Earlier this year, HMD Global revived Nokia’s classic 3310 candy bar phone with only the slightest updates. And next month, the phone is in for another tweak: a new version is getting support for 3G, which will open it up for use in a lot more countries — including the US. The phone should work on AT&T and T-Mobile, but not Verizon and Sprint.
The new Nokia 3310 3G will sell for €69 (about $81 USD), a slight bump up from the original version, which sold for €49 (about $58 USD). There are some other slight changes, too: the new model is ever-so-slightly taller, wider, and thicker. And in a very big change, its estimated battery life is way down, from 22 hours of talk time on the 2G version to just 6.5 hours on the 3G version.
Battery life has likely fallen because of the switch over to 3G. 3G radios require more power, and the phone’s battery size hasn’t changed. That’s a big disadvantage, but it may not be as much of a deal if you’re just buying the 3310 as a retro throwback. And really, that seems to be a key part of why this phone was made.
There’s also supposed to be a new operating system running on the 3G version of the 3310, although it looks pretty much identical in promo photos. Juho Sarvikas, HMD Global’s chief product officer, says the OS has “some cool new features” but that anyone who’s tried the original version should “feel right at home.” It’s not clear what’s been added, but apparently the move to 3G required the change.
All that really matters: you can still play Snake.
The phone will be available in red, blue, yellow, and black, and is supposed to be available starting sometime in the middle of next month.