You guys really should be saving for a new Asha
Despite the fact that the actual story was written back in 2008, one of the most popular news items on GoMo News is ‘Nokia update N73 Software’ here. To date we had never quite been able to work out exactly why – especially since it is such an old handset. But now thanks to Bruce Molyneux, a freelance app designer, we believe the mystery is partly resolved. The Nokia N73 is a Symbian OS based device. And the popular WhatsApp instant messaging application will run under Symbian. But – as Molyneux explained to GoMo News, although WhatsApp should support Nokia S60 handsets like the N73, it actually requires S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 1 and beyond (S60 3.1+). Sadly the N73 is S60 3.0. So the N73 is currently not supported. Hence the massive interest in upgrading the N73. If only you could upgrade it to S60 3.1, it could run WhatsApp. Joy!
So what’s the solution? Well, Bruce appears to be working on a fix that would enable WhatsApp to run on the N73. Obviously, we’ll let you know if he manages it.
In the meantime, what can N73 owners do? Well, the obvious solution is to switch handsets. Bizarrely, WhatsApp can run on handsets based on the earlier S40 (Series 40) Nokia handset design.
Here’s a list of some of them – Nokia C3-00 / C3-01 / X2-00 / X2-01 / X3-02 / 201 / 300 / 302 / 303 / 306 / 311. If you obtain one of these go to the WhatsApp Series 40 download page here.
Another option would be to upgrade from a Nokia Nokia S60 3rd edition handset to something a bit more modern. Such as Symbian 5th edition, Symbian^3, Symbian Anna, or Symbian Belle device.
Don’t fall for the spoof upgrade for the Nokia N97. We have already covered that here. It’s untrue, OK?
What GoMo News actually recommends is that N73 users consider switching to one of the new Asha models which Nokia announced last week [October 2013].
The new models are the 500, 502 and 503 which are all actual successors to the Asha 501. Anyway, at the new model launch, Nokia trumpeted just how many of its handset users love WhatsApp.
Apparently, WhatsApp registers 250,000 users everyday through Nokia handsets – adding to the circa 350 million active Whatsapp users around the globe.
Our Indian correspondent, Asif Shaik, already outlined some of the Nokia upgrade possibilities here.
We suggest our Indian readers visit the Mysmartprice web site (where Asif works) here for the latest deals on Nokia handsets which CAN run WhatsApp.