Nokia is on its own right now, trying its luck in the crowded tablet market with the N1, but Microsoft still has the right to sell Nokia-branded low-entry devices. And the company has chosen the right time to announce its latest basic phone with the Nokia label on the back – the Nokia 215. The device is said to be Microsoft’s cheapest Internet phone yet, being launched at a price of just $29, but that’s before taxes and subsidies, of course.
The Nokia 215 will be available in either a single SIM card or dual-SIM options. The phone will go on sale in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe in the first three months of 2015, but Microsoft will obviously be targeting developing countries with this cheap phone. Jo Harlow, corporate vice president of Microsoft Devices Group, said the following:
With our ultra-affordable mobile phones and digital services, we see an inspiring opportunity to connect the next billion people to the Internet for the first time. The Nokia 215 is perfect for people looking for their first mobile device, or those wanting to upgrade to enjoy affordable digital and social media services, like Facebook and Messenger.
- Online access through Opera Mini browser, Bing search
- MSN Weather, Twitter, Facebook, Facebook Messenger apps
- Built-in torchlight
- Up to 20 hours of talk time
- Battery life up to 29 days of standby time for the Single SIM variant and up to 21 days for the Dual SIM; MP3 playback of up to 50 hours; FM radio playback of up to 45 hours
- VGA camera
- Weighs 78.7 grams
- 32GB microSD card slot
- 2.4-inch QVGA display
- FM Radio
The phone also comes with the SLAM tool which enables content to be shared between devices and callers making hands-free calls using Bluetooth 3.0 and Bluetooth audio support for headsets. The Nokia 215 and Nokia 215 Dual SIM come in Bright Green, Black and White colors. The Nokia 215 is designed for first-time mobile phone buyers looking to connect to the Internet but it could also be an interesting proposal for users looking to get a secondary phone.