Nokia adds highly affordable 3G handsets to roster

Nokia has released three new high-performing handsets which are being pitched as the firm’s most affordable 3G devices yet. The Nokia 207, Nokia 208 and Nokia 208 Dual SIM offer 3.5G-capable Internet speeds, as well as social apps, smarter imaging and productivity features such as Internet-sharing and Mail for Exchange support.

"The Nokia 207 and Nokia 208 are designed for people who like a classic phone and traditional keypad but don't want to miss out on smartphone experiences, like staying connected to social media and accessing the Internet," said Timo Toikkanen, executive vice president, Mobile Phones, Nokia.

The 207 and 208 feature an alphanumeric keypad, and can sync with a smartphone, allowing them to act as a secondary or companion device. The Nokia 208 Dual SIM has the added benefit of Nokia's Easy Swap technology, allowing people to change SIM cards without turning off the device, to take advantage of more favourable tariffs.

Support for 3G coupled with the data compression available with Nokia Xpress Browser help people enjoy rich mobile experiences at lower cost. These experiences include social apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter, alongside video streaming through YouTube and Vuclip. For even greater versatility, people can also use the Nokia 207 and Nokia 208 as a portable modem, simply by connecting the device to their laptop via a USB cable for Internet sharing anywhere, anytime.

The devices deliver up to 33 days of standby battery life, and in addition they are easy to clean and scratch-proof. They are durable for everyday use as well as more extreme conditions, such as hot or dusty environments.

Vasileios Tziokas of mobile monetisation specialist Upstream commented on Nokia’s business acumen in emerging markets, saying: “Nokia has already made considerable investment within the emerging markets. Where others have focused on developing advanced smartphone technology for content hungry consumers in the West, they are only now realising the growth potential in these new markets, which are experiencing a mobile and data boom. Nokia however has had a constant presence, catering to consumers in line with their needs and affordability, while also introducing handsets which offer more sophisticated functions.

“As a result, Nokia is one of the most favoured brands in countries such Nigeria, Brazil and India. As consumers in the emerging markets increasingly demand access to the Internet, social networks and content within Apps – the launch of the 207 and 208 models will definitely make their mark in these regions. The fact that the 208 has a dual SIM function means that consumers with multiple contracts or PAYG SIM cards can benefit by combining different network plans between different providers as they wish”, he concludes.

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