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Nokia 3250 - Mobile Phone Information

Nokia 3250

The Nokia 3250 is powered by Symbian OS v9.1 (Series 60 version 3), and is a combined mobile phone, digital camera, music player and PDA.

The Nokia 3250 uses a Micro SD card memory card and has a twistable base, used to switch between camera, media player and smartphone functionality. The bottom half of the phone spins through 180 degrees and the keypad is replaced with rewind, play/pause, stop and fast-forward buttons for the built-in music player . Spin it again for camera mode - it has a 2-megapixel camera for capturing stills, sequences or video.

This Tri-band handset with a 2 megapixel camera, and takes a memory card that holds up to 1 gigabyte of memory (to hold up to 750 songs). It also has an FM radio (plus support for Nokia's Visual Radio).

Availability: NOW (Apr 2006) on o2, Orange and Vodafone from Carphone Warehouse and MobileShop. Also at Dial-a-phone

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Operating system The Nokia 3250 uses the Symbian Operating System. To check the version number, type *#0000#

The handset can be upgraded to the latest version of the operating system at approved Nokia Service Centres. Online upgrades are not available.
Accessories? There's 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 3250 If you're looking to use your 3250 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 3250 has a WAP browser, which can be accessed via the Services menu. For details of Wap on a 3250, and using WAP, see our Series 60 WAP page
How do I connect my 3250 to my PC?

The 3250 can connect to a PC via a serial cable, or over Bluetooth. Here is a summary of how to connect your 3250 to your PC.

  • Belkin Bluetooth adapter Bluetooth connection. From the 3250, select 'Connect | Bluetooth'. Turn Bluetooth 'On', then move to the second tab by moving the joystick to the right. This should show you all Bluetooth devices in range. If your PC isn't shown, select 'Options | New paired device' and let the 3250 search for the PC connection. When the phone and PC are paired, use the Nokia Connectivity package to select the file you want to send to the 3250.
    If your PC doesn't support Bluetooth, then you can add it cheaply and easily using a USB Bluetooth adapter. We recommend the Belkin USB Bluetooth adapter available for around £15 from
    For details of Bluetooth, see our Bluetooth page, and for help connecting, see our PC connectivity page
  • USB cable - This phone can be connected to a PC using a USB cable known as the Nokia DKU-2 Connectivity cable. This can be purchased online at MobileShop or Dial-a-phone. To use this, you will need a dedicated driver available from the Nokia site. Once connected, you can use the Nokia PC Suite to transfer data and back up the phone.
  • Memory card drive Memory card reader. If you don't want to beam files from your PC to the phone, another option is to make use of the MMC card slot in the 3250. Get hold of a Memory card reader for around £20 and copy files onto an MMC card plugged into your PC. Find out more on our Memory card page.

Files beamed to the 3250 can be found in the Messaging application, in the Inbox folder

How do I install software?

A SIS fileSoftware 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:

  • Beaming - Beam the file to your handset from your PC using Bluetooth. If you don't currently have the ability to beam files to the handset via Bluetooth (either from another handheld device or from a PC), then you may wish to purchase an adapter for your PC (this means you'll be able to install software, backup and synchronise data between phone and PC) - See our Series 60 PC connectivity page for more.
  • USB cable - Your can connect your 3250 to your PC via using a USB cable See our Series 60 PC connectivity page for more.
  • By email - The alternative, is to email the file that you're trying to install, typically a SIS (Symbian installation file) to your own email account, and then use your phone to logon to your email (details) and download the SIS file as an attachment into your phone's Messaging Inbox.
  • Via memory card - There is another alternative for users of phones that take memory cards (such as the 3250) by transferring the SIS file to the handset via the card slot and a PC MMC Memory card reader. Copy files onto an MMC from your PC, and then insert the MMC card into your handset. You'll need to have a file manager on your 3250 to access the file from the memory card.
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.
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.

If you really want to use Hotmail or AOL, see our Series 60 FAQ on this subject.

Can I use the 3250 in the States? Yes. The 3250 is a tri-band phone operating on EGSM900/1800 (Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific), and GSM1900 (USA, Canada and South America). There should be no problem using the 3250 with network operators in these countries. Roaming restrictions from your network operator may prevent use of some services in other countries.
Receive faxes on your mobile If you need to send or receive faxes, you can do this by email, thanks to
What's my 3250's serial number?
Enter '*#06#' for your handset's serial number (known as the IMEI) - useful if your phone is stolen

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