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Microsoft's new Nokia feature phone brings a whole new meaning to the word affordable

Looking for a budget phone, how does $29 (before taxes) sound? That's exactly what Microsoft's new Nokia 215 costs. While it's not a Windows Phone - which isn't far off when we look to compare the price against a Lumia 520 - the company is making the most of its Nokia branding deal with this latest feature phone.

Touted as being the company's "most affordable Internet-ready entry-level phone yet", the Nokia 215 is designed to make the owner more social. With Facebook and Messenger with instant notifications already installed and ready to go, it won't take long to publish the initial status message using the available physical keypad.

Microsoft Nokia 215

There's also Opera Mini Browser, as per the agreement with Microsoft to have the browser installed on low-end hardware. The highlight of Microsoft's new device isn't the operating system or apps pre-installed, but the battery life. According to Microsoft, the Nokia 215 is able to last up to 29 days in stand-by mode on a single charge.

The Nokia 215 will be available in Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe in the first quarter of 2015. Colors available include white, green and black.

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Rich Edmonds
Rich Edmonds

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

276 Comments
  • What about flagship? :P
  • This is flagship!
  • No, this is Patrick.
  • Lol XD
  • It's Jeff.
  • No, this is SPARTA!!!!!!
  • No, this is dog
  • affordable flagship
  • Affordable flagboat not ship
  • Haha. lol
  • Hahaha......Microsoft starts a whole new "Segment" in the phone industry...."Flagboat"
  • I would of said this is a fishing boat of a phone.
  • More like a flagdinghy. With a leak.
  • They need to make a rugged basic phone that runs on 3g and lte and sell I in the u. S. There are hardly and rugged phones out there. Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android
  • And don't forget about the Wi-Fi, I think my dad would love the phone if only it could be connected to our house Wi-Fi connection.
  • Without WiFi support and whatsapp, it better not come to Latin America. It's a far lower end phone compared to Asha series. And no one wants a phone without whatsapp, no matter the price.
  • Around my circle just one person use Whatsapp intead of FB Messenger, SMS or Skype. I personally favor applications that are available in all plattforms (including PC).
  • I understand. However, I am not so sure you would get 29 days of standby with Wi-Fi circuit in it. Also, the price tag would skyrocket with, like, 10 dollars perhaps (pure speculation) for basic b/g connection. What you are thinking about is probably the Asha series, rather. Asha was already mentioned by other people here, too. Info: http://www.microsoft.com/en/mobile/phones/asha/
  • If a Nokia Lumia isn't rugged enough for you then wow. I dropped my Lumia 822 from waist level to tile at least 4 times, on concrete 2 times, down a flight of wooden stairs 2 times, and in a body of water 3 times (fully submerged, no rice trick needed if that even works idk). Phone isn't cracked at all and works fine except for some software bugs that have always been present. The only thing I noticed is that the usb jack has bad conductivity now. That doesn't matter for me though because I use wireless charging.
  • You can be sure this one is rugged. It's a growth off the Nokia Asha series which are rugged and tough like the legendary Nokia 3310.
  • We haven't seen any leaked pics or specs of anything high-end.Probably won't happen until WP10.
  • That'd be by summer time, right?
  • Think Microsoft said late summer.
  • Would rock if it gets WhatsApp support
  • I actually think this is a nice phone
  • Lol
  • Really a big lol..Can't stop laughing..!!
  • LOL , preinstalled apps on this are more useful than Lumia ones (Appsocial,cinemag.,Line etc)
  • A month of standby without charging. Cool.
  • Nope. It's only 29 days.
  • That's an entire month on February sometimes more..
  • I wonder how many hikers get missing for 29 days!
  • 29 days for $29
  • What OS is this? Meego?
  • Symbian or its successor, according to the pics :-)
  • S30 or S40 I'm guessing
  • S30. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • May be win98 ;)
  • Symbian is completely gone.
