Specs summary


The Nokia C3's screen is 2.4 inches with 320 x 240 pixels resolution.


The phone runs on the Series 40 6th Edition operating system (OS).

2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

55 MB

Internal memory is 55 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 8 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1320 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 21 days standby time, 480 minutes (2G).

Nokia has cleverly designed the C3 to look and feel like a device from the business-friendly Eseries, altering the interface of the Series 40 platform.

- Daniel P. , PhoneArena 

Reviews summary

Based on 6 reviews

The Nokia C3 is a budget feature phone that classes up the "no-frills" tier with some fashion and features that will surely appeal to many.

Available in gray, white or pink, the Nokia C3 features a 2.4-inch display generating 320 x 240 pixels, a strong enough resolution to present crisp images that don't strain the eyes. Add in a 2MP camera with digital zoom, video record, MP3 player and FM radio, and you have a phone many will like and enjoy.

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Rounding out the feature set you have an Opera mini internet browser, Bluetooth, WiFi and a 3.5mm audio jack.

With a talk time of up to 7 hours and a standby time up to 480 hours, the Nokia C3 offers users basic functionality and a little bit more.

Reviews (6.1/10 Avg. rating)

Digital Versus

Very small keys, not practical for typing in numbers

from Digital Versus
Packing a pro handset with consumer functions isn't enough to make a successful mobile. The original model wasn't intended for this kind of use and it shows. With no 3G and a small, low-def screen, the Nokia C3 just isn't cut out for surfing the web or social networking... Full review

The Nokia C3 is a well-targeted phone, made predominantly for affordable messaging and social network updates on the go

from PhoneArena

Moreover, Nokia has cleverly designed the C3 to look and feel like a device from the business-friendly Eseries, altering the interface of the Series 40 platform. If only it had managed to cram a bit better optics for the camera, we'd go so far as to say Nokia will sell a boatload of the C3. What will be the profit margin on this handset, is a totally different story.

We are hard pressed to find anything in the Nokia C3's price range as an alternative. For a Benjamin more you enter a whole category of QWERTY smartphones – the Nokia Eseries, Blackberrys, Samsung QWERTY phones... Full review


Excellent battery, high quality music sound and an excellent 2.4-inches display

from Softpedia
Nokia C3 is the “Holy Grail” of chat addicts, or the “Heaven” of texters. Even though I have a crush on Nokia's Eseries, do not consider my opinion biased when I say that C3 is one of the best low-budget phones on the market. Of course, tastes may differ, but if you're on for a cheap phone with QWERTY keyboard and Wi-Fi, then this is the device you want... Full review

The Nokia C3 offers a great keyboard and a decent range of social-networking apps

from CNET
The Nokia C3 certainly has its strengths. Its keyboard is excellent, it has a good range of social-networking features and its battery life isn't bad. But it's let down by its dated operating system and lack of 3G support... Full review

Slim, solid messenger, a bit quirky

Trying this C3 from Best Buy as my first qwerty phone for easier texting. At first glance it's a sexy phone with the shiny front face and matte back plate, feels like a quality peice in your hand. The keyboard is nice too, solid feeling buttons. Nicer than most plastic phones I've been trying out.... More
Trying this C3 from Best Buy as my first qwerty phone for easier texting. At first glance it's a sexy phone with the shiny front face and matte back plate, feels like a quality peice in your hand. The keyboard is nice too, solid feeling buttons. Nicer than most plastic phones I've been trying out. Now this is the first quasi-smart phone I've owned, and I'm only slightly familiar with other smartphones' operating systems and interfaces, so I'm having a bit of grief adapting to this Nokia. But This is coming from the Ericsson w200 and Motorola Razr remember! The C3's menu's seems a little tedious, but I'm sure I'd get used to it. The square navigation button that surrounds the main select button is a bit tricky to use with bigger hands on a guy like me, but all 4 sides of teh square button can be customized to do alot of possible options, so I can't fault it too much. The only thing that worries me about this phone is damaging the keypad from hitting it against something accidentally, and the paint wearing off the keys too early. (I think I saw an E71 Nokia do that). So to rate this phone, I'm giving the design high marks for how it compares to other fixed keypad phones. Performance so far is great, the battery is still showing 3 bars after charging it last friday and it is now Tuesday, mind you I haven't used wifi or video. Features will be a bit lower simply because the menu structure is tricky to understand at first, and there's really only so much you can do with a phone like this (basic apps, OVI browser?). But I'm sure Nokia fans would 'get it' sooner than me. Bottom line: I'm still undecided to keep it, but it's a tough call to send it back. Less

There has been a software update from Nokia for this phone. I used Nokia's pc suite to download and install it to this phone. Will report back when I find all the upgrades.

Nokia C3 is nice

Slim and easy to use.
Slim and easy to use. Less

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Full Specs

Release date June 11, 2010
Regions available USA, Canada, Asia, Europe
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Series 40 6th Edition
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory
55 MB
Digital compass No
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.09 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1320 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
480 minutes (2G)
Standby Time Up to: 21 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Unknown
Colors Golden White, Hot Pink, Slate Grey
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.4 x 5.8 x 1.3 cm
(4.5 x 2.3 x 0.5 in)
Weight 113 grams
(4 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution 320 x 240 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 2.4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
Multi Touch Unknown
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Unknown
Additional Display Features No
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Unknown
Home Key Unknown
Mute Key Unknown
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands No
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity 1000 entries
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Unknown
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type WAP 2.0, HTML
Browser Opera Mini
Javascript Yes
Flash Yes
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, Windows Live, Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD (up to 8 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge Yes
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 2+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 4x digital
Flash No
Additional Rear Camera Info Self-timer
Video Recording Formats 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters QVGA (320 x 240 pixels), 15 fps
Front Camera  
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC, WMA
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Document Viewer No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): The Associate

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