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Nokia N73 - Mobile Phone Information from FileSaveAs

This page contains information on the Nokia N73 handset, including answers to common questions.

Nokia N73The Nokia N73 uses the Nokia Series 60 platform (powered by Symbian OS v9.1), and is a combined quad-band mobile phone (supporting 3G), digital camera (3.2 megapixel with zoom and video facilities) and PDA.

Dimensions: 110 x 49 x 19 mm
Screen: Colour, 240 x 320 pixels
Powered by Symbian Series 60 v9.1
Memory: Up to 42Meg, with mini-SD slot for expansion


  • Two-way video calling
  • 3.2 megapixel camera with flash and 20x digital zoom
  • Supports Bluetooth, Infrared and USB 2.0
  • Supports Visual Radio

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Nokia N73 Review

The Nokia N73 is a nifty little handset - pretty slim, and packed with some great applications. It's powered by the Symbian operating system, so the applications are well established, and there's a lot of third-party software and games available for this phone.

Nokia N73 screenshot
N73 Main Menu
Nokia N73 screenshot
Email on the N73


Software supplied on the Nokia N73 is pretty extensive. The standard applications Calendar, Contacts, Email and web are there, and you can also find apps including Gallery, Music Player, Visual Radio, Lifeblog, RealPlayer, Quickoffice and an Adobe PDF file reader.

Nokia N73 in hand

The Nokia N73 is a comfy fit in the hand, has a pretty usable digital camera (3.2 megapixel with a Carl Zeiss lens and a flash). Loads of features, but not as over-complicated as many high-end phones on the market. At the time of writing, this handset is available free on most of the UK networks, and it's a handset we're happy to recommend.


Nokia N73 FAQ

Answers to common questions on the N73


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 N73 If you're looking to use your N73 for sending and receiving e-mail, see our Series 60 Connect page.
How do I install software?

SIS File iconSoftware 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 the 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 USB, 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 N73 has a miniSD memory card slot, so you can transfer a SIS file to the handset via this card slot if you have access to a PC miniSD memory card writer. To do this, copy the SIS file onto a miniSD card via the writer connected to your PC, and then insert the miniSD card into your handset. Then, use the N73 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 miniSD 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 Tools > App. Mgr from the main menu, select the application, press Options, and select Remove from the menu

Operating system The Nokia N73 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
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.
How do I connect my N73 to my PC?

The N73 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 N73 to your PC.

  • USB cable. The N73 is supplied with a USB cable that connects from the PC to the handset . When connected, you have to option to use the Nokia PC Suite to interact with the phone, or make a direct connection and access the filing system using Windows 'My Computer'.
  • USB infrared from MaplinIR connection. From the N73, go to Tools > Infrared to turn the phone's IR on. Line up the phone with the PC infrared port, and Windows should detect the N73. Then, use the Nokia Connectivity package to select the file you want to send to the N73. 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 N73, go to Tools > 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 N73 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 N73.
    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. Another option is to make use of the miniSD card slot in the N73. Get hold of a Memory card reader for around £20 and copy files onto a miniSD card plugged into your PC. Find out more on our Memory card page.

Files beamed to the N73 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
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 N73 - the phone's Internal memory acts as RAM for programs and storage space for files.

  • 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 miniSD card that's filling up, go to Tools > Memory > Options > Memory details, or consider getting a larger memory card
  • To free space, use the File Manager app to either delete files, or to move them to the mini-SD card

For more on memory, see the questions below...

More power Our top accessory for the Nokia N73 is the PowerChimp, a portable, rechargeable power supply with bunch of connectors, including the required mini-Nokia.
As reviewed in Show 32 of our UK Tech podcast. More details, see our PowerChimp review.

Extra memory for N73

miniSD card The Nokia N73 supports miniSD cards for memory expansion. Nokia can sell you their own miniSD 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

Back up your contacts

Scared by the thought of losing your mobile and all of your important phone numbers? the answer is at hand with Mobyko. This is a free service that lets you keep a copy of your contacts information securely online. It's a free service, and works well on Nokia Series 60 phones.
For details of how it works and how to get your data backed up, go to

How do I format my memory card? Go to Tools > 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 N73 in the States? Yes. The N73 is a quad-band phone operating on EGSM900/1800 (Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific), and GSM1900 (USA, Canada, South America). There should be no problem using the N73 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? If you're looking for an automatic key lock that switches on after a certain period of time to prevent accidental keypresses, try Handy Keylock. 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 Tools > 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.
Can I use it as a modem? Yes, using Infrared or Bluetooth.
  • Infrared - The N73 has a 'Modem' option under 'Tools'. 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 N73, 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 'Gallery'), 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:

  • From the main menu, go to Gallery
  • Go to Images
  • Select the image to use as a background
  • Select Options > Use Image > Set as Wallpaper
What's my N73'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.
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

How do I format or hard reset a N73?

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.

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.
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.
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 N73 passcodes: Below is a list of the various code types you'll find on the N73:

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.
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 miniSD card has had a password set on it. If you know the password, and want to remove it, go to Tools > 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 Tools > 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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