Sorry Australia, you're too advanced for the Nokia 3310

It's the phone everyone is talking about, but if you want to get the retro-fabulous Nokia 3310 in Australia, you'd better think again.

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A camera, a colour screen and that's about it -- Nokia's new 3310.

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Sorry Aussie retro fans. Just like "Agro's Cartoon Connection," Aerobics Oz Style and the widely-acclaimed butterfly clip and pop music sensation Bardot*, the Nokia 3310 isn't going to make a massive comeback down under.

Nokia announced the return of its famous feature phone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, confirming rumours by showing off a 3310 with a 2.4-inch colour screen, 2-megapixel camera and a full month of standby time.

But while the world has been cheering about the arrival of the 3310, and the return of Snake, Aussies might miss out.

That's because going retro means turning back time in every sense. Nokia confirmed the phone will run on 2.5G, meaning it would rely on Australia's 2G network. The only problem? 2G isn't really around any more.

Telstra switched off its 2G network in December last year, while Optus and Vodafone are following suit in April and September this year respectively.

We've confirmed with Telstra and Optus that they won't be bringing the device to local shores, and Vodafone says it's still evaluating local ranging. With two of the big three confirming that they won't support the 3310, the flashback phone isn't likely to have a wide release in Australia.

So if you're one of those hilarious '90s kids that's started wearing your flat-brim fluoro cap and acid wash overalls again, now you'll just have to do what other hipsters do: Embrace retrodom without actually having to lose the conveniences of modern technology.

*I was going to include Yowie chocolates in this list, but apparently they're a thing again.

Updated on February 28 at at 12.30 p.m. AEST: Added details on Optus and Vodafone.

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