Tech blog Venturebeat is reporting that the Nokia 3310, loved for it's long battery life and durable body, will be making a comeback at the Mobile World Congress at the end of the month. Mia Womersley reports
It made its name as the most indestructible mobile phone in history. And now the Nokia 3310 is allegedly making a comeback. The news revealed by well-known tech leaker, Evan Blass on the VentureBeat site. This rumoured new version will be sold by HMD Global Oy. A Finnish company that bought the rights to the Nokia name in December. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JUSSI ROSENDAHL, REUTERS BUREAU CHIEF IN HELSINKI, SAYING: "The 3310 was launched in year 2000 and it was the world's most sold phone in the following years. At the time it was just basically a well designed, durable phone with a very long battery life - at least compared with the current smart phones." Affectionately known as the 'brick'... The Nokia 3310 was loved for its incredibly long battery life... Its extremely durable body.. And of course, the addictive game Snake II. The phone first hit stores in 2000. And was retired five years later. 126 million units were bought around the globe. Reports suggest this latest handset could go on sale for £50. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JUSSI ROSENDAHL, REUTERS BUREAU CHIEF IN HELSINKI, SAYING: "Although Nokia quit the handset market a few years ago it remains one of the cheaper feature phones that are sold mainly in Asia. But the return of this kind of classic model, for that, the target could be a growing audience of people who just feel that the smartphone is an addiction." The unverified report says the phone is expected to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the end of the month. Those craving a blast from the past will have to wait until then for the big reveal.