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Nokia's MWC press conference

Nokia is expected to show off its first Android-powered smartphone at the event.

  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:38:34 AM
    At 29 euros, the Nokia 220 costs less than a month's broadband, but opens up "a lifetime of possibilities". With this millions can connect to the Internet for the first time.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 2/24/2014 7:38:42 AM
    29 Euros is a great price, and the phone looks a lot nicer than the 15 Euro 105 released last year.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:38:42 AM
    It's durable, colorful, and comes with a 2.4 inch display.
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  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:39:01 AM
    Affordable way for people to connect and gather on the Internet. Using Twitter and Facebook apps, they can be part of the global conversations.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 2/24/2014 7:39:18 AM
    The emphasis here is on "growth markets."
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:39:22 AM
    People can use the Nokia 220 to explore Microsoft's Bing search, integrated into the Nokia Xpress browser.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:39:33 AM
    For many, it is an aspirational leap to very first mobile phone ownership.
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  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:39:46 AM
    Available in single and dual-SIM variants.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 2/24/2014 7:39:51 AM
    The phone comes in 5 colors: yellow, red, black, white, cyan.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:40:02 AM
    A battery with nearly a month standby time, 50 hours of music, 2G Internet, and social apps.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 2/24/2014 7:40:10 AM
    A 2-megapixel camera is about right for this phone.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:40:10 AM
    It's available immediately for single-SIM version.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:40:19 AM
    It sets a new standard for a desirable first mobile phone, he says.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:40:27 AM
    Now for Asha.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 2/24/2014 7:40:31 AM
    The positioning is that this is somebody's first mobile phone.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:40:38 AM
    Elop says it has set a new standard for first smartphones.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:41:18 AM
    Elop announces the Asha 230.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:41:25 AM
    It's the most affordable Asha touch device ever.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:41:39 AM
    At 45 euros, the Asha 230 is a "stunning addition to the family," he says.
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  • Jessica Dolcourt 2/24/2014 7:42:03 AM
    The OS is identical to every other Asha phone, from the looks of things.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 2/24/2014 7:42:12 AM
    "The Asha 230 is a joy to use," Elop.
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  • Jessica Dolcourt 2/24/2014 7:43:15 AM
    As part of the Asha family, the phone also can get a software update coming to all Asha phones.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 2/24/2014 7:43:22 AM
    This is the second full update to the Asha platform.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:43:48 AM
    Asha update will give it access to Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage.
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  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:44:01 AM
    Asha also has free mix radio. The mix radio team cheers in the background.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 2/24/2014 7:44:03 AM
    They talked about new imaging capabilities too.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:44:09 AM
    The Asha 230 goes on sale immediately for 45 euros.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:44:24 AM
    Over the last two years, we've seen a dramatic shift in smartphone sales.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 2/24/2014 7:44:35 AM
    ("Goes on sale around the globe" likely does not mean the US. We don't have carriers supporting Asha phones there. The target is the emerging market.)
  • sarahtew 2/24/2014 7:44:36 AM
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  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:44:43 AM
    That sub-$100 range is a massive opportunity for us, Elop says.
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