Nokia’s new phone isn’t quite what you would expect

Nokia’s new $70 phone harks back to an age now passed.

Nokia's new simple and affordable phone 3310

Among its more technologically advanced competition, Nokia’s newest phone harks back to the analog era. So, when can you expect Nokia’s new affordable 3310 in Australia?

Recently unveiled at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, Nokia has updated their iconic 3310 and is re-releasing it with (slightly) new features.

The original phone was released in 2000 and sold 126 million units before it was discontinued in 2005. The phone is remembered fondly for its long battery life and near indestructability, something severely lacking in modern smartphones.

While the 3310 has been updated for the modern age, Nokia has held back to ensure that the device maintains the features that made it so popular initially (yes, this includes Snake).

Features:

  • Physical buttons and iconic design
  • 2 MP camera with LED flash
  • 3.5mm headphone port
  • 2.4” curved colour screen with polarized layer for better readability in sunlight
  • available as both single SIM and dual SIM variants
  • standby battery life of up to one month with up to 22 hours talk time

  • FM radio and MP3 player for music
  • 16 MB storage plus a MicroSD card slot with support up to 32 GB
  • 2G connectivity for calling and texting.

Unfortunately the last dot point is a bit of a problem for us in Australia. Our 2G network is in the process of being shut down, following the advancements and widespread adoption of 3G and 4G networks. This means that if Nokia want to launch the 3310 here, they will likely need to make a modified version for the 3G network. Nokia hasn’t commented on this yet.

The phone is launching in Europe in the coming months and will retail for €49, the equivalent of $68.20 in Australia.

Do you have fond memories of a Nokia ‘brick’ phone? Will you purchase a new one if they are released in Australia?

See more at Nokia.

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    9th Mar 2017
    11:38am
    I would only purchase it if it was on 4g. My mother has reynard's disease and can't use touch phones.
    sunny
    9th Mar 2017
    12:03pm
    Definately, square buttons dont sit well with my fingies.
    PlanB
    9th Mar 2017
    12:42pm
    Well it won't work here in Aussie anyway as the 2g was switched off last year we now have either 3g or 4g wonder what wonder brain brought that out again
    buby
    16th Mar 2017
    11:47am
    i'm sure they would address that concern, surely they wouldn't think to bring it back without addressing that?
    MO
    10th Mar 2017
    11:45am
    This was probably my favourite phone, always loved Nokia's. Yes, if they can upgrade to 4G for Australian market, and at that price, I would definitely consider purchasing. Might take off as being trendy/ retro!
    PlanB
    10th Mar 2017
    12:04pm
    Yes they were great phone as is the one I have now -- had it for 6 years it is a Discovery 4 from Telstra it is not a smartphone but still works great
    buby
    16th Mar 2017
    11:45am
    I would only purchase one if it was a flip top, they were the best, then there was no accidents pressing buttons, cause it was secure under the lid.
    PlanB
    16th Mar 2017
    12:26pm
    I agree re the flip top phone, I am always getting mistaken calls from Friends who have these "smart' phones because they press the wrong buttons when putting them away

    I also never use my camera on phone as I have a camera if I need to take a photo
    buby
    16th Mar 2017
    11:50am
    What only 2mp Camera......geez common can they not do better than that.
    and if they can't get past the 2g, really what good is it to us?


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