This fashion Nokia is already 18 years old, and 10 years ago they put an end to it in the literal sense. Is it fair!?

If you deliberately look for information on old push-button mobile phones, you can often stumble upon posts in the spirit of “do you remember what beautiful phones were before?” or “the most unusual models of zero”. Today’s representative, the fashion Nokia from the beginning of the 2000s, is already 18 years old, and 10 years ago or even more, it was crossed out as non-working by a certain master and thrown into the back burner. Today we will revive it, see what it is capable of, and we will not do without the technical part. Interesting?


This Nokia came out already in 2004 and was a representative of the “fashionable” line of Nokia, which were famous for their unusual design and … ordinary platform. What’s funny – fashion models, for obvious reasons, cost a lot of money, but at the same time, Symbian was not particularly installed in them. Take the same 8600 Luna:

Or 8800 Arte:

All of them worked on the standard platform of non-Smartphone Nokia – S40. In fact, when buying an inexpensive 6600, apart from the amount of memory and possibly the presence of bluetooth, there were few special differences from expensive models.

But nevertheless, these models found their buyers and were successful, moreover, many models are valued even now. “Moon” for example costs quite a lot of money (about 5-6 thousand rubles without a box). Nokia 7260 is not so much appreciated, but nevertheless it looks no less stylish.

In fact, the title of the article is not clickbait – they really once put a cross on it with a marker, and apparently it was some kind of master from the service center. For some reason, the device was rejected, but on closer examination it turns out that it works!

However, it requires a security code. Before that, I tried to install bl-4c into it, but it falls into the test mode (special service mode), while the device requires bl-4d. The thing is that these batteries have different resistances on the middle contact – the so-called BSI, from which the phone understands what kind of battery is installed in it. If BSI is turned off at all (for example, sealed with tape) – on some models the effect will be the same – “dumping” into the test mode.

Returning to today’s device – the test mod is essentially one of the modes that can get us out of this situation. It is from him that special software can read the security code and unlock the device. At that time, this created a big security hole, but let’s be honest – most mobile phone thieves in those days did not always even know the standard security code (0000), and were only able to hand over an uncleaned device to the radio market, and SC with IMEI interruption usually did not help (this is prohibited by law). But for this you need a data cable, which not everyone has preserved. Moreover, for old nokia this is not microusb, but such a connector, the cable for which will now be more difficult to find (since in fact these cables communicated via FBUS with a PC, i.e. as with a COM port, you need either a PC with a com port, or cable with com to usb converter).

I have a data cable, but no com port. Of course, I have a Celeron-based system unit for such purposes, but there is an easier option. When you brought the phone to an authorized Nokia SC, not only a cable and a programmer can be used to reset the phone, but a hard-wired so-called “master code” was also laid – which allowed, regardless of the security code set by the user, to boot the device or reset it to factory settings . Once upon a time there was a special third-party software for calculating master codes, and as far as I know it operated by subscription (for non-authorized SCs), apparently someone worked in nokia and reversed the mechanism for generating this code.

The code itself is calculated from the IMEI of the device – it can be found on a sticker on the back of the device. Well, or if you have access to the menu – *#06 #

Now there is a page for generating a mastercode by IMEI – commercial repairs of such Nokias have long been so relevant, and they restore them purely as a tribute and for nostalgia (so as not to be sent to the trash), so you can generate it for free:

But this code only works for devices based on DCT-3(~2001-2003) and DCT-4(~2003-2006) platforms. It will not work for BB-5 devices (devices newer than 2007 approximately), there you can already subtract with a data cable. Enter the mastercode and hoba! Code accepted. The phone is unlocked. As far as I understand, this is a measure of protection against the substitution of SIM cards on stolen phones – if the IMSI of the SIM card changes after switching on, it requires a security code.

We go into the settings and immediately change the security code to our own. He will ask for the old code – we again enter the same master code. The code must be at least 6 characters long. I put in units.

Often the accessory port will oxidize. We take a needle and clean it, you can walk with a cotton swab with sprit:

In short, since the phone is now working, the cross put by the marker should be erased. To do this, I use a triple cologne – the alcohol content there is clearly higher than any other perfume =)

There is a very lamp greeting inscription:

We are greeted by the main menu, familiar to many Nokia owners:

Of course, the phone is customized with nth themes. Who does not remember zakosy under windows xp, or a little later, windows vista? macos? In the style of bikers and other funny topics?

The display was normal for its time, but no more – the resolution is only 128×160, about 16k colors. The displays of these nokies were SPI, and some have datasheets for their controllers – allowing them to be used in your projects!

The menu was of two types – newfangled at that time “icons” and just a list. Icons are animated.

Of the communications, we only have GPRS (aka an ass cutter) and an infrared port, there was no talk of any bluetooth! Some people naturally remember how phones had to be literally docked to each other in order for them to transmit something, and if the IR LED window was dirty, then the transmission could be interrupted at the most unfortunate moment, despite the fact that the transmission itself was not fast.

However, the most interesting is hidden in the file manager. Unlike Chinese phones, the entire file system in Nokia is divided into sections – music, clips, photos, applications. How do you like the memes of those years?

And each picture or gif (webs of that time) weighed 10-20-30 kilobytes! If you are now airdropping hundreds of megabytes of data per second, then sending tens of kilobytes through the IR port was already a blessing! The built-in memory is only a few megabytes, but this does not mean that it was impossible to listen to music here. From the previous owner, both the memes above and the music remained here.

And the music was in two formats – AMR (with very strong compression, PCM stream) and midi. Samsung, for example, had its own format for polyphony – something like tracker music, where midi and pcm samples were mixed.

They often put a headset on the phones, in which people listened to midi! By the way, the speaker of this phone, despite the abundance of music, is not planted and sounds loud and confident.

I see no reason to tell what kind of music was there, here’s a set of videos with sound!

As you can see, the most interesting thing in these devices was in the gallery! But entertainment was not limited to pictures or music. There was also support for java games that weighed 100-200kb. Sometimes they were even 3D! Full-fledged games with a plot weighing a couple of hundred kilobytes!


Such devices are easy to revive. This article not only demonstrates how beautiful this device was, but also gives you the opportunity now to get your old Nokias out of the cabinets and try to revive! They can have a lot of value on them – and it’s not midi music for nostalgia, but photos and videos from your youth! After all, 18 years have passed since 2004 🙂

How do you like this device?

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