There are still people out there that have no interest in technology but still need a handset or those who want a mobile device but can’t afford one.  Microsoft has announced the release of a dual-sim mobile phone.  The best part?  It will only cost you £15.

For such a basic phone, it will be available in three different colours: red, silver and black.  It is a surprise introduction to the Nokia range.  Although it won’t be able to access wireless internet, users can use USB connection, an SD card or Bluetooth to download videos and music onto the Nokia 130.  £15 and you can still watch videos.  Amazing!

Microsoft hopes to appeal to the low end of the market with the Nokia 130

Microsoft hopes to appeal to the low end of the market with the Nokia 130

But that is not all, oh no, that is not all!  The mobile device includes a rear-mounted torch light, a 1.8 inch colour display screen as well as a FM radio.  Better yet, the Nokia 130 has a super long battery life and can last up to 36 days on standby and has 13 hours talk time.  For many areas in the world where electricity is not readily available, long-life battery is the key to the successful sale of this product.

Jo Harlow, the head of Microsoft’s mobile phone department said:  “this is a massive market segment, and there are not a lot of players in this segment for the reason that scale is really important. We have the distribution and supply chain scale to compete effectively in this market.  This is a space where smartphones today don’t reach, so there is still very strong benefits to our business.”

Although it is such a low cost phone, Microsoft expects to gain profit from the sale of this phone.  The plan is to market the device in countries like China, India, Vietnam and Pakistan.  However, if you are expecting it in the UK, you will be disappointed.

If you are looking for a cheap handset, you can purchase one for £26 from a firm called Karbonn who launched a touchscreen smartphone last month.  But you’ll have to order it online as it has only been released in India.

You can see the rest of the specs at the Nokia website.

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SOURCE: http://news.sky.com/story/1316868/microsoft-to-release-15-mobile-phone