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This Nokia featurephone is the choice of U.K. drug dealers

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This Nokia featurephone is the choice of U.K. drug dealers
Here is an interesting story out of the U.K. It seems that there remains strong demand for a certain Nokia featurephone from a specific demographic. Because older handsets don't track where you are every second of the day, drug dealers have been looking to purchase old school phones. The model of choice is the Nokia 8210.

The Nokia 8210 is perfect for the person who needs cellphone connectivity without all of the modern trappings. Without GPS, the phone isn't be tracked by satellite. Without Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity, the cops have a hard time getting information from the handset when it is in use. Yet, the device does have an infrared feature that allows the quick transfer of information when phones need to be swapped. And since it doesn't have apps that eat away at your battery life, you can go for a long time without needing to plug it in.

"I've got three Nokia 8210 phones and have been told they can be trusted, unlike these iPhones and new phones, which the police can easily [use to] find out where you've been...the feds can now use Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to get information from the phone, and seem to be able to listen to phones a lot easier now than ever before. Every dealer I know uses old phones, and the Nokia 8210 is the one everyone wants because of how small it is and how long the battery lasts. And it was the best phone when it came out. I couldn't afford one in Jamaica back in the day, but now I've got four."-K2, drug dealer

An anonymous phone store owner in Soho said that he has had potential phone buyers come into the store often, looking for the Nokia 8210. But since it was manufactured in 1999, it is a rare find. Anytime stores happen to get one in, it sells immediately. And some addicts are finding out that they can be used to trade for drugs. A 32-year old addict named Tony was using a Nokia 8210 because his Samsung Galaxy handset was broken. Two dealers offered to buy it from him. But Tony ended up trading it to a third dealer for $50 worth of crack. 

You can check out a commercial for the Nokia 8210 from 1999. Simply click on the video below.



source: Vice via Gizmodo

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posted on 30 Jan 2015, 01:08

1. TechNeck (Posts: 237; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


Wtf...

posted on 30 Jan 2015, 01:43 16

8. Johnnokia (Posts: 1054; Member since: 27 May 2012)


Another very important reason:

These old Nokia phones are very required during police chases due to their "Anti-Bullets capability".

posted on 30 Jan 2015, 09:32 2

19. akki20892 (Posts: 3899; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Nokia should go ahead and make protecting equipments.

Nokia Armor

posted on 30 Jan 2015, 01:12 1

2. Industriality (Posts: 131; Member since: 08 Sep 2014)


Drugarena :D

posted on 30 Jan 2015, 01:14 1

3. bahadurhussain (Posts: 17; Member since: 20 Jan 2015)


Haha! That's interesting, junkies are getting creative. I thought people only wanted them for collection purposes but it's odd to know that they are still needed for worldly reasons.

posted on 30 Jan 2015, 01:26

5. Sid91 (unregistered)


When it first came out I used to have this phone, when it came out it was one of the smallest and compact phone with an amazing battery, plus it had 5 preloaded games.

posted on 30 Jan 2015, 01:33 1

6. Planterz (Posts: 1999; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


They probably got the idea from watching "The Wire".

posted on 30 Jan 2015, 01:34 3

7. mattkl (Posts: 211; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)


but those bezels

posted on 30 Jan 2015, 01:57 1

9. Netolic (Posts: 144; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I had the 8250, with them blue backlights.

best phone at that time.

posted on 30 Jan 2015, 02:12

10. stocklee (unregistered)


i remember when OEM's competed with each other on who's going to make a smaller phone, these days they compete who's going to make a bigger phone with bigger screen that wont fit in your pockets.

posted on 30 Jan 2015, 02:56 1

11. tacarat (Posts: 715; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)


Makes me think of Terminator 3. The only safe computers were the really obsolete ones.

posted on 30 Jan 2015, 03:37 3

12. dwor1 (Posts: 8; Member since: 21 Aug 2014)


"the phone isn't be tracked by satellite"

And we can learn to speak like south London drug dealers, too!

posted on 30 Jan 2015, 03:50 3

13. Settings (Posts: 1448; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Delete this article! Xiaomi will copy that phone!

posted on 30 Jan 2015, 18:52

22. joey_sfb (Posts: 5236; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Yeah right! Flash sales for druggie and dealers only. 10000 dealers rounded up in 10 seconds.

posted on 30 Jan 2015, 04:50

14. downbeat4 (Posts: 93; Member since: 03 Dec 2010)


I think Tony works at Metro PCS...any METRO PCS. :-\

posted on 30 Jan 2015, 05:45

16. andynaija (Posts: 779; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


I'm sure Tony wouldn't have a job in his kind of situation -_- and if you were trying to use MetroPCS as a subject of your joke, you FAILED. Thanks and have a good day.

posted on 30 Jan 2015, 05:20

15. rlatkddn124 (Posts: 10; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)


Just like Motorola StarTAC. Gangster's phone!

posted on 30 Jan 2015, 07:49

17. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Cool phone in the day with the extra battery pack.

posted on 30 Jan 2015, 09:29

18. slaggyb (Posts: 202; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


My dad had this phone. And I think he still has it somewhere lying in the house. The Nokia 1100 was a little bit thinner than this and better battery life with the additional feature been a flash light

posted on 30 Jan 2015, 10:04

20. LikeMyself (Posts: 432; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


She has a mv..
I prefer her to any other
Marijuana Marijuana Marijuana!!

posted on 30 Jan 2015, 11:31

21. pajica123 (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Jan 2015)


well... . . you have a new nokia 106, or something like that.

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