It was arguably the most talked about device at MWC this year. With the buzzing of innovative smartphones announcements as expected in every MWC, crowds flocked to the revamped, iconic Nokia 8110, made famous by its appearance in The Matrix. It’s the best contender so far for becoming the poster child of the smart feature phone revolution.
In case you missed it: it’s powered by KaiOS, and it’s rolling out in countries across the globe in the coming months.
We thought this critical milestone is a good reason to ask two questions:
- Why should you be excited about this phone?
- Why are we at Kai excited about this phone?
Let’s start, of course, with you!
While we focus exclusively on feature phones here at Kai, we’ll be the first to admit that not all of them look sexy, especially compared to a high-end smartphone. That sucks! Like cars and clothing, our phones have become an expression of who we are.
When a smartphone is not an option for you, the Nokia ‘banana phone’ now gives you a way to sport a good-looking feature phone. In fact, we bet the new Nokia 8110 will get you more attention than any smartphone, no matter what crowd you find yourself in!
Even if you already own a smartphone, the new Nokia also makes for a great companion. Since it has longer battery life, is less expensive, and KaiOS supports all essential apps, it’s a great backup in situations where you 1) run out of battery, or 2) don’t want to risk losing your expensive primary device (camping, festivals, sports). This is where the Nokia 8110 has you covered, and carriers around the world are implementing support for SIM cards that keep both phones synced and available on the same number.
The new Nokia 8110 also fits well into the emerging trend of “digital well-being” (an important topic at Google’s recent I/O conference). As David Pierce reported in his Wall Street Journal article that featured KaiOS, many consumers in established markets are looking for a less distracting device than a smartphone. If that sounds like you, the Nokia 8110 is a great option.
So what about us here at Kai? Why are we excited about this phone
As a company, our near-term objective is to be the mobile OS for smart feature phones. Nokia was, of course, the undisputed king of feature phones back in the day, and is now staging an impressive comeback to reclaim that spot, with KaiOS playing a vital role in making that happen.
What’s more, for us to fulfill our mission, we need a flagship product that captures the imagination. The Nokia 8110 can shoulder this role. It looks great and turns heads. As David Pierce said in his Wall Street Journal article: this is a feature phone “even iPhone users will crave!”
I am looking forward to seeing KaiOS in action in the new Nokia 8110. I have seen posts in Twitter before about this, but I must emphasize the need for Whatsapp to run on your platform. I recently had to send my iPhone for repair and spent two weeks using an old Nokia from 2007. Needless to say it doesn’t run WhatsApp. I was out of touch with a lot of people and events during those two weeks. Please get a developer to create something, even if it is a simple version for messaging only.
Thanks and all the best!
Hoping that WhatsApp would be introduced in Nokia-8810 soon.
Hi Anand! WhatsApp is currently not supported by Nokia 8110 4G, but we are aware of its popularity and we working hard on expanding the range of apps in the KaiStore. If you follow our blog, you will surely be the first one to know when WhatsApp is publicly announced for the Nokia 8110 4G. Thanks for being so engaged.
Hi, is it possible to have a web version of the Kai Store? I am really interested in getting a Kai phone but want to see which apps are available first.
I am afraid that for now we cannot provide with the list app in the KaiStore.
We would like to have a connection to Spotify please!
Purchased a Nokia 8110 – very good.
Hello! Thank you for reaching out! Spotify is not supported in the current version of KaiOS, but we are aware of its importance and we are constantly working on expanding the range of apps and services we can offer you.
does it support facebook messenger app?
Hello! Thank you for your interest! For now it is not supported. But we are aware of its importance and rest sure that you will have access to a variety of apps, including social media, instant messaging, navigation, streaming entertainment, and games in the near future.
Does musica.ly app works on nokia 8110?
Hi Ray! The musica.ly app is not available in the KaiStore at the moment. Still, you can always follow our blog to be aware of the latest news and app announcements. Thanks for your interest!
