Microsoft may be pulling the plug on cheap smartphones running Google Android or the Nokia Asha operating system. But that doesn’t mean the company expects every cellphone customer to use Windows Phone software.

Now that Microsoft is in charge of Nokia’s phone division the company is continuing to launch basic, entry-level phones… like the Nokia 130.

It’s a $25 phone with a few smart features including support for playing music and movies.

nokia 130

The phone features an SD card slot for up ot 32GB of removable storage which you can use to store those songs or videos… but note that you’ll be watching videos on a 1.8 inch screen.

Still, the phone could make a decent portable music player thanks to support for up to 46 hours of MP3 playback. It also has a n FM Radio function.

Expect up to 16 hours of video playback time, or up to 13 hours of talk time or 36 days of standby time (for a single SIM model — there’s also a dual SIM version which gets 26 days of standby time).

The Nokia 130 is hardly the most powerful phone Nokia has announced since Microsoft took over the company’s phone division. But it’s certainly the cheapest… and the one which offers the longest battery life. I miss having phones that could run for weeks between charges.

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9 replies on “Microsoft/Nokia announce a $25 entry-level phone”

  1. I think this is a great phone for those who don’t want a complicated phone and want something that is affordable.

  2. Don’t forget that it will cost only 25$ so i suspect that the quality will equal the price.

    1. I mean crappy dumbphones.
      The low budget dumbphones from Nokia were buggy …. but i hope that i’m wrong

  3. Almost seems like an afterthought on the part of Microsoft.
    What’s wrong, can’t imagine a world without bloatware?
    Seems that Nokia made a pretty good profit with non-smartphones back in the day.
    Maybe you could bring some of those folks back to make you some coin making things that people need as opposed to things that additional arbitrary services are built around.

  4. With this operate on NA networks like or Fido/Rogers T-Mobile ?
    Specifications page only states – GSM network: 900 MHz, 1800 MHz

  5. It doesn’t look like these are coming to the States (at least not yet). I can see one of these replacing my Sandisk Sansa MP3 player. I think I will keep my smart phone however.

  6. That’s all fine and dandy but these are still the remnants of Nokia’s old pipeline – now that most of Nokia has been sacked I don’t see many more candy bar phones coming out of Microsoft in the future.

  7. As someone who still keeps a Nokia E72 (on prepaid plan) I love that Microsoft is preserving a remnant of Nokia’s long-time strengths. When you need a phone line that’s seldom used, there’s nothing like a sturdy, efficient Nokia you rarely need to recharge. I just wish they could’ve included a basic 3G modem in this since U.S. networks will begin phasing out their 2G towers over the coming years.

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