Today, Nokia unveiled the Nokia 2600 classic (price 65 euros – $95USD) and the Nokia 1209 (35 euros – $50USD), two mobile handsets for consumers in emerging markets.

Nokia 2600 classic allows consumers to customize their phone with changeable Xpress-on covers and MP3 ring tones. Nokia 2600 classic also features few entertainment features, including an FM radio and a VGA camera.

Nokia 2600 classic

According to a recent Nokia survey of consumers in emerging markets, a new trend appears to be emerging: phone sharing. More than 50% of respondents in India, Pakistan and nearly 30% in Vietnam indicate that they share, or would share, their mobile phone with family or friends – a figure which contrasts consumer behaviour in more mature markets.

Nokia 1209

Nokia 1209 offers additional cost management features to make phone sharing easy and convenient. Innovations include the pre-paid tracker, a cost-tracking application, and the multiple phonebook – which allows up to five people to store personal contact lists of up to two hundred numbers on a single phone. Nokia 1209 will become available globally during the second quarter of 2008 and will retail for approximately before applicable taxes or subsidies.

While cost sensitivity is an important element in creating mobile devices for emerging markets, the overwhelming feedback we receive from consumers in these markets is that they want their mobile device to complement their personality and offer a range of colours and entertainment features,” says Alex Lambeek, Vice President, Entry Devices, Nokia. “The Nokia 2600 classic offers a colorful sense of flair and a robust set of features at an exceptionally accessible price. As with all Nokia devices, it is backed by a brand that stands for quality and durability.

Phone sharing is a logical trend – more and more families are purchasing a mobile phone for the entire family to use, not just the head of the household. In addition, digital cameras are quickly becoming more popular in these markets, and as such taking and sharing digital images is becoming more common,” adds Lambeek. “In response, Nokia has developed a number of innovative features like the multiple phonebook to support phone sharing, and we have added technologies like Bluetooth to some models to make transferring images and ringtones easy and affordable.