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Nokia Announces $20 Phone, Battery Lasts One Month

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Nokia 105 offers FM radio and multiple alarm clocks.

Nokia has announced its 105 entry level phone at this year's Mobile World Congress, with the device costing $20.

The Nokia 105 will be available in either cyan or black and will offer a flashlight, as well as a 35-day-long battery life in standby time. It also offers a "bright color screen with clear menus and essentials" such as FM radio and multiple alarm clocks.

A speaking clock is also included, as is a dust and splash-proof keypad. Its operating system is a Series 30 UI, while the device's LCD screen is 1.4 inches with a resolution of 128 x 128 pixels (128 pixels- per-inch).

Nokia's 105 is scheduled for a Q1 2013 launch in China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Russia, Vietnam, and other markets in Africa, the Middle East, the Asian-Pacific and Europe.

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    Non-Euclidean , February 26, 2013 11:24 AM
    This was a blown opportunity. Some silver paint and a fruit logo on the back and they could have charged $100.00 for it.
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    The Scion of Balance , February 26, 2013 11:15 AM
    While other phones cost more than $200 but with battery life less than 2 days.

    Ah, the irony...
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    CaedenV , February 26, 2013 11:22 AM
    Just like my old phones that I use to absolutely love! Those old Nokia Bricks were the perfect simple phone. If I am ever not able to have my smart phone then I will be all over this. And a 1 month battery life!?! That is ridiculous! I remember being so happy because my old phone consistently got 1 week of battery out of it. Going 4+ weeks of use would be wonderful. This is where having some sort of passive charging would come in handy. Slap a solar panel on the back of it and let it sit in the sun for one day a month and you would never run out of juice.
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    faster23rd , February 26, 2013 11:14 AM
    Could this be the prodigal son of 3310? Or is this another cheapskate solution to tap developing markets?
  • 22 Hide
    The Scion of Balance , February 26, 2013 11:15 AM
    While other phones cost more than $200 but with battery life less than 2 days.

    Ah, the irony...
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    CaedenV , February 26, 2013 11:22 AM
    Just like my old phones that I use to absolutely love! Those old Nokia Bricks were the perfect simple phone. If I am ever not able to have my smart phone then I will be all over this. And a 1 month battery life!?! That is ridiculous! I remember being so happy because my old phone consistently got 1 week of battery out of it. Going 4+ weeks of use would be wonderful. This is where having some sort of passive charging would come in handy. Slap a solar panel on the back of it and let it sit in the sun for one day a month and you would never run out of juice.
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    Non-Euclidean , February 26, 2013 11:24 AM
    This was a blown opportunity. Some silver paint and a fruit logo on the back and they could have charged $100.00 for it.
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    digiex , February 26, 2013 11:30 AM
    These cheap phones, when they arrive in the Philippines, the price will be doubled.
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    Anonymous , February 26, 2013 11:35 AM
    This better be indestructible
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    Anonymous , February 26, 2013 11:39 AM
    I will admit I still use an ancient Nokia phone that has similar features and whose battery can live forever tucked in the door pocket of my truck. If they start selling them here, I might be moved to upgrade my 15 year old phone.
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    Anonymous , February 26, 2013 11:49 AM
    Perfect for my parents.
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    ajrm , February 26, 2013 11:50 AM
    There are so many $20 Nokia phones with similar features,, not sure why this is News. , Also you cannot call it a $20 Dollar phone when exchange rates are not the same in all the countries it is available in.
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    halcyon , February 26, 2013 11:55 AM
    Well, for all the folks complaining about battery life here you go. Enjoy all this phone's capabilities.
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    Anonymous , February 26, 2013 12:14 PM
    Does it make phonecalls, halcyon? If so, then it's as capable as I would expect a $20 phone to be. If I want a miniature PC in my pocket, I'll get an expensive smartphone and live with ~1-2 days of battery. If I need a reliable, portable phone, I'll get this. Don't be a smartass.
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    senkyen , February 26, 2013 12:17 PM
    http://www.nokia.com/global/products/phone/105/specifications/

    epic specifications :) 
    the 384 kB of RAM and 8 MB of storage made me smile, and yet this is enough for the functionality that 90% of the population need in both the countries this phone is aimed to and i would dare to say even in the "western world".

    ps. you can even play Snake on it!
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    L0tus , February 26, 2013 12:19 PM
    I'm in telecommunications and this phone is definitely going to switch things up at the lower end. China's ZTE is producing $8 phones in some emerging markets but they are generally VERY basic lack many functions. Some here will see this as a very entry level-esque phone but there are markets out there where such phones are considered mid/high-end. I hope Nokia does well. Always been a fan.
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    belardo , February 26, 2013 12:24 PM
    Looks like Nokia may have a winner here... guess it means no more Windows8 phones, eh?
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    -Jackson , February 26, 2013 1:21 PM
    Quote:
    Looks like Nokia may have a winner here... guess it means no more Windows8 phones, eh?

    Are you implying there's something wrong with WP8?
    Back on topic though, I'm going to get one of these to use as a backup phone :p  and the nostalgia of owning a 3310. :D 
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    back_by_demand , February 26, 2013 1:52 PM
    belardoLooks like Nokia may have a winner here... guess it means no more Windows8 phones, eh?

    Obvious troll is obvious
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    frank_drebin , February 26, 2013 2:10 PM
    hahahahahaha.... sad
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    ojas , February 26, 2013 2:27 PM
    senkyenhttp://www.nokia.com/global/produc [...] fications/epic specifications the 384 kB of RAM and 8 MB of storage made me smile, and yet this is enough for the functionality that 90% of the population need in both the countries this phone is aimed to and i would dare to say even in the "western world".ps. you can even play Snake on it!

    Sounds like a 90's PC.

    OH NOES PCS ARE DEAD PHONES MOAR POWERFULLNESS
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    tomaz99 , February 26, 2013 2:54 PM
    The Scion of BalanceWhile other phones cost more than $200 but with battery life less than 2 days. Ah, the irony...


    Irony?

    It's like saying...A Bugatti gets 10 mpg combined...a KIA gets xxx mpg...ahh the irony. I guess so :) 

    Given the choice I'll go for the Bugatti :) 
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    boiler1990 , February 26, 2013 3:07 PM
    Wish these became more widely available in the US. Still willing to pay a little over MSRP to have one shipped here in the event I travel overseas.

    I hope the 301 can be unlocked easily, since its quad band radio could potentially work in the US.
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