Sorry, Americans, you can't have the new Nokia 3310 (for now)


The unlikely winner of this year's Mobile World Congress is undoubtedly the new Nokia 3310: the quirky little feature phone stole the thunder from all the flagships present at the show, both due to the irresistible nostalgia factor, and also the complete unexpectedness of announcing such a device at the year's biggest mobile trade show. Unfortunately for all its fans stateside, the phone doesn't have the hardware necessary to work in the US.

While the device supports the 900 MHz frequency range just fine, meaning it will work freely in Europe and Asia, American carriers require support for the 850 MHz range, which the 3310 doen't have. In an interview with CNET, Patrick Mercanton, the company's global head of marketing, stated that it does, in fact, want to launch the phone in the US, but hasn't yet signed a contract with one of the four major carriers. He also added that the company wants "to have a global launch."

In any case, when the phone launches in Q2 2017, don't go rushing to Amazon or eBay, as you're more than likely to just be buying a pretty, but mostly unusable brick. However, we'll keep you updated if and when HMD Global announces the device's launch stateside, so don't lose hope just yet.

source: CNET

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3310
  • Display 2.4" 240 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP
  • Storage 0.016 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1200 mAh(22.1h talk time)

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23 Comments

1. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

I want a global version or I am going to drink f'cking bleach.

3. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

I know that Nokia is legendary......but killing yourself for a phone is just a shame!

4. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Well technically, the phone could kill you if you drop it on your foot.

7. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Haha indeed!

11. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Lmao tell techie that, he said that some family should've died because they were suing Samsung over an exploded note 7.

14. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Start dranking

15. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Edit Drinking

20. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

It's cool...Lil Jon said you can drank. Just make sure it's Purp, cuh...

2. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Arrogant and stupid carriers..

5. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

Carriers have nothing to do with it. 900/1800 band is not 2G in the US. If Nokia truly wants to be in the US they have make devices that work here.

6. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Why you Americans are being controlled by these carriers? This is pathetic.

8. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

I don't get it either. They add a lot of bloatware, delay updates by months putting users at security risks, even disable some apps and services of OEM and replace them with their own inferior bloatware. How is it even legal? Doesn't happen in my country. Any other country that has these carrier problems like in US?

9. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

This probably would have had quad band but very few are comfortable with T-Mobile being the only 2G GSM supporting carrier in the states with virtually no other options and practically none after 2020.

10. jellmoo

Posts: 2658; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

"The unlikely winner of this year's Mobile World Congress is undoubtedly the new Nokia 3310: the quirky little feature phone stole the thunder from all the flagships present at the show..." Please try not to state an opinion as a point of fact in a news article. That sort of item should be limited to editorial pieces.

12. liberalsnowflake

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 24, 2017

Trumps fault

19. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

GFY...

13. libra89

Posts: 2312; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

So it's just a matter of patience. I'll wait.

16. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

We don't want it either, since it's a pretty useless phone by today's standards.

17. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1273; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Why don't they just release it as QuadBand 2G, instead of just dual band??

18. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

My speculation is, since T-Mobile is the only one supporting an US-compatible band Nokia may not be comfortable with what amounts to a monopoly on the GSM 2G market.

21. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Kaloooo0000ooooyan C, get Nokia to release a global version!

22. sebstin

Posts: 193; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

Why isnt having Quad band support?

23. TrainFromUkraine

Posts: 95; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

Even if it supported US frequencies I still can not think of a single reason to buy this phone.

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