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Nokia 3310 3G - Azure - $79 Delivered @ Optus

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Found this deal a few minutes after I posted the HN deal - sorry guys. I believe this deal/phone is locked with Optus though.

Harvey Norman rate is $89.95

Azure colour https://www.harveynorman.com.au/phones-accessories-gps/phone...
Charcoal colour https://www.harveynorman.com.au/phones-accessories-gps/phone...

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  • +1
  • http://www.smh.com.au/technology/mobiles/nokia-3310-3g-revie...

    The only good thing about this deal is that it's not a total waste of $89.95

    • +4

      Not everyone requires a Smart Phone. (eg. Elderly people, people who do not want to keep up with Tech, possibly restriction to school kids, People in high security jobs that limits exposure of information etc). Though arguably, many people want this phone simply for Nostalgia purposes (why are we playing 8 bit Super Mario on our latest shinny 4K TV????)

      Looking at it with JUST the eyes of Gen-Y "I demand something to be done yesterday" is inappropriate.

      It is more expensive than most feature phones - but only because it is new and not yet truly discounted yet. Most Telstra and Optus Feature phones at Woolies / Coles have already been discounted and locked to their networks in order to obtain a sub $50 pricing.

      Horses for courses and Good on Nokia for recognising that a lot of people do not need a Smart phone because of their preference of a simpler lifestyle.

      • a lot of people do not need a Smart phone because of their preference of a simpler lifestyle

        After reading your comment, have put together 2 cans & piece of string for all my communication needs😁

        240x320 pixel screen, no apps, text entry via numeric keyboard - I just couldn't! No wonder the battery lasts - there is little to use it on except calls, SMS & playing Snake😭

        Yes, horses for courses. But if we require a simple keyboard phone with few features, there are much cheaper options.

        There are launcher apps to turn a cheap Android phone into a limited phone.
        One app has a big keyboard on screen for calls.
        The one I set up for my elderly relative has screen buttons for calls to a few people, can access the keypad to call others, take & view photos, displays time, date, battery level & everything else is locked out.

        • agree. I use smart phone for sms purpose.

        • +1

          So you are not a fan of this phone? Some oldies may like the simplicity of it and battery life

        • +1

          @chumlee:
          Your critical comment about my essay as you put it, changed a lot after your edit.

          Would not use this phone for my own use.

          But I am constantly called on to help elderly people perform simple tasks (like make a call) on their high tech phones their well meaning offspring bought them. Most elderly I meet are very happy to have left this phone's ancient features behind, after help mastering the basics of a smart phone & using it to connect with loved ones on Skype etc.

          Am currently setting up a phone for such an oldie, so have some experience & thought I'd contribute. Unfortunately, he has never used a mobile phone, otherwise a keyboard mobile just for calls would be ideal.

          As he is not very mobile (in aged care facility) & I want to avoid high landline costs, explored Bluetooth cordless home phones (eg UNIDEN 8115) that could be paired with a mobile to use that more familiar handset for calls, but that just increases complexity. Currently have set up a (free) Android phone permanently on charger in his room (like a corded home phone), with screen permanently on, using app to limit functions to a few onscreen buttons. One press, plus confirm, & I am summoned (speaker automatically turned on for his hearing impairment).

          Importantly, there are far cheaper keyboard phones, & ones with big keys - which may be far more suitable than this phone. The needs & limitations of the user dictate the equipment used.

          Just because people used these phones for text entry, does not mean people enjoyed it - it was all that was available at the time. It is laborious. Voice recognition, etc on smart phones can make use by less able people easier.

          This phone is for lovers of the 3310, not so much practical modern communications. Good if all you were used to was this type of phone until the 2G network closed. I've still got one lying around - they were hardy phones.

        • As I said about the price - it will get cheaper once Coles/Woolies discounts it and when the Telco's start locking down on it. Yeah, you can buy Samsung feature phones for $19 from the supermarkets or less. But these are locked Prepaid and usually after the Supermarkets put on a 50% on top. The basic price of the 3310 is in line with other phones when they are non-discounted and non-locked to network specifically (Prepaid).
          Coles already discounting by $10 now albeit the colour.. lol
          https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/338488

        • @bchliu:
          Yes, price will & has dropped - if you like pink.

          But do people want this phone for it's limited features or just nostalgia?

          Even older people I meet & help use mobiles say they couldn't go back to this technology - loving their games, apps about their interests, Skype on their phone, & not having to use predictive text on a numeric keyboard.

          I found my old 3310, connected it on 2G a few months back, but just wanted to throw it against the wall.

