Nokia 6600 - Mobile Phone Information
6600 uses the Nokia Series 60 platform (powered by Symbian OS
v7.0), and is a combined tri-band mobile phone, digital camera
(with zoom and video facilities) and PDA. The Nokia 6620 is the
US version of this handset. Became available in November 2003.
Discuss the 6600 in the FileSaveAs 6600 forum
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Nokia 6600 links:
- Nokia Series 60 forum - Discussion of the 6600 and other similar Nokia smartphones
- AllAboutSymbian - Great for general Series 60 information
- MySymbian - Site with details of the Nokia smartphone range
- O2 online - UK mobile phone network operator, offering free SMS text and Wap access. (Details)
- 6600 WAP setup - Help getting WAP up-and-running over dialup or GPRS
- Email from your 6600 - Step-by-step setup of email on your 6600
a wide range of accessories, including spare batteries, cases, chargers,
in-car kits, hands-free units, data cables and fascias, available at Carphone
Warehouse and MobileShop.
|Email from your 6600||If you're looking to use your 6600 for sending and receiving e-mail, consider taking out an account with free provider BT Yahoo. For details of connectivity, see our Series 60 Getting Connected section.|
|How do I use WAP / What is 'Services'?||As well as a web browser, the 6600 has a WAP browser, which can be accessed via the Services menu. For details of Wap on a 6600, and using WAP, see our 6600 WAP page|
|How do I install software?||
Software for Symbian OS phones is normally supplied using a Symbian installation file (with a .sis extension). This is a single file that contains the components needed to get a piece of software installed and ready to run. A SIS file can be run on a Symbian phone (e.g. from the Inbox or via a file manager. It can also be run via the PC connectivity solution that was supplied on the CD with the handset. Assuming you have a SIS file on your PC/Mac (either downloaded from the Internet or on a CD), the ways to install a SIS file onto your handset are as follows:
If you've downloaded an application and find you can't install it - make sure the file you're trying to install is a SIS (Symbian Installation) file. Many files are distributed in a compressed form (using the ZIP file format). If the file has a .ZIP extension, you'll need to unzip it first. You can do this with a PC application such as WinZip, or on the phone itself using the ZipMan application.
For help with installing Java applications and games, see our Java on Series 60 FAQ
|How do I uninstall software?||
To uninstall software that was installed onto a Series 60 phone, go to the Manager application from the main menu (in the Tools folder on some models), select the application, press Options, and select Remove from the menu
|Operating system||The Nokia
6600 uses the Symbian Operating
System. To check the version number of the operating system on your
phone, type *#0000# as if it were a phone number
From what we understand, the latest version of 'firmware' for the 6600 is v5.53 (around May 2005) - sorry, but we don't have a list of what software changes are made in each build - these are normally bugfixes and minor enhancements - a trawl around Google may help.
The device can be upgraded to the latest version of the operating system at approved Nokia Service Centres - If the phone is still under warranty, this will be done free-of-charge. The process takes up to an hour, but service centre policies vary depending on how busy they are, and whether they have the reprogramming equipment onsite. Note that all data is lost when you upgrade, so it's vital to do your own backup first. Online upgrades / downloads of OS are not available, and upgrading your phone firmware is not a do-it-yourself job as it requires specialist equipment.
|How do I connect my 6600 to my PC?||
The 6600 can connect to a PC via Bluetooth or infrared using Nokia's connectivity software supplied on CD, or for download from www.nokia.com. Here is a summary of how to connect your 6600 to your PC.
Files beamed to the 6600 can be found in the Messaging application, in the Inbox folder
|Internet over Bluetooth?||Want to access the net on your device using your PC's connection over Bluetooth? It is possible, but pretty tricky. If you want to try, take a look at the complex instructions on Mika Raento's website|
|How do I silence the camera click?||Select the 'Silent' profile, or turn off the 'Warning tones' from Profiles|
|Dismantling the 6600||Those looking for information on how to disassemble the 6600 (for instance, to change the cover), can find some unofficial instructions at www.gbnetwork.co.uk/6600/disassembly - note that this process is at your own risk.|
|My phone reports that it's running low on memory||
If in the course of normal operation, you start seeing messages about low memory, you need to remove some files from the Internal drive to recover some space. Note that 'memory' and 'storage' are effectively the same on a 6600 - the phone has 6meg onboard to act as memory and storage space.