  • No way. Can never be my cherished Symbian. Not my beloved Belle OS.
  • Not s30 s40.. That S-Cream sandwich
  • S30
  • Series 30+
  • This is nice! Flagships can be delicate things sometimes, and this is what I should really be shifting to. Great battery, rugged, and no-nonsense stuff included.
  • It looks cool too.
  • Seriously, it does. Great design and perfect for actually talking in phone with people. Not sure about call quality from the microphone. Interested in a review. It is not for me, but I would like to know if I can recommend it to other people.
  • Haha lol...
  • That's just the right pricing for comparable Q-mobile or similar devices.
  • No it doesn't... You are comparing Q-Mobile (Smartphone) with this.
  • Does it have WhatsApp? :) :P
  • It might have it actually...
  • does it support hike 
  • Nokia X doesn't have WhatsApp.......
  • actually they have !!
  • Some more recent Nokia (not Lumia) phones have had Whatsapp so quite likely!
  • I think it doesn't.
  • Would use as a mp3 player or a back up
  • +720
  • What's the point in Microsoft continuing with these phones?  They can't make much money on them, they're hardly a gateway to the user buying MS services because if you're paying $30 for a phone, you're not likely to be paying a lot for OneDrive storage or Office365.  I don't see how buying a phone like this will translate to brand loyalty when upgrading to a smartphone (not least because it's branded as Nokia and not Microsoft).  Just a bizarre strategy from Microsoft.
  • They sell well in developing markets. Even in Europe a lot of immigrants have international calling sims in them.
  • Yeah, but they can't make much money on them at that price, and how does it fit in with their strategy? If they were in the business of selling any old crap just because it sells, they'd be selling android phones.
  • They make plenty of money at the volumes that cheapo handsets like these sell at, especially as the r&d costs are usually tiny.
  • You're very right. I once read about such Nokia phone such as this that the Total cost of production was around 12 dollars. But each unit was sold for as much as 22 dollars and it was seeking hot!
  • If it didn't sell do you really think they would continue pushing them? There will always be a huge market for phones like this and with so many companies no longer making them, it's a decent market for Microsoft. People keep crying like babies about flagships from Microsoft but Microsoft has already made it clear that budget is their focus and phones like this are budget.
  • As the old saying goes, money isn't everything.  Could be its not so much about the money but about "inclusion." I can't see a problem with a company like Microsoft not ignoring those that can only afford the basics and giving them a little more in the process. Why would you be against that?
     
  • Accessibility into certain markets. This will help get Bing into certain markets that MS's name would have a hard time getting into. MS is American, Nokia is not. Although MS now manufacturers a phone, the company isn't focus on making phones, they are about their services and the software that supports them. It's what separates them from the likes of Samsung and Apple which are manufacturers who make software to support their hardware.
  • I kind of agree with elyl...I still don't understand why Microsoft continue making these super budget phone ( I'm not saying this phone is bad). I know some people especially foreign worker in my country need these kind of phone. But I don't see the potential of the business. Why don't they save up the resources to bring Lumia even more budget friendly or just spend money in other area of research.
  • Well I would love to buy one of these to go on snowboard trips & parties & concerts and more of those events where breaking your phone is common.
  • Well, they paid to use the Nokia brand in these kinds of phones for 10 years and they had phones being made when they got the D&S division. These phones have sold more than the Lumia line also so why throw away money, even if it's not THAT much money?
    Also, this brings Bing Search. People don't buy anything because it has Bing but they do buy because it's a Nokia phone and it's cheap. This way Microsoft can actually expand the number of people potentially using Bing -And therefore Bings data - even if only because it's their only option on the phone. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Is not bizarre: Many people on earth don't own a phone yet and this is an important step
  • It is bizarre and shows a complete lack of direction from Microsoft.  Apple could release a $100 "iPhone" that's cheap and nasty and aimed at people who are moving up from a feature phone, and it would sell 1000x as many as this thing ever will, but they don't.  They know it's a race to the bottom at the low end, and that's not good for the manufacturer or the customer. Witness the landfill laptops that most of the big companies were producing 3 or 4 years ago.  Cheap plastic junk.  Costs needed to be cut to get the price down below the competitors so it would sell in volume, that resulted in a crappy product which the customer ended up hating, and that tarnished the reputation of the manufacturer in that customer's eyes for a long time.  Now companies like Dell are saying let's not race to the bottom any more because it benefits nobody, and that's why they're releasing more things like the XPS 15 and less cheapo sub-$300 slabs.
