Microsoft Launches $29 Nokia 215 Smartphone
With the launch of the Nokia 215, the company’s most affordable Internet-ready entry-level phone yet, Microsoft plans to help more and more people around the world get online and stay connected. With a price tag of just $29 before taxes and subsidies, Nokia 215 is perfectly suited for first-time mobile phone buyers or as a secondary phone for just about anyone, Microsoft says.
Nokia 215 has preinstalled Facebook and Messenger with instant notifications, so you’ll never miss out on the latest from your friends. Check your friends’ news feeds, update your status, and keep in touch with those long-distance relatives. Prefer your social updates in bite-sized chunks? Tune into Twitter, also easily accessible on this entry-level phone. Browsing the web is super-easy, thanks to Opera Mini Browser and Bing Search.
A Low-Priced Smartphone with Full Features
The Nokia 215 will launch in select markets, rolling out first in Q1 2015 in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe. It’s evident that a low-priced phone with the essential features that users expect in smartphones, including Facebook, Twitter, email and web browsing, may become a hit in developing markets where not everyone can afford a last generation iPhone. In the developing world, most people access the Internet via mobile phones, so that with the Nokia 215 Microsoft may make an important contribution to bringing more and more people online.
The Nokia 215 offers a very long battery life. Microsoft rates it at 29 days of stand-by, 20 hours of talk time, and 50 hours of music playback. There is also a dual-SIM version, which lasts less in stand-by – just 21 days, says Microsoft.
The phone has a 2.4-inch display, 0.3 MP camera on the back (which can shoot video), 8 MB of RAM (that is not a typo), Bluetooth 3.0, supports microSD cards of up to 32 GB in size, and is compatible with 2G cellular networks. The phone runs the S30 operating system (the official specs say S30+). The Series 30 software platform is an application user interface created by Nokia and currently developed by Microsoft Mobile for its Nokia-branded mobile devices.
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