Nokia 3310: What Makes The Revamped 3310 Practically Unusable In Some Countries? Launch Date & Price In India Revealed [VIDEO]

4 March 2017, 6:57 am EST By Vinay Patel Mobile & Apps
The 2017 variant of the iconic Nokia 3310 is tipped to hit the store shelves on April 28.  ( Nokia Mobile / YouTube )

The internet is brimming with reports surrounding the uber cool refresh of the iconic Nokia 3310 feature phone, which debuted this week at the MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2017 trade show in Barcelona.

While gadget freaks are going berserk over the recently divulged Nokia 3310 refresh, various reports pointing out at how good the phone feels in the hand, it's eye-catching colors and it's battery's superlative 30-day standby life, have catapulted the already skyrocketing hype around the phone's long rumored return. Let's take a gander at what the newfangled Nokia 3310 feature phone has in store for device's huge fanbase:

Nokia 3310: What's Missing?

The new Nokia 3310 will be up for grabs in a couple of variants. While one will come with a single SIM card slot, the other will feature slots for two SIM cards. Nevertheless, Forbes' David Phelan believes the phone is not spared from flaws.

Aside from the absence of 3G (and obviously 4G) and a dearth of applications on the Nokia Series 30+ platform that powers it, the lauded feature phone would require users to manually add their personal contacts in the device one by one. On the brighter side, Nokia told Phelan that users will be able to fit well over 500 contacts on their new Nokia 3310 feature phone.

What is likely to make users stop and think, though, is the fact that the new Nokia 3310 is not a world phone. In the UK, the Nokia 3310 was made to operate on a couple of European frequencies i.e. 900 and 1800 MHz. The same were used in Asia, the Middle East, Australia and Africa; however, the United States had its own band -- 850 and 1900 MHz, which are not compatible with others.

In other words, the HMD reincarnation of the Nokia 3310 will be practically unworkable in several countries. In order to operate across the globe without any sort of restriction, it is imperative for handsets to categorically support four bands -- 850MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz and 1900MHz, TheNextWeb reported.

Scarcely any carrier in the U.S. and Canada support the frequencies the new Nokia 3310 does. Likewise, carriers in Australia and Singapore are gradually getting rid of 900MHz and 1800MHz bands.

Nokia 3310 Launch In India

The revived Nokia 3310 is expected to arrive in India later this year bearing a price tag of $50. This makes the 3310 twice as expensive as its Nokia 150 sibling, which boasts identical specs.

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