While gadget lovers will gleefully wait in line for the next edition of the iPhone, apparently regular folks are excited about something else entirely—old-fashioned Nokia 3310 phones. It’s one of the best-selling mobile phones of all time—Nokia 3310 has built a surprisingly loyal following.
According to Wikipedia, the 3310 is a GSM mobile phone announced on September 1, 2000, and released in the fourth quarter of the year, replacing the popular Nokia 3210. The phone sold extremely well, being one of the most successful phones with 126 million units sold worldwide
The question now is—why the appeal for something pretty archaic? According to the popular opinion, people love the old-fashioned phones which do nothing but call and text, because they save you money that otherwise would have been spent on browsing data. As you remember, Nokia 3310 is incredibly resilient—drop it and nothing much happens (drop an iPhone on the other hand and you’ll probably be saving for a new one).
Venture Beat’s Evan Blass recently broke the story of how HMD Global Oy, the Finnish manufacturer with exclusive rights to market Nokia phones, is planning to announce four handsets at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, with one very specific highlight.
“Perhaps the most interesting of these devices, at least from the perspective of mobile enthusiasts, is not a smartphone at all, but a modern version of a classic workhorse of a feature phone, the Nokia 3310. Known primarily for its plentiful battery life and nearly indestructible build, the 3310 was released at the turn of the millennium as a replacement to the also-popular 3210.”
The new incarnation of the 3310 will reportedly retail for 59 Euros (about $62), and so likely be pitched as a reliable second phone to people who fondly remember it the first time around.
Would you consider going back to a Nokia 3310 phone? Share your thoughts on this in the comments below!