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Nokia resurrects iconic phone from the past

Nokia resurrects iconic phone from the past
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Do you miss the good old days? You know, back when people weren't glued to their phones and phones didn't cost almost $1,000? If so, you're going to love the new Nokia phone.

You remember Nokia, right? The name is somewhat synonymous with clunky, unbreakable dumbphones. The Finnish company has been through a lot in the past few years. Microsoft bought part of the company in 2014, then sold it and laid off thousands of employees. Is Nokia poised to make a comeback?

This week, the new Nokia 3310 was revealed at the Mobile World Congress, which is an annual exhibit and conference for the mobile phone industry held in Barcelona. The original Nokia 3310 was released in 2000 and this new version is very similar in shape and size.

Updates to the classic device include a headphone jack, a colored screen, and a 2 MP camera (high-resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio). Plus, the battery life could provide up to 22 hours of talking time! According to VentureBeat, the new Nokia 3310 will cost 59 euros, which is $62.69.

(Note: If you are reading this article using the Komando.com App, click here to watch the video about the Nokia 3310.)

This new phone could be just the thing Nokia needs so that it can compete with Apple and Android again. A couple months ago, we posted a video about Nokia's comeback. The video's creator talked about Nokia losing market shares to Apple and Android in the early 2000s, possibly because they didn't jump on the smartphone bandwagon soon enough.

But since the next iPhone is rumored to cost over $1,000 and the Samsung Galaxy S8 may cost over $1,000 as well, consumers may be growing tired of expensive, high-end phones. And in a world where Big Brother is watching and tracking you through your phone, downgrading to a phone without all the bells and whistles may also be quite appealing for consumers.

It's also important to note that the majority of the world can't afford high-end smartphones. By setting their prices so high, Apple and Android exclude people and that leaves room for Nokia and other companies that produce "dumbphones" and burner phones to make bank.

What do you think? Will this blast from the past be the first dumbphone among many that will usher in a new age of reverting to older technology? Or will smartphones continue to reign supreme in more developed areas of the world? Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

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