When rumors started swirling this week that the iconic Nokia 3310 cell phone might be making a comeback, pretty much every older Millennial on the planet started freaking out. Why? Because of all the things ‘90s kids loved about the Nokia 3310, of course. Sure, the smartphones so many of us carry around with us now are leaps and bounds more advanced than this early mobile technology staple — but nostalgia is a powerful thing, and honestly, I don’t think there are many of us that would pass up the opportunity to recapture the glory days of our technological youth.
On Monday, VentureBeat’s Evan Blass reported that an “homage” to the Nokia 3310 was in the works. Indeed, according to Blass, the official announcement is expected soon: It’s believed that the updated classic will make its debut at the Mobile World Congress conference later this month. Now, before you get too excited, it’s worth remembering that right now, it’s just a rumor — HMD Global, which makes all phones marketed under the Nokia name, has not confirmed the news, and Business Insider reports that a spokesperson for the company “declined to comment on ‘rumors or speculation.’” (Bustle has also reached out to HMD Global and will update if/when we hear back.) So, take it all with a giant grain of salt.
But let’s face it: Even the mere suggestion that the hallowed phone might be on its way back into our lives is enough to set most ‘90s kids’ hearts aflutter. While it’s true that the Nokia 3310 was originally released in 2000, not during the ‘90s, many people who consider themselves '80s babies or ‘90s kids remember the device fondly as one of their very first cell phones. Predating the Motorola Razr by more than three years, us older Millennials in particular — by which I mean those of us who were in our mid to late teens by the time the new millennium came around — associate the phone with the kind of freedom that belongs only to early adulthood.
Also, it was really effing cool.
Here are just a few things ‘90s kids loved about their Nokia 3310s. The Nokia 3310 is dead. Long live the Nokia 3310.