In February, Nokia announced a new version of Nokia 3310, the retro handset which was used by millions before the smartphones made their entry into the market. The Nokia original phone was loved by all. Many considered it a dependable handset, as it provided faultless service to its owners.

Nokia fans were excited when the company, during the Mobile World Congress, announced the launch of their beloved retro handset. As promised, in May, HMD Global 's retro device hit the shelves with few upgrades and modifications.

Now, nearly three months after its release, another report has surfaced claiming that Nokia may finally launch a 3G compatible version of the retro handset.

This speculation gained momentum when a new variant of the handset was spotted at the FCC listing. After going through the details of the FCC certification, it seems plausible that Hmd Global may be planning to bring the 3G version to the U.S. market soon.

3G variant of the phone spotted at FCC

The Federal Communications Commission is the government body, which is tasked with testing out each of the phones and determining if they are capable to operate on the internet bands present across the country. If these connections are deemed fit, the device will be certified and given permission to launch in the U.S. markets.

Recently, fans spotted a new version of the Nokia 3310 having passed through the certifications process.

Upon closer inspection, it can be gleaned that this new device was most likely a 3G-compatible edition of handset. The new variant sports the model number TA-1036, while the standard Nokia 3310 had the model number TA-1030. Aside from the model numbers, the dimensions of the two handsets are also a perfect match.

HMD had earlier hinted at such a variant, but now with the FCC certification, it is confirmed that the device will be hitting the shelves soon.

The listing also detailed various bands the handset will be able to support. These bands include the GSM850: 824.2 MHz ~ 848.8 MHz, GSM1900: 1850.2 MHz ~ 1909.8 MHz, WCDMA Band II: 1852.4 MHz ~ 1907.6 MHz, and WCDMA Band V: 826.4 MHz ~ 846.6 MHz. The new Nokia 3310 may be announced alongside the Nokia 8 on August 16.

Nokia 3310 (2017) specs

The retro handset comes with a 2.4-inch TFT display with 240 x 320 pixels resolution. It comes with 16MB of internal storage and a microSD card can increase this to 32GB. The device also sports a 2-megapixel camera with LED flash and it houses a 1200mAh battery.