Rated 3.8 out of 5 based off 68 ratings

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Brand Nokia
Wireless Carrier T-Mobile
Operating System Nokia symbian
Cellular Technology 3G
Memory Storage Capacity 70 GB
Connectivity Technology Bluetooth
Color White
Screen Size 3.2 Inches
Wireless network technology GSM, UMTS
Connector Type 3.5mm Jack
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  • Unlocked quad-band GSM cell phone compatible with 850/900/1800/1900 frequencies and US/International 3G compatibility via 850/900/1900/2100 UMTS/HSDPA plus GPRS/EDGE capabilities
  • Fun, stylish, and affordable 3G-enabled touchscreen with 3.2-inch display; download apps, games and music from Nokia's Ovi Store
  • 2-megapixel camera/camcorder; Bluetooth stereo music; microSD memory expansion to 16 GB; access to personal/work e-mail and instant messaging services
  • Up to 4.5 hours of 3G talk time (7 hours on non-3G), up to 438 hours (18.25 days) of standby time
  • What's in the Box: handset, rechargeable battery, charger, wired stereo headset, wrist strap, car mount and holder, user manual
  • Unlocked cell phones are compatible with GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile as well as with GSM SIM cards (e.g. H20, Straight Talk, and select prepaid carriers). Unlocked cell phones will not work with CDMA Carriers like Sprint, Verizon, Boost or Virgin.


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Product Description

Nokia 5230 unlocked Phone - Nokia 5230 Key Product Features One hand, resistive touch with Nokia's intuitive UI Dimensions 111 mmx51.7mm (thickest part 14.5mm), 115 g with/BL-5J battery Memory: Internal 81 MB with hot swappable 4 G microSD in box. Can handle up to 16 GB Talk time: Up to 4.5 hr (3G) /10.7hr (2G) Standby time: Up to 458 h (3G)/452 h (2G) Up to 4.6 hr video playback Mpeg4, up to 3 hr nHD, up to 33 h music playback (offline mode) 3.2 nHD, 640x360, 16 M colors; 16:9 aspect ratio 2.0 MPix , 3x digital zoom camera; Video sharing and Video Streaming (3GPP and CIF) High efficiency charger AC-8, Battery BL-5J and Stereo Headset WH-102 in box 3.5mm AV, uUSB interface to PC, uSD slot, small DC jack A-GPS, Stereo FM radio, MP3/AAC player Bluetooth wireless technology 2.0 interface 3.5G, HSDPA, GPRS/EDGE Operating System : S60 5.0.


A stylish and affordable 3G-enabled touchscreen phone, the Nokia 5230 is packed with applications, maps with turn-by-turn directions, access to downloadable music and games, and more. It features a 3.2-inch touchscreen display that offers a tactile feedback and an accelerometer that auto-rotates so you can quickly view videos and Web pages in widescreen mode. It offers integrated GPS with free Ovi Maps Navigation and the pre-loaded Ovi Store by Nokia for discovering and downloading more apps and games.

The affordable Nokia 5230 with 3.2-inch touchscreen display. Other features include car mount and holder for easy use of Ovi Maps navigation, microSD memory expansion (up to 16 GB), 2-megapixel camera/camcorder, Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, multi-format digital audio player, FM radio, support for both personal and corporate e-mail, and up to 4.5 hours of 3G talk time (7 hours on non-3G networks).

Unlocked Phone
This unlocked cell phone can be used with a GSM network service provider. It does not come with a SIM card, and it requires that you provide a SIM card for usage with your selected service provider. This phone comes with a full manufacturer's warranty.

When paired with a compatible 3G network, you'll enjoy a high-speed connection offering a variety of feature-rich wireless services--from data connectivity to your office to multimedia streaming, and take advantage of simultaneous voice and data services. In areas not served by a 3G network, you'll continue to receive data service via EDGE network (depending on network compatibility).

