The classic Nokia 8210 mobile phone from the 1990s is proving popular with drug dealers.
Apparently, dealers favour the old school model, launched in 1999, over new smartphones equipped with GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, because the devices are harder for police to trace. Obviously.
Police are able to gather more information from newer phone models because of the technical footprint they leave behind.
One dealer, known only as K2, explained the thinking, saying:
I’ve got three Nokia 8210 phones. I have been told they can be trusted unlike these iPhones and new phones which the police can easily find out where you have been.
The feds can now use Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to get information from the phone and seem to be able to listen to phones a lot easier now than ever before.
Every dealer I know use old phones and the Nokia 8210 is the one everyone wants because of how small it is and how long the battery lasts, and it was the best phone when it came out.
When the 8210 was released, it was the smallest and lightest model Nokia had ever produced.
To be honest, we thought flip phones were the way to go for drug dealers. At least, that’s what Breaking Bad taught us…