Earlier today, Microsoft announced the Nokia 215, which it described as its “most affordable internet-ready phone”, in a public press statement.
Priced at “only $29” the Nokia 215 is Microsoft’s bid to appeal to first time mobile phone buyers, as well as introduce them to the internet.
The mobile device is available in dual sim or single sim configurations. The core features include a 2.4 inch screen, 32GB memory expansion, bluetooth enabled, VGA camera and web access, powered by Opera Mini as well as Bing search. While connectivity is restricted to 2G networks, the target demographic will appreciate the built-in flashlight, MP3 capability and FM radio.
The Nokia 215 runs on the Nokia Series 30 OS platform.
According to 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” and “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,”
The release date is as of now unconfirmed. However, watchers believe that the device will be available within the first quarter of 2015. Microsoft is making the Nokia 215 available across select markets in Africa, Middle East, Asia and Europe.