Vodafone Unveils Affordable Facebook Feature Phone

By Todd Ogasawara Comment

Vodafone 555 Blue is a low-price feature phone, aimed at emerging markets, optimized for use with Facebook.

If you take a look at the 555 Blue’s specifications, you’ll find a phone that’s much slower than 3Gwith an FM radio and Bluetooth but no wireless Internet access.

It has a 200 Mhz processor that is far too slow for smartphone operating systems but probably fine for a feature phone. The 555 Blue only has 40 MB of system memory and a Micro SD slot for storage (up to 16GB). Its camera is a workable 2 megapixel one.

But these specs do not make it a bad phone — actually, they’re what you might expect in a feature phone.

And, this one, with its Qwerty keyboard, email, music softwar and Opera Mini web browser probably comes together to make a good Facebook-focused feature phone. You can see the Facebook “F” key on the right side of the bottom row on the keyboard.

Best of all, it will probably be available for less than the equivalent of $100 in the U.K. — although that’s hardly an emerging market — when it becomes available next month.

Readers, does a Facebook-enabled feature phone appeal to you?