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Nokia C2 Preview: Nokia's First Dual SIM Phone

written by: •edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 6/22/2010

Nokia is undoubtedly the king of budget mobile phones. The new Nokia C2 is a dual SIM phone which allows you to use two GSM SIM cards simultaneously. It is priced very low and offers a great deal.

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    Nokia C2 Preview

    nokiac2 This is the preview of the Nokia C2 - Nokia's first phone with dual SIM card support. Nokia is the most popular budget phone manufacturer in the world. Many Chinese manufacturers already have scores of dual SIM phones in the market, but they aren't as reliable as Nokia's phones.

    With Nokia getting into the dual SIM market, consumers finally have a great option. The Nokia C2 was announced quite some time back. It is the first mobile phone with a hot swappable SIM option. Besides the dual SIM functionality, it also sports a lot of other features.

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    Nokia C2 Specifications

    • Dimensions: 108 x 45 x 14.7 mm, 67.9 cc
    • Weight: 74 gms
    • Display: 1.8 inch TFT display, 128 x 160 pixels. 65K colors
    • SIM Card slots: 2 (1 hot swappable)
    • Memory: Upto 32 GB MicroSD
    • Connectivity: GPRS class 12, Bluetooth v2.0, microUSB
    • Camera: VGA camera, 640 x 480 pixels
    • Browser: XHTML / WAP browser
    • Radio: FM Radio with recording
    • Application Support: Java J2ME MIDP 2.0
    • Battery: 1020 mAh, Li-ion battery
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    Nokia C2 Design and Features

    The Nokia C2 is very compact and light. It has a minimal design and is very sturdy. It has a small 1.8 inch display with a resolution of 128 x 160 pixels and supports 65k colors. It supports MP3 playback and supports memory cards up to 32 GB, which is more than enough for your music collection. It also has a built in FM radio with recording support and GPRS class 12 support as well as Bluetooth 2.0 for connectivity. It comes with an XHTML browser but also supports J2ME applications so you can install Opera Mini. It is powered by the very easy to use S30 interface. Besides that, it also has a VGA camera which can take shots at 640 x 480 pixels. The image capture quality obviously sucks, but at least you have something. It comes with a 1020 mAh Li-ion battery which lasts for a long time.

    Coming to the main feature, the Nokia C2 supports dual GSM SIM cards. It can keep two SIM cards active which means that you can receive calls and text messages on both of them. The first SIM card is placed beneath the battery while the second SIM card can be placed in a hot swappable slot on the phone's side. This allows you to change the second SIM card even when the phone is in use. Both the SIM cards should be GSM only.

    It comes with the Nokia Life Tools package which provide information on healthcare, agriculture, education etc. It also includes support for Nokia Messaging which allows you to access your email on your phone and manage your chat accounts using Ovi Chat. The music playback quality is quite good. It comes with a stereo headset which you can plug into the 3.5 mm headphone slot to listen to your music.

    The Nokia C2 will be available by the end of 2010 and will sell for 45 euros. It is quite a good deal at that price and should be successful.