Microsoft unveils Nokia 215: a simple phone with Facebook Messenger and long-lasting battery

Microsoft unveils Nokia 215: a simple phone with Facebook Messenger and long-lasting battery
Microsoft's new Nokia 215 and Nokia 215 Dual SIM have just made an official appearance at CES 2015. At a full off-contract price of $29, the Nokia 215 is a traditional candybar phone with buttons, but what it stands out with is support for Facebook Messenger and a truly long-lasting battery.

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.


source: Microsoft

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21 Comments

1. dufis

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 27, 2014

still nokia brand?

12. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

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...

13. Manti123

Posts: 207; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

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.

2. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

MIcrosoft Nokia? Sounds weird.

11. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

It is wierd...

3. paeschli

Posts: 35; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

With WiFi?

7. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

This is exactly what i'm also wondering about. If it has wifi, then i'm definitely getting one.

8. yahia_malka

Posts: 186; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

It has !

4. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I can hear cheering from all the elder Nokia fans :P Finally a phone that isn't so smart

5. AkihiroUchiha

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

Looks nice actually..hope it has a Wifi support..

6. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

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.

10. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

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...

19. faizan-sharif

Posts: 98; Member since: Jun 26, 2013

my brother just came back from texas, did nt know abt this deal and also abt unlocking thing is easy for windows phone, actually never heard for it, for 30 dollars its like free to me :P

9. yahia_malka

Posts: 186; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Excellent , and it has wifi !

14. uzbek-mobile-man

Posts: 118; Member since: Sep 27, 2014

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.

15. god996

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 27, 2013

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.

16. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

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.

17. Drsarcastic

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

And it can probably take a bullet for you, knowing nokia.

18. AlikMalix unregistered

Does anyone still remember or can comfortably type in T9?

21. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I can, its like riding a bike

20. Cyberchum

Posts: 1068; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Yeah bro, some can, I for one. By the way, this better come with the Goto shortcut or lots of customers will be very pissed again.

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