Nokia unwraps ‘affordable’ 3G-enabled dual SIM phone

Nokia has expanded its range of classically designed mobile phones with the launch of the Nokia 208 Dual SIM, which combines the familiar “candybar” design with Nokia’s signature bold colors and 3.5G-capable Internet speeds.

Social apps, smarter imaging and productivity features such as Internet-sharing and Mail for Exchange support make these phones some of the most versatile at their price point.

The unit retails for $68 or about P3,000.

“The Nokia 208 Dual SIM is designed for people who like a classic phone and traditional keypad but don’t want to miss out on smartphone experiences, like staying connected to social media and accessing the Internet,” said Timo Toikkanen, executive vice president for mobile phones at Nokia.

“As one of our most affordable 3G devices yet, the Nokia 208 Dual SIM offers a perfect balance of performance, features and quality.”

It is ideal for use on-the-go, with a familiar, alphanumeric keypad for speedy texts and messaging, and Mail for Exchange for staying on top of work email and calendar appointments.

The Transfer app, available in the Nokia Store, allows people to sync contacts directly from their smartphone and transforms the Nokia 208 Dual SIM into a secondary or companion device.

The Nokia 208 Dual SIM has the added benefit of Nokia’s Easy Swap technology, allowing people to change SIM cards without turning off the device.

Support for 3G coupled with the data compression available with Nokia Xpress Browser help people enjoy mobile experiences at lower cost. These experiences include top social apps such as Facebook and Twitter, alongside video streaming through YouTube and Vuclip.

People can also use the Nokia 208 Dual SIM as a portable modem by connecting the device to their laptop via a USB cable for Internet sharing.

The smart camera features of the Nokia 208 Dual SIM include voice-guided self-portrait, sequential shot, and panorama. It also has a Slam feature that allows people to share images with another Bluetooth-enabled device.

It delivers up to 20 days of standby time and is scratch-proof. Available colors include red, cyan, yellow, white and black.

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