Thursday, August 22, 2013

  Ladies and Gentlemen I give you my second post:

     Today is the first of what I hope to be many. I had intended on writing about my adventures in procuring my Nokia N9, But today from a co-worker I received 2 Refugees.

     First is the 2610b it was budget minded 2G phone released in 2006 had a 1.6 screen with 113ppi pixel density. Baby we have come along way. This beast had a generous 3 MB for up to 300 numbers It had GPRS but nothing else no EDGE no WLAN no Bluetooth and no USB. This guy was a no nonsense phone for people that needed to make phone calls and an TXT or 2. But you had to be prudent wit you use cause with the 970 mAh battery it only had about a 3 hour talk time. It has PAC-MAN and MS PAC-MAN Sweet!!!! unfortunately will only play for 30 seconds as its a demo probably no chance of getting the full version. Just got this phone so it needs a bath and some TLC. But I shall do my best to revive this little soldier and make sure it has a comfortable retirement.

     The second Refugee I got today is the 3120b from Cingular it to was budget minded 2G phone. It was released in 2004 had a 1.6 screen with 113ppi pixel density. This little brut could hold up to 256 phonebook entries with 4 fields per entry It had GPRS but nothing else no EDGE no WLAN no Bluetooth but it did have a Pop-Port. gonna have to look that one up. Another no nonsense phone for people that needed to make phone calls and an TXT. It had the same BL-5C as the 2610 but boasted up to 6 hours of talk time. And yes Snake oh how I missed thee. However I don't have a sim to put in it so sadly I can not play. And on another note the battery for this little guy was swollen and not usable the bonus was its the same battery as the 2610b. 

       I have actually used the 3120b and loved it. I was updating the computer network for a company that makes French Fries and other potato products for Wendy's and McDonald's. I was carrying a Nokia N900 at the time and evidently there is a high indecent of spying occurrences within the French Fry industry and they don't allow any device capable of capturing Video or Photographs so I got a 3120 from somewhere. The only cool thing saw out there I would have taken Video or Pics was a exhaust pipe that would blow these gigantic smoke rings like 10 feet or more HUGE (you can see it from the freeway so don't try to turn me in) and I could get super close, and it would have been some cool pictures and video. So for a month or so I carried this little guy with no complaints whats so ever.

      At any rate both seem to be 100% functional, not pretty but both are welcome additions to the Refuge. 

Questions or comments please feel free to contact me. You can follow me on Twitter at @Nokia_Refuge or contact me at

 Again the purpose of this blog is to save as many neglected or forgotten Nokia as I can. So if you have any that are in a closet or a desk drawer somewhere collecting dust. If you hate it and want to get rid of it or you love it but have no use for it and want it to live on send it to me. I will make sure that its retirement is comfortable and safe on my 1/8 acre refuge. Again I may be able to chip in for shipping but unfortunately unable to buy them as my wife would FREAKING KILL ME.

Thank you and thank you Crazy Cal for the phones.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

   So here I go, a few months ago I was watching a YouTube video of a gentlemen destroying a Nokia N95. Upsetting very disturbing, may have cried a little. I start getting this idea, you see the Nokia N95 was my first Smart phone my gateway phone as it were. Looking back 8 years ago, a man in a Strange country meeting my future wife and now mother of our 3 and a half year old. She took me to where her little sister worked in a mall at the Cell phone store. Inside were marvels of technology and wizardry unfamiliar to this simple man from Boise Idaho. Phones that could be attached to overhead projectors and would run your PowerPoint presentations. Phones that you could watch movies on, listen to music, and one phone that had a 5 Mega Pixel camera OH how the Gods have smiled upon me. This little two-tone wonder I could barely contain myself "oh I have to have you" I muttered lightly under me breath. Pay the lady I thought reaching for my wallet as I ask beautiful bride to convert the price into dollars US, I could see the words floating out of her mouth as suddenly I felt faint and my wallet fell back into my pocket. I don't remember the exact amount but looking back all I can think of is "that's more then rent". I am devastated.

     Fast forward after struggling with INS for 18 months my wife has safely made it to the USA. As we start our life together we get a credit card, then 2, a few more. Again the Gods have bla bla bla. At any rate With my lovely wife's blessing I order 2 brand new never touched beige and silver devices of POWER, the NOKIA N95-3 $619 each. way more then a rent payment. Everyday I wake up kiss my wife and check the tracking number yes! it's close! soon it shall be mine! Finally I see they will be delivered the next day should I call in sick, have my wife do it yes its fool proof  "I'm so sick I had to get my wife to call in for me" That morning as I close the door to go to work pleading with her that it would have worked, I have been betrayed!

     So after the longest day of my life I do not simply come home I fly, up the stairs and key, key where is oh got it I open the door and on the counter is a Amazon box open oh no. After realizing my wife had opened hers I pickup mine as if it was a new born. I deftly cut the seal with a butter knife with a precision neurosurgeons would be envious of, I open the as if I was Indiana Jones recovering some lost Holy relic of some forgotten ancient people. I peer inside, eyes straining to see this treasure hidden within this chest. And there it is MY N95-3 and there you have it the rest is history.

     This was the defining moment in my entire mobile life. The N95 served me well for many years and was the beginning of my love affair with Nokia. 

     So with that being said I come back to the video and my idea. Still in it infancy I am going to try this blogging thing and the plan is I will offer refuge to any forgotten, abandoned or other wise neglected Nokia device. If you have a Nokia that you don't want and are unsure what to do with it send to me. In return I will try to provide updates through this blog of my rescues and some sort of review of said device I can't promise anything but I will keep the device safe and I will love and care for it as if it was mine. I may be able to help with shipping but sadly can not offer any other compensation as I am a simple man with a small family. 

If you like you can reach me at @Nokia_Refuge on Twitter. This is my first post so a Facebook page is coming as soon as I figure it out. Oh and an E-mail.

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