It is expected to be commercially available in October 2005 with an estimated retail price of €100 (RM 459) before subsidies or taxes. The Nokia 2652 will be available in Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Greater China region.
While the global mobile subscription base has now reached the significant milestone of two billion mobile subscriptions worldwide, Nokia sees plenty of untapped opportunities and is committed to drive growth in new growth markets, like Brazil, Russia, India, China and countries in Africa. In these markets, affordability of mobile communications for subscribers is the key factor.
“We are working with operators to offer affordable phones and solutions that reduce the total cost of ownership of the handset and mobile services,” says Kai Oistamo, Senior Vice President, Mobile Phones, Nokia. “Nokia was the first vendor to focus on an extensive range of products and network solutions in fast growing markets, and we remain committed to introducing affordable, attractive phones with well-considered features and innovative network solutions to meet the communication needs of consumers in these markets.”
“It is equally important for us to work closely with government bodies to overcome possible barriers that are preventing forward momentum. With the right combination of mobile phones, network solutions, services and a regulated environment, we envision a mobile landscape where operators can profitably offer mobile services to a broader range of consumers for as little as USD 5 per month. When the cost of mobile services becomes this affordable, we foresee the growth curve in growth markets accelerating sharply,” adds Oistamo.