Nokia 3310: HMD Global To Relaunch The Iconic Phone In 2017


How many of you still remember Nokia 3310? If you were buoyant enough to get yourself a cellphone in the 2000s, you will agree with me that Nokia 3310 was one of the world’s most popular and loved cell phone.

But the GSM mobile phone was surpassed by numerous competitors and gradually fazed out after phone technology took giant leaps, giving way for ‘smarter’ phones in the world of phone technology.

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Nevertheless, one sure fact about Nokia 3310 that made it outstanding was its all-around durability and toughness.

Most people still have theirs but if you’ve lost yours and want to get it back, don’t worry because the phone is making a comeback soon.

Growing reports making the rounds have it that a modernised version of the 3310 would be released at the end of February by a Finnish manufacturer at the 2017 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The new price point of the phone is said to be €59 (£50) – which is significantly less than its original price in 2000 of £129. For now, it will be available only to European and North American consumers.

The re-launch will be taking place 17 years after it was first launched in Denmark.

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Meanwhile, news of the possible comeback has been greeted with mixed reactions, with most people expressing excitement over the return of the “king”.

BuzzSouthAfrica understands that it is possible to buy the 3310 on Amazon, though only through its marketplace and not directly from the company.

Before I let you go, here are some things you need to know about Nokia 3310.

Nokia 3310 was released in 2000

Nokia 3310 saw the light of the day in the year 2000 – precisely in the fourth quarter of the year. The arrival of the phone was earlier announced in September 2000.

Nokia 3310 was the successor of Nokia 3210

Prior to the arrival of 3310, 3210 was one of the most popular and successful phone in history. 3210 was unveiled on March 18, 1998.

At the time, a total of 160 million 3210 phones were sold worldwide and the huge commercial success was made possible by a combination of cutting-edge features such as internal antennas and T9 dictionary.

So after two years, the 3210, which was designed by Alastair Curtis in Nokia’s Los Angeles Design Center was replaced by 3310.

Nokia 3310 was designed in Denmark

The sturdy GSM mobile phone was developed at the Copenhagen Nokia site in Denmark. Owing to the uniqueness and design of the phone, Nokia 3310 was chosen as one of the first three ‘National Emojis’ for Finland In November 2015.

Nokia sold 126m units of Nokia 3310 World

Nokia once announced that it had sold 126m units of the phone, making it the world’s best-selling phone.


At the time of its release, the GSM mobile phone had many features that were very rare then. Nokia 3310 featured an 84 × 48 pixel pure monochrome display and utilities such as a calculator, Nokia network monitor, stopwatch, a reminder function, four games (which are Pairs II, Space Impact, Bantumi, and the hugely popular and addictive Snake II) and voice dialing for the quick dialing of selected numbers.

Another distinguishing feature that popularised of Nokia 3310 was its SMS messaging length. unlike the length of other standard SMS text message, the 3310 allowed long messages three times the size of others.

An enhanced version of the 3310 is the Nokia 3315 which has some additional features including a picture editor, timed profiles, automatic keypad locking after a specified time, among others. Other variants are Nokia 3320, 3330, 3350, 3360, 3390 and 3395.