Rob Beschizza at Boing Boing writes about the new Nokia 105, a $15 phone that features a flashlight and an FM radio and a battery that lasts a month on standby. Engadget writes that they're designed to target the low-end of the cellphone market, to be sold in less industrialized countries:
While the Windows Phone brand is still the company's primary point of focus, it doesn't mean Nokia isn't still cranking out millions of basic phones for emerging markets around the globe. With that in mind, the Finnish phone giant has outed two such handsets at its event at Mobile World Congress. Sure, they aren't much to look at, but Nokia feels it's still an important element of its strategy to dominate the lower-end market segment.
As Rob points out, they're also a great choice for keeping around in case of a blackout or natural disaster or zombie apocalypse. But the place I'm most eager to see this phone is in a horror movie -- I want to see a writer figure out how to give her protaganists useful, reliable phones that retain at least some functionality outside the range of cell phone towers, and keep the movie scary.