The new Nokia 3310’s release date is fast approaching, but new information about the smartphone might make you reconsider your nostalgic purchase.
The revamped Nokia 3310 was one of the biggest hits from the Mobile World Congress tradeshow at november 2016.
Nokia’s revived classic is a charming little feature phone, also colloquially known as dumb-phone, that brings back many of the best traits from the original Nokia 3310.
First released some 17 years ago, the original Nokia 3310 would go on to become one of the biggest-selling devices for the Finnish technology company.
And now, it’s back.
HMD Global, the hardware company that now sells devices under the Nokia brand, has bundled a number of modern additions to the new Nokia 3310 to bring it up-to-date with rival devices.
The overhauled feature phone now includes a two-megapixel camera, Bluetooth connectivity, and an overhauled Snake game.
But before you rush-out to buy one, there is something you should be aware of first.
Despite having a number of new features, the new Nokia 3310 still only runs on a 2G network.
According to the specifications listed on the Nokia website, the new phone will only be able to function on standard GSM frequencies between 900 MHz and 1800 MHz.
And that could prove to be a problem.
A number of countries are looking to switch off their 2G networks in the coming years.
It turns out, 2G networks are pretty old. The frequency was first used in the 1990s, and was the first to digitise mobile phone transmissions – protecting your data and ensuring that only the intended recipient could receive it.
It was also 2G that introduced the ability to send SMS texts for the first time.
Clearly, demand for these outdated 2G networks has started to dwindle in recent years, leading some countries to decommission their 2G infrastructure in the effort to create more availability of newer technologies.
For example, Australian telecom Telstra shut down its 2G network back in December 2016. And the Australian arm of Vodafone is planning to ditch its 2G later this year.
Here’s a full list of 2G networks and when they will shutdown.
The news comes as HMD Global revealed the new Nokia 3310 will not ship with WhatsApp.
The 2017 edition of the Nokia 3310 does ship with access to Twitter, as well as email, but does not allow users to use WhatsApp – the world’s most popular messaging application.
That could prove to be a hassle for Nokia 3310 buyers.
The rugged build quality as well as the month-long standby battery life makes the Nokia 3310 a perfect secondary device, for situation when you likely don’t want to be carrying around a smartphone – like a festival.
However the fact that Nokia 3310 owners are unable to jump into their usual group conversations, and send messages to friends abroad without incurring the usual international rates, could be a real sticking point for some nostalgic customers.
WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook (another significant absence from the messaging app), is comfortably the most popular messaging service in the world.
The service now boasts more than one billion users who – on average – send some 42 billion messages every day.