I am a '90s baby, but using the Nokia 3210 has smashed my rose-tinted glasses

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Those keyboards were just something you had to get used to. Typing fast in them wasn't an issue once you got used to. But it is one thing that is hard to get back to or get good at again. Which was helped greatly with that being only choice and likely us being younger and thus being faster at learning and having more energy to deal with it. Another difference between now and then was length of SMS. We used to not have plan with practically infinite SMS, each SMS was paid and you really wanted to squish stuff so phone only sent one. You didn't pass it out because it didn't matter if in background it was broken into 2 or 5 SMSes. Today you just write whatever. I mean remember SMS lingo? Can't give example of English because I don't live in country with native English language, so I only used it in local language. But there was reason why sometimes only we could actually read those SMSes. :-D
 
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I'd love to have that phone for a few weeks.. I'm an 80s baby (teen in the 90s) and that was the 2nd phone I ever owned.. I'd live to relive that experience again.. but unfortunately I have ATT and I'm not sure if it would work with my carrier..

Anyone else have an idea?

If it will, here can I get this phone? I'd love to buy it.
 

COLGeek

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I'd love to have that phone for a few weeks.. I'm an 80s baby (teen in the 90s) and that was the 2nd phone I ever owned.. I'd live to relive that experience again.. but unfortunately I have ATT and I'm not sure if it would work with my carrier..

Anyone else have an idea?

If it will, here can I get this phone? I'd love to buy it.
Install your own SIM into an unlocked phone and I am sure it would work with AT&T.
 
Jun 9, 2024
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You have to want to digitally detox to get anything from these phones. I have a nokia banana 🍌 phone when I feel like I'm using my phones (work and private) too much and I have some time off I will swap the sim out and go dumb for a short while. I find it helps me reconnect with my kids and I have an ipad if I really need to jump online.
It's horses for courses. If you can regulate your own screen time you don't need this type of device. For us that need a hand disconnecting this small change is a big help.
 
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I had a Nokia for decades bvecuse it had a proper Kwerty Keyboard with the full alphabet so I could text. I eschewed a smart phone for a decade until I was given an old i phone whose battery power is appalling from my sister who inherited it from her techie son. The 3210 looks hopeless because it has no proper easy kwerty.