Chart of every Nokia dumbphone from 1982-2006

Prepare to take a technological trip down memory lane with this enormous comprehensive chart of every Nokia dumbphone model starting 35 years ago. Extendable antennas, clamshells, you name it.

Remember the joy of texting on numeric keypads, where an S required pressing the 7 four times?

There were even contests where it only took 41 seconds to send a 30-word text!

These dumbphones look better every day for international travel.

Chart of Nokia dumbphones (fonearena via Rob Price)

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  1. I doubt it, the prices are in pounds.

    Dumb phones are starting to look better and better since police of every kind decided it's just fine to rummage around in your stuff.

  2. Actual conversation at work:

    Employee A: What kind of phone do you have?

    Employee B: I don't know... I think it's a Samsung Galaxy S.

    Employee A: Which one?

    Employee B: Just an S.

    Employee a: When do you have to return that to the Smithsonian?

  3. I'm just traveling with 2 empty cans and some string [approx. 3 meters], safety is the best policy.

  4. Errr still does actually. Or am i missing something?

    The nokia 7280 looks interesting. Is it as awkward to use as it looks?

  5. This thing illustrates pretty well the actual systemic sickness that caused the downfall of Nokia. I lived in Finland throughout that period and worked very closely with guys from Nokia. People here still tend to blame Elop and iPhone and lack of Andorid phones for Nokia's death. But actually it was lack of product vision.

    I remember walking in Nokia's flagship store here in downtown Helsinki in period from around 2000 to 2007. Walls were covered with loads and loads of different models of their phones. Really it was hundreds of different models. I mean they all did the same things. They were essentially good only for actually making phone calls and sending text messages but still Nokia had a huger range of models in different price points and whatnot. All named with cryptic four digit codes. Differences were minuscule. Actually not even people working in stores could explain you the difference between two models beyond minor stylistic changes... People didn't know how to pick a right model for them. I mean when iPhone come out it was THE ONE phone to have, the one phone to want. In addition it looked radically different than anything before it.

    Nokia was on top when fabled 3210 was THE ONE phone to have. I mean even than they had multiple phones on offer, but focus was on that one. Sometime after they just dropped the ball.

    iPhone and Elop just put nails in coffin.

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