        • +2

          @Infidel: Interestingly - the ones that I have given to (Age 70+) really have troubles with touch screens and techno fandangles as they call it. It's not like they havent used it before and just prefer to go back to a phone with buttons. They have no interesting in playing games, charging the phone every night or even Internet (their eyesight is too poor for this stuff even on a 6" screen). But their kids/friends/family still want to be in contact with them (over a phone call), hence there's a market (among the other examples I gave for non-smartphone usage).

          Might only be a small percentage of the population - but still required by many.

          Price drop will happen in time with other colours. Willing to be it will be under $50 by Xmas sales.

        • @bchliu:
          Like all age groups, there are individual differences. So different phones will suit different people.

          I mainly see people 70+. It's interesting watching them play simple games (eg Candy Crush) on their phones. Surprised me. It also keeps their mind active. But staying in contact is the main use.

          I have trained some to use the technology appropriate for their needs, which included the old familiar 3310 etc. Some find pressing keys frustratingly difficult (unless already used to a keyboard mobile like the 3310) - due to declining manual dexterity.

          That's why I've limited access & use a few large onscreen text based buttons on the current Android phone I am setting up (above). Automating tasks to suit his needs (like turning on speaker with calls) is easy on a smart phone. Pointing at the large button with my name to call me is so easy. He has difficulty pressing the right buttons on keyboards & navigating menus is beyond him. At 96, he only stopped driving at 93, has no need for glasses, but has used little electronic technology beyond a landline phone & microwave. But he is an outlier.

          A tip is to turn off data if not used which improves time between battery charges. I get a week between charges if making few calls on Android.

          A cheap alternative is the keyboard based Telstra Cruise - regularly promoted for around $9 on OzBargain.

          My early research was into how different people navigate menu based systems. Was interesting seeing how people managed tasks in those days before GUI was common & people just used keyboards. Taught me the very different technology requirements for different users.

      • Not everyone requires a Smart Phone. (eg. Elderly people, people who do not want to keep up with Tech, possibly restriction to school kids, People in high security jobs that limits exposure of information etc

        There's also the people that value productivity.

  • +2

    it uses the BL-5C battery. nice.

    • +1

      That is good news, now all my dodgy Chinese products that have bulging batteries can have genuine decent ones

  • -2

    just my 2 cents… apparently battery life is pretty bad on these, even though nokia claim it will last over a week on one charge.

    • +3

      Mines lost 1 bar of battery since launch 10 days ago!

      • +1

        Mines lost 1 bar

        Didn't think it had GPS? Did you end up making it to the bar?

    • +1

      Nokia claims 27 days on standby, https://www.nokia.com/en_int/phones/nokia-3310-3g

      So yes over a week, but closer to 4 weeks

      • I just remember ready an article a while back about how the first model was only 2g and they've obviously released a 3g version now but didn't upgrade the battery and people were reporting varied battery life due to 3g using more power

  • Does this have a notification led?

    • Dang! Beat me to it.

    • Nope, just like the original 3310

  • +3

    I guess $80 is a good deal if you're after a phone like this, however I agree with the sentiment in this article on the phone.

  • I used to go back to these every six months and use if for four weeks and called It a brick phone. Used it to take a break fromthe perpetual cognitive overload of my iPhone. Then 2G died, haha,

  • +1

    I saw this photo be in Shenzhen a few months ago and was really excited. Bought one for A$40. However I was disappointed.

    1. There is a version that allow dual sim andvmujevwasnt.
    2. The case cover is very difficult to open to access to sum and battery.
    3. There is a small storage capacity for contacts. (Can’t remember how many, but it’s small).
    4. The key pad is hard to use.

    In my personal opinion, the overall build is very cheap. More like a A$20 phone. Not a successor of previous 3310.

    • +2

      andvmujevwasnt

      grudavertokien?

    • wrt #2: maybe I'm thinking of the 3210, but I thought these phones lasted the test of time in durability because the case would absorb the impact of any drop by completely break open.

      That being said, would the intended target audience want to be able to access sim and battery once it's installed?

  • I'd like to see a poll about what buyers want these for

    • For someone who really needs a simple phone
    • Nostalgia
    • Bikies

    TBH only the first reason is sensible and there are alternatives already.

      • Bikies

      Chocolate bikies?

  • when it lands on the ground it (usually) doesnt break or smash the screen like smartphones.

    I proved this during high school by playing with it all the time and accidentaly dropping it on the ground several hundred times

  • -1

    dumb, and not just the phone.

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