So there’s both good and bad news in the tech world this week — in particular, about Nokia cell phones.

Nokia 3310Those old enough to remember when cell phones came with green and black screens and only 15 buttons might be excited to learn that Nokia is bringing back the nearly indestructible 3310 model.

For those who are unfamiliar with this cell phone, let me assure you that it was a sturdy little beast.

The phone had a battery that would last for nearly a week and if it was dropped, it literally did not matter.

I had a friend in college who dropped his 3310 in no fewer than three bodies of water, but continued to use the phone until he decided to upgrade. I’m sure if I had asked, he would have reported that the phone still was functional when he upgraded it.

Everyone and their dog had this cell phone — it seemed like it was everywhere in the early 2000s.

My Nokia still functioned years after I stopped using it. Granted, it was limited.

There was no QWERTY keyboard, there weren’t colors on the display, there was no touch screen — and forget about the internet.

Oh, and the only game available was Snake.

That said, it was the best “first cell phone” back in the day. And now, this iconic cell phone is being released in an updated form.

The bad news is that it will not be available in the U.S. Now, the release only was announced a few days ago, so maybe that will change.

But for now, Americans will not be able to purchase the new Nokia 3310.

The manufacturer said the phones being launched in the U.K. are not compatible with U.S. networks, according to USA Today.

So, if you have a hankering for a less smart phone, I suggest you start letting the manufacturer know now.

Maybe with enough pressure, the phone can be released in the U.S. market after all.

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