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Nokia enters Dual Sim phone market, also announces two other lowend handsets

Nokia in a press conference in Nairobi, Kenya launched four new handsets out of which the C1 and C2 are dual sim based handsets. The other two handsets the C1-01 and C1-02 can be loosely termed as feature phones. Also launched at this event was a novel charging product, the Bicycle charger. here is a brief description of the products.

C1

Its a low end dual sim device that will retail around 1800INR(30 Euros) when it becomes available in third quarter of 2010.  Also C1 has standby battery time of up to six weeks, the longest ever for a Nokia mobile phone, especially useful in those parts of the world where access to electricity is sometimes limited. The standard flashlight – often someone’s only means of bright light – is paired with a vivid color screen and FM radio with standard headphone jack, meaning the Nokia C1 is as much about entertainment as it is about convenience. The only low here is that this device is not dual standby ie only one sim will be active at one time. Here are some pictures of the device

C2

The C2 can be considered to be pimped up version of the C1. It can keep both SIM cards active; meaning calls and text messages can come to either number while the phone is on. The first SIM card on the Nokia C2 sits underneath the battery. The second SIM card is ‘hot-swappable’, a feature unique to Nokia, meaning it can be removed and inserted when the phone is on. At launch the Nokia C2 also offers a wide range of information covering healthcare, agriculture, education and entertainment via Nokia’s Ovi Life Tools, as well as the email account for the developing world, Ovi Mail. In addition to Ovi Mail, people’s favorite consumer email and chat accounts can be pushed direct to the phone via Nokia Messaging. Listening to music is simple with the FM radio and music player, with a massive amount of music storage with the phone supporting micro-SD cards of up to 32GB. A VGA camera, Bluetooth and GPRS also make the Nokia C2 a very attractive offering.The device is expected to retail towards the end of the fourth quarter 2010 at about 2600INR(45 Euros). Here are some pics of C2:

C1-01 & C1-02

These are single sim low end devices but with some thoroughly modern features. Colour screens, web browsing, a music player, Bluetooth, GPRS and email

The C1-01 is a low-cost ‘feature’ phone with an estimated retail price of 2300INR (EUR 39). Nonetheless, it comes with a VGA camera, an SD memory card slot for up to 32 GB of storage, mail and chat. There’s also an FM radio and music player.

The C1-02 is even more affordable, with an expected retail price of 2000INR(EUR 35). It’s designed as anyone’s first phone and first access to the world of mobile and digital communications. Despite the price, beyond making phone calls, buyers once again get Ovi Mail and Chat, Bluetooth and the same SD memory card slot and music features.

C1-01                                             C1-02

We personally like the C2 as it supports dual standby and hot-swap of sims. Also it has a host of integrated services like Nokia Messaging in a device available at such a low price. What you guys have to say?? Which device you like the most??? Let us know in the comments section

via Nokia Conversations


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