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Nokia Introduces Asha Smartphones Beginning at Just $69
Posted By Joshua Sophy On October 29, 2013 @ 11:00 am In Technology Trends | 4 Comments
It may be the era of the affordable smartphone. Earlier this year, for example, Google announced it was knocking $100 off the cost of its already affordable Nexus 4  phone making the 8GB model $199 and the 16GB $249.
Then Chinese manufacturer ZTE announced it would make its own phones  available for just $79.99 with no contract to U.S. buyers via the Internet. The phones run on the recently introduced Firefox operating system by Mozilla.
And most recently, Apple introduced its iPhone 5c starting at just $99 , an unheard of move by the tech giant known for its premium prices.
So it probably shouldn’t surprise anyone that Nokia, along with a high end phone and new Windows tablet, has released its own crop of budget smartphones starting at just $69.
Nokia introduced the three new phones at its recent Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi. The phones are all part of the company’s Asha line of devices and are upgrades of its earlier Asha 501.
Neil Broadly, a member of Nokia’s marketing team, says  the phones will include:
Here’s an overview of the Asha 503 from SlashGear:
The phones seem loaded with apps and designed especially for social sharing. But before small business owners in the U.S. get too excited, these devices are targeted for emerging markets. So there’s no hint if or when they will be available in the U.S.
That said, the introduction of the new Asha phones fits a Nokia objective – putting a smartphone into the hand of everyone on the planet.
For businesses of any size that are online and selling globally, this means a growing market…especially for those with a strong mobile presence.
Image: Nokia, Asha 500
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 knocking $100 off the cost of its already affordable Nexus 4: http://smallbiztrends.com/2013/09/google-nexus-4-discount.html
 ZTE announced it would make its own phones: http://smallbiztrends.com/2013/08/firefox-phone-mozilla.html
 iPhone 5c starting at just $99: http://smallbiztrends.com/2013/09/new-iphone-5-inexpensive.html
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