If asked what I think of the Nokia 105, a cheap feature phone announced at MWC 2013, I would simply describe it as the new

Behold the new Nokia 3310: Nokia 105

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If asked what I think of the Nokia 105, a cheap feature phone announced at MWC 2013, I would simply describe it as the new Nokia 3310. Here is a basic mobile with a nice durable build, colour display, a user interface that resembles what we saw on the Nokia N9, and a battery that lasts and lasts. Nokia claims that it gives you up to 12.5 hours of talk time and a standby of up to 35 days.

Nokia 105

The 105 has no internet connectivity, but includes 8MB space, a Digital clock, Calculator, Flashlight, Clock, Calendar, Phonebook, Converter, Speaking clock, Expense manager, Alarm clock, and FM Radio. It also includes Nokia Life, an SMS-based service that gives you access to information, e.g. healthcare and education, without the need of an internet connection.

Nokia 105 costs only $20. That is about N3,200 here in Nigeria.

In a world where its easy to ignore anything that isn’t a smartphone, it might sound cool to scoff at the Nokia 105. But I am convinced that this baby will sell like hotcakes. As a matter of fact, I shall be getting one. The house phone has needed a replacement for a while. Think of a cheap phone that can handle the abuse of two pre-teen kids when dad and mom are away from home, and you can only agree with me that this is its replacement.

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  1. What’s with 8MB space, no internet connectivity, USB data, memory card, what does one do with the space.

    I need a spare phone but not this one, I could go with an regular Asha (can’t decided between one with a keyboard or touchscreen).

  2. For the price range and being that its not ‘China,’ the phone will be a runaway success in Nigeria with good marketing to back it up. Now that you mentioned it, this would really be a good house phone and would appeal to people in the rural areas.

  3. for that amount,you get a dual sim internet ready,palm chat,long lasting battery.
    But you see, the issue here is aggressive marketing.There so many things people dont know are possible these days.Like buying a new cellphone for 2k. This NOKIA will sell,because of the standby time. I am still curious though,as to why NOKIA keep missing the high ground of Dual sim selling point.NOKIA why? you will keep losing the feature phone segment

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