  • You're comparing two different mobile strategies. Just because Apple only operates in the high end doesn't mean everyone has to, nor does every OEM have to be high end or low end. Everyone else sees their direction, so I don't see how you can't.
  • 520.Need I say more:)
  • Let me tell you that this cheap plastic junk might be more resistant that any Lumia and have a better battery life. It might save your life if you get lost in Tepotzotlan.
  • That's it...but compulsive snobs or MS haters would continue to demean this kinda phones...
  • Not everyone in the market needs or wants an expensive touchscreen flagship phone. Nokia would've never been so respected if it wasn't for those"cheap plastic phones" They were huge because of it. Apple has a different strategy, but Microsoft doesn't need to follow it to be successful.
  • It would still be a hot sell in India and that too for the oldies who love Nokia phones. There are people I see who only know press this Green button to answer a call and Red button to end a call and nothing else. This would sell very much in India and that too with fb and messenger it's going to best phone for oldies.
  • These crappy little Nokias are best selling phones of all time. They sell hundreds of millions of these things. Even if they only made a dollar on each one then they are still raking it in. They are so cheap to make they will probably be making 10 dollars on each one.
  • What does price have to do with it? You think there is no money in toilet paper?
  • It's obvious to make people recognize that Nokia isn't making their Win OS. Nokia = low end device Lumia = great smartphone = Microsoft = better brand recognition duh!
  • are these types of phones still needed? i mean the 530 is what... $50?
  • $130
  • http://www.amazon.com/Nokia-Lumia-530-White-Contract/dp/B00O15MWOM I'm sorry $70
  • http://www.vodacom.co.za/vodacom/shopping/devices/product-details?baseDe... R1399. That's around $130. Of course its region specific.
  • currency exchange sucks lol R1399 equals to like $500 USD
  • Lol. Since when?
  • what currency is R? all that i cna find close is BRL currency.
  • Its the Rand. ZAR if you will
  • A ton of people, specially the elderly and small children don't want or can't operate smartphones. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Exactly. I was also just about to say that there are people who just don't want a smartphones.
  • Also don't want to pay for the required data plans. These phones have a place in the market.
  • I want this to go on ski trips, don't wanna risk falling and breaking my lumia 820
  • 530 is a piece of junk...
    +520
  • Yeah but this has 29 days of battery.
  • if the camera launch is quicker than Lumias, why not?
  • If the photo quality is worse than Lumia's, why yes?
  • Already appears to have more app support XD
  • Haha :D
    Pshhhh! You're ruining our market share!!! xD
  • Based on icons? Why not making a GUI similar to tiles instead ._. They should push the familiarization with Metro. For every product make GUIs that recall Metro.
  • yeah, i think they could have made it more "metro" and less symbian
  • Imagine selecting tiles using the D-pad. That's hard and will be a worst experience.
  • nah. metro UI works well with touchscreens. so NO.
  • I don't think metro would be very user friendly on a device with a physical keyboard.
  • Sensible reason.
  • ^^^This
  • Because the S30 operating system wasn't designed like that. Microsoft could change it but they'd then lose the rights to use the Nokia brand on those phones as the changes would mean a different OS than the one they got licensed. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • They didn't do,anything to the operative system, this is just old nokias s30/40 operative system
  • Looks like a good phone for seniors.
  • Too small
  • I like this. Reminds one of the days before my first smartphone.
