Saturday, August 16, 2014

Network no longer available. WLAN not working now?

I keep receiving this message from my phone when I try to connect to my home network. My situation may be different from yours, so there is no suresafe way to recover from this bad problem.

1. Is your phone software the latest?

My previous version was 04.4.5 RM-614 , 04-08-10. Yu can check yours by selecting Settings/Phone/Phone Updates from the Main Menu.
Now it outputs

V0 8.70.
(c) Nokia

If you have not done so, install the latest Nokia-Suite on your Windows OS. Google for Nokia_Suite_webinstaller.ALL. The current version is at 3.848.

Nokia Suite 3.8.48

Nokia PC Suite

PC Connectivity Solution

Connectivity Cable Driver

Nokia nPlatform

Desktop Sync Engine

Operating system:
Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit Edition
Language: English

Detected internet browsers:
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.11.9600.17239
- Mozilla Firefox 31.0 (Default browser)

Detected Bluetooth stacks:
- Microsoft (Version: 6.3.9600, Build: 16384)

Detected USB drivers:
- Default Hub Driver for USB 6.3.9600.16384
- USB Modem Driver 6.3.9600.16384
- EHCI eUSB Miniport Driver 6.3.9600.16384

After installing the Nokia Suite software, first be sure to full charge your phone! Attach a microusb cable to phone and computer. Then from Nokia Suite, select Tools/Software updates. The updating may take a lot of time as it will try to save or backup your messages, photos, contacts etc. then will update your phone software.

AVOID turning off or on your phone during this process and ignore any Windows warning about disconnection of phone. Your phone screen may go blank during this process more than once. Be patient, it may take more than 30 minutes for the whole backup and software updating process.

After Nokia_suite tells you it has finished, then it is SAFE to remove the USB cable from phone and computer. Turn on your phone
and it will feel perceptably faster. However I still get Network no longer available when trying to connect to the WLAN. Do not get mad at this stage.

:) Thank the Lord I still have an Android phone.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Prices of Nokia phones in the Philippines

Click on CMK page for the latest prices which may be subject to change without further notice. I will put up a table later based on this page.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Upgraded to the newest Ovi Store?

I opened my Store app today in my C3 and was surprised that it was asking me to replace the 3.22.0 version with version 3.30.2! I pressed Yes and I got a warning "Application Source differs from original. Continue?", I pressed Yes again and my phone was downloading store app in under a minute.

Opening the app and going to Applications took a long time, I even forgot my password. I will be back again, but it really pays off to upgrade to the latest stable version. Some people simply use Nokia to avoid the insecurities in the larger Store App market for android phones!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Dont panic when your contact lists are gone!

It happened NOT to my C3 but to my new cheap C2 dual-simmed phone. The contact lists were gone, or was emptied and were not displayed on the screen.

What happens usually is that the battery is almost totally drained. Almost since you can still access the phone screen. Remove the battery at the back, and place it back again. Then fully recharge it before use. The contact lists will be back. So don not panic, like resorting to actually removing the sim cards.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Nokia C2-00, a PhP 2,350 dual sim phone.

The Nokia C2-00 is a basic phone with the VGA camera, bluetooth communications and dual-sim capability as the major features. However the model I got has no external card slot which should be able to accomodate 32 Gbytes micro SD cards, in contrast to published information from online sites! grrr.

I got mine at the SM Annex at SM City for 2350 pesos. I thought I could use an external micro SDHC card. NOt! Anyway my purpose was to use my two SIM cards, Sun and Globe which were rendered useless by my broken glass iTouch (there goes my P4,000!) phone.

It has this nifty feature to record FM station broadcasts, which is missing in the C3! Of course this is not an overwhelming reason to buy the phone!

How to determine the IMEI number of your Nokia phone

I just bought a new C2-00 basic phone for P2350 at SM Annex at SM City, Quezon City. The guy was helpful enough to show me when asked how to get the IMEI number, handy in case you lose your phone and want to block its use by the one who found it. Not that the C2-00 is worth stealing, it is relatively cheap, but it is Nokia branded.

The numbers are also imprinted just below the battery compartment, but the numbers are too small to see.

Type *#06# on you cellphone. It should automatically display the results!
but I am wondering why I got 2 numbers, then realized that it has two SIM cards.


There is no relation between the IMEI numbers with your SIM cards.

IMEI stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity number and supposedly identifies your phone on the GSM, WCDMA, and iDEN mobile , as well as some satellite phone networks.

You can use it to tell your carrier to block the phone in case you lose it, rendering it useless, but criminals have learned and have the tools to change the IMEI numbers! But better save it for future use.

Further reading:

Wikipedia entry on IMEI


The IMEI number is not supposed to be easy to change, making the CEIR(Central Equipment Identity Registry) blacklisting effective. However this is not always the case: a phone's IMEI may be easy to change with special tools.

"New IMEIs can be programmed into stolen handsets and 10% of IMEIs are not unique." According to a BT Cellnet spokesman quoted by the BBC. [1]
IMEIs can sometimes be unlisted depending on local arrangements. This would typically include quoting a password which was chosen at the time the blacklisting was applied.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Basic C3 model still going strong surprisingly in the Philippines!!

I bought the original C3 at P5,700 pesos at SM Annex. Now you can get the C3 for 1000 pesos less. The greater affordibility translates to more buyers of this basic QWERTY keyboard input mobile phone from Nokia. the C3 is rather top heavy, but comnes with wifi, bluetooth connectivity. Unlike the two touchscreen phones (at 4000 pesos) each which died on me(screen cracked), the C3 has survived many times it was accidentally dropped.

Perhaps the sane mobile phone buyer in the Philippines is not impressed by the newer Android powered mobile phones?Some would rather buy an N8 with its high quality camera. The Android phones are just out of reach or are too expensive to buy at the moment.

I only wished a newer C3 upgrade should have dual SIMS.In fact I am planning to buy a basic dual sim phone to have access to more than one service provider,.