Tuesday 12 December 2017

Good call - 'indestructible' Nokia 3310 to return

Old favourite the Nokia 3310
Old favourite the Nokia 3310
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

The "Wolverine of mobile phones" - the Nokia 3310 - is making a comeback, 17 years after it was first launched.

Finnish manufacturer HMD Oy Global, which has the rights to market the Nokia brand, is planning on announcing the return of the phone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 26.

The Nokia 3310 became famous for its legendary durability and resilience - the screen didn't shatter if you dropped it on a dancefloor and there was no need to soak it in a bag of uncooked rice if it fell into a pint.

This led some to dub the 'indestructible' 3310 the "Wolverine of mobile phones".

To demonstrate the phone's durable nature, many vloggers uploaded videos of themselves trying to destroy it by putting it in an industrial shredder or hydraulic press.

It also had a long-lasting battery - something modern smartphones lack.

The phone also boasted a range of strangely addictive games including 'Snake II', 'Pairs II', 'Space Impact', and 'Bantumi'.

Launched in 2000, the original 3310 was retired in 2005 having sold 126 million units, making it the world's best selling phone.

The new 3310 model is likely to cost just €59.

News that the mobile is making a comeback has been met with mixed reaction.

While some are delighted to hear the reliable mobile phone is coming back, others believe the hardy phone is best left in the past along with Motorola flip phones and MP3 players.

HMD will reveal other new mobiles - the Nokia 3, 5 and 6 - at the MWC event later this month.

Irish Independent

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