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The U.S.-bound Nokia 3310 3G gets a little smarter, but it’s still really dumb

Michael Simon | Sept. 29, 2017
Wanna play some Snake?

During the introduction, HMD Global chief marketing officer Pekka Rantala said the Nokia 3310 will appeal to people who want “a summer phone... a festival phone, and... an object of desire.” This seems like an awfully small niche, but I get what he’s saying. The Nokia 3310 could appeal to smartphone users who want a limited phone to take on vacation, or to parents who want their kids to be able to call them. But even then, it’s probably not worth it. Most of the carriers have already begun to transition to 4G LTE exclusively, and there’s no telling how much longer 3G networks will be reliable. And like the Nokia 6, it’s unlikely to work on the Verizon or Sprint spectrum.

So, while the Nokia 3310 may be cute and cheap, even at $80, it’s hardly a bargain. But, hey, if you really want to play Snake using hardware keys, then it’s probably the phone of your dreams.

 

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