The €19 phone with a one-month battery life
A NEW budget price mobile phone that can play movies, has a one-month battery life and is cheaper to buy than one of the top-up cards it uses has been unveiled.
The Nokia 130, due to go on sale for €19 in shops, will target the growing 'second phone' market among people who need a back-up handset or don't want to risk their expensive smartphone at music festivals or on holidays.
Recent research suggests that one in 10 smartphone users damage or lose their devices, with cracked screens being the most common complaint. Battery life on most smartphones is also a widespread problem, with many devices requiring 'top up' charges during the day.
The new budget device from Nokia can last on standby for 36 days, or 13 hours' continuous talk time. The phone, which comes without apps or a touchscreen, can also play movies and music on its colour display through a memory card. It also has a torch on the back of its case.
The new offering comes despite Ireland's move away from so-called 'dumb phones'.
Research from Irish operators and the telecoms regulator suggests that two-thirds of Irish people now use smartphones, with almost four in five new handset sales constituting touchscreen devices.
However, high-end devices such as the iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S5 cost more than €500 to purchase outright.
Nokia is being integrated into Microsoft, which completed its acquisition of the ailing Finnish phone-maker earlier this year. The company has said that it is to refocus its phone manufacturing on high-end smartphones such as its Lumia devices, which represent about one in 10 of Irish phone sales.