Last week, Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia officially announced the upcoming availability of a new smartphone in its popular Asha series, namely the Asha 210, a QWERTY-enabled, affordable device.
The new mobile phone packs features and capabilities that Asha users are already accustomed with, but also sports some additional functionality, including a pre-loaded WhatsApp application and a dedicated button to offer fast access to the app.
The new device is expected to prove a great option to all users who are looking at a simple, convenient way in which to stay connected with their friends and family.
According to Nokia, it should prove very convenient to those who are interested in a way to go between SMS and WhatsApp.
And with the messaging app already said to have overtaken SMS in usage, it’s no wonder that the Finnish mobile phone maker has chosen to pre-load it on its new smartphone. Not to mention that the service is offered for free to Asha 210 users for the lifetime of the phone.
The Nokia Asha 210, however, comes with other social networking capabilities as well, including fast access to Facebook and Twitter, Nokia claims.
To offer some more info on what users should expect from the new handset, the guys over at Nokia Conversations talked with Neeraj Arora, WhatsApp’s VP of Business Development, and offered a new perspective on the whole matter.
“With the Nokia Asha 210, users of the phone don’t need to manually and laboriously import contact details, WhatsApp automatically adds phone numbers to the user’s WhatsApp contact list,” Neeraj Arora explains.
“Also, with the dedicated WhatsApp button, WhatsApp is front and center on the keyboard. WhatsApp users can also share multimedia content directly from the gallery or camera on Nokia Asha 210.”
WhatsApp has been present on Nokia’s devices for a while now, and the partnership between the two does not come as a surprise from this perspective. You can learn more on what Neeraj had to say on the matter on this page.