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Nokia 5230 at Dialaphone on Virgin PAYG Clearance £49.95+10top up @ Dial-A-Phone £59.95

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Nokia 5230 V-Festival Red Virgin Mobile Pay As You Go * Symbian OS v9.4, Series 60 rel. 5 * Music Player * 2 Mega Pixel Camera * Great features! Read More
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Nokia 5230 V-Festival Red Virgin Mobile Pay As You Go

* Symbian OS v9.4, Series 60 rel. 5
* Music Player
* 2 Mega Pixel Camera
* Great features!
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#1
excellent phone for this price
1 Like #2
Even if you don't like the phone that much it's a decent SatNav with maps of the entire world included. Apparently it still works if you take the SIM out so you can download the right maps before you go abroad and don't run up any data charges while you're away
#3
Are these unlocked?
#4
its an excellent phone and the sat nav an added bonus. bought this last year and very happy with it.
1 Like #5
Possibly £6.50 quidco
#6
....Nice find radiakashyap ji, heat added!
#7
This is a nice phone - great deal!
The only thing what's missing from this phone is the wifi.

A review:
http://www.trustedreviews.com/mobile-phones/review/2010/09/08/Nokia-5230/p2
#8
zzZZzzZZ
This is a nice phone - great deal!The only thing what's missing from this phone is the wifi.A review:http://www.trustedreviews.com/mobile-phones/review/2010/09/08/Nokia-5230/p2
Can't understand a form of mobile internet without wi-fi. Surely the whole point of using a tiny phone as opposed to a heavier bulkier laptop is to be able to get free internet in cafes etc,or just hanging around outside somewhere which provides it ?
Voted hot as it seems to be good for the money despite that.
#9
Korny88
Are these unlocked?
the phones they sell in the shops are locked.
#10
I have this phone myself and for the price, you really cant get anything like this at the moment. Like others said, there is no wifi but the 3g is prity fast and most have internet from their provider.

Would recomend to any one on a budget.
#11
Posted over a month ago:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/nokia-5230-on-orange-virgin-payg-49/817869

This will most likely be locked
#12
It's the same price at Argos (if you can find any stock) which is about what I paid for it last summer.
#13
unlocking will cost you £25 everywhere and minimum 5 days. I went to a lot of shops and alls quoted £25 and £30 and asked me to leave the phone with them for five days. I bought this a month ago. cheapest way to get it unlocked is to call virgin and pay £15 but it will still take 5 working days before they post it to you.
#14
badmash
unlocking will cost you £25 everywhere and minimum 5 days. I went to a lot of shops and alls quoted £25 and £30 and asked me to leave the phone with them for five days. I bought this a month ago. cheapest way to get it unlocked is to call virgin and pay £15 but it will still take 5 working days before they post it to you.


Virgin always used to just give you the unlock code, ie for £nil, if you had spent a certain amount of credit with them. Does that still work, now?
1 Like #15
yep - not a bad phone at all - had one til I upgraded to a San Francisco which has been extensively covered on here and the modaco forums. The Nokia is robust, has excellent sat nav capabilities but in comparison to an android smart phone is definitely far far behind. For the price it's great though I'd also have a look at the samsung tocco lite which is about the same price, or if you're willing to pay an extra £30 then definitely go for the San Fran.

PS- as has been said before, these are NOT easy to unlock so if you're going for one, make sure it's the network you want.

PPS - final bit of advice. I got mine on vodaphone - which you can then use an ASDA sim card on for much cheaper PAYG (8p talk, 4p text) - the reason being ASDA uses vodaphone's network.

Hope that all helps someone!
#16
GDB2222
badmash
unlocking will cost you £25 everywhere and minimum 5 days. I went to a lot of shops and alls quoted £25 and £30 and asked me to leave the phone with them for five days. I bought this a month ago. cheapest way to get it unlocked is to call virgin and pay £15 but it will still take 5 working days before they post it to you.


Virgin always used to just give you the unlock code, ie for £nil, if you had spent a certain amount of credit with them. Does that still work, now?


I've always got my phones unlocked down at our local market. There's about half a dozen different stalls that do it instantly ranging from about £7 - £10 in cost. Takes about 10 minutes or so.
#17
The price of unlocking does seem high. Nokia BB5 is a pain.

The other negative thing is the lack of WiFi. Not that bothered about the Internet but since this Nokia has a decent GPS and maps WiFi is a must for downloading the aGPS data rather than using data (especially on PAYG). Or does someone know it is possible to sync the aGPS data via USB?

