UPDATE! Deal Alert: Nokia 5530 XM North American model for $249.99 at Costco

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I am getting ready to post my review of the Nokia 5530 that I was sent to evaluate for 30 days and then just received a flyer from Costco with the device on the 2nd page. You can now pick up the Nokia 5530 for $249.99, after the $50 instant rebate from the coupon in the coupon book. I really did not expect to see this device here in the US so soon.  The version listed on Costco also shows WCDMA 850/1900 MHz frequency support so you can get up to 384 kbps data with AT&T so it will be a bit faster than EDGE you see on T-Mobile and with the European unlocked model. After looking through the specs on the Costco website I started to think there was something fishy going on with US 3G, GPS, 30 fps video capture, etc. and it turns out they just copied the Nokia 5800 XM spec list and put it under the 5530.

Tnokia5530xm_sale1he Costco package also includes an 4 GB microSD card (further down the package list states it is an 8GB card so it could be bigger) and plectrum stylus. The stats also show the device has an integrated GPS receiver while the one I am testing has no GPS receiver. Another bonus is that the battery is 1320 mAh (BL-5J) rather than the 1000 mAh (BL-4U) found on the European version. Finally, you get these 20 titles loaded on the device:

  • Abracadaball
  • American Idol
  • Asphalt 4
  • Bejeweled
  • Brain Challenge 2
  • Bubble Bash 2
  • Guitar Rock Tour 2
  • Midnight Pool 2
  • Monopoly Deal
  • Monopoly Here & Now
  • Need For Speed: Undercover
  • New York Nights 2
  • Platinum Solitaire
  • Pro Golf 2010
  • Sims 2: Castaway
  • Sims 3
  • Spore
  • Tetris
  • Texas Hold’em Poker
  • Trivial Pursuit

It looks to me like this NAM version is a nice deal for Nokia fans and if I didn’t already have a Nokia N97 I would consider this device.

Looking at the Nokia USA site, we see the Nokia 5530 available for pre-order for $289.99 with a free MD-8 speaker ($39.95 value) so this Costco deal doesn’t look so good anymore.

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10 Comments to UPDATE! Deal Alert: Nokia 5530 XM North American model for $249.99 at Costco

s4r
September 22, 2009

I don’t get how you say that it doesn’t seem like a good deal at Costco just because Nokia is selling it with an additional accessory for the same price.

If someone was to buy that headset at Costco, they can always buy the speakers anywhere. Nokia has a tendency to lure customers by throwing in free bluetooth headsets, speakers, etc. They’re cranking these things out of the factories and really don’t care to give them away. They are still making a profit.

I would rather buy it from Costco and pocket the extra money and maybe look around online for a better accessory that would suit my needs.

Nokia did this with the N97. They gave away a free bluetooth headset, BH-703, if I remember correctly. This headset was claimed to be a $90 value. Anyone could go to Amazon and buy just the N97 for $90 cheaper than direct from Nokia.

There is no price difference. It’s just preference whether you want the device direct from the company, or a middle-man company like Amazon or Costco.

fz553
December 18, 2009

I know this is a very old post…but I just google for Nokia 5530 deal and found your link. This phone is very cheap now going for $149.99 after $50 rebate.

My lil brother wanted a small sleek phone and didn’t really care about too many features. The price is just perfect!

Sunnny
December 25, 2009

I was looking for Nokia 5530 xpress music deals and found this costco deal. It looks pretty cheap deal. But the Title says.. it is 5530 Gaming Edition, But if we look the Specification Link provided by Nokia seems to be NON Gaming Edition. I am little bit confused whether it is a Gaming edition or not. Can any body please advice or help.

Scaffolding Boards :
October 26, 2010

bluetooth headsets are very nice and very comfortable because you don’t have those pesky wires*~:

Winding Machine ·
November 12, 2010

bluetooth headsets are great because they are wireless and your movement is not limited by wires :~;

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