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Nokia 3310 Gets a 3G Upgrade

September 28, 2017 10:51 AM
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Nokia 3310 Gets a 3G Upgrade

There is still a lot of love out there for the Nokia 3310. Most of it is nostalgia, but that didn't stop HMD Global launching a new version of the phone earlier this year. It runs the Nokia Series 30+ OS, boasts 22 hours of talk time, a month of standby, and is 2G. And that last part killed it for use in a number of markets.

This week, HMD decided to solve the connectivity problem by announcing the Nokia 3310 3G, complete with new colors, a new user interface, and a tweaked operating system now referred to as "Feature OS."

The 3G handset will be available in four new colors (Azure, Yellow, Warm Red, and Charcoal) and will offer 6.5 hours of talk time, 27 days of standby, and 40 hours of music playback. Notice how much that talk time total has dropped compared to the 2G version even though both handsets have the same battery.

As TechCrunch reports, the size of the 3310 increased to make way for 3G. It's 13.29 percent larger in volume compared to the 2G version, which also allows the buttons to be better spaced. As you'd expect, the price is increasing to 69 euros ($80) (the 3310 is 49 euros ($58)).

By adding 3G, HMD highlights apps including Facebook, Skype, and Twitter are now available to 3310 3G owners. However, you still have to see this handset for what it is: a cheap first phone for your kids or a great second phone for when you don't want to risk losing or damaging your expensive iPhone 8 or Galaxy S8, e.g. at a music festival or when camping.

HMD intends to start rolling the 3310 3G globally from mid-October, with Australia being one of the first territories to get it.


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