Note that the downloading of maps, games, music and videos and uploading of images and videos involves transferring large amounts of data. Your service provider may charge for the data transmission, and the availability of particular services and features may vary by carrier.

Key Features

Customizable Home screen for quick access to 20 of your friends from the Contacts bar.
  • Fast 3G connectivity with broadband-like speeds via 850/900/1900/2100 MHz UMTS/HSDPA.
  • Integrated assisted GPS (A-GPS) receiver with free Ovi Maps enables you to find your route quickly and easily, whether walking or driving. Use the Walk pedestrian navigation to find your way, or the voice-guided Drive navigation to find the best route. (Learn more)
  • 3.2-inch touchscreen with responsive, tactile feedback (640 x 360 pixels, 16.7 million colors).
  • 2-megapixel camera with 3x digital zoom, center-weighted auto exposure, white balance settings, and on-phone photo editor.
  • Video capture capabilities with recording up to 640 x 480 pixels and up to 30 fps.
  • Digital audio/video player with compatibility for MP3, WMA, and AAC/eAAC+ formats
  • FM radio (requires headset to be attached)
  • Bluetooth connectivity (version 2.0) includes profiles for communication headset, hands-free car kits, and the A2DP Bluetooth profile--enabling you to wirelessly stream your music to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones or speaker dock.
  • Memory expansion via microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 16 GB.
  • SMS and MMS messaging with common inbox
  • Instant messaging via AIM, Yahoo! Messenger, MSN Live, and Google Talk
  • Supports e-mail accounts from more than a thousand ISPs (SMTP, IMAP4, POP3), as well as Gmail, Yahoo! mail and Hotmail. People who use Microsoft Exchange at work can access their e-mail using the Mail for Exchange mobile e-mail client, which comes pre-loaded (an Exchange e-mail account is required and your Exchange Administrator must have enabled your account for synchronization).
  • Nokia Xpress audio messaging
  • Full HTML Web browsing
  • Organizer tools including calendar, alarm clock, notes, world clock, converter, and calculator.
  • Airplane mode allows you to listen to music while the cellular connectivity is turned off
  • USB connectivity
  • Ovi Store by Nokia with access to thousands of applications and other exciting content.
  • Integrated hands-free speakerphone
  • Contacts bar for 20 contacts with images and communication history (SMS, e-mail, web feeds)
  • Symbian OS v9.4, Series 60 5.0
  • Changeable color battery covers

Vital Statistics
The Nokia 5230 weighs 3.98 ounces and measures 4.37 x 2.03 x 0.61 inches. Its 1320 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 4.5 hours of 3G talk time (7 hours on non-3G networks), and up to 438 hours (18.25 days) of standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies, plus 850/900/1900/2100 3G networks (HSDPA).

What's in the Box
Nokia 5230 handset, rechargeable battery, charger, wired stereo headset, wrist strap, user manual

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Nokia now offers its Ovi Maps walk and drive navigation application free across the globe. Drivers receive turn-by-turn voice guidance including lane assistance, traffic information (in 10 countries including the U.S.), and safety camera and speed warnings, while pedestrians will be guided on shortcuts through parks and pedestrian-only zones in over 100 cities across the globe. And unlike other mobile navigation mapping solutions, Ovi Maps works offline--no cellular service is required.

Driving directions.

3D landmarks.

Lonely Planet guide.

Real-time weather. With the new Ovi Maps for mobile you get for free:

  • Maps for over 180 countries and free map updates
  • Drive and Walk navigation available in over 70 countries with real-time voice guidance
  • My Position enables you to find your current location easier and faster than ever.
  • New one box search for quicker access to finding places and addresses.
  • Save your favorite places and routes, then synchronize them with your Ovi account over the air.
  • Car navigation with voice and visual instructions, lane assistance and speed limit information. Now also with text-to-speech voice guidance.
  • Pedestrian navigation with routing through pedestrian zones and shortcuts, pathways through parks and buildings, stairways and plazas. Now with text-to-speech voice guidance.
  • Get real-time weather information including a 5-day forecast, for your current or any location found via search.
  • Lonely Planet and Michelin offer you dynamic access to the best and most relevant editorial travel content for over 1000 destinations. Find thousands of listings for sights, restaurants, hotels, shops, nightlife, and more. Look these places up on the map and get to them with Walk and Drive navigation.
  • Discover the events happening nearby your location on the map or any place found via search.
  • Share your location on Facebook--where you are, what you are up to and finish with a photo.

