Nokia’s latest attempt to regain its footing in America is the T-Mobile Nokia 5230 Nuron, an affordable touchscreen model T-Mobile will sell for $69.99 with a two-year plan. Nokia calls it “a smartphone for the masses.”
The Nuron is the first Nokia sold in the United States with Nokia’s Ovi app store built in, as well as Ovi Maps turn-by-turn navigation. T-Mobile’s Nurons come preloaded with maps for Canada, the USA and Mexico.
T-Mobile will support Skype and SkypeOut calls over its data network, as AT&T does. But Skype has chosen not to place its app in Nokia’s Ovi store, because of a pre-existing deal with Verizon Wireless. You’ll need to download and install the Skype app by opening skype.com/m from your phone.
Tech specs include a Symbian operating system and 3G connectivity (Voice: WCDMA 1700-2100/2100, GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900. Data: HSDPA 3.6 Mbps, GPRS/EDGE, plus Bluetooth and USB 2.0)
The Nuron will go on sale “in the coming weeks,” Nokia says