Microsoft unveils Nokia 215: a simple phone with Facebook Messenger and long-lasting battery
posted by Victor H. / Jan 05, 2015, 11:06 AM
The Nokia 215 comes with a 2.4” display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels (keep in mind that it’s not a touchscreen). Along with Facebook, you can also use Twitter and MSN Weather on it, and the 215 also features the Opera Mini browser with Bing search. This might not seem like much, but you ought to put this in the context of the cheap price of the phone. In fact, this is the first Internet-enabled device at such a low price. You should remember that it runs on a feature phone platform (likely, Series 40).
The other big advantage of using a traditional phone like the Nokia 215 is the long battery life. You have a 1100mAh battery pack with up to 20 hours of talk time, 50 hours of MP3 playback, and an outstanding up to 29 days of stand-by for the single SIM version (21 days of stand-by for the dual SIM model).
Extras include a VGA camera, FM radio, a built-in torchlight, and colorful design with a green, black and white versions. The phone also supports microSD cards of up to 32 gigs.
Microsoft's Nokia 215 and Nokia 215 will be available in select markets in Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe (but not in the United States) in Q1 2015.
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still nokia brand?
posted on Jan 05, 2015, 11:11 AM 2
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Microsoft got a twenty-year deal to make Nokia-branded feature/basic phones and it's seperate from any smartphone deal they have (which was only two years). Hope, for Nokia's sake, they don't botch it, but this is Microsoft we're talking about...
posted on Jan 05, 2015, 11:48 AM 0
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Correction,, Microsoft has the right to use Nokia brand on feature phones for 10 years. They don't have the right to use the Nokia brand on any smartphone anytime. They used "Nokia brand" with the Lumia 830 and 730 during only the transition period.
posted on Jan 05, 2015, 11:55 AM 2
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posted on Jan 05, 2015, 11:15 AM 1
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This is exactly what i'm also wondering about. If it has wifi, then i'm definitely getting one.
posted on Jan 05, 2015, 11:36 AM 0
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This is a fantastic deal. In countries where even 100$ phones are considered expensive this should do so well. I really wish MS good luck with this move since you don't hear every day a smartphone for just 30$ with so many features.
posted on Jan 05, 2015, 11:23 AM 0
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If you can still catch a Nokia-made and branded Lumia 520 in the United States, they've been selling brand new on AT&T Go Phone at select retailers for $30 and are easy and cheap to unlock. If I was coming from another country to the United States, I'd be going back with one of these...
posted on Jan 05, 2015, 11:45 AM 1
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Please, Microsoft! Make/produce basic phones for CDMA 800 MHz network like Nokia 6235, Nokia 2365, etc. Make/produce these phones very basic, such as, with calling, SMS, flashlight, calculator and calendar only, and make/produce them with long-lasting battery, very loud earphone and speakers. Such phones are very useful to use in Uzbekistan for CDMA network of the company Perfectum. Thanks.
posted on Jan 05, 2015, 12:55 PM 0
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I always wonder why couldn't Nokia produce a similarly (or even less) priced phone with a screen of 2.4 - 3 inches, built-in flashlight and NO camera, NO internet and comfortable buttons? It's a feature phone, it's aimed at people who only need basic functionality - calling and receiving messages, so mostly elderly people who would only benefit from a large screen. And who would need a VGA camera? When taking pictures with such cameras you can't even see a face normally. Please, just save me a dollar or two on production instead. Anyway, it's just my opinion.
posted on Jan 05, 2015, 2:06 PM 0
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Indeed I agree, but with the last part. I would like to see a very cheap phone with a better (when I say better I talk about 8 mpx haha) camera. This will sound odd for a lot of people. But for some of us taking pictures is the only really important feature a phone must have today. I can do without apps and ghz of processor, but snapping good pictures is always the must have for example quickly taking an image of a paper to share. I would love a phone with a lot of battery like 20 days of battery, but their camera are just making me feel to puke, lets say this same phone 2x more expensive but with a far better camera. The old SonyEricsson with 2mpx could take decent pictures for what I talk about and I am sure making the same camera must be dirt cheap today.
posted on Jan 05, 2015, 2:44 PM 0
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