The phone that started it all...
- Date launched: 1999
- Network: GSM 900Mhz/1800Mhz
- Form: Candy bar with internal aerial
- Size: 51(w)x124(h)x23(d) mm
- Weight: 151g
- Cost new: £149.99 (1)
- Can you use it today: Yes
Teenage mobile culture began with the Nokia 3210. It was small enough for the average pocket and you could send text messages to your friends without drawing attention. Texting was fast on the Nokia 3210 for those who mastered predictive text, a skill that came easiest to children rather than adults. At the same time cheaper PAYG deals made mobile ownership for teenagers a reality.
In 1999, the year Nokia introduced the 3210, 35% of under 18s had a mobile phone. Some were spending fortunes on them. A 15 year old girl called Shaniqua, from a North London comprehensive, claimed she spent £100 a month on her mobile phone. Every break time Shaniqua's school friends gathered together to check their messages. They ran the risk of having their mobiles confiscated if they rang during lessons.
The Nokia 3210 came to the market at the exactly the right time. It was small, although not that light and it was easily customisable. Although the Nokia 5110 had introduced the idea of customisable fascias, with the 3210 you could change both the front and back of the phone.
Initially the Nokia 3210 was far from cheap on PAYG. However, prices soon came down. By the end of 2000 you could get one for less than £70. By then the smaller Nokia 3310 was the latest thing.
(1) From the Link (on One2One Pay and Go February 2000)
Add your comments
PLease Help Me!" Zanda Bayfield 09/19/2012
The 3210 is quite a bit bigger then the 3310. Both have customisable fascias and both are readily available on eBay and from other sellers. I guess it's up to you which style you prefer.
best regards" SteveB 09/21/2012
katie" katie 11/19/2014
Are they worth anything yet ?" Steve 04/16/2015