A $29 Smartphone? Yup - and It's From Microsoft
By Krystal Steinmetz
It may be small, but the Nokia (NOK) 215 has Internet connectivity and a camera and it costs just $29, making it the world's cheapest smartphone. But don't get too excited: Launched by Microsoft (MSFT), the Nokia 215 will only be released in areas of the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe, CNN Money reports.
Microsoft calls the 215 the "most affordable Internet-ready phone." Joe Harlow, corporate vice president of Microsoft Devices Group, said in a statement: "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. 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."
The phone comes in three colors (black, white and bright green) and includes a built-in flashlight, as well as MSN Weather, Bing search, Twitter (TWTR) and Facebook (FB). Its battery can last up to 29 days on standby, "an absolute must for some customers around the world who have infrequent access to electricity," CNN Money said.
A 2014 report by Swedish communications giant Ericsson predicted that 90 percent of the world's population older than 6 will have a mobile phone by 2020. It seems like a distinct possibility if phone makers are able to sell smartphones to people in developing areas of the world for as little as $29.
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