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The Legendary Nokia 3310 Is 'Set To Be Relaunched This Month'

15/02/2017 1:49 AM AEDT | Updated 15/02/2017 4:27 AM AEDT
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JAPAN - FEBRUARY 15: Launched on the 1st September 2000, the Nokia 3310 featured advanced messaging, personalisation with Xpress-on covers and screensavers, vibra feature, time management functions, voice dialling, picture messaging, predictive text input and games. It also introduced �mobile chat� using the Nokia Friends-Talk service, which allows users to have conversations using SMS (Short Message Service). This is a globally accepted wireless service that enables the transmission of messages between mobile users and external systems such as e-mail, paging, and voice-mail. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)

It’s one of the hardiest handsets ever made and it might just have been the first mobile phone you ever owned

Now the Nokia 3310 is reportedly making a comeback with a modern version launching at Mobile World Congress this month.

That’s according to VentureBeat’s Evan Blass, a reliable leak reporter, who has spoken to a person briefed on the plans.

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The original 3310 gained legendary status for being near-indestructible. Despite going on sale 17 years ago, some handsets are still up and running.

Dave Mitchell, a former soldier, told the Sun earlier this month that his 3310 has been through a washing machine, stamped on and submerged in curry.

But it still works and only needs charging every ten days.

The device will be relaunched by HMD Global Oy, a Finnish manufacturer with the rights to market phones under the Nokia brand, for just €59, Blass reported.

It’s set be a hit with Nokia diehards who want a reliable second mobile to complement their smartphone – or anyone obsessed by Snake.

Blass reported that HMD is also set to unveil a pair of cheap smartphones under the Nokia brand at Mobile World Congress

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