Nokia/ Symbian News – WhatsApp extends support, NSRT working again

Nokia (Old) & Symbian News &  Updates

Update (July 18, 2017) – WhatsApp finally stopped working in Symbian S60 phones (Nokia N8 etc). Read more

Update (July 2017) – Microsoft has outsourced the Nokia software related services and downloads to B2X company. Nokia Software Recovery Tool (NSRT) got an update recently with version number 8.0.23 and B2X as the new publisher. For more details about this change and the new download link of NSRT please refer to this post.

Update (June 2017) – WhatsApp has again extended support for old mobile platforms like Nokia S40 (till December 31, 2018), Blackberry, Windows Phone 8 & older (till December 31, 2017). Unfortunately Symbian S60 was not lucky this time – as declared earlier WhatsApp will stop working in these phones after 30 June, 2017. This may be because S40 is still under development and supported by Microsoft. But the same is not true about Symbian S60 – Microsoft has abandoned it long time back.

Update (May 2017) – Handango.com, impart-forum.com & mobipocket.com are no more – even the domain names have expired (more details in this post). These three websites were among the most famous and premiere portals in the golden era of Symbian (2001-2010). Handango was a premium app store for Symbian OS/Win Mobile/Palm OS just like the Google Play Store for Android. Mobipocket Reader and associated dictionaries were among the most popular Symbian apps of all times. Similarly impart forum was a very popular place for Symbian OS users to discuss related issues and share apps/games/themes etc. R.I.P. We will miss you!

Update (April 2017) – Nokia Software Recovery Tool (NSRT) is working again in online mode. Read more

Update (December 2016)NSRT has stopped working again. Download link of NSRT is not working either. Perhaps Microsoft has finally decided to put it RIP (Rest In Peace).

Update (December 2016) – WhatsApp (again) extends support for Nokia Symbian phones until June 30, 2017 – more details in this post.

Update (October 2016) – Microsoft has released a new version of Nokia Software Recovery Tool (NSRT) recently. This update restores NSRT’s ability to download Nokia phone firmware files. After closing down Nokia servers earlier this year, Microsoft shifted Nokia firmware files to it’s own servers. The new version of NSRT have access to these new download URLs. More info and download link here in this post.

Update (July 2016) – Microsoft has removed the whole data base of old Nokia phones (each and every phone except Lumia). Even the phone specification pages have been scrapped. Related Software download links have also been deleted. Only NSRT and Nokia Suite download page is alive now.

WhatsApp has also declared that it will cease support for Symbian/S40 platform after December 31, 2016.

Bad news for Symbian/Nokia phone users! Microsoft finally closed down support for Symbian OS and related Nokia services effective from January 1, 2016. This includes the official support softwares, updates and Nokia firmware repository. Most Nokia sites and download links are either offline now or are redirecting to Microsoft sites, for example discussions.nokia.com now redirects to answers.microsoft.com. Microsoft support pages have been updated with this info (as you can see in the screenshot below). This is not unexpected as Microsoft declared it way back in 2012 when they took over Nokia devices and services division. Due to this change many older Nokia related services and softwares are not working anymore. Navifirm, Nokia Care Suite, Nokia Suite, Nokia PC Suite, Nokia Software Updater, Nokia Software Recovery Tool (NSRT) and all such software have been affected by this blackout. So in simple words these softwares can not be used now to download firmware files for your good old Nokia (Symbian) phone. However most of these can be used to flash Nokia phones, provided you already have the firmware files.

Nokia Related Software errors

Nokia Suite Error

Nokia Suite Error

NSRT Error

NSRT Error

Despite this gloomy scenario, there are still some silver lines –

Navifirm developer has promised to solve the Nokia firmware server issue in the next major update of Navifirm Plus. Navifirm version 4 is expected to be released in second quarter 2016. (Alas! not still in 2017)

A webmaster has created a new Nokia stock firmware downloader which is apparently still working fine – God knows how!

Some Symbian apps like WhatsApp, CuteTube etc are still getting updates thanks to their developers

If your old Nokia phone is not getting recognized in Windows 10 due to driver issues – here is the solution

Some useful Symbian related websites and download links

Here are some useful (old) Nokia/Symbian related links for your reference –

That’s all we know so far guys! Do let us know if any link(s) is not working, we will fix it ASAP. This page is updated regularly as new info comes in….so stay tuned!

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14 Responses to Nokia/ Symbian News – WhatsApp extends support, NSRT working again

  1. david February 15, 2016 at 8:00 PM #

    Never on this earth will I use microsoft windows phone. shutting down NOKIA services will not influence people to use their poor windows phone.

  2. Quan April 19, 2016 at 3:12 AM #

    Updated 2 old Nokias (X3, C2-01) last year. Didn’t make it for my new E63…

    Abandoned WP7 users. Silently removed all Nokia things (apps, name…). Faced-off about “all-WP-devices-can-be-upgraded-to-WP10”. And this closing case…

    Now we understand about M$ services. Time to say goodbye.
    Their phones? Look at 2 Kin phones again.

  3. Hik October 31, 2016 at 3:59 AM #

    What are the changing in this update for Symbian OS?

    • Shoaib October 31, 2016 at 12:29 PM #

      There is no change in OS version (and there won’t be in the future too). This is just change of URLs for the same old firmware files. Just in case you want them to re-install the firmware.

  4. Hik October 31, 2016 at 5:24 PM #

    Thank you.

  5. maritsa December 7, 2016 at 5:19 PM #

    Good afternoon can you please send me the direct link to download the NSRT, I have a Nokia N8 and is suffering greatly.
    Thank you

  6. Rahul February 24, 2017 at 8:48 AM #

    Sir I have nokia 110 rm827 i can’t update my phone via nokia server it says “Remote server not responding”.
    Plz tell me how I can update my phone via OTA?

    • Shoaib February 24, 2017 at 7:49 PM #

      Dear Rahul, unfortunately you can’t update your phone OTA now because Microsoft has shut down Nokia firmware servers.

  7. Rahul February 24, 2017 at 8:04 PM #

    thank you sir for this information

  8. Alistair April 23, 2017 at 9:41 AM #

    When I saw the note that the NSRT had started working again I thought that this would be the least risky way of brining the firmware of my Nokia n8 up to date. I was able to download the NSRT and apparently download the latest version of the firmware files for my version of the Nokia N8. I took a backup of the contents of the N8 successfully using Nokia Suite. However when I tried to load the firmware into the N8, NSRT stopped and eventually reported that it could not communicate the the phone, even though Nokia Suite was able to communicate without any difficulty. I am at a loss to know where to look for the problem.

  9. Marc May 5, 2017 at 3:31 PM #

    To continue to using Whatsapp on a Symbian phone past the December 31 2016 date, all you need to do is roll back the year to 2016.

  10. simone July 4, 2017 at 5:17 PM #

    on my Nokia N97 mini, with Symbian S60, Whatsapp is still working today, July 4th 2017, even if it was supposed to stop on June 30. I’m now guessing why and, more, if it will continue to work for more time over.

    anybody else?

    • Shoaib July 5, 2017 at 2:28 PM #

      Yes you are right, WhatsApp is still working fine in Symbian phones (notwithstanding the annoying popup evey now and then). We have it working in our Nokia N8.

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