Nokia announces six new low cost phones for emerging markets

Nokia on Tuesday introduced six new mobile phones and two new services that target emerging markets. The phones will include the 7100 Supernova and the XpressMusic 5130 and will retail for €25 to €90 ($32 to $115 USD). The first handset to hit the market in late 2008 will be the Nokia 7100 Supernova, a slider with a touchscreen and 1.2MP camera. Following the Supernova will be the XpressMusic 5130, Nokia’s low-cost music phone which is slated for a Q1 2009 release. The remaining four phones are standard candy bars and include the Nokia 2323, Nokia 2330, Nokia 1202 and the Nokia 1661. The Nokia 1202 claims the title as Nokia’s lowest priced mobile phone to date coming in at a mere €25 ($32 USD). A phone is useless without supported services and Nokia is set to launch new services that aim to bring low cost email and educational services to the masses. Nokia’s Mail by Ovi will deliver mobile email and Nokia’s new Life Tools will deliver agricultural information and multilingual education services designed especially for rural and small town communities via SMS. The Mail by Ovi service will be available globally on all S40 handsets by the end of 2008 and the new Life Tools is expected to go live in 2009.

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