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http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/08/nokias-nicest-dumbphon/
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Nokia’s newest handset has a Gorilla Glass screen, an eye-popping 38-day battery life, and is constructed of sturdy aluminum. The catch? It runs a 14-year-old operating system, and is about as dumb as a phone can get these days.... But Nokia’s new 515 handset borrows its industrial design from high-end smartphones, presumably in the effort to make it feel like a premium object. It’s basically a flagship dumbphone for the consumer who wants a carefully considered phone, but doesn’t necessarily want the whole Internet in his pocket.

Looks pretty nice, don't think I would give up my GS4, but I can see alot of less tech savvy users seeing this as a nice upgrade from their old brick phones. Im really tempted to say I would actually use one of these.

edit: spec's link thanks to madvillan http://www.nokia.com/global/products/phone/515/specifications/
Edited by pac0tac0 - 8/31/13 at 10:08am
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post #2 of 156
I want one because I have no use for a smartphone. The price cut of the Nexus 4 makes it tempting though.
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Based on how tough their old dumbphones were, this is probably going to have to be registered as a lethal weapon with national governments. tongue.gif
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I think this sounds interesting. I'd be more willing to get a smartphone if you weren't charged arbitrary monthly smartphone fees.

Color me interested.
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post #5 of 156
This is perfect, now only if they made a tough book like version of it, I'd trade in my s3 straight away
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I use to work for Sprint and you'll be surprise on how many people ask for "Dumbphone" (Seriously!) They wanted a modern looking phone, that is simple. And this phone looks good cause a lot of elder customer I see use to have Nokia.

Good move by Nokia! thumb.gif
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Based on how tough their old dumbphones were, this is probably going to have to be registered as a lethal weapon with national governments. tongue.gif

A lethal weapon? How about WMD?

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Based on how tough their old dumbphones were, this is probably going to have to be registered as a lethal weapon with national governments. tongue.gif

Probably not, after they fell off the leaderboard and teamed with MS they make competitive phones...not the weapons of mass destruction class ones they had out of plastic back in the day. I remember my friend in highschool lost his in my front yard in the first snow of that year....in spring we found it and turned it back on to find it still had everything working just fine. This was also the same phone he ran over with his car in the summer prior. I never looked at plastic as weak again.

Also, at a suspected $150 the value in this new phone is just not there. A Nexus4 is only $50ish more and even if you don't want a data plan is still better use of the money.
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I use to work for Sprint and you'll be surprise on how many people ask for "Dumbphone" (Seriously!) They wanted a modern looking phone, that is simple. And this phone looks good cause a lot of elder customer I see use to have Nokia.

Good move by Nokia! thumb.gif

As a Sprint customer I can understand why people want "dumbphones"...because Sprint has pretty pathetic coverage for anything with data. So why would you want a smartphone and data plan on Sprint when you'll never be able to use the data plan in any meaningful way? 3G and almost all my "apps" can't seem to load anything other than what they fetched on WIFI.
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post #9 of 156
Clearly this is a niche that was in need of filling.

Shoot, I'd settle for a rotary dialer if it had a 38-day battery life.
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As a non-smart phone owner who has watched the quality of dumb-phones go down the drain for the past 8 years... I will admit to looking forward to this. One of the biggest things pushing me to smart phones is how awful the dumb-phone options are.
    
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