Nokia 5800 XpressMusic EUR429/279 price mystery resolved

As the shipping date for Nokia 5800 XpressMusic phone in select markets approaches,  the handset started popping up on various sites for pre-order.

And there was a huge outcry of disappointment when potential buyers saw the price of this trendy gadget. Which was more then EUR 429 in Spain – well above the officially promised EUR 279.

So what gives? How could Nokia be so wrong about the handset’s price?

Well, thank’s to Eldar Murtazin from Mobile Review, this mystery is now resolved.

According to his Nokia sources, the base price of Nokia 5800 is still as promised – 279 Euro before taxes and subsidies. However each country is free to offer additional bundles that will go with this phone. For additional price, of course.

And, anticipating a very strong demand for Nokia 5800 before Christmas, they are doing just that.

So the Spanish Nokia 5800 XpressMusic comes bundled with 100 EUR voucher for music downloads from Nokia Music Store, 3 month subscription to Nokia Maps (Voice) Navigation service and other crap goodies.

In addition to fatter margins for everyone involved, this also has a side benefit of preventing gray market for Nokia 5800 phones in other countries. You just won’t be able to make money by driving to Spain, buying a bunch of Nokia 5800s and selling them in France, if you have to overpay well over 100 EUR for the stuff you can’t use.

So, if you are in the market where 5800 is available and you really really want to get it before Christmas, you’ll have to shell out additional 100+ Euros.

But if you can wait until Nokia 5800 XpressMusic starts shipping worldwide early next year, it will become unbundled and prices will come down to the promised EUR 279 before taxes level.

E.g Nokia 5800 will retail in Germany for EUR 299 (incl. VAT) next January.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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  • Bazza

    Hooray for sanity!!!

    Now please Nokia release this thing in December for my birthday.

  • David Gonzales

    When they do that, it'll be expensive, though.

  • president

    i want it in my birthday next monday 🙁

  • president

    i want it in my birthday next monday 🙁