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Famous Nokia ringtone turns 20 years old

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Famous Nokia ringtone turns 20 years old
Rare is the product, or sound, or song that is truly universal. Think about that for a moment. If you just appeared in a foreign land and started singing a song from your favorite local band it would fall on deaf ears. However, if you were to start singing say, We Are the Champions by Queen, chances are the folks would join in the fun.

The same can be said for the iconic ringtone from Nokia, which made its debut on a Nokia 2110 handset in 1994. The music itself was written nearly a century earlier. The tone is taken from the Grande Valse, a classical guitar composition written by Francisco Tárrega in 1902.

The device that started it all, the Nokia 2110

The device that started it all, the Nokia 2110

While classical guitar may not have a widespread footprint in culture, Nokia’s popularity through the years is altogether different.  It is highly unlikely you will find a person that has had some connection with civilization in the past 20 years that has not heard the familiar musical phrase.

So familiar and friendly is the tone that even when performing musicians are interrupted by it, they cannot help but just join the fray. It is amazing to think what Nokia started with the 2110 handset, a ringtone that would define the brand for a generation and be recognizable just about everywhere. It all started 20 years ago, from a device with 2.5 hours of talk time, a single radio band, 125-entry phone book, and a four-line monochrome LCD.




source: Nokia US (YouTube)

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posted on 07 Apr 2014, 04:26 4

1. SamsungELITE (unregistered)


ahhh , the good old times I remember.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 04:28 4

2. MacWiNux (Posts: 56; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


nothing beats the ol nokia tune :D FTW

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 04:47

5. alterecho (Posts: 1071; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


I still have the Nokia tune as my ringtone. The problem is i had to 'sideload' the original Nokia tune, since the ones that come with the Lumias are muddled/dumbed down and Windows Phone doesn't allow direct setting of ringtones.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 05:46

10. tech2 (Posts: 1831; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


LOL......I've set that as my ringtone too on my Moto G XD

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 05:47 2

11. MacWiNux (Posts: 56; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


i love the version on the S60 series

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 10:04 1

17. tasior (Posts: 185; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


"Windows Phone doesn't allow direct setting of ringtones" -
what? really? You're joking, right?

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 10:21

18. alterecho (Posts: 1071; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


You have to move the audio into the ringtones folder, through a computer, for it to appear on the ringtone selection.
Even if the music file is on the device, in the music library, you need to connect your device to the computer, find the music in the music folder manually, then make the copy of that file and paste it in the ringtones folder.

Even then, you can't choose a custom tone for the messages/alerts/emails.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 10:56

20. o7o (Posts: 54; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)


I believe there's an app Nokia made specifically for that, it allows you to make a ringtone of any music file you have. Look it up.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 04:31

3. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 690; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Anyone have the mp3 file?

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 04:36 1

4. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


That's still the best ringtone...i used it as ringtone till 2011...

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 04:49

6. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2888; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


The latest iteration (from asha 50x) is the worst.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 05:24 2

7. hmd74 (Posts: 274; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


di di di dee di di di dee di di di di deeeeee

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 05:33 2

8. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Man that thing is airtel music...but nokia's...

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 05:33 1

9. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Man that thing is airtel music...not nokia's...

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 06:14

12. nokia12 (Posts: 294; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)


lol airtel is also good but the original A.r rahman one from 2008 . in newer ones i like micromax tune ( the only thing that i like about this brand :P )..

Ofcourse Nokia is the king here..

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 20:46

24. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6181; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


techno version

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 06:51 2

13. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1807; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


The best mobile phone manufact

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 06:52 3

14. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1807; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


The best mobile phone manufacturer the world has ever seen and will ever see.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 06:53

15. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1807; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Sorry for the previous incomplete comment xD

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 07:27

16. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2888; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Who??

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 06:44

25. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2112; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Mike Jones!

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 10:53

19. corporateJP (Posts: 1548; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


The remix on Lumia's is kind of cool.

On a side note, I marked out when it turned up on the in-dash system of the old Corvette in the 2009 Star Trek movie...

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 11:35

21. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 503; Member since: 20 May 2012)


I don't remember the tune at all

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 12:59

22. andynaija (Posts: 452; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Then I don't know where you have been your whole life.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 20:46

23. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6181; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


My very FIRST PHONE :) good thing bout NOKIA phones back then you can change the cover and use a different color cast or a see through transparent cover. i miss the old days when we didn' have FANBOYS saying who's better than that. we just have phones that was just COOL.

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