phone and the service in general. Let me sum it up here by saying that this phone, at this price, is the best deal that you will find, and it is LOADED with features, some of which that are not advertised with the phone or on WalMart's website, or on Straight Talk's website (why they don't do this, I have no idea), and I will now explain to you what the phone is capable of, as well as some other important information:
First of all is the service: Most of Straight Talk's cheaper phones all run on the Verizon network. The upside to this is that Verizon has the most reliable network service. But this Nokia e71 phone I just bought does NOT run on that service. Instead, it is a GSM smart phone, which runs on AT&T and T-Mobile cell towers. So if you don't have AT&T or T-Mobile service in your area, then do not buy this phone. However if you do, then keep reading, because this phone is WORTH buying, and here is why:
This phone can connect EIGHT different ways to multiple sources, and that is not counting the SD card that it comes with. Yes, eight. First, it can place phone calls or share information via the "1G" old-school frequencies. Then, it has a 3G (actually, it tells me 3.5G right now) connection. It has a WIFI antenna in it as well... so if you are ANYWHERE with wireless internet service and you are allowed to access it, then you can surf the web and make phone calls with this phone using wireless broadband. This phone also has an infrared communications port. It has a USB com port on it. This phone has a bluetooth antenna inside of it as well. It also has an FM radio antenna and tuner built in to it, although you can only listen to FM radio if you have ear buds plugged into the phone. And last but definitely not least, it has a GPS antenna in it, and has multiple ways and apps to communicate with GPS satellites to give you FREE turn-by-turn navigation with multiple options. But note the WIFI access.... and the WIFI antenna in this phone actually picked up more networks than my home computer could find. Logging on to my home network was instantaneous, and faster than my computer could ever dream of being. Watching full motion video on Youtube with this phone is a dream. Nice!
And that is just the start of things. I was pleasantly surprised to find after I opened the packaging that this phone comes with a Lithium Polymer battery... which is the most advanced and powerful battery that you can find in a cell phone these days. Loads of talk time, and a ton of standby time. Next, please note that this phone is NOT made of plastic. I thought the body of this phone was chromed plastic. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I was wrong... it is actually made of polished stainless steel. Nice! The screen is not the biggest in the world, but it is actually a glass screen and has great resolution, and not cheap plastic. The phone comes with a 4GB micro-SD card, and supposedly can accept an 8GB card as well. I suspect it can take larger, although I have not tried it yet.
It has a 3.2MP camera on the back, with a built-in flash and area sensor. It can take still pictures with multiple options, and it can also record live full-motion video with audio. It also has a SECOND CAMERA in the front of the phone, so you can look at the screen and video conference with others, and the 2nd party can see you as well.
This phone supports Java, as well as Nokia's OVI store/website, which between the two offer tens of thousands of free applications to download and use.
Web access is fast, and video playback is smooth and very enjoyable. This phone has an email app that allows you to one-touch sync with Yahoo, Gmail, etc... but it also lets you connect to Microsoft Outlook based office email as well. It is a true smart-phone in this aspect as well, and actually has a very intuitive app when it comes to email. Very easy to use. And since it is a GSM-based phone, you can write a text message, download something on the internet, and talk to someone over a phone call ALL AT THE SAME TIME without having to exit out of anything. Very handy.
Overall, I think this phone may go down as one of the best values to ever be out there, considering that you get it all with unlimited usage for $45 a month, which no other cell service can touch with a phone like this. This phone is miles ahead of every other phone that Straight Talk offers, and makes those other phones look like junk. It is also way better than the other Straight Talk "smart" phone they sell, the Nokia 6790 slider (avoid that phone, it has some big flaws!). I would get more into that, but that's a different review.
Bottom-line, if you want a NICELY built phone with a TON of nice features, at a great price, and for only $45 a month for service... this is a no-brainer. Again, that is of course as long as you get T-mobile or AT&T service in your areas. Buy them now before they stop selling them, because AT&T just bought T-mobile this week, and it's made a lot of people nervous about their service pricing. Straight Talk removed this phone from their website, and Walmart has sold out of them online, and has been selling out of them in some local stores... so if you want one, get one now before it isn't offered any more. I hope this review answers some questions!
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