Hello! For now music app is not supported for Nokia, but you canbe sure that you request has been sent to product team and they will consider it for the next version.
Hello Everybody. I am a Nokia 8110 4G user since July 2018. You can read my comments and criticisms about it at my FB page (https://www.facebook.com/4g8110nokia/)
I have a Nokia 8110 and love it – already starting to feel a little like Keanu Reeves (luckily I do not need to take pills…)
I love the limited functionality and “digital detox” certainly is of help. However, WhatsApp would be fantastic. When can we expect it to be supported? The info that it currently is not supported does not really help. When will it come?
PS: Keep up the great work!
Hi Rob! We appreciate your honest feedback. WhatsApp is available on KaiOS in India and we’re working together with the WhatsApp team to bring it to other regions. Please kindly note that we don’t have a confirmed release date for other regions yet but we’re working to bring it to you as soon as possible.
Sounds good to hear about Nokia 8110 – ‘the Banana Phone’. Sure it will be the best phone.
When a smartphone is not an option for you, the Nokia ‘banana phone’ now gives you a way to sport a good-looking feature phone. In fact, we bet the new Nokia 8110 will get you more attention than any smartphone.
The new Nokia 8110 4G is the latest nostalgia trip from HMD Global, but is it more than just a remake of that “banana phone” from the Matrix?
Is there an Internet cable connector available for the 8110? I’m thinking of moving away from my smart phone, but cell coverage in not very good where I live. Also, I do NOT use Wi-Fi, don’t need extra radiation. Thank you.
Hello! You can use a mobile internet instead of WiFi.
My problem is jio sim not working I have nokia 8110 4g please tell me solution
Hello! Please reach out to respective mobile carrier (Reliance Jio in your case) so they can help you set it up.
When is going to be an update of software in México?
¡Hola! What update do you have in mind?
I would really appreciate to have some of the original features of the old Nolkia phones (e.g. adapting personal sounds to clock and phone calls; the soundsystem preinstalled with the actual 8110 phone is really very displeasant for someone who used the Nokia phones since ’90, which, unfortunately do support only 2G).
Hi there! Appreciate your feedback – we will forward this to our product team.
Hi there! We are doing our best to provide many more features along with the apps. We hope you stay tuned for the update!
my device keeps freezing and also it loses network often. what could be the problem. software or?
Our team will gladly investigate the issue, so please report at firstname.lastname@example.org
Good day! I like my banana phone nokia 8110. But where are english letters in my russian version phone? I see them then i include english language. But USE english letters I CAN NOT. After last update i see english letters only in menu (after changing of language) but not in row of symbols for choicing of letter for text writing. 2 years i wait that Kaiosthech solve this problem. Have firm KaIOsTECH programmers? I have still a little hope that kaiostech can finds programmer who will can solve this problem.
Hello! Have you tried to enable English as an Input method? You should be able to switch between languages enabled as your input by long pressing # key
My Nokia 8110 4G … has no ringing from https://services.kaiostech.com/antitheft/#/devices MAKE RING … please give the solution
I think it’s necessary to have a newwer camera app for Nokia 8110 G. the built in camera app is very simple and doesn’t work properly!!!
when to expect support telegram and viber ?
Please kindly note that we cannot comment on specific updates or release plans. Rest assured that we’ll forward your suggestions to our product team. Meanwhile, you can reach out to Telegram and Viber dev teams and suggest them to join KaiOS as well 😉
What’s about google pay,phone pay or pay tm…These are the essential online money transfer methods….To use these features most of the users need to prefer android platform.please make sure a new app update with these essential.thankyou
Hey! Thank you for sharing your suggestion, will note it to our team 🙂
why nokia 8110 or nokia 2720 flip phones are not available in india?
Please kindly note that the distribution plans for specific devices are managed by device manufacturers, which is why we recommend to check Nokia availability in India with HMD/Nokia directly here: https://www.nokia.com/phones/en_gb/support#contact-us