For those wanting a bargain bucket second phone but have been frustrated at the lack of internet connection on the cheapest devices, there is now a solution at hand thanks to Microsoft.
The Nokia 215 has been dubbed Microsoft’s “most affordable internet-ready phone” and is coming to the Middle East with an estimated retail price of just $29 before taxes.
Despite dropping Nokia from its Lumia range last year, Microsoft is continuing to develop cheaper phones aimed at selected markets. Users will be able to surf the net using the Opera Mini browser and Bing search, while Facebook and Twitter will come preloaded.
Connectivity is via 2G and Bluetooth is also included.
“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 Jon French, vice president Middle East, Microsoft Mobile Devices.
“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.”
Available in both single and dual sim, the device is being rolled out initially in emerging markets such as the Middle East and Africa, Asia and Europe in the first quarter.
With battery life of close to a month on standby, a built-in torch and FM radio, the added internet connection makes it a step up from the Nokia 130 which was unveiled in the third quarter last year with a retail price of Dh85.
Second phones are popular in the UAE, with business travellers keen to avoid the possibility of losing or damaging high-end smartphones.