From a Riverside Paper Mill in Finland to a Global Telecommunications Leader.

This week at Nokia Conversations there’s a walk through Nokia’s archives and highlighting some of the things from the past that have helped shape the present and continue to help paint a picture of the future.

  • 1981 – The world’s first international cellular mobile telephone network – NMT – opened in Scandinavia with Nokia introducing the first car phones for the network
  • 1991 – The world’s first genuine GSM call made using Radiolinja’s network, supplied by Nokia (with a Nokia car phone)
  • 1992 – The Nokia 100 series, the first family of handportable phones for all analog networks.
  • 1992 – Nokia 6050 car phone, the first GSM car phone
  • 1992 – The Nokia 1011, the first GSM hand-portable phone
  • 1992 – The Nokia 6000, the first TDMA phone
  • 1994 – The Nokia 2100 series, the first digital handportable phones supporting data, fax and the Short Message Service.
  • 1994 – The Nokia 2110 introduces the iconic ‘Grand Valse’ monophonic ring tone
  • 1996 – The Nokia 9000 Communicator, the first all-in-one phone, fax, calendar, e-mail and Internet in handportable size.
  • 1997 – The Nokia 8110i, the first mobile phone with a dynamic menu supporting Smart Messaging.
  • 1997 – The Nokia 3810, the first mobile phone specially designed for Asian consumers, with a large full-graphics display and Asian language interfaces.
  • 1997 – The Nokia Cellular Card Phone, a PC card with a built-in GSM phone. For voice and data communications in a notebook PC and in integrated solutions.
  • 1997 – The Nokia 2180, the first dual-mode CDMA phone with a CDMA chip set developed by Nokia.
  • 1998 – The Nokia 5100 series, the first mobile phones with user-changeable covers.
  • 1998 – The Nokia 9110 Communicator, the first hand-held mobile terminal supporting wireless imaging.
  • 1999 – The Nokia 6185, the first tri-mode / dual band CDMA phone.
  • 1999 – The Nokia 7110, the first mobile phone compliant with the Wireless Application Protocol 1.1, for access to mobile Internet services such as banking, email and news.
  • 1999 – The Nokia 7110, the first phone with predictive text input (T9)
  • 1999 – The Nokia 8210, the first phone designed and launched in cooperation with the fashion industry.
  • 2000 – The Nokia 6210, the first GSM product in the world to receive certification of the GSM Certification Forum (GCF).
  • 2000 – The Nokia 3310, the first mobile phone with a unique chat function, which allows the user to have a conversation, similar to the chat services on the Internet, with the other party by using short messages.
  • 2001 – Nokia makes the world’s first 3G WCDMA voice call on commercial 3GPP system
  • 2001 – The Nokia 8310, Nokia’s first GPRS phone
  • 2001 – The Nokia 8310 brings FM radio to the Nokia product range
  • 2001 – Nokia launches its first dedicated digital music device, the Nokia 5510
  • 2001 – The Nokia THR850, the world’s first TETRA terminal with WAP functionality
  • 2001 – The Nokia 7650, Nokia’s first imaging phone with an integrated camera (VGA)
  • 2001 – The Nokia 7650, Nokia’s first MMS phone
  • 2002 – The Nokia 6340, the world’s first dual-band/tri-mode GAIT (GSM ANSI Interoperability Team) compliant handset

This is only a snapshot of Nokia’s history though. There’s a load more to marvel at in The Story of Nokia.

What was your first Nokia? Can you remember?