Reinventing the wheel: Nokia returns to status quo! 

The Nokia 3310 is back. Sort of. The iconic, indestructible phone has been redesigned 17 years after it first launched. The new Nokia 3310 is smaller, sleeker and reportedly has 22 hours of talk time with a one-month battery life on standby. And, of course, it comes with Snake.

There is a catch, though. While many of the phone’s internals have been updated, the 2017 version of the 3310 will use 900 MHz and 1800 MHz – the frequencies typically used for 2G communications before mobile data and 3G became popular.

These are the bands used in most parts of the world such as Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia but they have been switched off in other regions – North, Central and South America typically use 850 MHz and 1900 MHz – and are gradually being phased out in other countries, too. This means the new Nokia 3310 won’t work in regions where the frequencies have been disabled and could face problems in the future if they are turned off in regions where the phone previously worked.

Available in gloss red and yellow and matte blue and grey, the Nokia 3310 has a 2.4-inch colour screen, Bluetooth 3.0, an FM radio, LED torch, microSD card support up to 32GB and a two-megapixel camera. The 2.5G connection even lets you go online – albeit very slowly – to access Twitter, Facebook and other services through the Opera Mini browser.

The Nokia 3310 re-launch took place ahead of this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The handset is noticeably slimmer than the original Nokia 3310, which sold around 126 million units before it was discontinued in 2005. It’s also almost half the weight – the original was 133g, the new one is 79g.

The phone has been developed by HMD, which acquired a ten-year license to use Nokia’s brand name in May 2016. The company continues to sell a broad range of simple phones in developing markets, but the Nokia 3310 will be sold worldwide as a “digital detox” phone.

Priced at €49 (£41) the phone has a release date set for the second quarter of 2017. You can sign up to receive updates on when the phone is being released on at nokia.com/phones.

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