Nokia unveils new handsets for emerging markets

Nokia unveiled two cell phones aimed at emerging markets, its greatest growth area, an Associated Press report said.

The Associated Press report said the two models, Nokia 1209 and Nokia 2600, will be available during the first half of the year costing approximately 35 euros ($50) and 65 euros ($95) respectively.

The handsets feature exchangeable covers, MP3 ring tones and multiple phonebooks. The Nokia 2600 also has a radio and a camera, and the Nokia 1209 offers up to 80 languages.

Recently, the Finland-based company has increasingly concentrated on emerging markets, the Associated Press report said.

It has predicted that the highest growth in the global cell phone market this year, of more than 15%, will be in the Asia-Pacific region, China, the Middle East and Africa, the report said.

In a Nokia survey, more than half of respondents in India and Pakistan said they share or would share a cell phone with family and friends, the report said.

In Vietnam, the corresponding figure was almost 30%, Nokia said.

Some 6,000 people took part in the Nokia sharing survey in India, China, Brazil, Pakistan, Vietnam, Russia and Egypt during October and November 2007, the report further said.