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Microsoft launches the Lumia 215 – the world’s cheapest internet phone

Published by on Jan 6th, 2015, 2 Comments

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In a move we have come to expect from Microsoft since acquiring Nokia, they are continuing to focus on affordable devices rather than flashy flagship smartphones. In this case, however, the Lumia 215 is the cheapest of its kind.

Yes, it won’t win any performance awards, but it is aimed at emerging markets where people might be getting the capability of connecting to the internet with a phone for the first time, and of course for very budget-minded folk. (more…)

Microsoft’s Lumia in Cape Town: A report back

Published by on Nov 25th, 2014, No Comments

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Microsoft (under the Nokia badge) took centre stage on Thursday the 20th of November to demo three new contenders in the firm’s Lumia range – the 730, 830, and 930 – at the lush Twelve Apostles hotel in Cape Town.

Running with the theme of all things photography, Microsoft introduced National Geographic photographer Jason Alvarez, who showcased his work following his exclusive use of the Lumia range for the past 18 months. (more…)

This is Microsoft’s first (non-Nokia) Lumia

Published by on Nov 4th, 2014, 1 Comment

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As we reported previously, Microsoft has completely dropped the Nokia brand from its smartphone division. The devices will not simply be known as Microsoft Lumia devices. (more…)

Nokia Lumia “Black” Software Update Rolling Out in SA

Published by on Jan 10th, 2014, No Comments

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The Lumia Black software update is starting to rollout for Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 owners in South Africa. The update brings new features, improvements in imaging, new apps and app updates from Microsoft and Nokia to make the Lumia smartphone experience even better.

So far we have not gotten the update on our Lumia 1020 review unit – which is getting some pretty great updates for the camera itself.

Luckily, there are updates to almost all reasonably current Lumia phones. The main features brought along with the update from Nokia include: (more…)

Nokia Lumia 1020 finally in SA

Published by on Nov 7th, 2013, 3 Comments

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Nokia latest flagship, the Lumia 1020 has touched down in South Africa.. Boasting a second generation 41 megapixel sensor, the Nokia Lumia 1020 is unlike any smartphone in the market today, enabling zoom by enabling people to discover more detail than the eye can see. With Nokia’s innovative PureView technology, including optical image stabilisation, the device is able to produce some of the sharpest images produced by any (not only phone) digital camera.

This is made possible by leading hardware technology combined with a new application called Nokia Camera, which makes it easy for anyone to take professional quality images. Using a feature called dual capture, the Nokia Lumia 1020 simultaneously takes a high resolution 38 megapixel image for editing, and creates a 5 megapixel picture that is easy to share to social networks with Windows Phone 8.

The Nokia Lumia 1020′s 41 megapixel sensor features leading ZEISS optics with six physical lenses, delivering clear pictures even in low light conditions. Additionally, it captures blur free videos with stereo sound thanks to Nokia Rich Recording, which handles sound pressure levels six times louder than conventional smartphone microphones. (more…)

Nokia Music+ launches in SA

Published by on Apr 4th, 2013, No Comments

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Nokia’s new subscription-based upgrade to its popular free-to-stream mobile music service, Nokia Music+, is now available in South Africa for R25 a month. For the R25 real music fans get a number of enhancements. This further cements Nokia’s great service offering on their Windows Phone based devices.

For even greater music enjoyment, Nokia Music+ provides increased control over the listening experience – at a cost noticeably lower than many third party services – and adds the following additional features to the existing free Nokia Music offering: (more…)

Nashua Xtreme Data package now available for Nokia Lumia phones

Published by on Aug 13th, 2012, No Comments

Following the launch of its flat-rate Xtreme Data service, Nashua Mobile plans to extend access to the service to more Nokia devices as well as to launch a premium version of the service for smartphone users with higher-end data needs.

Launched in March this year as an alternative to the BlackBerry Internet Service, Xtreme Data from Nashua Mobile is a fixed-cost data service priced at R59 per month.  The flat-rate service – currently available for a range of Nokia devices – offers customers data for email, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, browsing and more.

To grow this community, Nashua Mobile has added many more Nokia devices to the ones already supported on the service. Xtreme Data has been extended to the Nokia Asha 300, 303 and 201. All of these devices boast the latest Nokia Browser, which offers up to 90% compression when browsing.  This is good news for users who don’t want to spend much more than R200 a month (including data) on their smartphones.

Now, Nashua Mobile will cater for the higher-end smartphones and data users with the launch of Xtreme Data Premium. With this Nashua Mobile will extend the service to include higher-end Nokia devices, such as Nokia’s Lumia family of smartphones: the Nokia Lumia 900, 800 (see our review here), 710 and 610. (more…)

Win a Nokia Lumia 800 with Springleap and Bandwidth Blog

Published by on Jul 9th, 2012, No Comments

A week ago we told you about the great opportunity to win a Nokia Lumia 800 – and the competition is now open. Want to win? Sure you do! Who wouldn’t want to walk away with an awesome Nokia Lumia 800 – one of our favourite phones (see our review here). Follow these easy steps and you could be Twittering your way into awesomeness:

Springleap.com and Nokia South Africa are launching an exciting design contest to discover a fun, creative t-shirt design that will appeal to the Nokia Developer community and take inspiration from the recently launched Nokia Lumia with Windows Phone range. The contest invites designers from across the globe to illustrate what it means to them to be an app developer, offering a total of $2700 (R20 000) in cash prizes for the top 3 designs. But, here on BandwidthBlog we also want to give away the Lumia 800, and in order to win it, you need to follow these simple steps.

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