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The new Nokia 3310… it only sort of works on U.S. Networks

Nokia 3310 - SmartSimUSA Compatible


Nokia 3310 - SmartSimUSA Compatible

Nokia recently announced the return of their classic mobile handset from the early 2000s the 3310. The marketing wizards at Nokia have pitched this as an excellent solution for a GSM travel phone due to its compact size, and extended battery. Plus you can use it to play snake!!! There is one problem, it barely works on modern cellular networks. For some reason, Nokia chose to make the radio inside the phone just as nostalgic as the styling on the outside. The phone lacks a 4G radio let alone and LTE radio which has been standard on most Android and iOS smartphones sold in the last seven years. As a result of these shortcomings, the new Nokia 3310 has been met with some savage reviews online.

What does this mean in layman’s terms? To quote a representative from the US carrier T-Mobile, “it’ll work but may not work consistently nor will it work for a very long-term usage.” One of the critical issues is that handset doesn’t support LTE and US carriers are moving everything as fast as humanly possible to LTE. So while you may be in an area that has 3G or 2G coverage, it may just be for data, and there may not be a voice bearer channel. It’s all going to depend on where you are and how the towers are configured in that area.

US GSM networks are some of the most advanced in the world. To avoid any problems, we suggest that you leave your older phones at home (including new throwback phones with old guts), and bring the latest model unlocked GSM smartphone you can find. In addition to working with all the bells and whistles of 4G LTE networks you’ll have full access to Google MapsWhatsApp and a really great camera for all the snapshots you’ll no doubt want to take on your Holiday.

If you want nostalgia from the turn of the turn of the millennium, you could always rewatch Chicken Run on Netflix again or add Baha Men’s “Who Let the Dogs Out” to your Spotify playlist. As for playing Snake, don’t worry there are literally hundreds ok retro gaming apps on the Apple App Store and on Google Play.  Better yet you can play snake in the window below until the urge to buy a nostalgia phone goes away.