Nokia isn’t known for its relationships with U.S. carriers, but T-Mobile USA managed to land an exclusive deal to carry Nokia’s new 5230 Nuron. The 5230 Nuron is the first Nokia smartphone to come pre-loaded with the Ovi Store and has free turn-by-turn navigation through Ovi Maps.
Nokia and T-Mobile are keeping mum on availability, saying only that the device will be available nationwide “in the coming weeks.” The device will be available for $69.99 with a two year service agreement, voice and data plan and $50 rebate.
“Many of our customers are looking for smartphones that deliver a great mobile Web experience with access to games and applications, all at an affordable price,” T-Mobile USA Product Marketing Director Travis Warren said in a statement. “We are excited to partner with Nokia to offer our customers the Nokia 5230 Nuron, a 3G smartphone for the masses that delivers features like a full touch screen, free turn-by-turn navigation and a premium storefront for applications.”
The 3G device features a 3.2-inch touch screen and a full HTML browser but lacks Wi-Fi connectivity. The device comes with carrier billing for those customers who prefer not to pay with a credit card.