Nokia 3310 3G: The world’s favourite retro smartphone to launch in Thailand

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A 3G version of the Nokia 3310 will launch in Thailand later this week, Thai media has reported.

The new phone, relaunched by HMD Global earlier earlier this year, is based on the iconic model that was popular in the early 2000’s.

There was great excitement when the new version was launched, with fans getting a bleary eyed rush of nostalgia as they were reminded of which for many people was their first mobile phone.

However, the excitement was fairly short lived when it was revealed the the new Nokia 3310 was only available with 2G connectivity.

This meant that in most countries, including Thailand, the phone would have somewhat of a limited life, with many countries already beginning to downgrade their 2G networks, while some have killed off 2G altogether.

Last month a leak out of Ireland revealed that a 3G version of the mobile phone was in the pipeline.

Nokia 3310 3G

And now if the reports are to believed, it appears that Thailand will be among the first, if not the first country where the Nokia 3310 3G will be launched.

Numerous Thai news outlets are reporting that HMD Global will launch the Nokia 3310 3G at the Thailand Mobile Expo 2017, which is being held in Bangkok on 28 September – 01 October.

The Nokia 3310 with 3G added could be the most sought after dumb phone on the market.

There’s no word on price for the new version, but the 2G 3110 which launched in February was priced at just 49 euros.

Its 22 hours of talk time and up to one month of standby time potentially heighten the phone’s appeal to some users.

In March, HMD Global’s vice president for Asia-Pacific, James Rutherfoord announced the opening of a new company office in Bangkok and revealed that Thailand was one of the key markets the company is focussing on.

This year HMD Global have launched the Nokia 8, Nokia 6, Nokia 5, Nokia 3 smartphones in Thailand.

We’ve contacted HMD Thailand for comment and will update this post if we hear back.

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