There has been a lot of confusion over whether the Nokia brand would ever resurface again, after conflicting reports emerged last year about Microsoft's intentions.

However, the confusion has, at least for now, been put on hold, with the tech giant announcing the development of a new mobile.

Nokia 215 has been pitched as being the company's first budget smartphone, capable of delivering superb technology at a fraction of the price of a high-end alternative.

Some of the services on offer include online surfing via the Opera Mini browser, Bing search and instant access to Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Instant messaging notifications, from the above websites and many more, will also form part of the experience, helping keep people up-to-date with the latest conversations.

The Nokia 215 also offers new ways of connectivity, with SLAM allowing for content to be passed from devices in an effortless way.

It also includes all the everyday essentials that are now demanded by consumers when it comes to their handheld devices, such as a built-in torch, long battery life, exceptional talk time and MP3 playback.

"With our ultra-affordable mobile phones and digital services, we see an inspiring opportunity to connect the next billion people to the internet for the first time,"Jo Harlow, corporate vice president of Microsoft Devices Group explained.

"The Nokia 215 is perfect for people looking for their first mobile device, or those wanting to upgrade to enjoy affordable digital and social media services, like Facebook and Messenger."

There has been bewilderment about Nokia's relevance as a brand, ever since it was snapped up by Microsoft.

The company, which was once a market leader – it owned 40 per cent of the mobile market in its heyday – has struggled to keep up with rivals like Apple and Samsung.

Even now, there is some ambiguity as to what people should now expect of Nokia products that are developed under the stewardship of Microsoft.ADNFCR-2155-ID-801768674-ADNFCR

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