The Nokia 3310 is a dual band GSM900/1800 mobile phone. Released in the fourth quarter of 2000, it replaced the massively popular Nokia 3210. This phone sold extremely well, being one of the most successful phones ever, with over 100 million pieces sold. Several variants of the 3310 have been released, including the Nokia 3315, 3330, 3350, 3390 and 3395.
The 3310 is a compact, but somewhat heavy (133 g) phone featuring an 84 x 48 monochrome display. It is a slightly rounded rectangular unit that is typically held in the palm of a hand, with the buttons operated with the thumb. The blue button is the main button for selecting options, with "C" button as a "back" or "undo" button. Up and down buttons are used for navigation purposes. The on/off/profile button is a stiff black button located on the top of the phone.
The 3310 is known for having many features built in. These include many utilities, such as a calculator, stop watch and a reminder function. It has four games, 'Snake II', 'Pairs II', 'Space Impact', and 'Bantumi'. It was popular for SMS because it allowed long messages two times the size of a standard SMS. The phone also has voice dialing for the quick dialing of selected numbers.
The Nokia 3310 can be customized with interchangeable covers, and thousands of different designs have been produced by various companies. It also has over 35 ringtones built in with space for seven custom tones. These can either be downloaded, or can be composed by the user using the tone composer. The phone has different "profiles" which can adjust the phone to different sets of preferences. For example, there is silent mode where the phone will not ring when inappropriate to do so. Screensavers can be made from received picture messages. It has the option to set a reminder message that displays when it is turned on.
The Asian version of the 3310 is the Nokia 3315 which has some additional features:
- A picture editor to edit pictures for use in SMS Picture messaging & screensavers on the phone
- Timed profiles
- Could use received ring tones as SMS tones
- Fixed some of the bugs found in the 3310
- Automatic keypad locking after specified time
- Peanut-like inter-connected silicon keymat
The 3315 was also released in Australia.
The Nokia 3330 was basically a 3310 with WAP capability, animated screensavers and an extra game named 'Bumper'. It also has the capability of downloading game packs via WAP (Snake II mazes, Bumper tables, Space Impact chapters).
An Asia Pacific-only version, known as the Nokia 3350, was in essence an improved 3330 with WAP, rhythmic backlight alert, animated screensavers, two-way Navi-Key, Chinese lunar calendar and a 96x65-pixel screen. Some 3350s have back covers that feature a photo-insert window, allowing users to put personal pictures from photographs, magazine cut-outs, etc.
There are two North American variants of the 3310; one is the Nokia 3390, which operates on GSM 1900. The Nokia 3395 is an updated version of the 3390 which includes the additional features of the Asian 3315 model.
Most versions of the 3310 could be upgraded to include the additional features of the 3315 by using a data cable.
Old Nokia 3310s (which are often available for a small fraction of their original price) are frequently sought out by hobbyists for their screens. These are graphical LCDs with a resolution of 84x48, and include a Philips PCD8544 controller which is easily controlled using an SPI bus.
Codes for Nokia 3310
- *#06# - displays IMEI number
- *#0000# - displays version number
- *#92702689#-displays warranty
- *3370# , #3370# - for enabling/disabling EFR quality voice mode.