updated 08:05 am EST, Tue January 22, 2008
Nokia 2600c and 1209
Nokia this morning brought out two phones tailored to Africa, India, and other regions that are still relatively new to cellphones but still want the same level of design as anywhere else. The 2600 classic (pictured at top) offers swappable covers and also a few features that are rarely available in the class, including MP3 ringtone support, a VGA camera, and bundled earbuds for listening to the phone's FM radio. It comes with a black or silver main body and should be available before the end of March in the developing world for about $94 before including taxes or carrier discounts.
Less expensive still is the 1209, an update to the 1208 built for families that often have to share a single cellphone or closely watch call use: a multi-user phonebook allows each family member to have their own private list, while cost trackers help follow monthly costs or prepaid minutes without having to contact the cell provider. The design is also dust-resistant and designed to be easy enough for users regardless of language. It supports North American providers as well as the world at large, and begins shipping in the spring for roughly $51 before service discounts.