Nokia has officially re-launched everyone’s favourite old-school mobile phone, however if you have any plans to get your hands on one you may be left a little disappointed.
The new and improved Nokia 3310 has a battery life of one month on standby mode, 22 hours of talk time and the original Snake game – all of which, I think we can agree is awesome… BUT, and ti’s a biggie… but, it won’t work in much of the world.
While many parts of the phone have been updated, the new version still communicates with networks using older frequencies used for the kind of connections before mobile Internet really took off. The problem? Those frequencies, namely “2G” have already been turned off across many parts of the world. Countries where 2G is no longer available include Canada and the United States, and are on their way out in many other countries too.
If you do happen to buy the Nokia 3310 in Europe, but live in another part of the world (or often travel to another part of the world) it may not be possible for your phone to do anything because it won’t be able to connect to the network. To-date, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan and the USA have shut down most of their 2G networks or will begin to do so in the not-too-distant future.
Unfortunately, this means that the phone will eventually become obsolete even in the markets that Nokia is targeting – far sooner than models of a similar age (along with many far older) that do support 3G or higher. Considering Nokia is aiming the phone at people who like to travel as a robust alternative to a delicate and flimsy smartphone, this small but pretty key design flaw could have dire consequences to those not blinded by the hip nostalgia trip.
The issue is that the phone only supports GSM 900MHz and 1800MHz, which is primarily used in most parts of the world like Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia… But North, Central and South America use 850MHz and 1900MHz – frequencies that the new Nokia won’t be able to connect to. The better news? If you’re planning on using your phone anywhere that isn’t in the Americas – you are in the clear, for now at least…!