Nokia Introduces Two New Cut-Price Phones With 'Slam' Technology
Nokia has unveiled two new devices priced at $62 which introduce a new proprietary 'Slam' feature that allows the phones to share social features and media content almost instantly.
The Nokia Asha 205 and Asha 206 are the first phones to include Slam, which works with most Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones without the need to pair devices, and without the recipient needing to also have Slam.
In a press release, the Finnish mobile phone company said that the technology allows people to 'Slam' their content to another device faster than with Bluetooth alone and without consuming internet data.
"The latest Nokia devices give super-social consumers new ways to express their personalities through design, color and innovative new features like Slam," explains Timo Toikkanen, Executive Vice President, Mobile Phones, Nokia. "Both devices are built with the trust and quality people have come to expect from Nokia, and offer smarter internet experiences that help save money today and tomorrow."
To use Slam, all a user has to do is choose 'Send' on a file and then choose 'Slam' from the list which quickly detects the nearest Bluetooth-enabled device and offers that device the file in an instant.
Nokia Asha 205 has also has QWERTY keyboard and features a new, dedicated Facebook button, much like the HTC ChaCha.
The devices are clearly designed to be social and entertaining, and Nokia is pre-installing its new phones with Facebook, Twitter and eBuddy apps and an EA gift pack of 40 free premium games.
"Globally, young consumers have increasingly started using Facebook for socializing, keeping in touch and striking new friendships. The launch of the Nokia Asha 205 responds to this growing demand and gives them a unique option for accessing Facebook while on-the-go," said Toikkanen. "We have seen that many people who use Nokia Asha devices are hyper-social and we are proud to partner with Facebook to improve the user experience of those consumers further with the introduction of the Facebook button."
The Nokia Asha devices will be available before the end of the year, costing around $62 without a carrier, excluding subsidies and taxes.
Slam is currently not compatible with iOS and Windows Phone devices.