Microsoft still makes legacy feature phones under the Nokia brand, and on Monday, the company launched the Nokia 215. The $29 2G candybar phone runs the old Series 30+ operating system and it will come pre-installed with the Opera Mini browser as well as Facebook Messenger.
Obviously, specs aren’t what most consumers consider when buying a feature phone. The dual-SIM Nokia 215 comes with a 2.4-inch 320 x 240 pixel display, Bluetooth, a FM radio, and a 0.3-megapixel camera.
But the installed internet services on the Nokia 215 might just be enough for someone in Asia, Africa or the Middle East to pick this device over other feature phones. The Nokia 215 uses Opera Mini to provide a rudimentary browsing experience by processing webpages over the cloud and sending them to the device. Preinstalled Facebook, Messenger, and Twitter apps will allow people to use those social networks even without a 3G connection. And [company]Microsoft[/company] wouldn’t allow this phone to ship without at least a light dusting of its services, in the form of a preinstalled MSN weather and Bing Search apps.
Like other feature phones, the Nokia 215’s battery life blows away that of smartphones. The device can manage 29 days between charges and 20 hours of talk time — just try to match that with your iPhone. The device will launch “this quarter” in a few markets, but the United States isn’t among them.