More on Nokia N73 update problems

Rating: One reader thinks he has the answer

Here @ GoMobile Towers we are constantly inundated with questions concerning how to update the OS [operating system software] in a Nokia N73. It appears that this little smartphone enjoys a thriving ecosystem in the India subcontinent and parts of Africa. That’s even though the model has long been discontinued and Nokia has stopped providing support for this handset. What we still don’t quite understand is exactly why so many people want to update the OS in this handset. Well, one reader seems to think it is because that a persistent bug keeps appearing and has provided his solution. We’ve also decided to publish the specifications for this handset.

One possible reason for wishing to update is a problem whereby the handset comes up with a ‘memory full’ error.

Bijuk Chetikaram has a solution. He says, “First turn off your phone. Then hold the Green, 3, and * keys.”

“Next start up your phone and hold the keys until it comes to the point to select time zone. Then select time zone and set it to what you like.”

This compliments another solution whereby Abdur Rasel describes how to overcome this obstacle in the Comments below this particular article.

One assumption which is frequently made is that N73 fanatics have access to a PC – which is, of course, not always the case.

The solution which is taken from our previous story on ‘How to update the Nokia N73′s OS‘ is to force an update from within the handset.

To do so go to the N73′s Menu button; select the option marked ‘Applications’; and from the next menu which appears select ‘SW Update’.

There is actually a section on the Nokia support site for India here which outlines how to update the software and also has hints on the cheapest way to do so (use Wi-fi).

There’s also a video here on YouTube outlining how to do the software update. (See below).

The one thing which you cannot do, of course, is update the N73′s OS to Android. The hardware inside an N73 simply won’t support it.

So you are stuck with a handset which comes with the S60 3rd edition of the Symbian OS 9.1.

Even though the handset is discontinued, there are still web sites based in India offering to sell you a handset for around Rs.11392.

One of these is Price of Mobiles.com here.

Here in Europe the last update number we know of for the N73 is 4.0839.42.0.1.

We know there are different builds of the Indian subcontinent but no-one has supplied us with an update number higher than V 4.08 12.4.2.1 (RM-133) yet.

So, if you handset says the number is V 4.07, then YES there is an update to 4.08.

We’ve also had enquiries about running current apps like Whatsapp. That’s not possible. Take a look at the Whatsapp support page here.

However, if you are after free N73 apps try Freeware Symbian.net here.

To make like easier for readers we have created a special subcategory devoted entirely to the N73. It should contain four other stories besides this one.

The last one was 2012′s Top Stories: Nokia N73 Software Update. There’s also ‘Another update for Indian Nokia N73 owners’ here.

Happy reading.

Nokia N73 Specifications (courtesy Priceofmobiles.com)

Overview 3.2MP Camera,
MP3/MP4 Player, Stereo FM radio, Bluetooth, Edge, Data Transfer 3G,
Symbian 9.1 OS, 220 MHz processor
Announced April 2006. Released August
2006. Updated 2008.
Status Discontinued but still
available
System
Operating System Symbian OS 9.1, S60 3rd
edition
CPU Dual ARM 9 220 MHz processor
Chipset Unknown
GPU Unknown

Network
2G GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G UMTS 2100
4G No
CDMA No
Dual Sim No
Triple Sim No
Dimensions
Form Candy bar
Dimensions 110 x 49 x 19 mm
Weight 116 g
Colour Silver Grey/Deep Plum, Frost
White/Metallic Red, Black
Display
Size 2.4 inches
Resolution 240 x 320 pixels
Qwerty No
Touch Screen No
Multi Touch Yes
Music
Music Player MP3/WMA/WAV/RA/AAC/M4A music
player
3.5mm Jack
Radio Stereo FM radio
Ring Tones Downloadable polyphonic, MP3
ringtones
Camera
Primary Camera 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels,
Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, LED flash
Secondary Camera
Video CIF, Video player – WMV/RV/MP4/3GP
Voice and Recording Yes
Messaging
Email Yes
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Instant
Messaging
Web Browsing WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML
Memory
Internal 42 MB storage, 64 MB RAM
Card Slot miniSD, hot swap
Applications
Games Yes + Java downloadable
Java MIDP 2.0
Power Management
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1100
mAh (BP-6M )
Talk Time Up to 6 h (2G) / 3 h 46 min
(3G)
Standby Time Up to 350 h (2G) / 370 h (3G)
Solar No
Connectivity
Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP
USB v2.0, Pop-Port
Data Transfer
GPRS Class 10
EDGE Class 11
Infrared Port Yes
WLAN & Wi-Fi No
3G 384 kbps
4G No
NFC No
GPS and Navigation
GPS No
PIM
Personal Information Management Profiles, Alarm , Calculator,
Stop watch, To do List, Calendar, Count down timer, Document viewer,
Photo/video editor

About Tony Dennis

Tony is currently Editor of GoMobile News. He's a veteran telecoms journalist who has previously worked for major printed and online titles. Follow him on Twitter @GoMoTweet.
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