Nokia has announced the launch of two new low-priced handsets – the Nokia 101 and Nokia 100 – in Kenya. The Nokia 101 is Nokia’s fifth dual SIM device in the last three months and is the most affordable to date, retailing at $ 35. The dual SIM functionality enables users to connect to two different networks to receive calls and messages.
The handset’s Nokia SIM manager allows users to select which SIM card to use to make a call or send a text message helping them manage costs and maintain network coverage without needing several phones. In addition, the SIM manager allows users to store the settings of up to five SIM cards on the phone, and to personalize them by assigning names and logos for each SIM setting.
In addition to an FM radio, the Nokia 101 features an integrated MP3 player and a 103 phone loudspeaker, and provides support for up to 16 GB microSD memory card allowing for storage of a large music collection.
However, the two handset models do not have internet capability and can only be used for voice and SMS services.
The Nokia 100, retailing at $ 30, is ideal for people looking for durability and simplicity as well as affordability when making calls and sending text messages. The handset is Nokia’s most affordable color display phone, allowing users to enjoy its attractive grid-based menu system as well as easy-to-read icons. It also features an FM radio, enabling users to tune into favorite music stations, whether on-the-go or at home.
In other markets, including Nigeria, both the Nokia 101 and Nokia 100 offer Nokia Life Tools, thereby providing instant access to locally-relevant information on healthcare, education, agriculture and entertainment.
“We recognize that for many of the next billion people, a phone purchase is an investment. People are looking for a phone that offers great features but also one that is dependable,” said Mary McDowell, Nokia’s mobile phones vice president.
Speaking at the launch event dubbed “Changing Lives,” McDowell added that when paired with powerful and locally relevant services such as Nokia Life Tools, the Nokia 101 and Nokia 100 offer users a unique experience at an affordable price.