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Is @nokiamobile’s 3310 2G only? What about areas where 2G is switched off or have incompatible bands?

| February 28, 2017 | 11 Replies

This question has popped up since the announcement and a few of you have been understandably questioning it too.

We’ve read articles about old Nokia 331x phones no longer being able to connect to a network as slowly, 2G is getting turned off.

Dual band 900/1800 MHz with 2.5G internet. Does anyone remember tri-band and then quadband being a feature? LOL.

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A new factoid for me according to Wiki,

“Second-generation 2G cellular telecom networks were commercially launched on the GSM standard in Finland by Radiolinja (now part of Elisa Oyj) in 1991″

2G brought more data, enabling ‘new’ services such as text messaging.

As shared with Lester Chan on facebook – over in Singapore, sales of 2G phones won’t be allowed from Jan 1, 2017.

The independent points out that America would be out of luck as this can’t connect to their networks.

I know we’re not expecting anyone to do any significant web use with the new 3310 but at the very least, some might have wanted to use it as a secondary phone/back up/emergency phone. For the majority of countries that still have active 2G, this won’t be an issue.

So, is there a real dilemma here with connection or are we missing something obvious?

I also forgot to check – is this the big sized SIM card?

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  • DBS

    It’s worth noting that the pseudo-3310 isn’t really aimed at 1st World countries. There they know they’ll only be selling phones for people who want them for nostalgia sake and won’t actually use them for calls etc (not that it matters, in Europe 2G networks are all still working).

    So whilst I understand the concern, I don’t think it will be an issue.

  • DBS

    It’s worth noting that the pseudo-3310 isn’t really aimed at 1st World countries. There they know they’ll only be selling phones for people who want them for nostalgia sake and won’t actually use them for calls etc (not that it matters, in Europe 2G networks are all still working).

    So whilst I understand the concern, I don’t think it will be an issue.

    • Mapantz

      That’s not completely true. Three (UK) turned off 2G 6 years ago, multiple networks across Europe have stopped it too. I’m still barely able to get 3G where I am. lol

      Anyway, there’s still no doubt that this is a massive blunder on HMD’s part. How hard would it have been to implement HSDPA?

      • DBS

        There’s a difference between “carrier X turned it off” and an entire country/region shut it down like Singapore.
        Across Europe 2G is still available in all countries (we there are plenty of carriers). So if for example in the UK Three doesn’t offer it anymore, people who want it can always switch to Vodafone or O2 for example.

        I honestly don’t agree this is a blunder. Again, the regions this is targeted at, still rely heavily on 2G networks. I’m pretty sure Nokia did their homework when deciding this.

        • Jukka-Pekka Sokero

          Im a bit afraid that they didnt do their homework / underevaluated the interest. In a recent interview the marketing chief clearly communicated that they have positioned the 3310 as a second/backup device ad well as primary device in rrgions where dumbphones are still sold. Im not sure, if S30 even supports 3g.

        • Jukka-Pekka Sokero

          Learned something new today. The S30+ is a Mediatek platform and has nothing to do with the actual series 30. And it seems that the sdk for it has been deprecated by Mediatek could imply that the S30+ is not further develop and 3g will not be supported even in the future. One more Nokia platform Elop killed 😉

  • Vikas

    Nokia should also release a feature phone with 2G and 4G VoLTE support for great call quality.

  • Muerte
  • Vikas

    Lets see how the demand for VoLTE rise in futures.

  • rustyknight17

    I realise that the 3310 is a nostalgia device nor is it aimed at the US , but I really don’t see why HMD couldn’t do some alternative versions of the 3310 , such as a s40 , 3g , micro sim Version . I’d buy one !