Last month, at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow, Nokia revealed the re-introduction of its flagship 3310 phone. This news, largely owing to the internet following of the brand, has, since gone viral, with many anticipating the physical launch of the product next month. But, if recent reports and reviews are to be believed, one might reconsider their excitement into purchasing the product right away.
Nokia first released the 3310 some seventeen years ago, making it one of the largest selling devices for the Finnish technology company that started as shoe manufacturers. This revived classic is a ‘little feature phone,’ more colloquially known as a dumb-phone which will bring back a lot of the original traits of the much loved 3310.
Despite having a number of new features, the new Nokia 3310 still only runs on a 2G network. According to the specifications listed on the Nokia website, the new phone will only be able to function on standard GSM frequencies between 900 MHz and 1800 MHz. And that could prove to be a problem. A number of countries are looking to switch off their 2G networks in the coming years.
It turns out, 2G networks are pretty old. The frequency was first used in the 1990s, and was the first to digitise mobile phone transmissions – protecting your data and ensuring that only the intended recipient could receive it. It was also 2G that introduced the ability to send SMS texts for the first time.
With 2G networks on the wane, several countries have decommissioned their 2G infrastructure in the effort to create free spectrum space for newer technologies. To give you an example, Australian telecom giant, Telstra recently shut down its 2G operations, with the Australian arm of Vodafone following suit in the near future.
Furthermore, it was recently revealed that the newly launched phone will not ship with compatibility with WhatsApp, which is now the largest message service in the world, servicing some 42 billion messages every day. While, the phone does provide access to Twitter, the detachment from the most popular mode of messaging may prove to be a hassle to consumers in the long-run. With users unable to jump into their usual group conversations, they would be limited to sending SMS to their contacts. While this isn’t necessarily detrimental in the local context, the gap creates several problems when travelling abroad and having to pay international rates for outgoing and incoming text messages.
The Nokia 3310, has been built in the same rugged manner as its predecessor and enjoys an almost month –long standby battery life, and therefore becomes a handy secondary phone to have, but we are skeptical on its adoption as a primary phone by end consumers
Source: The Logical India, Scroll.In
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