Nokia 3310/3330 Connects to Internet! | Nostalgia Nerd

Nokia 3310/3330 Connects to Internet! | Nostalgia Nerd

Ahhhh, the Nokia 3310. A mobile device launched in September 2000
by the Finnish multinational communications company which was then leading the scene. The device was an evolution of their earlier
phones, in particular the Nokia 5110. It wasn’t the first Nokia to lose it’s aerial,
but it did offer the same levels of durability as their 1998 handset, something I found the
1999 3210 model lacked. This was an era of Pay as you Talk and yearly
phone contracts so releasing several new models every year was almost obligatory. To that end the Nokia 3330 was released just
a few months after the 3310 and remains a lesser known model. Along with all the 3310 features, the 3330
came as standard in a lighter case and included a new pinball game called “Bumper”, and animated
screen savers. However, the standout feature was WAP capability. This was the reason I obtained my model in
2001, and it remains one of my favourite handsets to this day. Internet browsing functionality was pretty
limited, and other than sneaking the odd pub quiz answer or looking up a taxi number, I
didn’t use this powerful technology a great deal. But give the recent announcement of a Nokia
3310 relaunch, it seems like a good time to revisit this dependable unit and see what
it can do today. So I thought the best way to go about this
was if we get the Big tomale out of the way first, and then after that we’ll have a look
at the phone in general. That should save those who are less interested
having to skip through the video. Now, setting this up, took a while. The 3330 uses a very outdated method of internet
connection. I’m using an O2 sim card here, but I actually
ended up connecting to Vodafone’s WAP portal. The reason for that is because the phone actually
dials a number, in the same fashion as dial up back in the 90s. In fact if you dial the number you hear the
familiar connection tone. Once it’s dialled, the Nokia then accesses
the data using a Circuit Switched Data connection, allowing fairly quick access of a whopping
9.6kbits per second. Because of this configuration quirk, you can
just dial an alternative service provider to get access. Now back in the day using the connection of
your tariff provider would yield cheaper access costs, but nowdays, that’s just not the case,
and you pay a standard mobile connection charge. It’s times like this when you start to appreciate
the wonders of mobile data and Wi-Fi. I was actually surprised Vodafone’s dial up
was still active. I imagine it’s a rusty old modem sitting in
a corner that they’ve simply forgotten about. So after entering a plethora of settings,
connection was established. The next problem is finding a Wireless Markup
Language compatible site that the phone’s ancient proprietary browser can interact with. Most modern servers will tell you where to
go, but old favourites like still support these old protocols, and this
is what we’re presented with. Now, this might not appear incredibly exciting. But to me, it really was. Just seeing that little globe in the top right
of the screen brought back a tonne of memories alone, and then, there we have it –,
presented in all it’s early WAP glory. Some links refuse to work, but others, such
as image search, surprisingly do. You don’t get any images, but you do get a
few suggestions, and a few other links to click through. In fact I spend so long clicking about here
that my battery died. Come on, this is a phone with up to a 245
hour standby time! Now I couldn’t find many other WML sites worthy
of exploration, so I decided to make my own and popped it on So here it is. A welcome page. A page with a picture of me, and of course,
no Nostalgia Nerd site would be complete without a gratuitous shot of a ZX Spectrum… I’ve popped the link for that below if you
fancy a gander. Although some browsers will require an XML
plug-in to read it. So as you can see, this early attempt at mobile
internet was somewhat limited. It was of course monochrome, it wasn’t the
fastest. But it was functional. It was helpful and it was definitely a sign
of things to come. This is what Nokia were good at, and it’s
not the only feature in this phone which I loved at the time. Let’s take a quick look round. Construction Like the 3310, these are sturdy little devices,
designed to weather the torments of time. In my possession I have a standard coloured
model and a light blue Orange variant. You can see the Orange model has an introductory
animation, whereas this one has a custom intro apparently setup by a lass by the name of
Corrie, probably some 15 years ago. Corrie, if you’re watching. Well done. The 3330 also allowed animated screen savers. Enough to provide hours of entertainment in
the pub when you’d run out of money for the fruit machines. Ringtones I can think of nothing more nostalgic than
some soothing old ringtones. Ffffffffft, they’re a bit harsher than I remember. There are some 35 tones built in as standard
and this particular handset even had a few downloaded custom tones. See if you can recognise the tune. Yes. It’s Looney Tunes. Not a bad rendition I might add. Once you get fed up of the tones, you can
just slip it onto silent mode and be done with it. Games The 3330 really upped the game with it’s games. We had the classics such as Snake 2, which
I still feel isn’t up to the first game. But also, Space Impact AND Bumper tables. A frickin’ PINBALL game. And it’s not half bad I might add, and there’s
certainly less screen blur than say an original Game Boy. Texting SMS was where it was at in the early noughties,
and this phone had it covered. Not only do we have picture messaging, but
we have a chat feature. Now this offered an early version of the kind
of chat bubbles we’re used to today. Allowing for a more flowing text message conversation. We know where you got your ideas Apple. Additionally, this phone could handle messages
at a whopping 459 characters in length, by threading 3 separate ones together. Smashing that original 160 character limit. The very same limit that Twitter is indeed
founded on. I beleive this was also the first Nokia to
take the phonebook away from the SIM card, and the phone memory kindly provides an additional
100 space slot. Allowing a whopping 200 contacts to be stored. This was of course well before Facebook friend
lists, when 200 contacts was deemed excessively ample for all your acquaintances. Or at least, the ones you ever wanted to contact. Depending on your provider, you can also receive
news text messages and other information. A method which is still used in many third
world countries for primitive internet access. So there we go, that’s the Nokia 3310’s slightly
younger sibling, the 3330, in all it’s glory. I can certainly see the appeal of a new model
entering the market. But the main draw for me is the simplicity
of this model. It offers entertainment, customisation, limited
internet access if you know the right websites and it just feels liberating compared to our
cumbersome, technology packed smart phones of today. You won’t be able to take pictures or watch
Techmoan on Youtube, but it might just give you room to breathe, to think, and to get
a few games of Snake in before the real world comes all flooding back to you.

