Nokia phone maker launches new budget phones

HMD Global's two new phones feature long-lasting batteries and durable build.

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Nokia 220 4G and the new Nokia 105

Nokia 220 4G and Nokia 105 have long-lasting batteries.

HMD Global

HMD Global, the company that makes Nokia phones , on Wednesday launched Nokia 220 4G and the new Nokia 105. The entry-level phones provide 4G and 2G connectivity to users in global markets. 

Nokia 220 4G offers HD voice calls over 4G LTE  and allows users to go online via a web browser. Both phones come in durable, polycarbonate bodies, HMD Global said in a release.

"The fourth-generation Nokia 105 builds on the winning formula of its predecessors offering great value for fans who are adopting mobility for the first time," said Juho Sarvikas, HMD Global chief product officer, in the release. "As for Nokia 220 4G -- this is our answer to for those who want readiness for HD 4G calls in a familiar Nokia feature phone package."

Nokia 220 4G can be used as a portable radio and has a long-lasting battery, with a standby time of up to 27 days, the company said. Nokia 105 also has a battery that can last for several days, as well as a built-in FM radio, it said.

Nokia 220 4G will be available mid-August in blue and black, starting at 39 euros, or $43.50. Nokia 105 will be available in August in blue, pink and black starting at 13 euros or $14.50. US availability hasn't yet been announced. 

HMD also said Wednesday the Nokia 7.1 is available for $249 (a $100 discount) at Best Buy until Aug. 3. Customers who switch to Verizon will get an additional $250 back. 

Watch this: Nokia phones arrive in every shape and type

Originally published July 24 at 1:58 p.m. PT.
Update, 3:25 p.m. PT: Adds information about Nokia 7.1 discount.