Nokia is set to launch its budget smartphone, the Lumia 505 in Colombia, Chile and Peru on the mobile network Claro. The device was originally believed to be exclusive to Mexico's Telcel mobile network. With this move hitting light, we wouldn't be surprised if the Windows Phone moved to more markets where it would sell well.
The device runs Windows Phone 7.8 and while it doesn't sport the highest amount of storage (just 4GB), the Lumia 505 features a 3.7" AMOLED screen, an 8MP rear camera (not Carl Zeiss - no front-facing camera), Bluetooth 2.1, 256MB RAM and a 1300mAh battery.
Manuel Gonzalez, Director of Communications at Nokia for Latin America, had the following to comment on the announcement:
"At Nokia we have a strong commitment to bring Windows Phone to new items at affordable prices and in different devices for everyone. With the Nokia Lumia 505, we intend to continue to welcome more people to experience the incredible experience that Windows Phone offers its users."
It's good to see Nokia pushing its less powerful hardware in more than one market, especially since there's no need to restrict availability on Windows Phone 7.x handsets.