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Microsoft Introduces the Nokia 215, the Most Affordable Internet-Ready Phone

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When buying your first phone, chances are that you do not want to spend all your money on it. This is what the engineers at Microsoft had in mind when they started working on the Nokia 215. The Nokia 215 stands out as being the most affordable Internet-ready phone from the company. The company announced this device a few hours ago and says it is perfect to connect and introduce first-time mobile phone buyers to the internet.

The Nokia 215 is available in both Single and Dual SIM variants and will retail at $29 (approximately Kshs 2,600).

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.” He went ahead to say, “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.”

With the Nokia 215 you will be able to:

    • 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.
    • The battery of the Nokia 215 can last for 20 hours of talk time and 29 days of standby with the Single SIM variant and 21 days of standby with the Dual SIM. FM radio playback can last you up to 45 hours with MP3 playback lasting for 50 hours.

The Nokia 215 is available in Bright Green, Black and White and will be available as from Q1 2015.

Tech Summary

DeviceNokia 215 and Nokia 215 Dual SIM
Operating systemNokia Series 30+
Display2.4-inch QVGA
BatteryBL-5C, 1100 mAh
Talk time and standby timeTalk time: up to 20 hours
Standby time: up to 29 days (Single SIM), 21 days (Dual SIM)
CameraVGA camera
Connectivity900/1800 MHz, Micro USB, 3.5mm AV connector, Bluetooth 3.0 with SLAM and HSP/HFP profile
MemoryUp to 32GB microSD supported
Dimensions and weight116mm x 50mm x 12.9mm
78.7 grams
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