Microsoft Corporation may have just put the final nail in the coffin as far as the Lumia series is concerned. The series, which the firm got as a part of its Nokia deal, has likely reached the end of the road. Microsoft surprised everybody by announcing what’s probably its last Nokia phone. It may be in the process of selling its feature phone (as in, not smartphone) business to Foxconn. But that apparently hasn’t gotten in the way of the launch of the new Nokia 216. This likely makes the device the last Microsoft-made Nokia phone ever.
Microsoft Corporation Gives the Nokia Farewell Gift
The Nokia 216 is a super basic phone with a pair of lousy 0.3 megapixel cameras and a web browser. It does have a 24-day battery(!) but not much else. It isn’t going to distract people away from the iPhone 7, nor is it meant to. Instead, it’s a last-minute play for developing nations like India, where smartphones are only still building up momentum. It is also where Microsoft has historically had its only real successes in the phone market. Instead of any of the Windows Phone operating systems, it’s a stripped-down, more old-school interface.
The Verge’s Tom Warren focused on the real point of Microsoft’s feature phone business. It was to get people to sign up for a Microsoft account. This would then act as kind of an on-ramp into their whole wide world. From there, it would act as kind of a gateway. Ideally, it would result in customers moving up to Windows 10 Mobile smartphones like the Lumia 950.
Well, that didn’t really happen, and analysts expect Microsoft’s overall smartphone share to hit 0.5% by the end of 2016. The Microsoft Lumia brand recently got its swan song in the form of the Lumia 650. Microsoft Corporation ‘s rumored “Surface Phone” is its last great hope to make a dent in the smartphone market. But it isn’t expected to drop until the middle of 2017. So say farewell to the era of Nokia phones from the firm. Also, get ready for a long wait before the next — and possibly final — act for Windows on phones.
What Good is the Nokia 216?
Like many other feature phones meant for emerging markets, the Nokia 216 has a torch light and FM radio. Cellular connectivity is limited to 2.5 G, so do not expect any great experience using the phone. It is also a dual SIM handset. Such handsets are popular in markets such as India.
It comes with the Opera Mini Browser that allows you to access popular web content. You can also discover and download more apps and games using the Opera Mobile Store. As for having fun, Microsoft has also included one free Gameloft game every month for a year. This deal is available with each Nokia 216 purchase. Each month for 12 months, 1 Gameloft selected game will be offered as a full free download. Data charges may apply. The promotion period is from 01/06/15 – 31/05/18. Other terms and conditions also apply. Apart from that, users can share their selfies and important moments with friends and family through Facebook. However, the services are available in selected markets only and buyers are advised to check locally first.
As a matter of fact, Microsoft Corporation ‘s own LinkedIn isn’t included as an app with the phone. Last week, the firm’s founder Hoffman said that he will donate up to $5 mn to veterans. The condition? Trump should release his tax returns.