Nokia Unwraps $62 Asha Cell Phones


NOKIA has announced two new phones designed for budget-conscious and socially-networked users.

Unveiled today, the Asha 205 and 206 each sell for $62. Both also offer quick access to Facebook and the ability to share photos and files with users of any other mobile phone.

Described in a Nokia blog, the Asha 205 comes with a dedicated Facebook button to access the social network with one tap. Twitter and chat app eBuddy are both pre-installed.

An Electronic Arts gift pack of 40 free games is included. And in certain markets, the Nokia Life or Nokia Life+ educational services are part of the package as well.

Nokia is also aiming to ease the ability to share.

Both the 205 and 206 come with a technology dubbed “Slam.” This feature lets you share a photo, file, or other item with the closest Bluetooth-enabled device. But, according to Nokia, the sharing happens instantly without the need to pair the two devices. Owners of the new phones can share items with other mobile devices, not just Slam-enabled Nokia phones.

The Asha 205 and 206 are also designed to help data-hungry users. The phones are outfitted with the latest version of Nokia’s Xpress Browser, which uses cloud-based servers to reduce the amount of Internet data consumed.

Both phones lack GPS. But they can can use cell towers to pinpoint their location, displaying a local map and finding nearby stores and other spots. The Nokia Nearby Web app is also included to dig up information on points of interest.

An Easy Swap technology lets you change SIM cards without having to turn off the phone. And finally, Nokia boasts a hefty battery life for both phones, touting a “standby time measured in weeks” rather than hours. Both phones are slated to hit the market before the end of the year.

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