Meet the $29 Nokia 215, Microsoft’s 2G phone aimed at developing markets in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East

Nokia 215 by Microsft

Every year, Nokia always has something for us in Africa, with their affordable handsets that appeal to the hundreds of millions on the continent who can’t afford smartphones. This year it’s good to know that Microsoft is apparently eager to continue that Nokia legacy. Its been about eight months since Microsoft bought the Nokia mobile division, and today they have shown off the $29 Nokia 215.

Nokia 215 by Microsft

At $29 pre-tax and is aimed at emerging markets in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, and can go a full month on a single charge on standby, there is also a dual-SIM option, a built-in torch, and FM Radio. The phone has a small a 2.4-inch, 320 x 240 color display, a low resolution 0.3-megapixel camera, and Bluetooth connectivity. Most important the company claims that the 215 is their “most affordable Internet-ready entry-level phone yet.” Thanks to the famous Opera Mini mobile browser and a limited array of pre-installed apps including Twitter, Facebook, Messenger, and Bing Search people will be able to access the internet and hook themselves up on social media.

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The 215 is an intermediary device for customers just beginning to access mobile data

Don’t expect the Nokia 215 be fast at web browsing experience since it only supports 2G networks with no option for wifi. However, as mobile markets in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East continue to develop, consumers will get hungrier for more advanced devices and the 215 is another neat, intermediary phone. We already have countries in Africa already deploying 4G-LTE network. The phone will no run Microsoft’s Windows phone, since its limited in smart features.  The 215 will be launching in select markets in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe Q1 this quarter.