Microsoft just unveiled a new Nokia phone

Microsoft is still making Nokia phones. In a surprise announcement this morning, the software giant unveiled its latest Nokia 216 feature phone. Despite announcing plans to sell its feature phone business to FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Foxconn, for $350 million earlier this year, Microsoft is still launching new Nokia phones. The new Nokia 216 is one of the most basic phones that Microsoft manufactures, and it will be available in India next month for around $37. It includes a 2.4-inch QVGA display, with 0.3-megapixel cameras at the front and rear, running on the Series 30 OS with the Opera mini browser. It even has a headphone jack.

It's easy to understand why Microsoft continues to create feature phones, as the company still sells millions of them every month. Microsoft previously hoped that feature phone users would create a Microsoft account and become part of the Microsoft ecosystem, but it's not clear whether the millions of feature phone users ever actually did that. Microsoft hinted earlier this year that it's planning to kill off its Lumia smartphones, and recent rumors have suggested that the Lumia brand will die off toward the end of the year.

Rumors suggest that Microsoft is planning a Surface-branded phone for next year. In the meantime, Microsoft's Lumia and Windows Phone strategy has not succeeded, and both sales and Windows Phone market share have declined since the company's mobile restructuring last year. Microsoft has significantly scaled back its phone business, and laid off thousands of employees as part of a $7.6 billion write off for acquiring Nokia's phone business.

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Price? release date? Other specs (camera, etc)?

I think this article needed more discussion around the actual phone launched and less of a recap of the failures of Windows Phone.

"available in India next month for around $37. It includes a 2.4-inch QVGA display, with 0.3-megapixel cameras at the front and rear, running on the Series 30 OS with the Opera mini browser. It even has a headphone jack"

You may have forgotten to actually read the article you are complaining about.

PrymeFactor is right on one account, 2 out of 3 paragraphs are dedicated to "the failures of Windows Phone." Which other than having Microsoft as a common denominator has nothing to do with the other Microsoft operating system.

Do you read, bruh? That information was all listed in the article.

But does it play snake? Priorities!!!!

I think at this point even Microsoft has zero idea about what it’s doing when it comes to phones.

Yep. And they invested literally decades worth of hard work to create an Operating System that can run on almost every device. Soon they might only build x86 PCs.

Convertible and windows tablet PCs have been a success. And they may try to move windows mobile into small form factor tablets.

So while they move from phones (with HP and the likes being the only real driver for Windows Mobile), they may still have Windows Mobile on other small devices outside of phones.

Calling it a success is a stretch.
Feels more like "hey we didn’t lose money and it may be self sustaining."

What are you talking about? These feature phones are cash-cows for Microsoft. They’re not sexy and don’t make the news, but they sell like crazy in poorer countries. They are cheap to make and they crank them by the truckload. Read the article.

definitely for 3rd world countries….

Third world countries say no thanks. You can get a Android smartphone for as low as $30 and no matter how shitty the experience is, it’s better than this hunk of junk from the early 2000s.

Not even close. With low-spec Android it’s only a matter of time before you are going to smash it against the wall once it bricks or crawls to it’s death. This thing will work the same no matter what.

Also there is a huge benefit to disabled people who can’t have touch phones. They all use these phones.

With low-spec Android it’s only a matter of time before you are going to smash it against the wall once it bricks or crawls to it’s death.

Thats not true since 2 or 3 years ago…

And there are still many, many people in areas of the world where data is too slow or too expensive to make a smartphone worthwhile.

Yea, sure. That’s why they continue to sell millions per month in 3rd world countries.

No, they don’t. Low cost Android phones have all but killed the feature phone in third world countries. And by third-world I don’t mean countries like those in Africa where people don’t have food or shelter.

A huge advantage to feature phones is that the batteries last for many days, as opposed to a cheap Android phone that only gets a few hours… In places where electricity is scarce and expensive this is a huge benefit!

So by "third-world" you don’t mean what most people think of when they say third world? That’s convenient.

And by third-world I don’t mean countries like those in Africa where people don’t have food or shelter.

So basically, you have no idea what the phrase ‘third world countries’ means.

i AM from a third world country so I know what I’m talking about.

(not knowing anything about you but the fact that your english is good and you’re likely affluent/qualified enough to not be in a $37 feature phone’s target market) that’s like a white guy saying i’m an american so i know what im talking about when i talk about black people problems

Actually 1st, 2nd, and 3rd world were coined during the cold war. 1st world was countries that aligned with NATO and the united states. 2nd world were countries that were aligned with the Soviet Union or opposed our interests in general. 3rd world countries were nations who didn’t quite make either list…which is why it ended up being mostly impoverished nations. Nations not signficant enough to either the Soviet Union or NATO to warrant an alliance.

This might surprise some people, but half a billion feature phones were sold around the world in 2015. Perhaps even more surprising is that 20 million were sold in the USA. The feature phone market is gradually disappearing in most countries, and the only way is down, but as of today there are still millions of sales in countries like China, India, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Pakistan and Indonesia. There’s no future in this market, but there is still a present (albeit with really thin margins and low revenues compared to smartphones).

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