Unless you have been living under a rock for the past week, you’ll probably be aware that Nokia is planning to resurrected its iconic 3310 phone in the second quarter of this year.
More than 126 million of the original model were produced before it was phased out in 2005, and the entire internet has been buzzing for the re-release since details were announced yesterday.
The new model is 12.8mm thick and weighs 79.6g, as opposed to 22mm and 133g, meaning it looks fresher and slicker than its predecessor, with an enlarged, 2.4-inch 320 x 240 colour screen and significantly slimmer frame.
And similar to the original 3310 it has a battery life of one month on standby mode, 22 hours of talk time and the original Snake game.
But one crucial detail could mean it’s not as fantastic as we thought – it won’t work in much of the world.
While many parts of the phone have been updated, the new version still communicates with networks using old 2G frequencies, used before mobile Internet caught on.
However, 2G has already been turned off in many parts of the world, including Canada and the United States, and are on their way out in many other countries too.
So far, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan and the US have shut down most of their 2G networks or will do so soon.
If you’re living in Europe and travelling to those countries, then the new 3310 won’t work.
The issue is that the phone only supports GSM 900 MHz and 1800 MHz, which is primarily used in most parts of the world like Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
But North, Central and South America use 850 MHz and 1900 MHz – frequencies that the new Nokia won’t be able to connect to.
In terms of new features though, the phone’s main keys have been altered, with the large blue button being ditched, along with the ‘C’ and arrows buttons.
Replacing these is a square-shaped central keypad, flanked by large ‘call’ and ‘end call’ buttons.