Danny Hutson

66 thoughts on “Nokia 3310/3330 Connects to Internet! | Nostalgia Nerd

  1. It’d be cool if you did a tutorial. I’m curious as to how you made that website compatible and what settings you used with Vodafone (if the service is still around in 2019).

  2. 20 years ago designs were to withstand the torments of time.
    today things are designed to withstand the warranty period and then break.

  3. i miss being able to save my numbers on the sim and just swapping the sim between phones. I've still got my old phones back to Powertel days. My 3310 and some odd Samsung are still my faves.

  4. Does anyone know that we can actually have our old and beloved ringtones, nowadays? Some guys, apparently are recording them(they have some hiss) and encode them in simple and compatible formats, like MP3. They are also free.

    Anyone wanting the Robo N1X???

  5. haha, i'm only 23, but I remember this ringtones so well, as the ringtone creator. always played with my moms phone as a child, till her battery was depleted 😋

  6. Зачем смартфоны если можно на старой нокии в интернете посидеть?!
    (Author, play in this phone in pubg mobile please)

  7. I believe my Father had a Nokia that I would play Prince of Persia on, though it was in color, so Idk if it was Nokia.

  8. My first cellphone was a Nokia , like the one shown with the stubby little antenna. I thought it was cool because it had Tetris, and animated wallpapers…..Simple times, folks….simple times.

  9. One of the best to love Nokias for was menu navigation.
    During a time when taking phone off the pocket you were able to unlock it, press combination of buttons, e.g. 3-3-1 and you were ready to write a text before you could see the screen…
    Try it today 😉

  10. i tried going to the nostalgia nerd wml site on my windows 7 vm.

    it just gave me a download to wml.wml.

  11. My mum had 3310 and I had 3315, those where the days. We didn't need the net to be happy. What made us happy, is with changeable

  12. This seems to be a very good alternative to tor… lol virtually no one using it, cheap as hell, and portable.

  13. I miss the changeable faceplates on the old Nokias and how durable they were, but I definitely don't miss those ringtones. I think my ears are bleeding.

  14. Do you know if there's still any way to get this phone to connect, I have tried every provider and it either comes up not found or something similar?

  15. Are yes I used to have a 3310. Great tough phone that you could actually make phone calls on haha mine is still on my shelf and brings back great memories.

  16. I bought that one back in 01.
    The reason was, it had WAP.
    Google had a service back then, that could convert any webpage to a wap page. But it barely worked…

  17. Holy hell, the fact that this even works anymore!! That is so cool though. I can't even comprehend that phones in 2001 were able to go online. That is incredible. Hell, it wasn't until almost a decade later that mobile browsing became half-decent. I'm blown away… I DO remember my grandpa's phone from several years later (2006..?), as well as my cheaper phone at the time did have some capabilities (I think the SGH-T319 and T-329), and I messed with it a bit, but nothing too special. But 2001!? So cool. 🙂

  18. BBC has a good documentary The Rise And Fall Of Nokia. Spoiler: a random inventor approached them with an iphone concept handset in 2005 and they rejected it

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