Nokia 1209 Review

Welcome to the Nokia 1209 review.  The 1209 is probably the most basic and cheapest mobile phone you can probably buy new and ‘outright’.  The 1209 has features top end mobile phones had 6 years ago!  Of course in 2008 we expect a lot more.  You can buy one from as little as $19 outright if you look hard enough.

However you must remember that the 1209 is bargain bin material that would probably not look out of place in your average shopping center isle right next to the bargain toilet paper!  Mind you in some parts of the world namely developing countries this is amazing technology and no-one can knock that.

The Nokia 1209 is mainly sold completely unlocked or outright and even as a pre-paid.  You can make calls and text messages and a few customization features like backgrounds and ring tones and a flash light.  There’s not much memory for saving anything though.  It does not even have a FM radio.

It’s also got a tiny colour screen with ancient CSTN LCD display.  Using one of these phones really shows how far technology has progressed in such a short time.

Overall we can see a few of uses for the Nokia 1209 in most parts of the world.  A first phone for the kids to stay in touch or an emergency phone when your expensive main mobile phone breaks down or you are not vaguely technically inclined and don’t need to do anything more than talking.   There isn’t much more to choose from at this end of the ‘purchase’ outright phone market. Mind you if you afford a few more dollars the models to choose from expand dramatically.  Just check out the brand pages for more!


  • Nokia 1209
  • Network
    GSM only Dependent on country
  • Design
    Candy Bar
    L102 x W44.1 x D17.8 mm
    Weight 78 grams
  • Display/s
    External CSTN 96 x 68
  • Camera
  • Video Camera
  • Connectivity
  • CPU
  • Memory
    N/A MB available to user
  • Ring tones
  • Features
    JAVA MIDP 2.0
    Speaker Phone/Hands free
    Battery BL-5CA 700Ah
    Up to 14 days Standby, 5 hours Talk Time
  • Package contents
    User Guide
    Travel charger
  • Price history
    From $19 AUS 2009 (Outright)