Famous Nokia ringtone turns 20 years old

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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25 Comments

1. SamsungELITE unregistered

ahhh , the good old times I remember.

2. MacWiNux

Posts: 128; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

nothing beats the ol nokia tune :D FTW

5. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 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.

10. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

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

11. MacWiNux

Posts: 128; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

i love the version on the S60 series

17. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

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

18. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 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.

20. o7o

Posts: 114; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

3. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Anyone have the mp3 file?

4. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

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

6. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

7. hmd74

Posts: 539; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

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

8. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

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

9. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

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

12. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 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..

24. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

techno version

13. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

The best mobile phone manufact

14. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

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

15. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Sorry for the previous incomplete comment xD

16. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Who??

25. g2a5b0e unregistered

Mike Jones!

19. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 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...

21. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

I don't remember the tune at all

22. andynaija

Posts: 1251; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

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

23. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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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