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Quick Spec
Talk Time (max) 7 Hrs
Stand by (max) 500 Hrs
Weight 93g
Size (mm) 111.3 x 53.8 x 14.1 mm
Frequency GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 / HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
Bluetooth Yes
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Fast, Powerful & Fun

Now this is speed - the powerful 1 GHz processor makes sure your apps and entertainment are a pleasure to use. Apps run quickly and smoothly, and with a Wi-Fi or 3.5G internet connection, web pages load fast and downloads arrive in an instant. Scroll through photos effortlessly and browse your music collection with ease.


Express your individuality. Two additional premium covers with a vibrant matt finish are included in the box, so you can choose the right one to match your style. And because they are easy to switch, picking a cover to suit your mood is quick and hassle free. Plus you can choose wallpapers and themes for your home screens as well as add shortcuts for your favourite apps and friends.

Get Social

Everything is ready straight out of the box with fully integrated email and social networks. For you this means real-time emails from your work and personal accounts direct to your home screen. You also get live Facebook and Twitter feeds 24/7 to keep you constantly up to date. Simply choose what’s right for you.

Free Maps & Navigation

Nokia Maps brings you the best of everything in your city, so you can instantly find nearby cafes, shops, concerts and much more. Discover and share great new places as you travel across town - plus you can check in to let people know where you are and meet up with friends who are close by. And best of all, you get free walk and drive navigation with turn-by-turn voice guidance.

Nokia 500 Specifications

  • Internal memory: 2 GB
  • Support for up to 32 GB with an external microSD memory card
  • Battery Performance
  • Talk time (maximum): GSM up to 7 h
  • WCDMA (3G) up to 5 h
  • Standby time (maximum): GSM up to 500 h
  • WCDMA (3G) up to 455 h
  • Video playback time (maximum): 5 h 15 min
  • Video recording time (VGA,15 fps, maximum): 1.5 h
  • Music playback time (maximum): 35 h

Display and User Interface

  • Screen size: 3.2"
  • Resolution: 16:9 nHD (640 x 360 pixels)
  • TFT display
  • 16 million colours
  • Capacitive touch screen
  • Orientation sensor (accelerometer)
  • Compass (Magnetometer)
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light detector

Keys and Inputs Methods

  • Keys: call, end, home, slide lock, volume
  • Finger touch control
  • On-screen alphanumeric keypad and full keyboard
  • Dedicated volume keys


  • Three customisable home screens:
  • menu
  • widgets
  • themes
  • shortcuts
  • apps
  • Customisable profiles
  • Ringtones: mp3, SpMidi, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA
  • Themes
  • wallpapers
  • screensavers
  • pre-installed themes
  • changeable colour themes

Power Management

  • BL-4U 1110 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Talk-time (maximum):
  • GSM up to 7 h
  • WCDMA (3G) up to 5 h
  • Standby time (maximum):
  • GSM up to 500 h
  • WCDMA (3G) up to 455 h
  • Video playback time (VGA,15 fps, maximum): 5 h 15 min
  • Video recording time (VGA,15 fps, maximum): 1.5 h
  • Music playback time (offline mode, wired headset, maximum): 35 h
  • Operation times may vary depending on radio access technology used, operator network configuration and usage.


  • Internal memory: 2 GB
  • MicroSD memory card slot, up to 32 GB

Operating Frequency

  • GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100
  • Automatic switching between WCDMA and GSM bands
  • Flight mode

Data Network

  • GPRS/EDGE release 6, class B, multislot class 33
  • HSDPA Cat10 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA Cat6 5.76 Mbps
  • WLAN IEEE802.11 b/g
  • Capability to serve as data modem
  • Support for MS Outlook synchronisation of contacts, calendar and notes


  • Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR
  • High-Speed USB 2.0 (micro USB connector)
  • Micro USB connector and charging
  • 2 mm charging connector
  • Standard 3.5 mm AV connector

Software platform and user interface

  • Symbian Anna
  • Java MIDP 2.1
  • Qt 4.7, Web Runtime 7.3
  • HTML 4.1
  • Software updates over the air (FOTA) and over the internet (FOTI)
  • Flash Lite 4.0
  • OMA DRM 2.1, Full OMA Client provisioning, OMA DRM 2
  • Mac applications: iSync, Nokia Multimedia Transfer

