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Nokia 6600 - Mobile Phone Information

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Nokia  6600The Nokia 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.

Features: Colour screen, MMS, video camera, Bluetooth, SyncML, RealMedia player, 6Meg onboard memory, web and WAP browser, plus MMC expansion slot.

UK Availability: Discontinued (superseded by the Nokia 6630 and then the Nokia 6680). We've last seen this phone available SIM-free at for £149.
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Nokia 6600 screenshot
Nokia 6600 screenshot
Nokia 6600 screenshot

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Nokia 6600 FAQ

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 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?

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 or IR. If you don't currently have the ability to beam files to the handset via Bluetooth or infrared (either from another handheld device or from a PC), then you may wish to purchase an IRDA 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.
  • Install via PC - Assuming you've installed the PC connectivity suite that was supplied with your phone, look for the "Install software" option. You'll need to have the handset connected to the PC via serial, Bluetooth or infrared for this to work. - 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.
  • Memory card readerVia memory card - The 6600 has an MMC memory card slot, so you can transfer a SIS file to the handset via this card slot if you have access to a PC MMC memory card writer. To do this, copy the SIS file onto an MMC card via the writer connected to your PC, and then insert the MMC card into your handset. Then, use the 6600 File Manager (Tools > File mngr.) to browse to the location of the SIS file you've copied. Highlight and run the SIS file, and the installation process should start. Once installed, you can delete the SIS file from the MMC card if required.

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

6600 Version NumberFrom 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 Here is a summary of how to connect your 6600 to your PC.

  • USB infrared from Maplin IR connection. From the 6600, select 'Connect | Infrared' to turn the phone's IR on. Line up the phone with the PC infrared port, and Windows should detect the 6600. Then, use the Nokia Connectivity package to select the file you want to send to the 6600. For more on IR, see our PC connectivity page
    There are several IR adapters available, including the pictured 'USB-IRDA Adaptor' from Maplin Electronics (Cat no: RV88V).
  • Belkin Bluetooth adapter Bluetooth connection. From the 6600, 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 6600 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 6600.
    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
  • 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 6600. 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 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 - 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.

  • If you're not sure what's on your phone, go to Tools > File Manager > Options > Memory details to see what's using your memory
  • If it's your MMC card that's filling up, go to Extras > Memory > Options > Memory details
  • To free space, use the File Manager app to either delete files, or to move them to the MMC card

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:

  • First, try a soft-reset of the phone - Do this by pulling the battery out for a minute, then reinserting it. When the phone restarts, it should close down all running applications, which may free up some space. It's also worth removing the memory card.
  • If that doesn't help, try to restart the phone in "safe mode" - This causes the phone to load as few apps as possible at startup. To do this, take the battery out and reinsert it (to perform a soft reset), then hold down the ABC (pencil) key, and while holding it down, start up the phone.
  • Sometimes, startup problems are as a result of a battery/power problem, so try starting with your phone while it's powered by the charger lead

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 MMC card 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:
  • Amazon - Always a good choice for reliable delivery at good prices
  • - bid for new cards at low prices!

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.

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

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.
  • Infrared - The 6600 has a 'Modem' option under 'Connectivity'. Selecting this option allows another device (such as a Pocket PC or Laptop) to connect to the Internet using infrared. If the equipment you wish to connect to doesn't have infrared, consider a 'USB-IRDA Adaptor' from Maplin Electronics (Cat no: RV88V).
  • You can also use the handset as a modem from a Bluetooth PDA, or a PC with Bluetooth connectivity (such as a Belkin USB Bluetooth adapter). For more, see our Bluetooth page.
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:

  1. You can copy it to your PC with the Nokia software supplied on the CD . Depending on what you have connected to your computer, you can use Infrared or Bluetooth. Set your PC to receive files (using the IR or Bluetooth software supplied with your adapter), select the photo to send (from Images), then from the Options menu, select Send.
  2. You can use the Messaging application and email the picture to yourself (or a friend)
  3. Send the picture to another mobile using MMS. Costs of sending pictures by MMS differ depending on which network operator you're with. Take a look at our MMS page for more.
Changing the default picture

To change the default wallpaper image used in the phone application, do the following:

  • Press Menu
  • Go to Tools | Settings | Phone | Standby mode
  • Press the joystick on the "Background image" option.
  • From the "Yes / No" option, select "Yes". You're now able to select from an image in your images folder
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 on eBay
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.
Who's calling?

