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January 14, 2015 at 9:07 AM

Microsoft launches two budget Lumia smartphones

Microsoft's Lumia 435 (Photo by Microsoft)

Microsoft’s Lumia 435 (Photo by Microsoft)

Microsoft continues to hammer away at the cheaper side of the market in its bid to grab smartphone market share.

The company Wednesday announced two new smartphones — the Lumia 532 and 435 — designed to target first-time smartphone buyers. The 532 is expected to sell for 79 euros ($93) before taxes and subsidies, and the 435 is expected to start at 69 euros ($81).

Microsoft’s use of the European common currency for its price listing isn’t a coincidence: don’t expect the phones on store shelves in the U.S. soon. The company said it will start rolling out the phones in markets in Europe, Asia and Africa next month.

Microsoft, badly lagging and losing share in developed markets like the U.S. and western Europe, has staked its claim for relevance in smartphones in the developing world. By offering reasonably priced phones that offer smartphone features, Microsoft is hoping that it can persuade basic cellphone users to upgrade to a Windows Phone smartphone instead of devices running Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS.

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January 23, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Nokia’s handset business, on eve of Microsoft takeover, sees sales slump

Nokia, whose Devices & Services business is expected to become part of Microsoft soon, reported a big slide in its its fiscal fourth quarter results today. Probably most worrisome to Microsoft, Nokia’s Devices & Services division, which Nokia labeled as “discontinued operations” in its earnings report, saw a sales slide of 29 percent, going from…

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October 29, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Nokia Lumia shipments up

Nokia, whose phone business is being acquired by Microsoft, is reporting some good news about its Lumia line of Windows Phones. The Finnish phone-maker reports that its third-quarter shipments of Lumia phones has increased 19 percent quarter-on-quarter to 8.8 million units. Year-over-year, Lumia volume rose 203 percent, up from 2.9 million units shipped in the third quarter…

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September 2, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Microsoft buying Nokia’s handset business as part of $7.2 billion deal

Microsoft is buying Nokia’s handset business as part of a $7.2 billion deal, the two companies announced today. Microsoft is paying about $5 billion (EUR 3.79 billion) for Nokia’s Devices & Services Business. In addition, it is paying about $2.18 billion (EUR 1.65 billion) to license Nokia’s patents and to license and use Nokia’s mapping services. The…

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July 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Nokia Lumia 1020 to be available July 26 for $300

Nokia announced today that its latest flagship Windows Phone, the Lumia 1020, will be available in the U.S. on July 26 with AT&T for $299.99 with a two-year contract. Nokia is really touting the camera on the 1020, which has a 41 megapixel sensor, optical image stabilization, enhanced zoom capability, and a new “dual capture” feature…

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