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Nokia unveils new Comes with Music handsets

5730 XpressMusic has slide-out qwerty keyboard

Nokia has unveiled three new handsets that are compatible with its Comes with Music service.

Nokia's Comes with Music service allows users to download as many songs as they want from the Nokia Music Store for 12 or 18 months after they have purchased a compatible Nokia handset, depending upon their contract.

The Nokia Music Store features tracks from four major record labels and users can keep the music after their contract expires. Until now, just a handful of phones worked with the service. However, Nokia has announced three new devices that are expected to hit the UK shelves sometime this year.

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"We've sold more than 425 million devices with a digital music player and more than 700 million devices with an FM radio, which clearly shows that the mobile phone is the natural device for listening to the music and carrying it with you," said Jo Harlow from Nokia.

The Nokia 5730 XpressMusic features a slide-out qwerty keyboard and according to Nokia benefits from an improved Homescreen that offers one-touch access to the Nokia Music Store and Nokia's gaming platform N-Gage, as well as messaging and the web.

"Combining a connected digital music player like the Nokia 5730 XpressMusic with unlimited access to millions of tracks via Comes with Music means that in addition to their favourite tracks, music lovers can discover, experiment, and keep the new music they find."

The Nokia 5730 is expected to be priced at €280 (£258).

The Nokia 5730 XpressMusic is compatible with the Comes with Music service

Also launched today, was the Nokia 5330 XpressMusic - a slider phone that Nokia says benefits from extended battery life capable of enabling 26 hours of music playback as well as one-touch access to social networking sites Facebook and MySpace. It is thought the handset will be priced at €160 (£147).

These will be joined by the Nokia 5030, which the phone manufacturer claims is its first handset with an internal FM radio antenna. It features buttons on the side of the device that offer one-touch access to the FM radio and allow users to change channels quickly and easily. Available in red or graphite, Nokia says the handset offers up to a day of listening time, 10 hours of talk time and will cost less than €40 (£36)

The Nokia 5030 comes with a internal FM radio antenna

The Nokia 730 XpressMusic and 5330 XpressMusic handsets are expected to be available in Q3 of this year, while the 5030 could hit shelves as soon as Q2.

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See also: Nokia Comes with Music to go DRM-free


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