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Aug 11, 2017 05:40 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Nokia 3310's 3G variant likely to to arrive in late September or early October

All was fine with the Nokia 3310, except one feature that it lacked – 3G connectivity


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HMD Global, the company that manufactures and sells Nokia smartphones, had brought a new wave of nostalgia with the announcement of the revamped Nokia 3310 handset during the Mobile World Congress 2017.

All was fine with the Nokia 3310, except one feature that it lacked – 3G connectivity. To correct its 'mistake', Nokia may now unveil a 3G variant of the iconic feature phone. Last month, a reported 3G variant of its device cleared the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) certification.

Media reports state that the Nokia 3310 3G will not arrive before late September or early October. However, there has been no official word from HMD Global with regards to the new 3G model, it is expected to be a late September to early October release.

The FCC certification is something most electronic goods in the US have to go through that marks their electromagnetic radiation as within the marked safety limits.

There has been no official word from HMD Global yet with regards to the 3G model of the Nokia 3310.

The leak, that has arrived from an Irish telecom carrier, Three Ireland, took to Twitter to share the news.

The Nokia 3310 is first expected to be announced internationally and then in India at a later date. In terms of design and specifications, there are not too many changes in the device.

The phone in its current version is available at a price of Rs 3310 across stores, and available in four colors- glossy warm red, yellow, matte dark blue and grey.

The FCC listing has not given out any other specifications of the phone apart from the 3G feature.

The 3G variant is expected to be priced higher than the current one which is at Rs 3,310 in India.

In the Indian smartphone market, however, 4G VoLTE feature phones are being made available at lower prices than the Nokia 3310 itself, the biggest example of this could be Reliance’s new Jio Phone, that is being made available in September and offers some smart capabilities like watching Jio TV on the phone itself.

Other players In the Indian market who also have 4G-enabled feature phones include Indian player Intex, and another player Lava, both of which happen to cost less than the current Nokia 3310.

Given how 4G is penetrating into the country how a 3G version of Nokia will cope up will be interesting to see.

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