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Nokia 3310 – the classic comeback

Nokia 3310 – the classic comeback

Who doesn’t love a comeback? Like when Madonna reinvented herself as a Goth, then a cowgirl, then native to England. Well, hold onto your black nail polish, your Stetson and your Union Jack because here comes the Nokia 3310.

It’s been rumoured that this little device would be making an appearance and well, here it is!

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, proudly announced that the Nokia 3310 is back in business locally from 29 May 2017.

“We are delighted to bring the Nokia 3310 phone to our consumers in South Africa,” said Shaun Durandt, of HMD Global, southern Africa. “Nokia has been one of the most iconic and recognisable phone brands in our country for decades.

“HMD has received an incredible reception from our partners so far; it seems everyone shares our excitement for this next chapter. Our consumers are more discerning and demanding than ever before and for us they will always come first. We’ve worked really hard with our teams around the world to bring together world class manufacturers, operating systems and technology partners, enabling us to proudly start sales of the Nokia 3310, a classic reimagined.”


Nokia wins

Nokia has won the Mobile Phone Devices Category in the 2017/2018 Kasi Star Brands Survey. The Kasi Star Brands are product and service brands selected by South Africa’s vibrant and diverse township community based on the most loyally used brands. These brands define a common experience to which South Africa’s township consumers are committed. “We are ecstatic and very grateful that Nokia Phones have been selected as the winner of the Mobile Phone Devices category. We will continue to develop devices that our consumers want and need,” Durandt said.


Technical Specifications 

  • System: Dual band 900/1800 MHz
  • Available in dual SIM variants (microSIM)
  • Software platform: Nokia Series 30+
  • Dimensions: 115.6 x 51.0 x 12.8mm
  • Weight: 79.6 g (including battery)
  • Display: 2.4’’ curved window colour QVGA (240*320)
  • Connectivity: micro USB, 3.5mm AV connector
    Bluetooth 3.0 with SLAM
  • Camera: 2Mpxl camera with LED flash
  • MicroSD card support up to 32GB*
  • LED torchlight

Operating times

  • Standby time: up to 31.0 days**
  • Talk time: up to 22.1 hours**
  • MP3 playback up to 51.0 hours
  • FM radio playback up to 39.0 hours


The Nokia 3310 will be available in South Africa from the 29th of May 2017 from Cell C, in dark blue, with a matte finish and will retail at estimated price of R749.00.

The Nokia 3310 will come in three distinctive colours from MTN – warm red and yellow, both with a gloss finish, and dark blue with a matte finish and will retail at estimated price of R699.00 and will be available from Mid-June from MTN partners.

The device will also be available from the following online outlets from Mid-June 2017: and

* Not included in the sales package. To be purchased separately.

**Standby and talk times are based on single SIM variant

Clare Petra Matthes

Hi, I'm Clare and I am a freelance writer and Tech journalist as well as the owner and founder of where I review tech devices and also cover emerging technology news. Outside of I write for a number of publications and have regular tech slots on chaiFM radio station and eNCA's Tech Matters national breakfast TV news show.

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