With the launch of the new Nokia 3310, there has been a serious spike in buying interest for the original model of this iconic mobile phone. Many fans have been searching for an old Nokia 3310 to own as a form of nostalgia, with some willing to fork out lots of money for the iconically tough mobile device that became widely owned in the early 2000s.
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When the old Nokia 3310 was first released onto the mobile market back in 2001, many people started buying one. The old Nokia 3310 was extremely durable, had long battery life, had addictive retro mobile games like Snake, you could change up its cover, etc. There were many reasons to own an old Nokia 3310 back in the day and these phones sold more than 126 million units since the old Nokia 3310 was first released.
Claire Cobbledick, Head of Marketing for Gumtree SA, says there must be thousands of these tough mobile devices lying around unused in South Africa:
The old Nokia 3310 had cult status here and, with the spotlight of the re-launch, good quality originals in working order are fetching high prices.
She reports that a recent Gumtree SA survey suggests that 12% of old Nokia 3310 owners still had their mobile phones but most were completely unaware of their potential value.
Cobbledick says R500 is the average asking price but one old Nokia 3310 has been listed at R20,000, which she thinks “might be stretching it a bit”.
According to Cobbledick, second-hand cellphones of any description represent significant untapped cash potential for millions of South Africans:
There’s a very strong market for them on Gumtree and the revived Nokia 3310 even expands that market into old feature phones as well.
People love nostalgic items, so the fact that the old Nokia 3310 is so popular is hardly surprising, but it will be very interesting to see who could sell their old Nokia 3310 for the highest price.
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