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June 2, 2010

Nokia unveils new Cseries mobile phones

Also rolls out bicycle-powered phone charger

By CBR Staff Writer

Nokia has unveiled new Cseries mobile phones with three new products under the Nokia C1 name, as well as a new dual-SIM Nokia C2 which are expected to be rolled out at the end of the fourth quarter of 2010.

The C1-00, which is the most affordable among C1 trio, is the first Nokia mobile phone to feature a 2-in-1 double SIM. It comes with standard flashlight, colour screen, FM radio with headphone jack and offers a standby battery time of up to six weeks.

The second and third devices in the Nokia C1 family (C1-01 and C1-02) are both single SIM products. Both the devices feature colour screens, built-in VGA camera, and offer web browsing over GPRS, access to Nokia web services such as Nokia Messaging, and microSD compatibility, enabling people to store up to 32GB of memory.

According to Nokia, the C2 features a dual SIM with dual standby capability and provides a range of information covering healthcare, agriculture, education and entertainment via Nokia’s Ovi Life Tools, as well as the email account for the developing world, Ovi Mail. In addition, the C2 also comes with FM radio and music player, and supports micro-SD cards of up to 32GB.

Alex Lambeek, vice president of Nokia, said: By simply holding down a key, people are able to switch between SIM cards. This enables them to take advantage of reduced call rates, flexibility when traveling from one country to another, or helps with sharing a phone within a family and still use their own SIM. This is a great added convenience feature considering the low price of the phone.

In conjunction, Nokia also unveiled Bicycle Charger Kit that consists of a charger and dynamo, as well as a holder to secure the phone to the bike. The dynamo, a small electrical generator, uses the movement of the wheels to charge the handset through the 2mm charging jack. The kit is expected to be available before the end of the year.

The estimated retail prices of the new Nokia mobile phones C1-00, C1-02, C1-01 and C2-00 are €30, €35, €39 and €45, respectively. The C1-00 is expected to ship in the third quarter of 2010, while Nokia C1-01 in the early fourth quarter, and C1-02 and Nokia C2 towards the end of the fourth quarter 2010.

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