HMD Global, the Finnish company that’s making phones and putting Nokia’s name on them, revealed last week that a successor to the original Nokia 3310 featurephone that came out over a decade ago is coming back.
The new Nokia 3310 is still a featurephone but it has been updated just a bit so that it’s more of a modern classic. If you want to pick one up and you’re based in the United States, we have some sad news.
The new Nokia 3310 won’t be coming to the United States right away, at least not officially, because it just will not work in the country. It uses technology that’s not supported by carriers in the U.S. That’s a bummer for fans of this phone in the US. The 900MHz frequency that the new Nokia 3310 uses isn’t supported here. For example, AT&T is on the 850 and 1900 frequency, so it wouldn’t work for AT&T customers.
Patrick Mercanton, the global head of marketing for HMD Global, told CNET that this doesn’t mean the new Nokia 3310 is not going to be launched officially in the United States ever. “It’s that the US takes a little bit longer to ramp up,” he adds. So we will just have to wait.
The company is talking to U.S. carriers about selling Nokia-branded smartphones like the 3310 in the country so we will have to wait and see.