The reincarnated version of the Nokia 3310 certainly hogged all the limelight at MWC 2017. The company describes it as a modern twist to the beloved feature phone of the late 90s. The Nokia 3310 gets a slew of visual upgrades but still remains a feature phone at its core sticking absolute basics such as calling and texting.
That said, the phone is yet not released in the US market because it’s a 2G phone, and none of the carriers operating the country operate on 2G bandwidth anymore. But HMD CEO Arto Nummela hints that a 3G version of the Nokia 3310 won’t be a bad idea. In an interview with an Australian publication Finder, Nummela said that the company is aware of consumers seeking a 3G version of the Nokia 3310 reboot. He further added that HMD Global is rather keen on meeting these expectations given the handset’s immense popularity among users.
“The reason we did the 3310 in the first place was because consumers were asking us to do that. Actually they named so many different phones, but the 3310 was the highest on the list. It got huge attention at Mobile World Congress. We have been listening to what consumers say, and what they need to ensure that devices will be compatible across the world. That is something consumers have been asking, and we are very keen on meeting consumer’s expectations going forward,” said Nummela in a statement.
Even a CNET report back in March revealed that the new Nokia 3310 (2017) won’t work in the US as none of the carriers operating in the country currently support the handset’s frequency bands, especially the 900MHz frequency. Being a feature phone, the newly launched reboot of the classic handset only comes 2G support with 900/1800 MHz bands. Hence, in order to work in the US, the new Nokia 3310 has to support AT&T’s 850 MHz frequency band.
Therefore, even if the feature phone is available for purchase in the US, users won’t be able to make or receive calls on it within the United States.
Hence, Nokia fans who were rather stoked about the phone’s arrival in the US were left disgruntled. That said, there’s still hope as HMD Global is reportedly in talks with US carriers over the company’s newly announced Nokia range of smartphones, including the Nokia 3310 reboot.
“We’ll probably end with the US at some point. It’s definitely on our radar, we want to go into the US because we want to have a global launch,” said Global Marketing head at HMD Global, Patrick Mercanton.
In other related news, HMD Global has officially confirmed that the Nokia 6 is all set to arrive in the US early in July and will be an Amazon exclusive.
Nokia 3310 Specs
The new Nokia 3310 gets a 2.4-inch QVGA (240×320 pixel) color display. The handset runs Nokia Series 30+ OS and offers 16MB of built-in storage and with microSD expandability (up to 32GB). Elsewhere, the Nokia 3310 also comes with a 2MP primary camera with LED Flash; the Nokia 3310 and a 1200mAh removable battery. Not to forget, it also comes pre-loaded with the popular Snake game, though it gets slightly optimized for a colored screen.