Forget the Nokia 3310: Here are 5 feature phones you can buy right now

Alex Kidman 15 February 2017

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Nokia is reportedly relaunching the iconic 3310, but why wait?

The annual Mobile World Congress trade show is always full of surprises. It seemed as though nothing could top the shocking news that Samsung won’t launch the Galaxy S8 at this year's MWC conference, and then along came... the Nokia 3310.

It is being widely reported that HMD Global, the company that holds the licence to release phones under the Nokia brand, will relaunch the iconic 3310 handset at this year’s Mobile World Congress event.

It may be a marketing stunt, or perhaps an effort to reach developing markets. Maybe it’s intended to tug at the heartstrings of nostalgic phone users who don’t realise that the year 2000 was quite some time ago. Or perhaps your nanna just needs a new phone.

Any way you paint it, there’s no reliable word on when we’d see the resurrected 3310 in Australia, if at all. While the networks side of Nokia has a very solid presence in Australia, that’s a different company to HMD Global, who are basically just paying Nokia a licensing fee for the Nokia name as it relates to phones.

Still, there’s a small market that resolutely dislikes touchscreen smartphones, whether it’s the perceived complexity, a desire for physical buttons or customers who only needs basic telephony and SMS messaging functions. If that describes you, there’s no need to wait for the Lazarus-like resurrection of the Nokia 3310, because you can buy simple feature phones right now. Will you get that legendary robustness, or the chance to play Snake? Probably not, but if you need a phone that is simply a phone and you need it right now, why bother waiting?

Nobody offers a feature phone on contract, so you’re stuck with prepaid options. Here are five very simple feature phones available to buy across the major carriers right now:

HandsetPriceFeaturesCarrier
TelstraCruise_75Telstra Cruise$35VGA camera, 128MB memoryTelstra
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Telstra EasyCall 4

$129Blue Tick Compatible, Audible key tones, no cameraTelstra
AlcatelOneTouch2036_75

Alcatel OneTouch 2036 3G

$29VGA camera, 128MB memoryVodafone
alcatel-2045x_75Alcatel 20.45X$29VGA camera, 128MB memory, FM radioOptus
Doro623_75Doro PhoneEasy 623$1192MP Camera, 128MB memoryOptus

We’ll be reporting live from MWC 2017, where we’re keen to see precisely how Nokia intends to sell the Nokia 3310, alongside the more powerful Android phones it’s rumoured to be launching at the show.

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