Microsofts Cheapest Ever Smartphone; The Blokia

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The Days Of Phones Charged For Weeks Are Coming Back

Well, maybe not. But it’s a step in the right direction for sure! Remember the days when you couldn’t find the charger to your Nokia 3310 because you hadn’t used it in that long? You might experience the same problem with the new Nokia 215, which is claiming to boast a MONTH of battery life.

The z generation of the noughties probably haven’t ever held a smart phone that holds battery for longer than a day.

Gadget insurance Blog has learned the phone costs just $29 (€24) and comes with the Opera Mini Browser and Facebook Messenger built in, and can run Twitter and other apps. However, it is mostly a low-spec phone — with a 320 x 240 pixel display, a 0.3 megapixel camera, a radio and a torch as its headline features. Back in the old days this would have made it the peak of phone technology, now it just seems as somewhat of a gimmicky phone.

It’s a robust phone which like it’s Nokia ancestors should be able to take a beating without much damage. Built in apps can also work without a 3G connection. Because of this its likely to help it pick up buyers in the budget market, especially in developing countries.

And the lack of hi-tech features mean that it is a robust phone, built to be durable and with a battery that can last up to a month. The software is also built for more difficult terrains, and the built-in apps can work without a 3G connection.

And the torch might sound like a minor addition, but Microsoft points out that it will be useful in the markets that it hopes the phone will be shipping into — such as the 20% of the world that don’t have regular access to electricity.

Microsoft announced this phone in a bid to tap into the market share in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. They announced the phone as its “most affordable internet-ready entry-level phone yet”, saying that it would be “perfectly suited for first-time mobile phone buyers or as a secondary phone for just about anyone”.

The phone will be released in Europe as well as the Middle East, Africa and Asia in the first quarter of 2015. It is available in a normal version as well as a dual SIM one.

This looks like one phone that gadget insurance would be happy to cover!