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Microsoft unveils new $37 phone

Are you wondering what's happening to the fabled Finnish Nokia phone brand?

Microsoft announced earlier this week what could be their last Nokia branded feature phone, the 216.

Back in 2014, Microsoft bought Nokia's feature phone and the Lumia smartphone business, which gave the company access to Nokia's patents, plants and feature phone and Lumia branding for 10 years.

However, Microsoft's phone business experiment never took off and they decided to sell off Nokia's feature phone business to FoxConn's FIH Mobile for $350 million this year. The tech company is also winding down their whole Nokia phone business as a $7.6 billion write-off and by laying off thousands of their phone business employees.

The Nokia naming rights were also sold to a Finnish company owned by ex-Nokia employees named HMD Global. This means we might finally see Nokia-branded Android gadgets in the future.

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Even though smartphones are the rage nowadays, the feature phone business is still booming in emerging markets like India and Asia. In other markets, feature phones are still popularly packaged as prepaid burner phones mainly because of their budget price.

The new Nokia 216 feature phone is as basic as basic feature phones could get.

It has a simple 2.4-inch QVGA display, a rear and front-facing 0.3-megapixel camera, runs the Series 30 OS operating system and uses the Opera internet browser. It comes in three different colors: silver, black and robin egg blue and, guess what? It will have a headphone jack.

The best part about this phone? It will sell for a mere $37.

What do you think? Will you be getting Microsoft's very last Nokia as a piece of phone history memorabilia perhaps?

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Source: Geek
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