  • Very nice emergency or camping/hiking phone. I would love yo have one... I keep a couple Nokia candy bar phones around me... I have extra smartphones ans walkie talkies if the s$%# really hits the fan... Nice phone though.. Seriously... Some people just want to make a call... Most people I see are doing everything but talking on their phone... Phones are such status symbols and clan badges when realm we should nt even care... Anywho... Cool.phones
  • that would be a cool phone to swap sims when camping. That way if you drop it or it get ummm eatin lol you can chalk it up and go home to your lumia. Nice idea!
  • Shades of an 1100... FM radio? -EDIT FOR CLARIFICATION- Can you listen to FM without plugging in headphones?
  • whats FM radio?
  • It's that space age technology where if you don't have cellular reception or unlimited data you can still, with very low power, receive streaming audio... -Does FM work without plugging in a pair of headphones?- is the more precise question since I was unclear on the initial post...
  • It's an old graveyard of great technological advancement. You can still listen to it on a radio or other FM listening devices.
  • if it has internal ariel, and using speaker phone.  
  • up to 50hrs mp3 playback time. Maybe I do need this just for music.
  • No what's app
  • I wish I could get this for my kids. (Verizon)
  • This.
  • Look at it's market, I would guess this will do very well in Africa and parts of Asia, also look at old folk who want a simple phone. No good comparing this with WP products, but it could serve a purpose for a lot of people who can't afford or just don't need smart phone features, and don't forget a lot of the world isn't as well wired up as other parts.
  • Looks nice I must say
  • Hope so Nokia will be come back with a new flagship devices soon , maybe with os android or their own operating system.
  • Only in 2016. Until then they're not allowed to do smartphones (they can and will do tablets though ;)) Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Wonder witch manufacturer will be building phones for Nokia.Would like to see what Nokia has up their sleeve for 2016.
  • That'll be the same one that builds them for Apple, Sony, Motorola and Microsoft: Foxconn. ;)
  • As long as it's not Samsung I'm good;)
  • Don't worry. Nokia has already signed the partnership with Foxconn for the N1.
  • Why would they put the LED module at the top instead of using it as a flash for the camera?
  • Because it is a flashlight... And the camera is likely so bad the flash wouldn't help... I purchased my 1st phone, a Nokia 1100, because of the flashlight... It is a great tool...
  • It's a flashlight.
  • Its a flashship
  • It is a torch
  • It's a saberlight.
     
  • You mean lightsaber
  • Oh right, that's one. Haha
  • Uhm ... I thought MS stopped the development of dumbphones last year?
    MS is all talking these days.
  • Guess they couldn't get this phone out in time for sale
  • Low-cost phones is were company's make money.There is a reason why they're more 520s in the wild than any other WP.
  • I wish it was water proof and could float in water with a good powerful led flash light lol now that's camping phone Just like my iFloat (seriously look it up)
  • We take so much for granted. When I first moved to management, I met the then head of marketing at a dinner party. She had a cell phone in Japan that she had had for 12 years (this was in 2003). She laughed at us showing off our newer mobiles. She could make a call and text. That's it. It had a monochrome green screen like an old Kaypro PC. She said she needed nothing else. I wonder if she still has it or if it even connects any more. Sometimes I forget that the basic function of my phone is supposed to be to make and receive calls.
  • How many MP their camera? Also, can I install games and apps from Nokia Suite to this phone? I guess it was an improved S40 phone :P
  • S40 is the Asha OS. This is S30 ;) Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Wasn't Asha a Java phone?
  • I love feature phones , specially their battery life.
  • Ha! I Still have a 1100 :D
  • Wait!! Its have WiFi enabled or not?
  • There's no wifi nor gps
  • In Microsoft Mobile Indonesia site it says Nokia 215 has Glance Screen feature.
  • here: https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https2F%2Fclick.linksynergy.co...