For more on memory, see the questions below...
|Not starting / Memory full||
We sometimes hear from users of Series 60 handsets such as the 6600 that they're unable to start their phone, or that the phone freezes on startup. Sometimes this is associated with the phone's memory being full. If you can't start your phone, here are a couple of things to try:
As a very last resort, you can format the phone and start again - This will remove all data, and you'll have to restore your phone's information from a backup.
If you still can't get into the phone, the final option appears to be to take the phone to the nearest Club Nokia shop (or your retailer), who should be able to re-flash the phone to factory settings.
|Extra memory for 6600||
The Nokia 6600 supports
MMC cards for memory expansion. The 6600 is supplied with a 32Meg MMC as standard. Nokia can sell you their own MMC
cards, but their prices for Nokia-branded cards are higher than
for standard cards. We've not heard of any incompatibility with
non-Nokia cards, so it's worth shopping around to get a third-party
card. Here are a few online options:
For more details, see our Memory Card page
|How do I format my memory card?||Go to Extras > Memory > Options > Format Mem Card|
|Hotmail and AOL access?||
Hotmail and AOL use proprietary email systems,
as opposed to the more common POP email systems - this makes it tricky to access mail on a Series 60 device. For email on the move,
consider using a standard POP3 provider such as BT Yahoo (see setup details) that offers free email accounts that can be configured on a Series 60 phone.
|Can I use the 6600 in the States?||Yes. The 6600 is a tri-band phone operating on EGSM900/1800 (Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific), and GSM1900 (USA, Canada, South America). There should be no problem using the 6600 with network operators in these countries. Roaming restrictions from your network operator may prevent use of some services in other countries.|
|How do I enable Auto Keylock?||Surprisingly, the Nokia 6600 doesn't come with an automatic key lock that switches on after a certain period of time to prevent accidental keypresses - however, third-party application Handy Keylock is available to fill this gap. The functionality is also included as part of Psiloc Extended Profiles application.|
|Receive faxes on your mobile||Looking to get faxes on your Series 60 phone? See our answer in the Series 60 FAQ|
|How do I get to the ringtones settings?||Go to Profiles, select which profile you're in (if you're not sure, it's probably 'General'), press 'Options', 'Personalise', then press on the 'Ringing tone' option. Scroll up or down, and press 'Select' on the tone you want.|
|How do I install ringtones?||6600 supports playback of .mid or .wav files, and use of these file formats
as ringtones. To use such a sound file, beam or email the file to
your 6600. It will then appear in the Messaging Inbox. Open the
message and select 'Options | Save'. Then, from 'Profiles', select
a profile and set the 'Ringing tone' to the new file.
For more on ringtones, see the mobile phone FAQ
|FM radio for my 6600?||
Some Nokia devices come with a built-in FM radio, but the Nokia 6600 does not. We're often asked whether software is available to add a radio to their phone. Unfortunately, it's not that simple, as it's not just a software issue. Phones that have built-in radios contain dedicated hardware in the phone to do this (an FM RF tuner)... and the 6600 doesn't have that.
If you're really desperate to listen to radio from your handset, note that it is possible to listen to streaming audio over the Internet via GPRS (using an application such as Avec Radio), although don't expect the results to be up to much!
|Record longer videos||If you're looking to use your 6600 as a camcorder, and are frustrated that the Nokia video recorder application has a maximum file size limit, consider Philips LifeVibes Camcoder PRO|
|Can I use it as a modem?||Yes, using
Infrared or Bluetooth.
|How do share my pictures with others?||
Once you have taken a picture on the 6600, there are three ways to get the files from your phone to other people or computers:
|Changing the default picture||
To change the default wallpaper image used in the phone application, do the following:
What's my 6600's serial number?
|Enter '*#06#' as if it were a phone number, to get your handset's serial number (known as the IMEI) - useful to keep a note of in case your phone is stolen. You may also need this number when registering certain types of software.|
|Data cables for 6600||Many visitors to this site
report that they've heard of data cables for serial or USB connection
between a PC and a Nokia 6600. Be warned that these cables are for
use with special software for configuring the 6600 using F-BUS or
M2BUS. These can be used for phone unlocking, firmware updates and
for advanced programming use. These cables can be found cheaply
These are not intended for use by consumers. They are not for use with the Nokia's PC Suite, and if you try to connect using one, you'll find that the Nokia PC Suite won't find the phone.
