Nokia tunes up new music phones
Handset maker unveils three new music phones and adds more countries to its Comes With Music service--though the U.S. is still left out in the cold.
Nokia announced on Wednesday three new Comes with Music phones for a variety of budgets. The company also said it is adding access to its Nokia Music Store in more countries worldwide, though not to the U.S.
First, the phones. Nokia unveiled the 5730 XpressMusic, the 5330 XpressMusic, and the 5030. The new 5730 XpressMusic represents the high-end market. It has a slide-out QWERTY keypad and is expected to sell for around 280 euros ($358).
The 5330 XpressMusic phone is a slider phone that costs 160 euros and is the midrange of the product. Finally, there is the basic phone called the 5030 XpressMusic, which is expected to sell for less than 40 euros. It comes with an embedded FM radio receiver.
Nokia's, which essentially bundles access to digital music with the purchase of a new handset, has been available only in a handful of markets including, the U.K., Singapore, Italy, and Australia. Now, the company is expanding to Mexico, Italy, Sweden, Portugal, Norway, and South Africa. Users get unlimited downloads and access to the music store for a set period of time. They are allowed to keep the music they've downloaded.
But even with the expansion of the music service to more countries, it's still not available in the United States. Americans will have to wait.
The new handsets broaden Nokia's range in the music phone category. Still, these are not smartphones and are instead focused primarily on music. The company launched a limited music phone called the 5310 last year. But its flagship N-95 smartphone is more of a multimedia device.
The 5730 and 5330 will be on the market in the third quarter. The 5030 is expected to be available in the second quarter.