The comeback of the Nokia 3310 was the talk of the town in the Mobile World Congress tradeshow last month. While not the most advanced of all, the revived classic brings back many of the best traits from the original handset which made the Finnish company the biggest smartphone manufacturer back in the day. Surely, many oldies might be considering buying the new Nokia 3310 but there’s new information about the device that they need to be aware of before making the nostalgic purchase.
As reported previously, the revamped version still runs only in 2G network. Not that it’s not working anymore; in fact, this generation of wireless technology is still being used around the world. However, a number of countries are planning to shut down their 2G networks in the coming years and that could prove to be the problem for the new Nokia device.
According to Express, 2G networks are already outdated, having been launched in the early 1990s. The site recalls it was the first to digitize mobile phone transmissions–protecting mobile phones’ data and ensuring that only the intended recipient would receive it.
It was also 2G that introduced the ability to send SMS texts for the first time. But the technology was eventually superseded by newer ones, including the 2.5G, 2.75G, 3G, and 4G. Because of this, demand for the outdated 2G networks started to dwindle in the last couple of years, ultimately leading to the decommissioning of 2G infrastructures in many countries to create more room for newer technologies.
Check out the list of 2G networks and their shut down dates below:
News of the Nokia 3310 2G problem comes after HMD Global confirmed the unit is not shipping with WhatsApp, the world’s most popular messaging application. WhatsApp, according to Daily Star, now has over one billion users who, on average, send 42 billion messages every day. This means those who happen to buy a 3310 won’t be able to join their usual chats and send endless messages to their mates.
While it does have access to Twitter and email, its lack of support for the majority of social networking apps like Facebook, Instagram, and whatnot, could be a real sticking point for consumers. Although this should not necessarily be the case for those who are looking to buy the new Nokia 3310 only for the novelty value or as an emergency phone. Priced at €49, if all they need is to make calls and send messages, it might be all the phone they need.
The Nokia 3310 will launch in the UK alongside three of Nokia’s other new phones including the Nokia 3, 5 and 6 at the end of Q2 2017, in late May or early June. As for the US, the company has yet to confirm the release date.