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Quick way to clear thousands of SMS / messages from a basic model Nokia mobile phone

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Is there a bulk/quick way to clear thousands of SMS / messages from a basic model Nokia mobile
phone.  I think that phone is slow due to five over thousand SMS / messages in it.

I heard there's a way to attach a cable to the phone & mass delete the SMS / messages.

I'll provide the model of the Nokia phone tomorrow.

If there's a way to move the SMS / messages to the SIM card & subsequently clear from the
SIM card, I have a SIM card reader that can edit/update SIM card

Calling up Nokia support is not a good option
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probably menu>messages>inbox> select/mark all> options> clear all selected items
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sorry, my first comment lacked one step:
menu> messages> inbox> options> select/mark all> options> clear all selected items


Please, keep in mind: all these messages will be lost for ever! If you would like to save a few of them, you can connect your phone to your computer and use Nokia's pc-suite.

And, a small part of those messages (about 200 mostly) are saved on your SIM, the other Sms's are stored in your phone's memory. Mostly a Sim-card with a lot of messages doesn't slow your phone really down, if the phone's memory contains many sms, the phone can't use the memory any more to store 'temporary files'.

Goodluck!
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> menu> messages> inbox> options> select/mark all> options> clear all selected items
I tried the above & after clearing about 8-9 SMSes / messages, the Nokia phone hangs.

I have a SIM card editor/reader device but I guess this is not going to help as what we
need is a Nokia phone memory editor (or "deleter").

Btw, do you happen to have the link to download the Nokia pc suite software?
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If we delete the SMS one by one, it does not hang.

Probably like what you've said, there's no memory space for "temp" files to
perform the mass deletion of SMS
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Model of the phone is Nokia 3120 Classic.

if there's a link of the picture of the PC cable, would be nice;  I can't take this
phone out of the company but can go to one of those PC shops to hunt around
with the picture
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Nokia pc-suite: http://www.nokia.co.uk/support/product-support/nokia-3120-classic/software (I just suppose you prefer English, but there are off course lot more languages available)

The pc-connectivity cable: http://www.nokia.co.uk/find-products/accessories/all-accessories/memory-cards-and-cables/cables/nokia-connectivity-cable-ca-101 (or any other with your phone compatible usb-connectivity cable from Nokia)

“after clearing about 8-9 SMSes / messages, the Nokia phone hangs”
     That’s a pity. Probably selecting a limited number of messages and clearing that sms (for example about 5; via menu> messages> inbox> options> select/mark> options> clear all selected items) a couple of times is a way to give your ‘temp. files’ the space they need.
Or you can try to move some pictures/music from phone memory to a memory card (not always included in business-packages) to clear up your phone memory.
Sometimes a little bit more available memory is enough.

tsheraman22 : “You can look at bulk sms with Red Oxygen, if you are doing large volumes”.
Can be a useful tool, but most Nokia’s (except the really basic ones, and a 3120classic isn’t real basic) have a “file manager” and can connect to the Nokia pc-suite.
‘Menu> settings> phone> memory status’ will give you an overview of all your files and also your messages (never used a 3120classic, so not 100% sure). Probably you can select in the ‘file manager’ via ‘options’ ‘delete all’ or first mark all and then delete selected files.

If your phone can’t handle so much messages this way, using pc-software and a usb-cable is a kind of “ultimate” solution. Clearing all your messages via the Nokia pc-suite is another possibility. Or, in case you prefer it, you can use redoxygen.

This comment may sound like a little bit like "trial and error", but there is not just one solution that always works.

Good luck!
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sorry, the word 'sms' in the third paragraph must be 'messages/smses'.
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