Nokia 103 is an ultra cheap mobile phone from Nokia the cheapest from the Finnish company, unseating the Nokia 1280 from the prestigious position. The phone comes with modest specs and is targeted at first time buyers. Nokia 103 features a 1.36-inch monochrome display, flashlight, long battery life, and FM radio.
A Quality, but Affordable Phone
Nokia 103 is an affordable mobile phone targeted at the entry level market, the cheapest Nokia phone so far. This is a great phone for consumers looking for a cheap phone that does not compromise on quality. Nokia 103 is built for ruggedness, a key ingredient in its primary markets. It comes with a scratch resistant cover with keypads that are dust proof.
Nokia 103 features great battery life with up to 11 hours talk time, topping the Nokia 1280 by a full 2.5 hours. The Nokia 103 also betters Nokia 1280 by about 175 hours in the standby time department with 675 hours. Erratic power supply is a way of life in emerging markets, Nokia 103 fits in perfectly. Like is customary on Nokia cheapest phones, Nokia 103 features a flashlight.
A Modest GSM Phone with FM
Nokia 103 is a dual-band GSM phone based on Nokia Series 30. It comes with a phonebook for up to 500 entries and can store up to 250 SMS. It is a modest phone missing most of the bells and whistles like internet access, Bluetooth, media player, and camera.
However, it does have a built-in stereo FM radio for catching up with local news and entertainment. The FM radio requires a headset, which from current specs you have to buy separately. Nokia 103 also features time tracker a feature that enables you set how long you want a call to last before you make a call, a great cost saver.
An innovative phone that will connect millions
The Nokia 103 may not boast of a quad-core or a dual-core processor, but it is still an innovative product. For me the best of innovation comes when you design for a constrained environment. A number of people may not appreciate this phone, but thanks to an ultra cheap price this is a phone that will connect and empower millions, who are yet to even have a mobile phone they can call their own.
Most of these people live in areas where data access is not even available. Even when they are, they are too expensive for their income. So, they should not be burdened with paying more for features they cannot use or afford. All they need for now is enhanced communication and Nokia is providing that through this phone.
A phone that they do not have to worry so much about charging, that enable them get local news and entertainment, as well as light up their home at night or during power failure while waiting for the candle, lamp, or generator to come on. O yes they will surely appreciate the love from Nokia.
Price & Availability
Nokia 103 will be available this quarter (Q2, 2012). It will be available in Nigeria soon at around N3,000.
More Nokia 103 Specs
- Nokia Series 30 OS
- 1.36-inch black and white display (96 x 68 pixels)
- Up to 250 SMS
- Up to 500 contacts in phone book (total)
- Stereo FM Radio
- 3.5mm AV connector
- GSM dual-band (900/1800MHz)
- Speaking Clock/Alarm Clock
- 32-polyphonic ring tones
- Time Tracker
- Preloaded games
- Battery capacity: 800 mAh
- Standby: 675 hours (27 days)
- Talktime: 11 hours
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