Microsoft Continues Nokia's Low-End Phone Line With the $25 Nokia 130

Nokia 130 When Microsoft announced its plans to scrap its Asha feature phones and shift its Android-based Nokia X to Windows, it appeared the company might be getting out of the low-end phone business entirely. That’s apparently not the case, though, as Microsoft is introducing the Nokia 130, a 19 euro ($25) cellphone that lacks an Internet connection but includes the ability to play digital music and movies along with an FM radio and flashlight. The new device sits in between the even more basic Nokia 105 and the Nokia 220, which does have some Internet abilities. It’s aimed largely at emerging markets, though Microsoft sees some opportunities even in developed countries where people are looking for a backup phone. In an interview, Microsoft phone unit VP Jo Harlow said the company is committed to this part of the business for the long term. “Microsoft doesn’t have any other project that can reach these consumers,” Harlow said.

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