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Microsoft has announced a new non-Windows Phone device called the Nokia 215.

Priced at just $29 (likely to be about €24), Microsoft are calling the Nokia 215 the “most affordable Internet-ready entry-level phone yet”.

The 215 will come pre-installed with Facebook, Messenger, Twitter and Opera Mini Browser, but won’t be able to download new apps. Being a Microsoft device, there’ll also be MSN Weather and Bing Search built in.

Visually it looks similar to a Lumia device, but clearly retains the old Nokia charm and most importantly, the single SIM variant has a reported stand-by battery life of 29 days or 50 hours of FM Radio/MP3 player usage.

Both a single and dual SIM version will be available in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East in the first quarter of 2015.

Microsoft Nokia 215

Helping more and more people around the world get online and stay connected, Microsoft introduces the Nokia 215 and Nokia 215 Dual-SIM.

With a price tag of just $29 before taxes and subsidies, Nokia 215 is our 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.

Built for the internet

Nokia 215 has preinstalled Facebook and Messenger with instant notifications, so you’ll never miss out on the latest from your friends. Check your friends’ news feeds, update your status, and keep in touch with those long-distance relatives.

Prefer your social updates in bite-sized chunks? Tune into Twitter, also easily accessible on this entry-level phone.

Browsing the web is super-easy, thanks to Opera Mini Browser and Bing Search. And don’t take a chance on the weather. Get the latest weather conditions using MSN Weather and see accurate hourly or 5 day weather forecasts, wherever you are.

With Nokia 215, you can also now connect in new ways by pairing your device with a Bluetooth headset or speaker.

Sharing content is simple with SLAM technology. Simply bring two SLAM-enabled devices together to send or receive files.

Built to last

Design-wise, Nokia 215 has the same durable build quality you’ve learned to rely on over the years. Pair that with vibrantly colored bright green, black and white color options and you’ve got a phone that stands the test of time.

Nokia 215 Single SIM has a stand-by time of up to 29 days (that’s almost a full month, on just a single charge!), while Nokia 215 Dual SIM offers up to 21 days. For those who like to talk, Nokia 215 provides up to 20 hours of talk time.

With a built-in MP3 player and FM radio, Nokia 215 keeps you entertained for up to 50 or 45 hours playback respectively.

Plus, a built-in torchlight provides convenience, whether it’s late at night or after you’ve turned off the lights. Or, for those who have no access to electricity (in 2014, that’s still almost 20% of the world’s population), the torch is a necessity!

Nokia 215 and Nokia 215 Dual-SIM will be available in select markets, rolling out first in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe in the first quarter of 2015 – for only $29 before taxes and subsidies.

Microsoft Nokia 215 Information
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