Perhaps one of the most highly-anticipated product reveal during the recent Mobile World Congress (MWC 2017) in Spain is the relaunch of the Nokia 3310. Nokia and HMD Global has made it official that they will once again market the famous mobile phone this year. Furthermore, the phone will also include major design changes while maintaining its iconic look and feel.
Unfortunately, while the news of bringing back the Nokia 3310 is exceptionally exciting and nostalgic at the same time, users might be facing some issues with the phone in the future. The main issue will be that of its wireless connectivity. According to sources, the Nokia 3310 will only support 2G networks. A network technology that is slowly being phased out.
According to WCCFTECH, North America and Canada still has the old 2G network. AT&T as well as T-Mobile are the only ones that support 2G networks. Unfortunately, AT&T is already in the process of shutting down 2G networks in favour of new and better network technologies. On the other hand, T-Mobile plans to get rid of all its 2G infrastructure by 2020.
Fortunately, Europe and Asia are still 2G friendly. That is probably why Nokia will be shipping the 3310 first in Asian and European markets. Right now, many countries in Asia still use 2G, especially emerging markets. However, there are some Asian countries who have also started wiping out 2G networks.
Two countries in particular are Taiwan and Singapore. Singapore is almost done updating its mobile infrastructure and it is estimated that by April 2017, all 2G networks will be abolished. Furthermore, Taiwan users will have until December of this year before the country disconnects all its 2G networks.
At the moment, Nokia and HMD Global have yet to release a statement whether they will be updating the 3310’s wireless modules. Perhaps using 3G, while a bit of an overkill, will be best to ensure longevity of use.
The Nokia 3310 is scheduled for an official release during the second quarter of 2017. The new 3310 will have a small colour LCD screen as well as a tiny 2-megapixel camera at the back. It still boasts a very long-use lithium-ion battery just like the original version. According to Nokia, users will be able to use the phone for 22 hours straight. In addition, the battery will last for about a month on standby. For more updates on the Nokia 3310, be sure to check us out at TheBitbag.