Nokia 1616

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Nokia 1616
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Nokia 1616 with keypad showing Chinese base symbols
Model1616-2: RH-125
1616-2b: RH-126
1616-2c: RH-129[1]
Compatible networksGSM 850/1900
EGSM 900/1800
Availability by regionEMEA, India, Philippines, United States
PredecessorNokia 1661
Nokia 1600
RelatedNokia 1800
Nokia C1-00
Form factorcandybar
Dimensions107 x 45 x 15 mm
Mass78.55 g (with battery)
Operating systemSeries 30
BatteryRemovable, BL-5CB
800mAh 3.7V 3.0Wh
• Standby: 22.5 days (540 h)
• Talk time: 8.52 hours
Charging2.0 mm connector for Nokia AC-3 or compatible charger
Data inputsAlphanumeric keypad
Display1.8" TFT, 128x160 px, 65K colors
Sound• Speakerphone;
• FM radio (requires headset)
• 3.5 mm 4-pin TRRS socket for headset (Nokia WH-102); Supports 3-pin TRS for standard headphones (then audio-out only)

Nokia 1616 is an affordable ultrabasic GSM mobile phone from Nokia announced on 4 November 2009[2] and released in 2010 for developing countries and budget users for a suggested price of €24 before taxes and excluding subsidies (SIM-free).

The device's main non-phone features are flashlight at the top of the device, and an FM radio. The radio requires a headset or headphones in lieu of an antenna to function, and can work in the background, thereby providing access to other phone tasks without having to turn it off.

A dual-SIM variant of the Nokia 1616 was released, known as the Nokia C1-00.


The device has a color display with scratch-proof display glass, a dust-proof keypad, and comes in Black, Dark Gray, Dark Blue, and Dark Red colors.

In addition to the phone, the battery, and the Nokia AC-3 compact charger, the original packaging also includes a Nokia WH-102 stereo headset.[3][4]


The Series 30-based handset has support for multiple phonebooks, and its memory can hold up to 500 contacts in addition to the amount offered in a SIM card.[3] Each contact can be assigned three telephone numbers.[5] SMS storage is up to 250 messages.[3]

Other functions include a speaking clock (accessible through the * button with a clock symbol) combined with an alarm clock, calendar, reminder, basic calculator, converter, timer and stopper, and a spreadsheet-like expenses ledger for budgeting.[4]


Models for emerging markets included the SMS-based Nokia Life Tools subscription information service, which utilized services, such as:[6]

  • Nokia Life Tools Agriculture (weather reports, crop cycles and market prices),
  • Nokia Life Tools Education, and
  • Nokia Life Tools Entertainment (entertainment news and daily horoscopes).

Nokia 1616 with Nokia Life Tools was presented on January 8, 2010 by then-CEO of Nokia Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo at his CES 2010 keynote in Las Vegas, Nevada.[7]


Damien McFerran at CNET UK praised the phone for its dustproof keypad, FM radio, and flashlight. Special mention was given to good battery life, a standard 3.5mm headphone jack (earlier Nokia phones used a 2.5mm connector), and inclusion of headphones in the packaging, which McFerran pointed out is something that other manufacturers' budget phones packaging did not include.[4]

In a May 2010 guest opinion published in the German t3n magazine, Swiss IT author Roman Hanhart weighed the pros and cons of having a smartphone and a basic phone. Hanhart compared the dismal battery life of his SIM-locked 800-franc HTC Dream (on Android 1.5) and the need to be on-demand online — versus the two weeks' battery life using his Nokia 1616 that he ordered for a total of 44 francs from a webshop (delivery price included; approx. retail price 38 SFr.[8]), and his sense of liberty with a basic phone, wherein he could attain the level of reachability he wanted without having to worry about his phone collecting information on him.[9]

In a July 2010 comparative review of budget phones published in the Russian weekly Argumenty i Fakty and penned by Viktor Zaykovskiy, Nokia 1616 got the top spot, as offering the best price-to-feature ratio. Zaykovskiy pointed out the presence of a colour display in a budget phone, quick UI responsiveness, the rubber keypad (protects from dust and occasional water drops), good battery life, and the flashlight. He praised the FM radio's excellent reception, sound quality and volume, and that the radio can work as a background task, thus enabling people to use other phone functions while listening to music. Zaykovskiy concluded that this was "one of the best phones one can buy for 1350 roubles."[5]