Personal Information Management (PIM)

  • Detailed contact information
  • Multiple calendars with meeting request support
  • To-do list
  • Notes
  • Recorder
  • Calculator
  • Clock
  • Support for MS Outlook synchronisation of contacts, calendar and notes
  • Preloaded applications
  • Music Player
  • Radio
  • Social client for social network feeds
  • Nokia Maps
  • Here & Now
  • Browser
  • Nokia Music Store
  • Store
  • Shazam Encore
  • WebTV widgets
  • PC applications
  • Nokia Suite

Email and messaging

  • Easy-to-use email client with attachment support for e.g. images, videos and music
  • Full screen email viewer with HTML support
  • Unified email client for multiple protocols: Yahoo!® Mail, Gmail™, Windows Live™, Hotmail and other popular POP/IMAP services, and Mail for Exchange
  • Push email and expanded portal support available through Nokia Messaging for email and instant messaging
  • Email widget for home screen
  • Unified MMS/SMS editor
  • Conversational view for SMS

Call management

  • Contacts: advanced contacts database with support for multiple phone and email details per entry with personal thumbnail pictures and video clips
  • Smart dialling to find phone numbers quickly
  • Speed dialling, voice dialling (speaker independent) and voice command
  • Logs of dialled, received and missed calls
  • Conference calling
  • Integrated handsfree speaker

Browsing and internet

  • Full web browsing of real web pages
  • Web browsing with touch control
  • Supported markup languages: HTML, XHTML MP, WML, CSS
  • Supported protocols: HTTP v1.1, WAP
  • TCP/IP support
  • Visual history, HTML and JavaScript support
  • Flash Lite 4.0 will support a majority of Flash Player 10.1 content
  • Nokia Mobile Search
  • RSS reader
  • Support for streaming video
  • Unified home screen access to Facebook and Twitter through Social client
  • Social networking status updates visible in phone contacts
  • Upload and view photos and video and see locations via Social client

GPS and navigation

  • Integrated GPS, A-GPS receivers
  • Nokia Maps with free car and pedestrian navigation
  • Wi-Fi and network positioning
  • Compass and accelerometer for correct orientation of display and bearing


  • 5 megapixel camera
  • Full Focus
  • Fullscreen 16:9 viewfinder with easy-to-use touch screen parameters
  • Still images file format: JPEG/EXIF
  • Zoom up to 4x (digital)

Image capture

  • Automatic location tagging (geotagging) of images and videos
  • Images automatically taken in the correct orientation
  • Pinch zoom in Photos image viewer
  • View photos by tag cloud, month, album, slide show
  • Photo editor


  • Internal memory: 2 GB
  • External memory: up to 32 GB microSD card
  • High-Speed MicroUSB to PC connectivity

Video cameras

  • Video capture in 640 x 480 (VGA), 640 x 352 (nHD), 176 x 144 (QCIF) at 15 fps
  • Settings for scene: Video light, Colour tone, White balance, Exposure
  • Zoom up to 2x (digital)

Video codecs and formats

  • Recording codecs: MPEG4-es, H.263, H.264
  • Playback codecs: MPEG4, H.263, H.264
  • Streaming support: 3GPP and CIF

Video sharing and playback

  • VGA video playback
  • Support for download, streaming, and progressive download
  • Video editing software
  • Videos application: collection of stored videos
  • On demand WebTV widgets to watch local and global internet streaming videos
  • Support for Flash video
  • YouTube browsing and streaming

Music features

  • Album art interface to browse the albums in your music collection
  • Nokia Music Player, plus home screen widget
  • Nokia Music
  • Audio codecs: MP3, SpMidi, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA
  • Bit rate up to 320 kbps
  • DRM support WM DRM, OMA DRM 2.0
  • Loudspeaker with 102 Phons
  • Stereo FM radio (87.5-108 MHz/76-90 MHz)
  • Home screen widgets for FM and internet radio


  • Use the touch interface to play games
  • Games available for download at Store

Standard Sales Package

  • Nokia 500
  • Nokia Battery BL-4U
  • Nokia Connectivity Cable CA-101D
  • Nokia Stereo Headset WH-102
  • Nokia Fast Charger AC-8 (or Nokia Fast Charger AC-15, depending on country)
  • 2 additional battery covers
  • Quick start guide