How do I get one?
Juding by the price it commands on eBay, one might assume the 6310i is on the rare side. One would be wrong though, as there are plenty to go around. Why the high price though? Well, it is one of those classic Nokia phones whose price doesn’t reflect rarity but rather its status as a symbol. Phones in very good state start from $100 and can even go above $1000 if they’re brand new and come in a box. There are also cheaper options, even some in a decent state if you’re lucky, but the average price still revolves around the $80-90 mark. Cheaper than that and you’re stuck with signs of use, scuffs, dents or even fake housings (like the one we have on our own model).
Pricing is approximate and current at the time of writing the article. These can vary in time considering fluctuations in the market and availability of the product.
Nokia 6310i is truly an iconic phone whichever way you look at it. It’s one of the most well-known models of the Finnish maker and is also considered one of the best if not the best they’ve ever come up with, practically a symbol of everything that made a business phone back in the day. Or almost everything as we have seen in this article. It had some notable hiccups and omissions compared with its competition such as the lack of an email client, the simplistic calendar and the appallingly unreliable Bluetooth connection. This begs the question: how did it manage the performance of being one of the most recognizable phones of the pre-smartphone era? Well, it comes down first of all to Nokia and its status at the time. They were market leaders, almost every model they put out garnered a cult following and a slew of fans and was an instant hit. We are looking at the period during which they came out with some of their most popular and well-known models, phones that would contribute to making the mobile phone the indispensable device it is today. It was the time of the 5110, the 8210 and the 3310. Of course, it was not all in the brand name, of course. 6310i had its battery going for it with its obscenely long longevity, its crystal clear call quality and also the simplicity and ease-of-use that Nokia was so well known and loved for. Though it has fewer pixels in its display than Ericsson and Siemens, its Java apps ran slower and Bluetooth was a mess, 6310i knew much better than the others how to be primarily a reliable phone in an era when smartphones were in limited numbers in terms of options and sales because of their prohibitive prices. The 6310i was exactly what the business man on the move needed to satisfy his communication needs.
It was the right phone at the right time and a glorious end to the monochrome era. It was a product of Nokia’s maturity, a model that pushed the Series 40 platform to its limits at the time and offered all it could considering the lack of a high resolution display without giving up the simplicity and consistency of the classic Finnish UI which propelled them to the top of the sales charts. All this and an awesome battery life insured that the 6310i got its rightful place in history and in the hearts of the millions of fans that continued using it for many years even after it was discontinued.