Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Comes with QWERTY Keyboard

Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia today unveiled the Nokia 5730 XpressMusic, its first music phone to have a QWERTY keyboard for quick messaging.

The new Nokia 5730 Xpressmusic series targets the social networking trend with a full sliding keyboard. Its homescreen features an improved contacts bar that lists up to 20 friends and accesses music, people, N-Gage games, email, calendar and other applications such as Facebook, Photos, Ovi Contacts and Maps.

With Nokia's Ovi Contacts, users can see which friends are online, chat and view what music they're listening to.

Consumers can also play games through dedicated gaming keys and online through the N-Gage Arena community.

Nokia said it will expand its "Comes with Music" service, currently available in the UK and Singapore, to Australia later this month. Additional launches for the coming several months include Italy, Sweden and Mexico.

Comes with Music offers unlimited music from major music labels and a number of independents, and the music can be kept after the yearly contract has expired.

The individual tracks can be downloaded to a phone and a single computer and are free, though the cost of the music is reflected in the price of the phone itself.

The Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Series will begin shipping in the third quarter of 2009 for an estimated retail price of $350