  • which part says it has glance? sorry I don't understand Indonesian very well
  • At the very bottom of esensial! :)
  • Just scroll down at the bottom of "Esensial", You will find:
    Desain: Fitur interface pengguna lainnya: Glance Screen, Tanda getar
    It mean "Other user interface features: Glance Screen, Vibrating alerts." in english.
  • How about south America? Would like to give one to my gf just to mess with her "isn't a Lumia like mine but u can still do your basic things and oh its 'Nokia' :P "
  • WP8.1 home of the budget phones for well its all they do now . When WP7 came out we had at the time high end devices..what happened?
  • I might buy two. as a backup phone for me and one for my father, :)
     
  • Is it 3g enabled?
  • Edge only
  • What a waste of time, see 520
  • 29 days on a single charge?? Damn.
  • Microsoft, if you're gonna put an LED torchlight into an affordable phone, why don't you just put it into good use and locate it as a flash for the camera too instead of locating it at the top of the phone #ScumbagMicrosoft
  • Because its torchlight, not flashlight! Its more comfortable to use it! Cameras in budget phones are crappy so its more useful to use torchlight #ScumbagPeople
  • Thats answer to ipod from microsoft
  • Many people still use this in my country. Even I did, almost a year ago.
  • Coming soon! Beats 'Your can't beat the feeling' slogan.
  • gsmarena has the specs. Camera is 0.3MP. ;)
  • I WANT ONE!
  • Good to see Microsoft supporting drug dealers
  • ..... And suicide bombers. Lol
  • Next
  • 2007 all over again? although the development of the price is nice news for the developing markets.
    I just did the quickest of searches on one of the service providers (in Ireland), and you can get an Android 4.3, 4" display, dual core 1.3Ghz and a 3.15MP camera for €39.99. Sub €40 phones are commonplace here, and the same can be said for the UK.
  • ..also, this I'd 2g also. If you're in some rural part of Africa this may be your phone, but i do not understand why it got media attention more widely.
  • Nokia is back
  • Ohh yeaa
  • This isn't Nokia. But anyway, Nokia never left. ;) Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • It won't be available in Latin America? Damn
  • I've seen people use such phones for ten years. They are freakin durable.
  • They could have released before Christmas.
  • We call this ABO KSHAF here in middle east.
  • Not in the UAE...
  • This is cute little thing..
  • I want one for myself :D
  • More bs grandma phones... Awesome.
  • If this were available here on Verizon, I have a brother in law who would love it.
  • This might be nice to have around as standby phones for new employees and broken phones while we wait for replacements.
  • it's cheap alright. but it ain't even wi-fi capable, so what's the use?
  • Not not future proof either it only has edge last I checked most are moving off of it and onto umts(hspa)
  • Brand destroying landfill phone.
  • Good old Nokia S40 phones
  • *S30 :(
  • I don't know, maybe Microsoft make this cheap phones more for companies that individual costumers. The company wants phones for their employees, and what it do? Buys boxes and boxes filled with 215 for their people. That I guess that could be the Microsoft business strategy behind this.
  • Sometimes I wish all phones were still this simple.
  • if this had a QWERTY physical keypad, then i'd consider buying this. i hate the alphanumeric keypad coz you need too many keypresses just to type whole words. sorry. i was never a fan of shorthanded SMS.
  • Yeah qwerty is lot better... Wish they release a kind of qwerty phone soon....
  • The predictive keyboard is actually really good in these phones. Only nine keys instead of ~30.
  • Retro... I'd get one if it was stateside. Coming from a 2 person household with 2 m8s (windows of course), one 1520 and 2 920s... I'd still buy one... Lol
  • This is not a flagship its a phone a flagdhip is self explanatory lol a phone is too to have a flagship phone you would have to turn your ship with its flag and add calling to it and text and some apps
  • Just another in a long line of inexpensive (read: disposable, forgettable and frustrating to use) phones which will be given away or bundled with pre-paid plans through virtual operators. 
  • Cool
  • what OS? seems they've given up on windows if they are using android then? about time.
  • S40 it seems to be...
