Nokia 3210

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Nokia 3210
Nokia 3210 3.jpg
Manufacturer Nokia
Compatible networks 900 / 1800
Availability by country 1999
Predecessor Nokia 3110
Nokia 5110
Successor Nokia 3310
Form factor Candybar
Dimensions 123.8 × 50.5 × 22.5 mm
Weight 151 g
Memory Up to 250 names in phonebook
Battery 1250 mAh
Display Backlit monochrome
Rear camera None
Connectivity None

The Nokia 3210 is a GSM cellular phone, announced by Nokia on 18 March 1999.[1] With 160 million units sold,[2][3] the 3210 is one of the most popular and successful phones in history.


The Nokia 3210 has a total weight of 151 g. The handset measures 123.8 × 50.5 × 22.5 mm and features customisable fascias which clip on. It was the first mass market phone with an internal antenna, after the feature had been introduced by Nokia on the luxury phone 8810 in 1998. The 3210 was designed by Alastair Curtis in Nokia's Los Angeles Design Center.[4]

Notable features[edit]

  • Three games came preinstalled: Snake, Memory (pairs-memory game) and Rotation. The addition of such games encouraged high sales within a youth market which was enlarging at a very fast rate. Some versions of the 3210 included the "hidden" games React and Logic. They were activated by special software using a data cable.
  • The 3210 was one of the first mobile phones to feature an internal antenna, distinguishing the handset from others which featured external antennae. Reception, although poorer than that of its predecessor, the 3110, was still very good.
  • Picture messages sent via the SMS texting service were implemented in the handset, allowing users to send preinstalled pictures to one another. These included a "Happy Birthday" picture amongst others.
  • The phone allowed creating single-channel ringtones via internal software. It was possible to send the ringtones to another Nokia phone.
  • The handset was competitively priced and aimed specifically at teenagers and young professionals. This was at a time when few young people had access to a mobile phone, being generally identified with older professionals and business people.
  • The 3210 was originally designed with a vibrate alert function. Nokia decided not to implement this feature on some handsets within certain jurisdictions. A few months after its UK release, some mobile phone repair shops offered customers a handset upgrade to the vibrate function for a small fee.

Handset specifications[edit]

  • Standby time (h): 55–260
  • Talk time (min): 180–270
  • Charge time (h): 4
  • Ringtone composer
  • Dual band: yes
  • Vibrating alert (optional)
  • Speed dialing
  • 3 games
  • Internal antenna
  • Green backlight
  • Interchangeable fascias


A combination of cutting-edge features such as internal antennas and T9 text entry ensured the 3210 huge commercial success. Much of the phone's success can also be attributed to an advertising campaign aimed predominantly at young people, a first in the mobile phone industry. The inclusion of 3 games, changeable covers, an internal antenna, customisable ringtones and competitive prices led to the handset's huge popularity with those aged 15–25.[citation needed] It was also thinner than previous Nokia models.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nokia unveils a mobile phone for ultimate convenience and personalization". Nokia. 
  2. ^ "Nokia's best-selling phones: in pictures". The Telegraph. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Walker, Tim (17 November 2011). "Nokia: The giant with its fingers crossed". The Independent. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Alastair Curtis Bio" (PDF). Nokia Press. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 December 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2014.