Those who have been looking forward to the North American debut of an affordable version of the E71 will be happy to know that the E63 is now available across the US.

The QWERTY-equipped Nokia E63 NAM is now available for $279 contract-free at Nokia flaships stores, independent retailers and online e-tailers across the US of A. It’s slightly less featured than the E71 with a tad bit smaller keyboard but is nonetheless more functional that it appears. What’s more important is that as a result of the toning down of certain features, the price is now a lot more affordable.

So, if you can live without the HSDPA connectivity, 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera, and stainless steel bling, the E63 is a worthy investment in our opinion.