Nokia 3310 Could Enter U.S. and Canada Market with Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform

By Jeff Harris, Posted: 03/20/17 06:50PM EDT

Good news for those who wanted to have the iconic Nokia 3310 in the United States and Canada. After initial reports suggesting that the lack of 2G infrastructure may hamper the use of Nokia 3310 in these regions, upcoming iterations on feature phones suggests HMD Global could use the help of Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform to bring Nokia 3310 in the U.S. and Canada markets.

Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform for Feature Phones

As posted on Trusted Reviews, the new Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform supports up 150Mbps 4G downloads as well as VoLTE and VoWi-Fi technologies. But more importantly, Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform supports 2G and 3G networks, making this dual-core 1.1GHz CPU able to run on all service providers.

In addition, the new Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform supports 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 and FM radio, and HD on-demand video streaming. The Adreno GPU on board is still unidentified though this unique Qualcomm processor promises 'multiple days of battery life'.

As Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. VP for Product Management, Kedar Kondap, said: "Feature phones are a lifeline in many emerging countries and the Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform allows us to bring 4G connectivity and services to the masses with devices at price points never seen before."

No 2G and 3G Services

As a feature phone, Nokia 3310 only supports 2G connectivity as posted by, "Nokia 3310 officially supports the 2G network running on the 900MHz and 1800MHz frequencies, which you would expect from a feature phone like this, but looking at how chipsets the size of pennies can deliver Gigabit LTE speeds in mobile devices, carriers are shifting away from 2G. That being said, if you want to keep your hopes alive of using the new Nokia 3310, then you should be living in a region where carriers continue to support the 2G network."

The problem with U.S. and Canada service providers, while there are two main 2G GSM service providers in the US, AT&T and T-Mobile, both does not support 900MHz and 1800MHz standards. So far, HMD Global has not yet announced whether there is a plan to upgrade to the new Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform, or not.

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