Good price for a well made phone, so voting hot though
#18
Have to say that we've got both a 5230 and an Orange San Francisco. The 5230 is good for the money but even at double the price the San Francisco is worth every extra penny for the wi-fi and Android OS, etc.
#19
I have this phone, cost me £10 to unlock it from Vodafone (via an online website). Sat Nav is pretty good (and free) really needs a good data plan due to the lack of wifi (but for the price musn't grumble) decent music player, and the sportstracker app is great if you are into running/cycling walking.

Doesn't come with a proper stylus, which can be a pain in the bum

Edited By: Paddy_o_furniture on Jan 10, 2011 18:42
#20
If I remember the first thing that I did with this phone was update the firmware and it made a massive difference with some great improvements with the touch screen and general browsing.
#21
nice phone for satnav, not too bad for music and browsing too. not many apps but does all the important features for me at a decent price
#22
whats battery life like on it?
#23
If you're just using it as a phone the battery lasts a few days. if you use the web much expect to charge it most days. If you use the Satnav it's best to have an in-car charger as it kills it fairly quickly (a couple of hours)
#24
keloid
whats battery life like on it?
amazing!
#25
What use would wi-fi be for using it as a GPS? If you're in a cafe using their wi-fi then surely you already know where you are?! If you don't know where you are, chances are there isn't a handy open wi-fi network to access.

The GPS works fine even when there is no phone/internet signal - it's real GPS not A-GPS. I've used mine to tell me how fast I'm travelling when in the middle of the Irish Sea. Length of time to get a GPS lock can be frustrating sometimes, often 5 minutes plus, more often a minute or so, and sometimes in seconds, and strangely it doesn't seem to be dependent on the terrain. I think this has improved with firmware updates.

Battery life is good for a phone of this type. I get 5 or 6 days if just used for calls, texts and occasional bit of internet browsing. Much much less if it's used for lots of GPS particularly, but also the 3G wipes it out pretty quickly if used extensively.
#26
@Jamp

Downloading new maps takes a lot of data - WiFi would be useful for downloading the maps. I can't see anyone else suggesting you need WiFi to actually use the SatNav. One of the advantages of Nokia SatNav is that (once you've downloaded the maps) it doesn''t require an internet connection - so if you're going abroad you can download the appropriate map before you go and remove the SIM card so it doesn't connect and run up huge data charges. I bought one purely for the SatNav (which is great) after my Garmin was stolen, it's a bit limited as a smart phone (but as said above tough and with good battery life) but has great maps and is dirt cheap. My daughter has an Android phone with WiFi and as a smart phone hers is much better - WiFi makes the internet usable without being irritating and Android means there are far more useful apps available.
#27
I take your point, but since downloading the maps would/could be a one off event it's pretty easy to do that with the phone connected to a PC and download using Ovi Suite. You do need either a bluetooth enabled PC or a data cable (not included with the phone and not a standard usb - but available for pennies on online auction sites).

Good deal anyway but it's a shame these are such a pain to unlock. Mine came on Voda and I got a friend with a long term Voda contract to get it unlocked for me.
#28
RedOnRed
GDB2222
badmash
unlocking will cost you £25 everywhere and minimum 5 days. I went to a lot of shops and alls quoted £25 and £30 and asked me to leave the phone with them for five days. I bought this a month ago. cheapest way to get it unlocked is to call virgin and pay £15 but it will still take 5 working days before they post it to you.


Virgin always used to just give you the unlock code, ie for £nil, if you had spent a certain amount of credit with them. Does that still work, now?


I've always got my phones unlocked down at our local market. There's about half a dozen different stalls that do it instantly ranging from about £7 - £10 in cost. Takes about 10 minutes or so.


I don't think you'll find that you'll be able to unlock this phone on either Virgin or Orange for £7-£10. The 5230 use BB5, which are more complicated to get unlocked. Seen people selling them by code on ebay for around £20 - on orange anyway.
#29
GDB2222
badmash
unlocking will cost you £25 everywhere and minimum 5 days. I went to a lot of shops and alls quoted £25 and £30 and asked me to leave the phone with them for five days. I bought this a month ago. cheapest way to get it unlocked is to call virgin and pay £15 but it will still take 5 working days before they post it to you.


Virgin always used to just give you the unlock code, ie for £nil, if you had spent a certain amount of credit with them. Does that still work, now?
no and virgin only sell codes for phones sold in there shops. no where else.

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