Nokia launches its cheapest ever phones

Dylan Bushell-Embling
telecomasia.net
Nokia has continued its race to the bottom-end with the launch of its cheapest ever feature phones.
 
The Nokia 100 and the dual-SIM Nokia 101 will be aimed squarely at developing markets in Asia and Africa, the company said on its blog.
 
The phones have a battery life that promises to last up to 25 days on standby, so they can be suited to areas with limited electricity infrastructure, and will use an icon interface, to allow them to be used by the illiterate.
 
Because such phones are often used by families, they have also been designed to store five different address books.
 
The Nokia 100 will cost just €20 ($28.70) without any subsidies, with the Nokia 101 costing €25 – making it the vendor's cheapest dual-SIM phone. The handsets will also have a built-in radio and, in the case of the Nokia 101, an MP3 player.
 
The Nokia 101 will go on sale this quarter, while the Nokia 100 will debut in Q4.
 
One question hanging over the announcement is how much margin there can be in a phone that sells for less than $30.
 
Nokia on Wednesday announced a trio of smartphones based on its Symbian Belle update, each of which will launch in the third quarter.

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