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Microsoft unveils Nokia phone priced under $30

ByinAnnouncements | January 5, 2015

Microsoft Nokia 215If you were wondering how Nokia would be doing under Microsoft, we can assure you that everything is perfectly in order. The company already proved that it can satisfy the needs of the most demanding users, as the first smartphones are already in the hands of their owners. Now it’s time to cater for users who are at the other end of the spectrum. With this thought in mind, Microsoft unveiled a Nokia phone priced under $30.

Nokia 215 phone costs exactly $29

Nokia 215Called Nokia 215, the phone costs exactly $29 pre-tax which makes it one of the most affordable phones on the market. It’s enough to look at the price to guess more or less what you can expect of the device. Yes, the Nokia 215 is a feature phone with no advanced technology or smart options, which focuses mostly on delivering mobile internet to lower-end users.

The Nokia 215 belongs to Microsoft’s Series 30+ family and is quite similar to last year’s Nokia 225. The phone has 2G connectivity and comes with the Opera Mini browser pre-installed. It also offers quick access to Facebook, Messenger, Bing Search and Twitter. The selection of apps is not overwhelming but it covers the basics.

The 215 is a bar-style phone which sports a 2.4-inch QVGA LCD display, a numeric keypad, 8MB of RAM, Bluetooth 3.0, microSD support for up to 32GB cards, FM radio and a 0.3-megapixel camera. The device will be released in two versions – with single SIM offering up to 29 days of standby time, and dual-SIM which can last up to 21 days on one charge. Both will be available in bright green, black, and white color options.

The Nokia 215 is a typical feature phone in terms of design and performance. It won’t offer any smart tricks and cool features, but it was never intended to. The aim of phones like the Nokia 215 is to guarantee seamless communication and bring mobile internet to users who can’t afford or don’t want a smartphone, and in this aspect the Nokia 215 fulfills all expectations. It will be released in select markets in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe later this quarter. So far we haven’t heard of any plans to launch the phone in the US, but you never know.

source: Microsoft

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