Here’s why the new Nokia 3310 is flawed and may not be sold in Thailand


In case you missed it, Nokia has relaunched its iconic and hugely popular phone the 3310.

But if you were planning to get your hands on one in Thailand you may be left disappointed.

And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Officially unveiled at Mobile World Congress on Sunday, the new 3310 retains a number of features from the original, including one month standby battery life, 22 hours of talk time and the classic Snake game.

Nokia 3310 range

It also comes with a colour display, supports web browsing, has a 2 megapixel camera and only costs about 1,800 baht – sounds great, right?

But before you get blinded by nostalgia harking back to the days of the original Nokia 3310, be aware that the new version isn’t actually going to work in certain parts of the world.

The problem is that it is only 2.5G enabled, which means it is incompatible with newer 3G and 4G networks, only communicating with the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz frequencies

In fact some countries, such as Australia, Canada and the United States have already started turning off their 2G frequencies, while others including Singapore and Taiwan will close their 2G networks later this year.

Even Thailand has already announced plans to kill off the network.

In January, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) announced Thailand’s 2G network will be phased out within two years, as the country readies itself for high speed 5G.

As 4G coverage has expanded rapidly in Thailand, mobile penetration stands at 86 per cent of the population, 50 per cent of which are smartphone users.

Nokia 3310

While there are still around 800,000 2G subscribers in Thailand currently, more than 12 million have moved over to 3G or 4G services since January 2016.

Makers HMD Global, who own the rights to the Nokia brand name are yet to announce where the 3310 will officially be on sale.

Even if it does go on sale in Thailand, you won’t be able to use it for very long and you won’t be able to use it if you travel to any of the countries that already have or plan to phase out 2G.

Now this is quite a flaw for a phone that Nokia touted as being a travel friendly alternative to a smartphone.

Of course, the likely event is that the new Nokia 3310 will go on sale in emerging markets in Africa, or more specifically in India where 2G is still widely used.

Just don’t get your hopes up that it will be released in Thailand.


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