Nokia 3310 Comeback: No Camera, Bluetooth, GPS

HMD Global, the new owner of the Nokia name, plans to stage a Nokia 3310 comeback this month. Easy to use and borderline indestructible, the best selling mobile phone also boasted a battery that seemed to last forever. The Finnish manufacturer who owns the Nokia brand says that they will release a modern version of the classic mobile phone this month which will satisfy users.

The popular phone is a technology icon, so it's easy to see why the company is reviving the brand. In fact, there was gloom in the mobile telephony industry when production of the phone was discontinued. The reason for the sudden cessation of the marketable handset was due to a shift in ownership, with Microsoft buying the company.

A Nokia 3310 comeback is not hard to imagine as it is perhaps the best-loved and most resilient phone in history, the Standard Media reports. Originally released in 2000, it sparked the beginning of the modern age of mobiles. The company promotes it as a way of getting “lots of battery life in a nearly indestructible body”.

HMD Global reportedly will be giving 3310 a new look. The back-to-basics handset will cost $26, and will run using the Series 30+ software platform, rather than Android. It is expected to compete directly with the growing number of low-end Android smartphones, the Engadget reports.

The reincarnated phone seems priced competitively enough to attract nostalgic former owners. In case you had forgotten about the features that made you love it so much, it had predictive text input, smart messaging, calculator, voice dial, mobile chat mode for SMS, a currency converter, clock, alarm clock, stopwatch and only four games (Snake II, Pairs II, Space Impact, and Bantumi). The Nokia 3310 comeback will not feature bluetooth, radio, GPS, USB, memory card slot or camera.

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