New Nokia 3310 Is Useless In Many Countries, Here’s Why


Short Bytes: I know this is saddening to read but Nokia 3310 is going to be useless in many countries in North, Central and South America. It’s because the phone only supports 2G networks that are popular in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. However, there are chances that at a later stage it might be launched in the US with some modifications.

After much teasing and waiting, HMD Global finally unveiled the new Nokia 3310 feature phone at Mobile World Congress, 2017. It was released with new features like a larger color screen, colorful design, camera, and many other features that weren’t present in the original Nokia 3310. Just in case you missed the launch, you can read all the details and see more pictures here.

Unfortunately, one ‘outdated’ feature of Nokia 3310 has made it useless in many countries, including the likes of USA and Canada. The new rendition of this feature phone still communicates using 900MHz and 1800MHz, i.e., 2G frequencies.

In a large part of the world, these frequencies have been turned off, and they are being turned off in many more countries. In USA 900MHz and 1800MHz band has been replaced by 850 MHz and 1900MHz frequencies.

What does it mean? It means that any American and Canadian operator won’t be supporting Nokia 3310 once it’s launched. However, it doesn’t matter much as the phone is focused on Africa, Asia, Middle East, and Africa.

But, the people shouldn’t lose hope as the HMD Global has stated that it’s been talking to US carriers for a local launch.

”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 HMD Global head of marketing Patrick Mercanton.

So, did you like the new Nokia 3310? Are you going to buy one? Don’t forget to share your views and comments.

Bonus: Bare Conductive: Electric Paint and the Touch Board

Adarsh Verma

Adarsh Verma

Fossbytes co-founder and an aspiring entrepreneur who keeps a close eye on open source, tech giants, and security. Get in touch with him by sending an email — [email protected]
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