  • It's Symbian S30 -.-
  • Okok...
  • Wow thanks for this Microsoft.. Thanks for not killing these type of phones...
  • Why do people equate being old with being stupid? I'm pretty darned old but i can effectively operate any smartphone or tablet in the world. Back to topic before some p--ck tells me to go to the forums.This phone appeals to my inner child. I'll buy one if it comes to the USA. I'll take the white one.
  • Here here... Old is only a state of mind. I am so old I remember when C64 ruled the home computer market and some computers still used tape drives punch cards and Winchester floppy disks! And I know how to use a smartphone.
  • That's good.People want feature phones in emerging markets
  • Still better then an iPhone... Lol... But seriously, great for emerging markets. Consider, a young guy gets this phone in a poor nation, uses it to start a business, becomes successful. Which phone will he upgrade to? I would suggest he would move to a WP as Microsoft allowed him to succeed. My opinion of course, but that is how MS can make money from a cheap phone.
  • Now Planning to buy this as my Secondary device as MP3 player (My NL920 baattery start to decline) and Calls.  
  • Wow what a battery life.hope some day smartphone will have the same battery life.
  • For all you demanding a physical keyboard, here you go.
  • That could replace my Lumia 930
  • Lmbo ^o^
  • waiting
  • My grandmom would never use this. She owns an Xperia Z3, tablet and laptop. Maybe it would sell in India and Africa
  • I doubt that Nokia 215 would sell well in India. People here now prefer low-cost smartphones instead of these dumbphones like Nokia 215.
  • Oh my god...I want this. Just because....
  • I was hoping this said updates are resuming for the US NL1520 etc... :) one can dream right!
  • Wow, Microsoft has released a phone so terrible that by STILL not announcing a flagship, it makes me question my commitment to Windows Phone.
  • By Build in April we should know what's in the pipeline for Flagship phones from Microsoft.As of right now there is no reason for them to release a high-end phone.
  • Nice! Now bring back lanyard holes. Pretty please!
  • It has everything I need for a Secondary phone: Internet for quick search, Bluetooth 3.0 for my Bluetooth Headset, Expandable memory to store all my music, Facebook Messenger for casual chat with my Best Friend, and a long lasting battery Life (even light bulb )... What else you'd ever need to cover your Smartphone's weakness?   Question though... will it be able to use Office Online? If so it'll be a full package for me.
  • I'm gonna buy this cus of NOKIA ;)
  • Some days I want to go back to a feature phone and use my tablet for all the fun stuff
  • I guess if you can't make a dent in smartphones....
  • More evidence that the Nokia branding makes any device sexier.
  • What 2 idiots actually downvoted this? lol
  • Ditto...
  • I would like to see one of those with a full qwerty keyboard
  • Omg our flagship is here :gasp:
  • The edges are slick. I could buy this phone. But what are the measurements of the phone
  • Crazy that it costs as little as the AT&T Lumia 520.
  • Except in 2 years it will be useless on att
  • Can anyone tell me a theory for why MS is releasing all the low and and super low end phones first...? When's the true flagship coming out?
  • Its called the market it bottomed out thanks to contracts
  • waiting for 1020 successor (probably 1030)
  • Wait a year then ....
  • A shame that it won't make it to Latin America :-(
  • That's it - the 2015 flagship from Microsoft. It's what got Joe B. excited on his recent blog.....  
  • WhatsApp and WiFi then a definite buy...
  • If you're in US , then its impossible , its coming to middle east and africa and maybe north Asia (like china and Korea , etc.)
  • Does it have Wi-Fi , Rich? If it has , definitely getting one
    Especially if the facebook messenger on it can make calls ..
  • Great
  • They're trying to get most of the Nokia brand!they're first trying to get more market share,n then wen they'll hv enough buzz n market share,they'll be ready to launch new range of Lumia's and windows 10.That's what I think :)
  • Does it have Snake or Mancala?
