Nokia 3310 is already 21 years old

02. 09. 2021 Thursday / By: Robert Denes / Generic / Exact time: BST / Print this page

I clearly remember when I bought a Nokia 3310 phone for myself. We’re getting older, unfortunately we’re getting older, but with us, phones are getting older, too. On September 1, 2000, the telecommunications company Nokia Finn announced the 3310, which sold very well and was one of the most successful phones, with 126 million units sold worldwide and one of Nokia’s most iconic handsets. The phone is still widely recognized and has been given cult status due to its durability.

The Nokia 3310 is a dual band mobile phone that can be used on GSM 900 and 1800 frequencies. Nokia introduced it in the last quarter of 2000 as the successor to the 3210. A lot of it has been sold all over the world. It has several successors, the Nokia 3315, 3330, 3350, 3390 and 3395. Released in June 2017, but in an updated version.

Nokia 3310 Specifications:

Network Technology GSM
2G bands GSM 900 / 1800
Launch Announced 2000
Status Discontinued
Body Dimensions 113 x 48 x 22 mm, 97 cc (4.45 x 1.89 x 0.87 in)
Weight 133 g (4.69 oz)
Display Type Monochrome graphic
Resolution 5 lines
 Dynamic font size
Welcome message
Memory Card slot No
Phonebook SIM only
Call records 8 dialed, 8 received, 8 missed calls
 Message templates
Camera   No
Sound Loudspeaker No
Alert types Vibration; Downloadable monophonic ringtones
3.5mm jack No
 6 Ringing tone levels
10 Volume levels
Comms WLAN No
Bluetooth No
Radio No
Features Sensors
Messaging SMS
Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Games 4 ( Snake II, Pairs II, Space Impact, Bantumi )
Languages 17 for menu, 11 for T9
Java No
 Predictive text input
Smart messaging
Voice Dial
Mobile Chat mode for SMS
Currency converter
Battery Type Removable NiMH 900 mAh battery (BMC-3)
Stand-by 55 h to 260 h
Talk time 2 h 30 min to 4 h 30
Type Internal, 1000 mAh Li-Ion (BLC-2)
Stand-by 55 h to 245 h
Talk time 2 h 30 min to 4 h 30
Misc Colors User exchangeable front and back covers
SAR EU 0.96 W/kg (head)    

The phone weighs 133 grams. On the front panel is a 84 × 48 resolution monochrome display, put on the speakerphone. Below the display is a function key, the function of which varies depending on the menu item. The current command for the button can be read at the bottom of the display, above the button. There is also a C button that performs the delete and go back function, and a two-way navigation button. At the bottom is a traditional 12-key numeric keypad.

The display and keys are backlit in green, so you can use your phone in the dark. The back cover can be removed by pressing the button on the bottom. Below that is the replaceable battery. The factory battery is still nickel-plated, but those manufactured later are already lithium. The original battery had a capacity of 900 mAh, but today it is available up to 1400 mAh. Above the battery is a normal-sized SIM card slot. There is a charger connector on the bottom of the device, as well as a 2.5 mm diameter jack connector to which headphones can be connected. At the top is the power button, which also allows you to quickly change the sound profile.

You need a SIM card to use your phone. After inserting the card, it can be started with the power button at the top. The device then tests the display and asks for the PIN code if the SIM protection is on. After entering the correct code, the startup animation and then the standby display appear. This shows the battery charge on the right and the signal strength on the left, the current time and status, and notification icons at the top, and the name of the service provider or operator logo in the middle. The up key displays the last dialed calls, the down key displays the contacts list. The function key takes you to the main menu. All menu items and submenu items are numbered, so you can access the functions faster with the number keys. The phone does not have dynamic internal memory, so contacts and SMS can only be stored on the SIM card. You can make a call from the contacts, dialer, and call log, but there is also a speed dial. The phone supports voice dialing, which allows you to dial pre-programmed numbers by speaking. With the phone, the usual SMS of up to 3 times longer than 160 characters is possible.




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