Market share and popularity[edit]

In 2010 in Estonia, Nokia 1616 was the 10th most popular phone for Tele2,[10] and made the list of top four most-sold Nokia phones at Elisa (1616 was the fourth mentioned), with Nokia phones making the most overall sales for Elisa. It was sold in Elisa with a prepaid SIM card for €19.17.[11]

As of early June 2011, Nokia 1616 was the 4th most popular SIM-free phone in Austria, according to data by electronics retailer Saturn.[12]

In Russia, Nokia 1616 was rated the 4th most popular non-smartphone by sales for the month of February 2011 (priced at 1000 roubles) according to data by Russian electronics retailer Eldorado and,[13] and was the 4th most popular phone in the Tele2 Rossiya network as of late July 2013.[14]

In 2014, Nokia 1616 made the #2 position in the list of most popular entry-level non-data mobile phones in South Africa in terms of usage share, based on statistics from Vodacom, a major operator in the region.[15]


Known submodels are 1616-2, 1616-2b, 1616-2c (uses U.S. frequency bands).[16] The device was manufactured in India.


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  2. ^ JBC (2009-11-04). "New Nokias feature more for less". Nokia Conversations. Nokia. Archived from the original on 2010-05-11.
  3. ^ a b c "Nokia 1616 Specifications". Nokia. 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-04-22.
  4. ^ a b c McFerran, Damien (2010-09-03). "Nokia 1616 review". United Kingdom: CNET UK. Retrieved 2015-07-25.
  5. ^ a b Zaykovskiy, Viktor (Виктор Зайковский) (2010-07-09). "Дешево и сердито: сравнительный тест бюджетных мобильников" [Cheap and angry: comparative test of budget mobiles]. Mobile Digital (in Russian). Russia: Argumenty i Fakty. Retrieved 2015-07-26.
  6. ^ "Nokia Life Tools (tab)". Nokia 1616 Features. Nokia. 2012. Archived from the original (Requires JavaScript) on 2012-04-21.
  7. ^ Ziegler, Chris (2010-01-08). "Live from Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo's CES 2010 keynote". Engadget. Retrieved 2015-07-26.
  8. ^ "Bild 2/5: Outdoor-Helfer für 38 Franken". Und auch bei uns gibts Telefone für Sparfüchse. Switzerland: Blick. 2012-01-02. Retrieved 2015-07-26.
  9. ^ Hanhart, Roman (2010-05-18). "Meinung: Wir Sklaven der Erreichbarkeit – Warum ein Simpel-Handy mein Android-Smartphone schlägt" [Opinion: We the Slaves of Availability - Why Does a Simple Mobile Beat an Android Smartphone]. t3n digital pioneers (in German). Germany: yeebase media GmbH. Retrieved 2015-07-06.
  10. ^ "Tele2: aasta populaarseim telefon on Samsung S5230 Star" [Tele2: The year's most popular phone is Samsung S5230 Star]. Ärileht (in Estonian). Delfi. 2010-12-29. Retrieved 2015-07-26.
  11. ^ "Mobiiltelefonide müük Elisas mullu kahekordistus" [Mobile sales doubled at Elisa in the year prior]. Ärileht (in Estonian). Delfi. 2011-02-07. Retrieved 2015-07-26.
  12. ^ "Österreichs beliebteste Handys" [Austria's most-loved handsets] (in German). Austria: OE24. 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2015-07-26.
  13. ^ Kuznetsov, Andrey (March 2011). "Мобильные телефоны и смартфоны: хиты продаж февраля 2011" [Mobile phones and smartphones: February 2011 sales hits]. (in Russian). Russia: RBC Information Systems. Retrieved 2015-07-26. External link in |work= (help)
  14. ^ "Более 70% мобильных устройств в сети Tele2 поддерживают услуги передачи данных" [More than 70% of mobile devices in the Tele2 network support data services] (in Russian). Russia: Omskpress (РИА Омскпресс). 2013-07-24. Retrieved 2015-07-26.
  15. ^ "Most popular cheap phones in South Africa". 2014-10-07. Retrieved 2015-07-25. External link in |publisher= (help)
  16. ^ "Level 3 Teardown on the Nokia 1616-2c Dual-band GSM Phone". Chipography. TechInsights. September 2011. Retrieved 2015-07-25.

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