No Hidden Costs
The new version of Ovi Maps comes with all the maps and high-end, car grade navigation features you need for free and is yours to keep for the life of the smartphone. No additional licenses needed for extra countries, regions or services like traffic information or city guides. Data charges from network operators may apply.

Voice Guidance and Traffic Information
Turn-by-turn, voice guided navigation comes free for both drivers and pedestrians. For drivers this includes lane assistance, traffic information, safety camera, and speed warnings. For pedestrians, this includes shortcuts through parks and pedestrian-only zones for over 100 cities around the world as well as 6,000 3D landmarks in over 200 cities to help you find exactly where you are.

Unique Hybrid Technology
Ovi Maps is built on an advanced technology called hybrid vector maps. Vector maps are high quality but less data intensive and allow you to continue to navigate even if you lose your network connection. This means that maps downloaded or updated across a network connection are about half the size of bulky bitmaps used by other mobile map providers. The hybrid technology ensures that, unlike other providers, any downloaded map data is stored on the device for future use.

No Network Connection Required When Navigating
Avoid expensive, battery-draining network connections with Nokia's unique hybrid technology. Maps can be pre-loaded on to your Nokia smartphone so you can set Ovi Maps to offline mode, saving battery power, and the navigation system will still work. This is particularly useful for those worried about data connection costs when travelling abroad or when you are travelling through areas with little or no network coverage.

Best Global Coverage
You take your mobile with you wherever you go in the world so, as standard, voice guided navigation for both pedestrians and drivers is available for 74 countries in 46 different languages and there are maps for over 180 countries. This gives you the best maps with the largest global coverage for free.

Product Reviews:

Dee Campbell
2.0 out of 5 stars

Poor usability. With this price? Go for the iPhone.
Reviewed in the United States ?? on July 3, 2010

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Nokia had many GREAT phones in the past but this one is just POOR. I had many Nokia phones before and they all had great usability. The Nokia 5230 Nuron, however, makes me very disappointed. I *rarely* refer to user's manual for electronic gadgets but this one got me. I work as a User Interface Designer and I consider myself pretty techie. I struggled a lot when I use the phone. Thought maybe it was my problem. No. Gave it to another coworker to test it and he also got stuck on entering the most basic: Contacts.

1. I spent 30 minutes trying to figure out how to use QWERTY to enter my contacts. I had the Alphanumeric keypad up and I tried to find how to turn the QWERTY on. Click on the icon that looks like a keyboard. And they trick you! A dropdown comes up and it only has 'Handwriting' and 'Alphanumeric keypad' on it. No QWERTY. I tried turning the phone horizontally. Nothing changed. Little did I know I had to turn the phone "anti-clockwise" to trigger the QWERTY keyboard to come up. If you turn it the other way it won't work. Fine! Now I learned. But that keyboard icon just totally got me. If a keyboard can't be turned on from there, then don't make the icon looks like a keyboard for goodness sake!

