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The First Details Of 'New' Nokia 3310 Have Been Released

James Dawson

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The First Details Of 'New' Nokia 3310 Have Been Released

The first details of the new Nokia 3310 handset have been revealed.

The handset, expected to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress (MWC) next week.

According to Chinese site Vtech, it will not run Android, but will be a 'feature' phone.

The design is expected to stay very similar to the original, although will be thinner and lighter.

Credit: WikiCommons

Instead of the original 84 x 84 monochrome display, there will be a new colour version, although fear not, it will still be low-res so as to maintain that seven day battery life.

The 3310 revamp is among four new handsets Nokia is thought to be revealing details of at the MWC, which is being held in Barcelona from 27 February to 2 March, 2017.

The new incarnation of the phone will be sold for a measly €59 (£50), and be pitched as a reliable, nostalgic backup phone.

The handset is still one of the best selling mobile phones of all time. When it first went on sale, it shifted over 125 million devices.

The phone was originally released in 2000, among its range of features are a clock, calculator, the ability to store up to ten reminders and four games: Snake II, Pairs II, Space Impact, and Bantumi.

Phones made under the Nokia brand are now sold by HMD Global, a Finnish company that bought the rights to the name.

All of this comes as something a coincidence, as my colleague had one of the old versions of the handset in the office earlier, which I took a photo of.

Brings the memories back, doesn't it...

It's not got as many 'likes' as I would have hoped, so do us a favour will you and get involved.

Speaking of the 3310, this lad's old phone is pretty impressive...

The Ex-Soldier's Phone Survives Iraq And Afghanistan

Earlier this month it was revealed that an ex-soldier is still using his original 3310, after it survived tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Former soldier, Dave Mitchell, bought the Nokia 3310 back in 2000 and 17 years later it's still going strong. It's been through the wash and been dropped in a curry and only needs to be charged every 10 days.

Credit: Caters

Dave even took his phone on two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. It's been in battle zones. And it's still working.

He said: "It's been through a lot with me. I have dropped it on numerous occasions, on the floor, in curry sauce, and it's been through the washing machine.

"Each time I've just cleaned it up, dried it off, turned it on again and it's worked. It's like it's made of kryptonite - it's indestructible.

Credit: Caters

"It's picked up a few scars over the years, but it's still in good working condition. I have a camera if I ever want to take photos, and I don't do selfies.

"I'm perfectly happy with what I've got. Why would I ever change?"

When he left the army after 29 years, he put his phone in a drawer and forgot about it. His family got annoyed at not being able to get in contact with him.

"My days in the army meant that I was good at planning days, so I would work out what I was going to do and stick to the plan.

Credit: Caters

"There was no need to tell anyone where I was all the time. If I had broken down in the car, I like to think I would have been resourceful enough to sort the situation without needing to call for help.

"It just sat in a draw gathering dust. I didn't really bother me that I didn't have it. I had my landline at home and work if people needed to get in touch."

Dave's son tried to get him an upgrade, but he didn't want it. Being unconnected to the internet makes him feel free and he doesn't want to be the sort of person who is always on his phone. But when he does have a spare moment, he likes to play Snake.

The only downsides for Dave is that his daughter calls him up asking for lifts, and he has to pay for data even if he can't use it. Still, he's making a huge saving.

Featured Image Credit: Nokia

James Dawson
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