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2/26/2014 05:40 PM EST
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chanj0   2/26/2014 7:15:00 PM
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Nokia 220 is an interesting breed. It supports 2 most popular apps for a lot of people. If it supports Whatsapp and/ or other messaging software, it could satisfy a lot of consumers especially in emerging market.

However, a $25 smartphone with Firefox OS is even more attractive. I wonder what's the capability with the specification.

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Kinnar   2/27/2014 4:22:18 AM
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Yes Firefox Spreadtrum is having good interface as compared the Nokia Chromium OS, also the features as compared to the price is the way exceptional WiFi, 2MP Camera and Dual Sim is amazing for the first time smart phone buyers. This phone will really extend the actual reach of internet to many users for whom access to internet is not affordable as on day.

 

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Pablo Valerio   2/27/2014 5:42:04 AM
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Some people think that the limitation of the Firefox phone is the lack of 3G. But many users only need basic messaging and Facebook, and they will use wi-fi for uploading pictures, watching videos, etc.

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Kinnar   2/27/2014 5:52:15 AM
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I think that this will be their least price model of the phone what they are discussing and promoting as on day. But they might surely have a model with 3G connectivity, but the price will not be 25$ for that model.

Also in the developing markets cost of 3G plans is such that 25$ Cell Phone user will not be able to afford data plan of 3G. In that case not having 3G is logically correct.

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Anand.Yaligar   2/27/2014 12:43:38 PM
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But many users only need basic messaging and Facebook

@Pablo, I totally agree with you. I think that is the reason why Facebook gave WhatsApp such valuation because Facebook understand the value of messaging services.

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Pablo Valerio   2/27/2014 5:39:55 AM
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I just went to Nokia's booth to check the meddaging apps, and the 220 supports Yahoo's messenger, but not WhatsApp.

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Kinnar   2/27/2014 5:47:43 AM
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:), Nokia might be planning to recompile all their Symbian apps for its new platform. Nokia has ported Android on their 500 and 600 series of windows phones, why they are still experimenting with new platforms?

 

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Pablo Valerio   2/27/2014 7:42:07 AM
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I believe Nokia has several commitments with their partners, and obviously Microsoft. That's why Skype and Bing are standard in many phones, even the cheap ones.

Many users won't be happy to have a "decaf" Android experience. It is up for Nokia to convince people of the benefits of their X line.

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Kinnar   2/27/2014 9:58:08 AM
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Then the commitments to those itself is becoming the bottleneck for the survival of Nokia, I do not think that there will be any harm in using the open source flavour of Android, and that if Nokia should have started well in advance it might still be number one position in mobile handset market, as it was in 90s.

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Anand.Yaligar   2/27/2014 12:38:03 PM
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@Kinnar, I agree with your opinion that Nokia can regain its number one position if they adopt Android. Even though the Nokia X doesnt run Google Services Nokia says that Nokia X is compatible with 75 percent of all Android apps and 25 percent of the apps needs little retouch.

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Kinnar   2/27/2014 2:14:53 PM
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It raises a question again why are not using the open source OS, that will not raise any sort of 75-25 percent constraint.

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zewde yeraswork   2/27/2014 4:34:31 PM
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That's true, open source allows the removal of all such constraints, which is essential for the future. Firefox OS is a step in the right direction. Android as well. It's still going to take a while but things are moving in that way with more open source options.

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Anand.Yaligar   2/27/2014 12:40:48 PM
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I just went to Nokia's booth to check the meddaging apps, and the 220 supports Yahoo's messenger, but not WhatsApp.

@Pablo, any particular reason why they don't support WhatsApp ? Is it technical challenge to implement WhatsApp ?

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Pablo Valerio   2/27/2014 1:22:10 PM
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WhatsApp is a messaging service over IP. Nokia needs a SDK or a license to port the App. It works already on some Simbian phones so I don't see any technical issue, maybe we just have to wait, but it would be an important feature for the 220

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