There have been rumors regarding the launch of Nokia 3310 for quite some time now and it was at the MWC 2017 that the phone itself was revealed in Barcelona. Fortunately for Nokia, an all-new Nokia 3310 met with immediate admiration at the MWC 2017. While it offers a larger color display with a tweaked keyboard, the tradition of keeping the Nokia 3310 sturdy and an introduction of an amazingly long lasting battery has been revived. However, since HMD Global decided to make use of the old band frequencies, it is unfortunate that the all-new Nokia 3310 will not be usable for the fans in countries like Canada, USA, Singapore, and Australia.
900 MHz and 1800 MHz were two of the primary frequencies which are compatible with the original Nokia 3310 that was introduced a couple of decades ago. Compatibility with the aforementioned frequencies on the GSM network was understandable at that time since the only connection available to the consumer was a 2G connection. However, with an introduction of 3G and 4G connections, the aforementioned frequencies are no longer active in certain parts of the world including the USA, Australia, Canada, and Singapore. HMD Global deciding to stick to such frequencies, nonetheless, implies that it doesn’t consider these to be the major markets for the all-new Nokia 3310.
It is to be further intimated that while countries like USA, Australia, and Canada have already shunned the support for 2G network connectivity, Singapore is destined to join the league in April of 2017. Major telecom companies from around the world including Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone has already announced its non-compatibility with the 2G connections. With the launch of even newer operators like Reliance Jio, even 3G networks are not supported and the subscriber must own a 4G compatible smartphone in order to make use of the network connectivity.
There are four major band frequencies which are supposed to be compatible with the phone under discussions in order for it to operable all over the world. Such band frequencies include 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, and 1900 MHz. Since an all-new Nokia 3310 is compatible with only two of these frequencies, you are not going to be able to make use of your Nokia phone provided that you decide to travel to one of such regions that are not compatible with the 900 or 1800 MHz frequency bands. Neither will your Nokia 3310 will keep you connected with your friends and family in such regions, nor will it be of any use other than capturing low-resolution pictures or playing games all day long with a lasting battery.
This is exactly why HMD Global has already announced that the major markets being targeted with an all-new Nokia 3310 include the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, and Europe. It is to be kept in mind, however, that Nokia may decide to introduce a support for other band frequencies in order to launch the phone in the unsupported regions at a later stage. So far, however, you will only be able to make use of the phone if you belong to these four regions.