Nokia Brings Back it’s 3310… but why?

Nokia thought it was a good idea to bring back the phone that made them a superpower back in 2000.

Now when I was in high school (I guess I’ll date myself here) there were two phones that made you cool.  The Sidekick (too bad it was on T-Mobiles awful network at the time) or the Nokia 3310.  Sure we all remember playing Snake.  I would ask my friend Liz in English class almost every day if I could play snake on her phone.

Shere we are 17 years after the all but complete demise of the company known as Nokia and they’ve re-released the device in some new colors.

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It hurts my head to think about all of the thought the company put into this move before actually executing it but here are they are.  Cool right?  My first thought it oh they must run a real basic version of Android.  Truth is I don’t even think they’re that smart.

They by no means try to impress us with features.  This phone makes basic phone calls and text messages on a 2G network, takes under-staturaed photos with it’s less than stunning 2MP rear camera, and plays snake.  Oh and don’t worry music lovers, you won’t need Spotify with it’s built in 16Mb of onboard storage, you’ll be able to take your top 3 songs wherever you go.

There was one other major feature that back in 2000 this phone was praised for and that is battery life.  Nokia says the new  3310 will last 31 days on standby.  That doesn’t surprise me because the phone really doesn’t do anything.  If I put my iPhone in Airplane Mode and put it to sleep it would last a month as well.

They did get one thing right and that’s the pricing.  The phone only costs about 49euro or $51.87 but really, what is the point?  Sadly there will be people out there who purchase this phone and immediately get confused when they can’t find the app store because they’ve never had a phone without one.  To those people I say good luck.  Perhaps you’ll frustrated enough to purchase one of the original 3310’s on eBay currently going for about $90 (Go figure) and see what life was really like before the App Store.

For more exciting news make sure to check out their video release of the device, which in one day has 2.5 million hits, which is about $5000 in revenue from YouTube, which could buy about 1000 shares of their company stock, which I hope was about less than their entire R&D budget for this project.

Until next time.

Goodbye AT&T and Hello T-Mobile Tuesday

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Well after 10 years of loyal service to AT&T, I finally made the switch to T-Mobile.

I’m not the first and I’m sure I’m not the only person who’s considered switching cell phone providers.  I would bet many of your reading this have at least considered it for one reason or another.  Well here, I’ll break down why I switched and what the process was like.  Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you might have because it was far different of an experience than I thought it would be.

So this is a move I’ve been considering since the day I ordered the iPhone 7 on launch day (unlocked).  The unlocked part is important because it allows me to jump from carrier to carrier however often I’d like without a contract.

So I’ve been with AT&T for almost 10 years.  I’ve had a great customer experience and never had major issues with them.  It wasn’t until recently I started going over my data plan.  Honestly $15 for an extra Gigabyte of data to get me through the month doesn’t bother me at all.  A few months later they offered me a plan 1GB more than my original plan for just $5 more each month.  No brainer.

Except I didn’t read the find print because no one does… This meant after my data plan now instead of having an option to go to another 1GB at full LTE speeds for $15 I was stuck on 128kb per second data speeds which is slower than a messenger pigeon.

I’m not going to go into the nitty gritty of plan comparisons but T-Mobile and Verizon were now offering plans that offered 4x more data than I was getting on AT&T for the same price plus a ton of other attractive features.

So I said “Fuck it why not” and walked over to T-Mobile and made the switch.  Here is where it gets interesting.

To my disbelief it was so easy.  Having worked in Apple retail (selling iPhone plans at times) I was preparing myself for the worst.  When you know your current credentials (which lets be honest a lot do NOT) it becomes so easy!  I was set with my new plan with a ton of data for a great set price (Actually lower than what I was paying at AT&T) and my number had moved over to my current phone.

Being that my experience was so effortless the sales person at T-Mobile made me aware of some other services they offer as I’m sure they have to but I was done and out the door in less than 15 minutes.  I couldn’t believe how easy it was!

If you’re considering doing the same here are somethings I would check prior to going into  a store:

  • Is your current phone “Unlocked” if you plan on using your existing device?
  • Do you currently own money on that phone to your current carrier?
  • Do you know your account number/pin for your current carrier?
  • Are you the primary account holder of your current account? (If your still on your parents account just stop you’re an adult)

Knowing all of this ahead of time made it much easier than I ever would have imagined.  Now the real test.  Is the service as good as my service was with AT&T?  Good news is I can always switch back since I bought the iPhone unlocked.  Expect a follow up blog to this in a month or so and I’ll let you know how I feel about the service.  Until I’m really excited I made the switch.

T-Mobile Tuesday