If you got excited by HMD bringing back the classic Nokia 3310 mobile phone (not smartphone!) earlier this year, you were probably bummed to discover that with just 2G support, it wouldn’t actually work on any networks in the United States. That’s changing soon, with HMD announcing the Nokia 3310 3G.
The 3G model of the phone will be available next month, and it will work on the GSM networks of AT&T and T-Mobile in the United States. The addition of 3G (is there nostalgia for 3G networks?) is the main difference, although that does have the effect of reducing battery life significantly, from 22 hours of talk time to 6.5 hours of talk time. It’ll still get nearly a month’s worth of battery life on standby, though, with HMD putting the number at 27 days. Otherwise, it’s almost identical to the Nokia 3310 HMD announced in February.
The Nokia 3310 3G is also getting azure and charcoal color options in addition to the existing red and yellow options. The addition of 3G will bump the price up from €49 to €69, or about $81.50. At that price, you’ve really got to want a feature phone specifically — there are some decent smartphones out there that cost only $20 to $50 more than that. But hey, that might be a worthy price to pay if you really, really don’t want to deal with the distractions of a smartphone (can’t say I blame you).