  • There's something strangely alluring about this phone. All I use my smartphone for is texting, Facebook, Messenger and Twitter. At £18, this could be a good bit of cheap fun! Looks great in green!
  • Long live Nokia n Microsoft
  • Can it run WhatsApp?
  • No. Enough is enough. How many budget phones do we need. It's time for a flagship phone please....
  • Nope, Microsoft's next mobile will be a extremely old dumbphone with an antenna. :P
  • Aah this is so reminiscent of the good old days. I still have a Nokia 3310, Nokia 6235 CDMA and Panasonic Symbian phone with me. Those were the days when the phone served its true purpose and battery life wasn't a primary concern as much as call quality and reliability. Things have come a long way though. But appreciate Microsoft for making these phones. So many people are content with the features that these phones offer and that's a very lucrative market to cater to and introduce your services.
  • Lumia 520 is $30, why this?
  • Lmao wtf is that
  • They took time and money to unveil this when I am sure it will never go on sale anywear but in Asia and Africia, you can buy a $50 or less pay as you go phone with better specs then this phone has.
  • It should come to the US and be advertised as a campin/fishing/ home emergency/road emergency kit phone
  • I kind of wish we could go back to this days were are phones were simple and had less features. Live would be nice. Less connectivity. Today I'm on my phone all the time.
  • I am going to get this, this is just what i was looking for at an awesome price to use beside my Lumia. I love the curvy edges and just the overall elegant quality that you get from microsoft. It has the sleekness of the surface in a way.
  • Looks neat.
     
  • Take my money
  • Nice price with those features the phone has
  • Microsoft should donate 500,000-1,000,000 of these to rape centers and women's shelters around the world. That will start the "good guy Microsoft" reports early in the year.
  • I miss flip phones. Wonder if MS will bring one of those out. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Is that $29 the total price? Or is that with a 2 year contract? I assume it is $29 total, complete without contract.
  • Got a 530 as an emergency glove box phone for 39.90 AUD which came with $10 prepaid credit sim so one could say I got it for 29.90.
  • I'd take 520 for $20 and an extra battery for $5 to beat this
  • Nice fone
  • No! NO!!!!!!! Regressive move from Microsoft! Microsoft should focus on developing low-cost Lumias which can take on the value-for-money low-cost phones (Android and WP-powered) marketed by the Indian companies like Lava, Karbonn etc. instead of developing dumbphones which is legacy technology and is a dying species even in a developing nation like India.
  • almost like went back 15 years ago, when phones are still majorly phones.
  • That's cool. Few weeks ago I bought grandma a Nokia for 25 bucks. Brand new, but without apps and stuff. Just oldschool plain cell phone.
  • WiFi?
  • I wish I had this phone 10 years ago! It's a beautiful little bugger in its class.
  • Why not in the united states
  • This looks like a great phone to take on vacation or have as a emergency phone, but I would love to have a phone that's rugged enough for traveling, and charges with solar or movement. I even heard they are producing a phone that charges when you yell at it (http://lonemind.com/new-phones-respond-yelling-screaming/) That would be awesome! All these smart phones are so vulnerable you need a protective case that makes it bulkier than the early models. And the battery runs out within 3 hours, so annoying!
  • This is a perfect phone for Africa where i come from. I have been frustrated by Microsoft seemingly abandoning this segment which was well supported by Nokia. In Africa, everyone, i literally mean everyone with a smartphone has at least 2 handsets. The smartphone plus a "goat" cellphone! The goat phone is cheap, doesnt gobble up your data bundles (remember 98% of african countries contracts are not widely available) and the battery charge will go for 2 weeks! Here power is not reliable and the folks in the rurals do not have electricity to charge their handsets and often visit local shops and pay to recharge their batteries! Whilst i understand your comments from your contexts, i believe you should appreciate Microsoft has to meet market needs apart from developed countries. please be sensitive and reasonable!!
  • How do I connect to my home wifi the settings are confusing on the Nokia 215