Nokia debuts four cheapo phones
Nice second phone for rich, great first phones for the poor
Yesterday we reported Nokia’s launch of a bike-powered phone charger. A marvellous concept, Nokia’s announcement grabbed headlines everywhere.
Rather more important to the company’s fortunes was the news, released at the same time, of four cheap phones – the sort that people in rich countries buy for their pre-teen kids – and the sort that people in the developing world buy in the tens of millions.
The new C1 and C2 phones cost between €30 and €45 before tax and cellco subsidies – and include Nokia’s first dual-sim phones. These are good for travelling abroad and as Nokia points outs, help with "sharing a phone within a family and still use their own SIM”.
Nokia C1 phones have a battery life of – get this – up to six weeks – and they include a standard flashlight, colour screen, FM radio and standard headphone jack. A good phone for camping then, as well as for the rural poor.
The C1-1-01 and C1-02 single SIM phones feature web browsing over GPRS and in the C1-01 case a built-in VGA camera. The C2 offers – “where available” - access to Nokia’s Ovi apps range and Ovi Mail – described by Nokia as “the email account for the developing world”.
Pricing and ship dates
- Nokia C1-00 (dual SIM) - €30 ships Q3 2010
- Nokia C1-02 €35 - ships early Q4
- Nokia C1-01 €39 - ships towards end Q4
- Nokia C2-00 (dual SIM) €45 ships towards end Q4
My perfect phone
Looks like it's the perfect phone for me! My entire feature list that I look for when buying a new mobile is:
- is it a phone
I don't want to play music, take pictures, blue tooth porn to my mates or play games. I just want a phone. And then my deciding criteria are: is it small enough to fit in my pocket and which one has the longest battery life so I don't have to keep fannying around with chargers. Six weeks? That's the phone for me!
@AC 09:51 GMT
The phone is aimed at a specific market and will sell millions. No point having both sims activated at once, how would u handle 2 calls at once ??. 8 year olds dont care what make is on a phone. In fact no one with any sense does. U paid 500 quid for a N97 ?, shows what a muppet u are then.
..oh and another thing....
I'd also like to appologise for sounding so rabidly anti-Nokia. I was posting from a Mac and had forgotten to disable the reality distortion field.