Microsoft’s focus on affordable devices continues with the new Nokia 215, a Series 30+ phone that is smarter than you might think. Unlike other budget handsets sporting the Nokia name, this one runs a range of apps — including Facebook — and costs just $29.
The Nokia 215 is the “most affordable Internet-ready entry-level phone yet, perfectly suited for first-time mobile phone buyers or as a secondary phone for just about anyone,” Microsoft says on its Lumia Conversations blog.
While it may look like a featurephone from ten years ago, the Nokia 215 comes pre-installed with apps like Facebook and Facebook Messenger, Bing Search, and the Opera Mini web browser. It also runs games like Asphalt 6: Adrenaline and Modern Combat 2 from Gameloft.
Like traditional Nokia devices, the 215 is built to be incredibly strong and robust. It has a built-in torch, Bluetooth connectivity, and an FM radio — and it supports SLAM technology, allowing you to share content wirelessly simply by placing the device against another SLAM-enabled phone.
The Nokia 215 comes in two variants: The single SIM model boasts up to 29 days of standby time on a single charge, while the dual SIM model boasts up to 21 days of standby time. Both also deliver up to 20 hours of talk time, and up to 50 hours of music playback.
The Nokia 215 will launch in select markets across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa this quarter, priced at just $29 before taxes.