Nokia/Symbian Latest News Updates
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 has extended 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
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.
A webmaster has created a new Nokia firmware downloader which is apparently still working fine – God knows how!
Some useful links – here are some of the related Microsoft URLs for your reference –
Software Update page for Microsoft/Nokia devices
Nokia Software Recovery Tool (For Nokia phones other than Lumia) – Download from here
Windows Device Recovery Tool (For Lumia phones) – Download from here
Zune Software download page (for Lumia phones running Windows Phone 7/7.8 OS)
Microsoft Mobile Community or Mobile Device Support Forum (formerly ForumNokia/discussions.nokia.com)
That’s all we know so far guys! We will update this post as more info comes in….so stay tuned!