Nokia To Introduce Budget Lumia Devices At MWC 2013

Mobile World Congress 2013 is getting closer and we’ll see what surprises the manufacturers have for for us. Each of us has his/her own expectations of the event, but whether they will be satisfied still remains a big question. For example, we all are waiting for the Nokia EOS and Nokia Catwalk to be uncovered at the show, but many are sure Nokia will come up with other devices, and they are rumored to be made for the  low-end and mid-range markets, thus more consumers can afford themselves to buy Windows Phone 8 handsets carrying Nokia branding.

One of those sources that thinks Nokia will reveal one or more budget phones is Reuters. Among the rumored handsets we should find cheap basic phones from the Asha line as well as low-end Nokia Lumia smartphones. The most affordable Nokia Windows Phone device is the Lumia 620 costing about $300 outright, so if the source is indicating that there will be even cheaper models, it becomes more attractive, because many people will be ready to pay less than $300 to get their hands on such a device.

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Analysts have tried to clarify the situation saying Nokia has to protect its position in the basic phone market, otherwise it will be very difficult to survive. The average selling price of Nokia’s phones was $41 in 2012 dropped from $46 in 2011.

Nokia’s net sales of mobile phones fell 21 percent in 2012 to 9.44 billion euros, while sales of higher-end “smart devices” slumped 50 percent to 5.45 billion.

On this background existence of cheap Nokia devices seems required.

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