“Our reimagining of the Nokia 3310 has been a global and cultural phenomenon”, the company enthused.
The Nokia 3310 3G version will be available from mid October for a retail price of $89.95. In the land down under, it will be available via two mobile carriers, namely Optus and Vodafone. We got to work @nokiamobile and here it is.
The inclusion of the 3G radio makes it faster to download large files and some apps like Facebook, Twitter and Skype.
Back when I reviewed the 3310 I noted that it was only capable of communicating via the somewhat antiquated 2G networks. – and a limited number of them at that.
That said, if the 3310 3G edition becomes a global smash hit, HMD would presumably be happy to consider that in the future. The new variant is only being offered in Blue colour. With 3G comes a more power-hungry modem and reduced battery life. It carries support for dual-SIM connectivity and is packed with a 1,200mAh battery that offers up to 27 days of standby time.
HMD relaunched a 2.5G version of the phone in February, but a spokesperson told Channel NewsAsia then that the company had yet to unveil availability in Singapore. Despite of that slight disadvantage, standby time is actually longer than the 2G model. Earlier, the 3310 feature phone could support 2G networks only. In other comparisons the new 3G model is a little heavier and larger; its 85g to 88g compared to 79g, and its 117 x 52.4 x 13.35mm compared to 115.6 x 51 x 12.8 mm.
So it didn’t really matter that the handset was technically inferior in some ways to cheaper feature phones bearing the Nokia name. people were buying into a memory, not a piece of hardware.