The OG handset for trenchcoat-wearing hackers, the 8110 was first launched by Nokia in 1996, gaining serious fame in 1998 as Neo’s phone of choice.
But it seems Nokia wants all the buzz of a retro phone without actually bringing it to the home of “The Matrix” — Australia.
A spokesperson for HMD Global, the manufacturer of Nokia-branded phones, confirmed Monday that the new Nokia 8110 4G (as it’s been rebranded) won’t be coming down under. The company has also confirmed it won’t be hitting the US either.
We saw the same thing last year, when Nokia announced the similarly nostalgia-inducing reboot of the 3310, only to follow up with news that it wouldn’t come Down Under. But in good news for late-’90s retrophiles, the 3310 later came to Australia, launching locally in October last year. So we may see the 8110 make its way to Australian shores.
But for now, you’re going to have to use your regular smartphone to call for an exit.
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