PhoneArena's Retro-Rewind: Nokia 5110
Although it might be considered as hefty by today's standards when you pit it up against some of the extremely compact handsets out there, the Nokia 5110 redefined what the modern candybar phone should look like. Not only did it have one tough exterior that didn't have any moving parts to tarnish its uniform look, but it made the standard phone become more pocketable than anything else. It ultimately laid some of the foundations we all expect cell phones to accomplish – such as making quick phone calls and the ability to text. Nokia must've planned out its design carefully as it was able to spawn a new market that aimed to really make the cell phone a personalized piece of technology – meaning that there were tons of ways owners were able to enhance its looks. Taking a trip to local malls, there were plenty of shops where individuals could remove the default faceplate and purchase one that matches their liking – there were even those cool looking ones that lit up the phone in different colors whenever the phone rang.
The Nokia 5110 was first originally launched back in 1998 for the 900 MHz GSM networks with plenty of variants popping up during its heyday – the 5130 operated on the 1800 MHz GSM network that was used by Orange in the UK, North American got treated to the 5190 which is a 1900 MHz only GSM handset, the Nokia 5160/5165 operated in the 800/1900 MHz spectrum and analog AMPS service at 800 MHz, and the Nokia 5180i/5185i were CDMA/AMPS handsets.
It was marketed almost perfectly to the point where it was seen being used by many people you knew. Most users were probably enthralled by common calling features that we are now are used to seeing on most phones – like caller ID and call waiting. As far as services go, it did provide a starting point for many as texting slowly started to get mainstream appeal – it made us aware about the procedure on using the keypad to slowly make out words. Finally, it brought forth the popularity of killing time by playing Snake on the handset. Alas, the Nokia 5110 and all of its variants brings us back to a time period where cell phones were predominantly used strictly for calling – although plans back then really didn't offer long distance calling as a standard feature. With its decent battery life and simple design, the Nokia 5110 will live on as a testament to the growing popularity of cell phone usage on a global scale.
1. zer0 (Posts: 6; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)
i soooo had this phone back in high school with the flashing battery pack, red face plate, and red keypad. wow long time ago
7. scottmbolt (unregistered)
hahah me too! I had some sort of blue faceplate, which flashed the keypad multiple colors, and I also had a replacement antenna that had some sort of led it in that flashed when I was on the phone or receiving a call!
2. BlackberryUser (Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)
I was surprised this one wasn't the first retro rewind phone.
4. haley72 (Posts: 7; Member since: 16 Dec 2008)
I still have one sitting on a shelf in my garage. Awesome Rewind!!!
5. rwolf1984 (Posts: 524; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)
I had this on Verizon. . .it still works. brings back lots of memories. . .
6. scottmbolt (unregistered)
hehehe... My very first cell phone!
8. xmguy1 (Posts: 68; Member since: 04 Nov 2009)
The Nokia 5110 series was the FIRST phone I ever had! It was a CDMA (Verizon) Tracfone. I remember I would enable the programming menu screens and it was the first time I could call anyone anywhere. AH what memories!
9. redstu36 (Posts: 37; Member since: 28 Sep 2008)
I loved this phone...I was changing face plates all the time...ah the memories...
10. Mateo8326 (Posts: 472; Member since: 15 Jul 2009)
Back then they had cases for this phone for everything from sports to hello kitty