Back in 2002 I picked up the Orange SPV. It was powered by an OS called “Microsoft Smartphone 2002” and actually had numeric keys on the front.
Despite many cheap Android devices flooding the market, there’s still many people looking for a feature-phone. The classic Nokia devices have always done well here and, even in the hands of Microsoft, this looks set to continue with the Nokia 105 phones.
There’s two versions – one with a dual SIM and one with a single – and they’re extremely cheap, just $20 in the USA. If you’re getting one then specs really won’t be a concern, but I can tell you that the Nokia 105 has a 35-day stand-by time on the single SIM version and 15 days (yes days, not hours) of talk time. Wowsers.
Despite me using a Microsoft OS on a phone just like this some 13 years ago, this doesn’t run Windows 10 Mobile or any other version of a Microsoft OS. Instead you can expect to have a not-so-smart phone for not-much-money at all. Features include a 3.5mm audio jack, FM radio, microUSB charging and a flashlight. You also get 2G connectivity (yes, yes, we know, we know) and a 1.4″ screen. There be no cameras here, boy.
Good to see Microsoft doing what it did 13 years ago, albeit without the Microsoft OS inside (this Microsoft device runs the Series 30+ OS).
As for availability Microsoft tell us that it’ll be available this month in “selected markets” for $20. You can get more detail below or in this press release.
The world we live in becomes more connected every day – be it through Skype calling, social media or a simple phone call – yet for many, owning a mobile phone remains an aspiration.
Today, Microsoft welcomes the new Nokia 105 and Nokia 105 Dual SIM to its family of affordable mobile phones enabling more people around the world to have a voice, and bringing new mobile opportunities to their fingertips.
At only USD $20 before local taxes and subsidies, the new Nokia 105 is perfect for the first time mobile phone buyer who needs a device with all the everyday essentials to start their journey into a more connected world. With its great battery life of up to 15 days talk time and up to 35 days stand-by (Single SIM), the new Nokia 105 is also a perfect back-up phone for summer travels and fun.
Building on the award-winning successes of its predecessor, the new Nokia 105 has everything people love about the first Nokia 105 and more. The phone offers a host of enhancements including refreshed design, more space for contacts, increased talk time, enhanced audio for even better voice clarity, and a Dual SIM variant.
For more information on the new Nokia 105, or to download accompanying images and product information, visit the Microsoft Newsroom – then come and share your thoughts on the Microsoft Lumia Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages!