By Vamien McKalin | Apr 10, 2013 10:06 AM EDT
Nokia's most affordable mobile phone, the Nokia 105, is available now in India priced at Rs 1249. The device first made a showing at the recently held Mobile World Congress in February, and quickly became of the most popular devices at the show.
Nokia has always spoken of reaching the next billion, so the 105 is the perfect next piece of that puzzle. The handset is not a smartphone, it's a simple phone with a few features that should keep the user busy in boring times. The Nokia 105 is possibly the ideal secondary device, a basic mobile phone that all smartphone users should have at all times.
If you're on the phone quite often, you'll love the 105's standby time of up to 35 days. The device also weighs in at 70 grams; it comes with FM radio and pre-loaded games and an alarm clock, along with a speaking clock for those who are visually impaired.
Nokia India executive Viral Oza, had the following to say in a statement to Nokia Conversations about the Nokia 105 launch:
"The Nokia 105 marks the end of black & white screen era in the Indian handset market. The very human and fresh design of Nokia 105 makes it distinct in this price range, and utterly modern despite a traditional form factor.
"Our most affordable device - the Nokia 105, with some of the best category features, is the ideal handset for first time buyers to enjoy the benefits and experiences of mobility."
It's great to have a color-screen phone at this price point. Usually, only black and white-screen devices could have gotten so cheap, so it's good to see Nokia innovating in this space by putting an end to black and white phones in India.
What Nokia needs to do now is continue on its journey to get its Windows Phone-based Lumia devices to new price points. So far, the company has released both the Lumia 620 and the Lumia 520 as the most affordable Windows Phone 8 handsets, but in order to compete more sufficiently with Android, the price needs to go lower.
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