Nokia to resurrect classic dumbphone

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Nokia's 3310 is said to be the most reliable phone ever made. It's a classic plastic-and-silicon brick from the turn of the century, long consigned to the recycling bin in the age of smartphones and tablets. But because people actually like and appreciate technology that works, as opposed to all the modern internet-of-shit frippery that doesn't, they're bringing it back.

Evan Blass reports:

But perhaps the most interesting of these devices, at least from the perspective of mobile enthusiasts, is not a smartphone at all, but a modern version of a classic workhorse of a feature phone, the Nokia 3310. Known primarily for its plentiful battery life and nearly indestructible build, the 3310 was released at the turn of the millennium as a replacement to the also-popular 3210. At just €59, this new incarnation seems priced competitively enough to win over nostalgic former owners for use as a second phone.

It'll be on show at Mobile World Congress later this month. It'll be interesting to see how much care is taken to understand what Nokia knew about design, or if it's just a generic modern dumbphone branded thus by marketing folk.

You can buy the real thing right now on Amazon for $65 or so, but really, if you want a good cheap dumbphone, scroll down those search results and get a 2014-vintage Nokia 105 for $25. (Thanks, Greg!)

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  1. Poor @beschizza - he reverts to a dumbphone for ages, and when he decides to go back to having a smartphone again, this happens...

  2. See, I think @beschizza is showing commitment. And I for one support it.

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    He should get the version with the rotary dial :smiling_imp:

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