Nokia-105Microsoft just announced a new-entry level smartphone that costs only $20 USD. The 2G-based Nokia 105 features a “1.4-inch color display, can store up to 2,000 contacts, offers FM radio and promises up to 35 days of standby time.” If only iPhone batteries lasted that long! As great as this Nokia sounds, remember that the problem for a lot of would-be EMEA consumers is not the price of the phone itself, but rather the price of the data plan(s).

Microsoft’s most affordable mobile phone empowers people around the world to have a voice by bringing new mobile opportunities to their fingertips. The new Nokia 105 builds on the success of its predecessor, the award-winning Nokia 105, and adds several improvements to enable you to achieve more.

With an extended phonebook capacity, the new Nokia 105 can store up to 2,000 contacts. No matter how many people and companies you connect with, you’ll always have space to save their contact details and make new connections!

On top of the enhanced audio for even better voice clarity, you can now talk longer; the new Nokia 105 supports up to 15-hours talk time. So you can talk, and talk, and talk with your friends and family.

And let’s not forget the everyday essentials like the FM radio and torchlight – both included for your convenience.

Later this month, the new Nokia 105 and Nokia 105 Dual SIM will retail globally in select markets for USD $20**, making communication accessible to millions of people around the world.