4 Phones That Are Perfect For Nokia's Free Ovi Maps

Nokia's announcement that its Ovi Maps will now be free means that many of us could seriously consider getting one smartphone from the Finnish manufacturer.

Apart from setting Ovi Maps free (more details here), Nokia is also providing with free Events, Lonely platnet and Michelin guides.

The list of mobile phones that are compatible is currently limited to the following; the E72, the E55, the E52, the N97 Mini, the X6, the 6730, the 6710 Navigator, the 5230 and the 5800.

Unfortunately for some reason, the N97 or the N900 are not classified as compatible for now but Nokia has already promised to expand the list in a near future.

We've come up with a top five Nokia phones list that are ideal complements for the company's excellent Ovi Maps and are available either on PAYG or on Pay Monthly.

The ideal budget partner for Nokia's Ovi Maps has to be the Nokia 5800 Comes With Music from T-Mobile. You can get it for as little as £15 per month from T-Mobile directly on a 24 months contract.

The bundle includes only 100 minutes but avid texters will be pleased to know that it also comes with unlimited texts and Nokia's exclusive Comes with Music package.

This gives you unlimited access to over six million tracks for two years and you can keep the tracks after first 12 months.

The phone itself is not shabby. It has a 3.2-inch touchscreen, a MP3 player, 8GB memory and a 3.2-megapixel camera.

You can add internet access for £5 per month to make it an even better all-rounder with a total cost of ownership of £480 spread over two years. Dump the internet, choose T-Mobile's 200 minutes, 200 texts for 18 months and slash the price to £324.

If you don't want to go the pay monthly route, then the 5800 is available on Orange from Mobiles.co.uk for £160 including a £10 top up voucher.

For those looking for an even cheaper deal, Orange has one which might not suit everyone. The Nokia 5230 Black is a notch under the 5800 but if you are a very light user or want to use the phone primarily as a satnav, then it can be very useful.

The contract length is 36 months and you have to buy the phone for £44.99 but then the contract cost is only £5 per month with 50 texts and 50 minutes meaning that the total cost of ownership over the period is £225 only.

It comes with a 2-megapixel camera, a 3.2-inch screen with full QWERTY keyboard onscreen, bluetooth, a microSD slot, 3G but no WiFi as in the 5800. It is available from Play for £110 only on PAYG from T-Mobile.

Yearning for something more upmarket? Have a look at the X6, the latest trendy phone from Nokia, which is supposed to replace the Nokia 5800 Comes with music and packs some impressive fire power.

Apart from the fact that it comes with a Nokia music license that allows you to download as much music as you want, you get a 5-megapixel camera, a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen, a whopping 32GB internal memory.

Phones4U has it with 500MB internet offered on a two year, £35 per month contract with 1200 minutes and 3000. Oh and you do get free OVI maps with that as well.

Want to use your existing SIM card? The phone is available SIM free, albeit with 16GB memory, from Play.com for £300 on preorder.

Craving for a more powerful smartphone? Then look no further than the N97 Mini. it is available on Vodafone with 600 minutes and unlimited texts for a staggeringly low £25 per month.

The total cost of ownership is therefore £450 spread over 18 months which is just marginally more than the cost of the unlocked phone itself at Play.com (£390).

As a reminder, the N97 Mini has keeps the 5-megapixel camera but slashes the onboard memory to 8GB. There's also a 3.2-inch touchscreen which is similar to the X6 and the 5800 Xpressmusic. What sets it apart from its siblings is the slide out physical keyboard.