Nokia set to unveil cheaper Windows mobile phone

Nokia will next week unveil a new, cheaper Microsoft Windows mobile phone aimed at targeting a wider market for its new range of smartphones.

Cheaper phones are the key for Nokia and Microsoft in their battle to win a larger share of the market, which was depleted in the last year.

In addition to the new Lumia 610, Nokia will also unveil a global version of its high-end Lumia 900 phone at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Reuters reports.

The devices will be launched at a news conference on February 27th and the firm will be hoping for better fortunes than was seen in 2011.

Nokia last year dumped its own smartphone software platforms in favour of Microsoft's Windows Phone but it has had a limited impact so far.

Its share of the smartphone market fell to just two per cent last quarter, which is compared to three per cent a year ago and 13 per cent four years previously.

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