If you're looking to connect to your PC for picture/file transfer, backup and software installation, look for a Bluetooth or IR adapter. See our page on PC connectivity for more help.
Thanks to caller display, we can see who's calling. For answers to your Caller Display questions, see our Caller Display Series 60 FAQ
|Can I read my work email?||By default, Series 60 handsets
support collection of email using the POP and IMAP protocols. Office
systems such as Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes use a different
set of protocols when communicating to desktop PCs for corporate
email. Both Exchange and Notes support POP and IMAP email collection,
but this is a service that many IT administrators restrict access
to, for security reasons. If you are looking to collect your email
from your phone, contact your company's IT department to see if
they support POP and IMAP. They should supply you with the settings
For help with setting up POP and IMAP email, see our Series 60 connectivity page
|How do I format or hard reset a 6600?||
We accept no responsibility for use of this code. It is undocumented, not supported by Nokia and should be used at your own risk.
The soft-format code for Series 60 phones is *#7370# . You enter this code as you would enter a phone number in the Phone application. It performs a format of the Internal drive - All data will be lost if you use this feature.
The method of performing a hard-format, i.e resetting it completely to factory defaults and removing all data, is as follows:
Note that you shouldn't switch the phone off or remove the battery when performing either of these operations, and it's advised that the handset has a reasonable amount of battery charge before performing a format/reset.
|Can I play MP3 files on my phone?||
The mp3 format is not supported on the Nokia 6600 as standard - if you try to play an mp3 file, you get an "Unknown file format" message. There are however, a small number of applications out there that let you use your 6600 as an MP3 player - Most popular of these is the impressive UltraMP3!- this has no problem playing mp3 files, has a built-in playlist editor, and supports 'skins' to customise its player. Two quick FAQs on UltraMP3:
If Ultra doesn't suit your needs, there are some others at handango.com
Regarding using MP3 files as ringtones - sadly the 6600 doesn't support this, and even UltraMP3 can't add mp3 to the ringtone format. Your best bet is to take a look at getting the Oxygen II package for your PC - this software includes ringtone management, and can convert audio files including mp3 files and a number of other different formats , into the truetone format used on the 6600.
|Alternative connectivity software||
Rather than the software
that came as standard with the phone, there's a rather useful
third-party application called Oxygen
II - This application supports Contacts, Calendar,
Messaging and file management.
|Copy to memory card||For details of how to copy files to/from an installed memory card, see the answer in our Series 60 FAQ.|
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|Data conversion||For help with information on converting your Contacts, Calendar and documents for viewing on your phone, see our Conversion page for some general guidance.|
|Select Access Point?||
If this message keeps popping up for no reason, it sounds like your 6600 is trying to connect to the 'Net using GPRS and doesn't know which access point to use. Reasons for this are likely to be:
It may also be worth looking
at the settings of your access points (Tools > Settings >
Connection > Access Points) to make sure you have the correct one assigned.
|Anti-virus||Viruses for Series 60 handsets are fairly rare, but they are around - mostly distributed via dodgy SIS files. Common Symbian viruses include Cabir, Skulls and Lasco. If you think you may have been affected, or are worried about security - try getting an anti-virus package for your Series 60 phone. Options include F-Secure, SimWorks and SMobile VirusGuard, and these are all available for download from www.handango.com.|
|SMS to PC?||
If you're looking to copy your SMS text messages to a PC, you'll find that the Nokia PC Suite software doesn't support this. The best option is to try Oxygen II - This is an alternative PC Suite and supports copying of SMS, MMS and other message types, as well as a few other things that Nokia suite can't do. Take a look at our Oxygen page
|Various 6600 passcodes:||Below is
a list of the various code types you'll find on the 6600:
Memory Card lock code