Is there a chance for 3G Nokia 3310 (2017)?

While Nokia 6 is quite popular device and in minds of many Nokia fans, Nokia 3310 is even bigger champ. The popularity of this phone surpasses the popularity of Nokia 5 and 3 according to the GSMArena’s poll. Well, that isn’t strange since we loved the original so much and 3310 is able to take 17 years of someone’s life.

But, while Nokia 6, 5 and 3 are slowly but surely coming to markets all around the world, Nokia 3310 won’t be available in some big markets like Australia and US. The problem lies in the configuration of networks in those countries, or better say lack of 2G that was recently shut down. Nokia 3310 (2017) is not 3G phone, so there is no way to be used in AU or USA. Or is there?

The CEO of HMD Global Arto Nummela said in an interview for Finder that HMD is respecting the wishes of Nokia’s fans and that they will try to find a way for them to enjoy in 3310 (via NPU). Because of the fans they made the 3310 (2017). Ok, maybe they did it because it is great marketing move, but this makes us question if HMD will make 3G Nokia 3310.

Few weeks ago we wrote about HMD being in talks with USA operators to start using the 1900 MHz spectrum so that Nokia 3310 could be used there. T-Mobile USA is the only operator using that specific spectrum so we assumed it could come there exclusively. FCC entry confirmed that HMD is making  Nokia 3310 that supports the frequencies specific for USA operators.

Maybe the same will happen for Australian market since we know that Nummela spoke with Mr. Elop, who is by the way the CTO of biggest Aussie operator, Telstra.

3G version of the 3310 (2017) would made the production more expensive, and maybe complicated since new chip-set and radios would be needed.

So, my best guess is HMD will try to find a way for Nokia 3310 (2017) to function on newest networks in Australia and USA by using supported bands, but not 3G. This is much cheaper and more possible to do than to make new model. Or HMD will just make 3G Nokia 3310 but this time Nokia 3310 (2018)😊.

  • Rocky

    Hmm, WhatsApp also add S40 support longer, could it be Nokia 3310 with S40? (since S30+ don’t support 3G)

    • That won’t happen LOL. I think S40 now belongs to Microsoft. Correct me if I am wrong plz. Because i wan’t to know what happened to S40 and Symbian now. Do they still belong to Nokia or are they now with Microsoft?

      • Microsoft shout it down in 2014. Will ask HMD what’s the situation around S40 if they reply to my mails. Have to say that the local PR agencies reply quickly, but guys behind press@hmdglobal aren’t that co-operative.

        • hehe. Once i got a message on fb from a guy who said he is Community Manager for Nokia Mobile.

        • Hope you get a very nice and informative reply 🙂

      • Rocky

        Symbian now on Accenture, Microsoft sold Nokia feature phone business, so S40 not belong to Microsoft (just like S30+). Yeah they already ditch S40 development actually (by Microsoft).

    • Jep, wanted to say the same. People who didn’t use a Nokia feature phone ignore the fact that S30+ is useless with 3g or wifi.

      • Viccky maurya

        Yes, u r right. S30+ is totally useless with 3G. I have used Nokia 220,130 (S30+)and these are toooo basic, whereas Nokia 208 (S40)was superb and more productive.
        S40 supports J2ME apps and hence S40 has a huge apps support. I am thrilled to say that I used banking apps in my 208, played asphalts racing game, gangster games, used Line,wechat etc. Missing S40. 🤒

        • Rocky

          Not totally useless actually, the main issue about 3G support because 2G already shutdown (or planned) in many country. Also some 2G bandwidth already transferred to 3G or 4G, so it easily crowded and hard to take a call or sms

      • Hemedans

        Only usefull feature of 3G is HD voice calling.

    • Hi guys, Nokia Mobile responded and s40 platform is owned by Microsoft.

      I quote the answer:
      “Nokia OS 40 and other OS like Windows mobile is still property of Microsoft company.
      They are responsible to support, to repair and probably to develop the current OS’s.
      So you can see all the discussion boards on company Nokia in the link below (Global):

      Therefore, regarding to your question, if Nokia S40 will be developed, we don’t have that information and this question should be addressed to Microsoft, as owner.
      From other side, please follow the link to our new Nokia site to be common and introduce with our released devices (Nokia OS’s 30+/Android devices):

      • Hemedans

        What about symbian s60v3

        • It is now at Accenture. That means it is closed.

        • That story has ended long time ago. All symbian related software is now in hands of accenture.

      • Viccky maurya

        Can HMD deploy Java ME support in S30+? So that it can support .jar/.jad format….

      • Rocky

        They know that S40 more solid than Windows Mobile so they took it 😀