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IMAGES: RIP Nokia mobile phones (1987-2014)

Why do the good die young?

Updated 23.00pm

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MICROSOFT HAS CONFIRMED it’s phasing out the Nokia mobile phone brand, sending everyone in Ireland of a certain vintage into a fit of nostalgia.

The American IT giant bought the 143-year-old Finnish company’s mobile phone division back in April, and will now brand its smartphones exclusively with “Lumia”, instead, according to The Verge.

Nokia France announced on Monday that it was “about to become ‘Microsoft Lumia’”, confirming rumours of a major rebranding.

Microsoft then told The Verge yesterday that that brand transition would be rolled out throughout the world in the coming weeks.

Nokia will now focus more on mapping and networking infrastructure.

A thoroughly scientific poll at this morning found that every last one of us had owned a Nokia mobile at one time or another, and for many, it was their first.

So let’s take a walk through the mists of time, past the advent of smartphones, beyond the Y2K bug, and through the evolution of the Nokia mobile phone (1987-2014).


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  • 1987: The Nokia Mobira Cityman became known as the "Gorba" after Russian premier Mikhail Gorbachev used one in Helsinki in 1987.Source: Frederick Idestam/Youtube/Lvova/Wikimedia
  • 1988: P-30Source: ALFRM via Wikimedia
  • 1992: 1011Source: Jkbw via Wikimedia
  • 1996: Nokia 9000 CommunicatorSource: Textlad via Flickr
  • 1997: Nokia 6130Source: Fsse8Info via Flickr
  • Source: Discostu via Wikimedia
  • Source: WhatleyDude via Flickr
  • Source: Discostu via Wikimedia
  • 2003: Nokia 1100Source: Haxorjoe via Wikimedia
  • 2003: Nokia N-GageSource: Evan-Amos via Wikimedia
  • 2005: Nokia 6280Source: Stephen Shaw via Wikimedia
  • 2006: Nokia 6288Source: Todd Milton via Wikimedia
  • 2007: Nokia N95Source: Andrew via Flickr
  • 2008: Nokia 5800 XpressMusicSource: Shritwood via Wikimedia
  • 2008: Nokia N97Source: 3dh3M via Wikimedia
  • 2009: Nokia 7230Source: Erik Hornfeldt via Flickr
  • 2010: Nokia C5-00Source: Bharat746 via Flickr
  • 2011: Nokia C2Source: Robson309 via Wikimedia
  • 2012: Nokia PureView 808Source: Vlado via Wikimedia
  • 2013: Nokia Asha 501Source: Vernon Chan via Flickr
  • 2013: Nokia Lumia 925Source: Stilgherrian via Flickr
  • 2013: Lumia 1020Source: Karlis Dhambrans via Flickr
  • 2014: Nokia Lumia 930Source: Karlis Dhambrans via Flickr
  • 2014: Nokia Lumia 735 Source:

First publishing 10.30am 

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