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 you need.
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.

Series 60 reset

The method of performing a hard-format, i.e resetting it completely to factory defaults and removing all data, is as follows:

  1. Switch off the phone.
  2. Hold down the following three buttons: Green (call answer) button, * button, and '3' button
  3. While holding these buttons, press the power button and switch on the phone
  4. When the message 'Formatting' appears on the screen, release all of the buttons

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?

Ultra MP3The 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:

  • To open a file with UltraMP3, open the UltraMP3 application, select Menu, then select Edit Playlist. A list of all MP3 files on the device will be displayed. Move to an MP3 file, and select it. You should get a menu with a "Play" option.
  • To check the version number of UltraMP3, go to the phone's Application Manager, scroll down to UltraMP3, press Options, then press View details

If Ultra doesn't suit your needs, there are some others at

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.
For details of how this works, take a look at our Oxygen page

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:

  • You've installed a piece of software that wants to connect to the 'Net (such as a news service application, or a program that's trying to check for updates over-the-air)
  • You're using an email program to check for new emails at regular intervals
  • You have an email or MMS in your Outbox that's trying to send
  • You have GPRS set to "When available" (See Tools > Settings > Connection > GPRS), so it will try to connect all the time

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.

Check any applications that might make use of an Internet connection and disable the Internet feature. As a last resort - Visitors to our forum have fixed the problem by backing up their contacts and other vital info, then performing a hard-reset - losing all data. Drastic, but solves the problem.

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
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:

Lock code
  • Length: 5 digits
  • Detail:Used to prevent unauthorised access to certain functions on the phone
  • Set from: Tools > Settings > Security > Phone & SIM
  • Default: The default lock code for Nokia Series 60 devices is 12345.
  • Lost? - If you've changed this code and forgotten it - you will need to visit a Nokia authorised service center, who will be able to reset the lock code for you.
PIN code
  • Length: 4 digits
  • Detail: This is an optional 4 digit code to protect your SIM
  • Set from: Tools > Settings > Security > Phone & SIM
  • Lost? - If you keep trying, you'll eventually get locked out and need to contact your network operator for a PUK code (see below)
PUK code
  • Length: 8 digits
  • Detail: You'll be asked for this 8 digit code if you've entered the wrong SIM code more than the allowed number of times. You'll need to contact your network operator to get this lock lifted. PUK code help.
Wallet Code
  • Detail: This alphanumeric code is used to gain access to the secure data store for the Wallet application, where you can save bank and credit card information, plus other private data, securely.
  • Lost? - If you've forgotten the wallet code, enter the following string as a telephone number: *#7370925538# - this will allow you to delete the existing wallet and create a new wallet code. You will be prompted for the phone's lock code to proceed (Normally 12345, unless you've change it).
Network locking code
  • If your phone was fixed to work on a specific network (for example, Orange), this lock may prevent you from using another SIM in the handset. You may see "SIM card rejected" or "SIM card unaccepted". This lock can be lifted for you by contacting the network operator in question (there may be a fee for this).

Memory Card lock code

  • Our forum often gets messages from people that are seeing "Memory card locked". This means that your MMC card has had a password set on it. If you know the password, and want to remove it, go to Extras > Memory.
  • Lost? - Sorry, but we don't know of a way to remove this code. The advice we've seen via our forum suggests that you may want to format your memory card either from the Extras > Memory > Options > Format mem. card, or using a PC Memory Card Reader. If you know of a better solution, please pass this on via our forum to help others that have managed to lock themselves out of their cards!

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