Nokia 5230 Nuron available March 24 from T-Mobile

Nokia and T-Mobile announce the immediate availability of their budget-friendly smartphone, the Nokia 5230 Nuron.

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Everyone loves a great deal, and Nokia and T-Mobile serves up a pretty enticing offer with the Nokia 5230 Nuron.

Available on March 24 for $69.99 with a two-year contract, the Nuron is a full touch-screen smartphone that offers 3G support, access to the Ovi Store, and free maps and voice-guided, turn-by-by navigation via Ovi Maps. The latter is really what makes the phone such a great deal. With Ovi Maps, you're getting maps for the U.S., Canada, and Mexico as well as other premium content such as weather forecasts and Lonely Planet guides, all without the monthly subscription fee.

Of course, to get the cheaper price, you give up a few features, such as Wi-Fi and a high-end camera, but the Nuron isn't meant to be that top-of-the-line, high-performance device. It's really about giving consumers an affordable option when shopping for a smartphone, and we certainly think the Nokia Nuron will give you a lot of bang for your buck.

If you're in the market for a smartphone but don't want to break the bank, the Nuron might just fit the bill. Read our full review of the Nokia 5230 Nuron for all the details.

 

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