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

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.

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



1. TechNeck

Posts: 652; Member since: Aug 29, 2014


8. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

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

19. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Nokia should go ahead and make protecting equipments. Nokia Armor

2. Industriality

Posts: 131; Member since: Sep 08, 2014

Drugarena :D

3. bahadurhussain

Posts: 17; Member since: Jan 20, 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.

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.

6. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

7. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

but those bezels

9. Netolic

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I had the 8250, with them blue backlights. best phone at that time.

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.

11. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

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

12. dwor1

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 21, 2014

"the phone isn't be tracked by satellite" And we can learn to speak like south London drug dealers, too!

13. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Delete this article! Xiaomi will copy that phone!

22. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

14. downbeat4

Posts: 94; Member since: Dec 03, 2010

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

16. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 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.

15. rlatkddn124

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Just like Motorola StarTAC. Gangster's phone!

17. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Cool phone in the day with the extra battery pack.

18. slaggyb

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 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

20. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

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

21. pajica123

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 30, 2015

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

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