Microsoft lifts the lid on Nokia 215 – its ‘most affordable internet-ready phone’

Microsoft has lifted the lid on its “most affordable internet-ready phone,” the Nokia 215. The entry-level mobile phone runs Nokia Series 30+ and costs $29 (under £20). It will be available in Europe in the first quarter of this year.

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Press release:

Meet the new Nokia 215, Microsoft’s most affordable Internet-ready phone

Connecting the next billion people to the Internet and digital experiences.

REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Microsoft Devices Group on Monday announced the Nokia 215, its most affordable Internet-ready phone. The Nokia 215 is designed to connect and introduce first-time mobile phone buyers to the Internet and new digital experiences. Available in both Single SIM and Dual SIM models, the Nokia 215 will expand the reach of Microsoft services at more affordable prices.

At only $29,* the Nokia 215 will allow more people to access popular Web content and digital services, and enable them to do the following:

  • Enjoy online experiences via Opera Mini browser, Bing search, MSN Weather, Twitter and Facebook.
  • Stay in touch with friends and family using Facebook and Messenger with instant notifications.
  • Connect in new ways with SLAM, which enables content to be shared between devices and callers making hands-free calls using Bluetooth 3.0 and Bluetooth audio support for headsets.
  • Delight in the fresh design, durable quality and outstanding battery life all the features entry-level mobile phone owners have come to trust and love.
  • Enter the mobile-first world with all the everyday essentials, including these:
    • Built-in torchlight
    • Up to 20 hours of talk time
    • Outstanding 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

“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,” said Jo Harlow, corporate vice president of Microsoft Devices Group. “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.”

The Nokia 215 and Nokia 215 Dual SIM come in Bright Green, Black and White, and will roll out first in select markets in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe in Q1 2015. The Nokia 215 is expected to be available for an estimated retail price of $29* before taxes and subsidies.

Tech specs summary

Device

Nokia 215 and Nokia 215 Dual SIM

Operating system

Nokia Series 30+

Display

2.4-inch QVGA

Battery

BL-5C, 1100 mAh

Talk time and standby time

Talk time: up to 20 hours

Standby time: up to 29 days (Single SIM), 21 days (Dual SIM)

Camera

VGA camera

Connectivity

900/1800 MHz, Micro USB, 3.5mm AV connector, Bluetooth 3.0 with SLAM and HSP/HFP profile

Memory

Up to 32GB microSD supported

Dimensions and weight

116mm x 50mm x 12.9mm

78.7 grams

Interested in Microsoft’s Nokia 215? Phones LTD will let you know if and when the device will be available in the UK.

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