2. The MAP interaction is unintuitive. I have the phone for 2 days already and I'm still trying to figure out how to use it properly. First of all, who would use a SmartPhone MAP for the sake of looking at it these days? Its main purpose should be for user to "get directions" to a place! Not for the Nuron. I open the MAP and I don't know what to do. I see an "Options" button. I click on it and was hoping to see a "Go to place" link. No. Instead I see a bunch of useless links. The MOST important link isn't there. Then there's a "Search" button. EVERYTIME I click on it, I keep forgetting that I have to ERASE everything I typed in before in order to enter new entry. OH and to make it worse, you have to repeat that for 3 total fields (ZIP code, Street Name, Street Number!) (Why not combine Street Number and Street Name????) Then you have to click 'Options' again to hit 'Search'. Then it tells you how many miles afar... (I didn't know that the number of miles is THAT important. It's the first thing I need to know? I DON'T CARE!!!) THEN you click that Address again (took me awhile to figure that out) to hit 'Drive to'. Took me 30 minutes to find that out.

3. EVERY time after I put in the battery and switch it on, it resets the Date/Time/Country. You have to reenter EVERYTHING again. Shouldn't a SmartPhone be able to detect where you are and the timezone??

Many more but I don't want to go into it.

Bottom line, with this kind of price ($165)? Go for the iPhone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars

Excellent value for the money. Has all the features!
Reviewed in the United States ?? on August 20, 2010

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I have to say that this phone is an excellent value in every aspect. It has any feature you could want except wifi but this phone is NOT considered a smartphone by AT&T so you DO NOT HAVE TO PAY THE $30 DATA PLAN FEE and you can use the $10 per month unlimited data!! I bought this phone for my husband because it seemed like the best alternative to an iPhone and similar touchscreen smartphones without the issue of having to pay the ridiculous "Smartphone Plan" fee. The camera works great even though it has no flash. You just set it to night mode and can get a better picture in low light settings. The internal data is plenty generous and you can also add an SD card for more memory. My husband particularly likes this because it means he can use it just like an iPod or any other MP3 player and it also has the built in radio so he can listen to it while at work (he is a residential/commercial remodeler) if he doesn't want to listen to his stored music. You can still answer calls right from the earbuds while using the radio feature. The touch screen is great, the screen size is great. It has fast response time from input or touch. We have absolutely no complaints at all.

Some people might not like the idea of not having wifi, but if you think about it, if you buy any similar phone you're going to have to pay the stupid $30 extra monthly fee even if you do not use AT&T internet. With this phone you can just get the $10 unlimited data plan and be done with it. The internet works great on this phone and is fast in our experience. Very happy with the purchase and the price is amazing. Call quality is great as with all Nokias. No issues whatsoever and highly recommended!
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Elsie Enchanted
2.0 out of 5 stars

Total bust trying to use unlocked phone with T-Mobile
Reviewed in the United States ?? on May 13, 2011

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I bought this phone here because at the time it was $30 cheaper than what T-Mobile wanted non-contract. When I got it, I put my SIM card in. Calling worked fine, but I couldn't get the data service to work. After talking to many different people at T-Mobile (with several different answers), I concluded that the right answer was that the unlocked phone wasn't allowed by the network to use the data services (at least not 3G services). Thankfully Amazon allowed me to return this phone and T-Mobile was willing to cut their price some since I had to buy it from them and wasn't happy about it.

Regarding the phone itself, it's a decent inexpensive smart phone. I still use it today (nearly a year later). The screen is small compared to more expensive phones. The touch screen actions are at times inconsistent (but you learn how to use it). It manages my gmail accounts nicely (though it can only be set to auto retrieve at most 2 accounts). You can do basic web browsing to get information you need. You wouldn't want to use it all the time or you would go insane due to the small screen. Speed is okay with 3G, painful with Edge (roughly equal to dial up). But the basic browsing capability has come in handy several times. Also, the remote lock and wipe features are nice ever needed.

The biggest drawback is the Symbian OS. Everyone has pronounced it dead and it's tough to find apps for it. Tons of iPhone and Android apps out there do not and never will have a Symbian equivalent. If there were, I would use my phone more. As it is, I use an iPod touch wherever I can get wifi and only use my phone when I can't use the iPod.

To be sure it's no iPhone, but it gets the job done - if you buy it from T-Mobile.
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