Now WhatsApp runs on some Nokia S40 devices but not on all Indian networks
One of our most read stories ever is ‘Nokia update N73 Software‘ – despite the fact that this news item was written back in 2008. The article has created false hope for N73 owners (particularly those based in India) who are desperately hoping that an OS (system) update will enable this workhorse Symbian smartphone to run the WhatsApp messaging app. It doesn’t fix the problem. For the umpteenth time, can we repeat that the N73 cannot run WhatsApp? We’ve explained why this is in this story … ‘Nokia S60 handsets capable of running WhatsApp‘. Now we’ve had a new twist to this long running saga. One reader has discovered that WhatsApp will indeed run on certain Nokia S40 handsets. Including some that don’t have support for Wi-fi – such as the Nokia X2.
This discovery has led to massive confusion. Surely if WhatsApp can run on S40 based handsets, then it should work on all S60 handsets including the N73, shouldn’t it? No.
Although technically, the technology behind S40 is older than S60, WhatsApp has, indeed, been working on adding support for S40 recently.
Why would it do so? The answer appears to be obvious. The very latest Asha handsets are, in fact, based on S40 whilst support for Symbian was publicly dropped some time ago by Nokia.
The discovery that WhatsApp runs on S40 phones has created more even problems that it has solved. Particularly for our Indian readership.
As WhatsApp itself admits here there are unsupported S40 devices running on particular mobile network operators’ (MNOs’) networks.
In Mexico this includes C3-00 devices on Telcel. In Portugal this seems to extend to all S40 handsets on the Vodafone network and in Brazil it includes those on Vivo.
Worse still, in India there are issues for those with S40 devices on Airtel, Idea, Vodafone, and Tata Docomo networks.
WhatsApp seems to have come up with some ‘workarounds’ for Indian handset owners connected to those network here.
Basically, it involves playing with the settings for preferred access points. Again, not for the feint hearted.
But there are a couple of dead cert solutions for those wanting to run WhatsApp on an N73. Change your handset.
If you want to keep running Symbian apps we suggest you switch to a S60 handset which can run WhatsApp and we list them here.
Alternatively you can try switching to an S40 handset. But before you do we suggest you visit Nokia’s own online app store – Ovi.
If you visit the Ovi page for WhatsApp S40 here, it will tell you which S40 handsets do support WhatsApp before you decide to ‘upgrade’ from your N73.
Before you ditch your existing S60 Symbian based N73 for a S40 based alternative check this page out.
If you set the main Nokia Ovi store page to default to an N73 handset, it will tell you which apps you could be running but gave up – just to run WhatsApp.
Can we suggest that before you leave GoMo News a ‘comment’ related to an N73 issue, you browse through all of our N73 related stories? All you need to do is visit … http://www.gomonews.com/category/n73/ to find them.