The Nokia 8110 4G is now available to buy in Australia .. kind of

Two years in a row now Nokia has announced something a little quirky alongside its more mainstream phones at Mobile World Congress, and in 2018, that quirky something was a revamped Nokia 8110.

Made famous by (amongst other things) the Matrix series and drug dealers, the Nokia 8110 features an incredibly distinctive sliding cover which makes for one hell of a unique way to hang up on people (or to answer a call).

When we saw this ourselves, we were incredibly impressed, but held low hopes for Nokia bringing the phone to Australia – though, they promise they’ll let us know if this changes.

But let’s say you want a Nokia 8110 4G today. Well good news, you can buy one and have it within a couple of days.

Expansys has the yellow Nokia 8110 4G in stock for just under $150 plus delivery fees. The black variant – which might suit the die-hard Matrix fans a little better – is also available, and about $20 cheaper. According to Expansys, the stock they’ve obtained supports all the main 4G bands in use in Australia, so this phone should work for just about everyone.

Let us know if you’ll be ordering one, for serious use or for nostalgia it doesn’t really matter.

Chris Rowland :Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since. Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

View Comments (9)

  • I'm so torn by the colour options: yellow for the "banana phone" moniker, or black for the Matrix reference. #firstworldproblems

    • This is why I haven't ordered one yet. Can't decide on colour and can't justify buying two for nostalgia...

  • Just a heads up for anyone thinking about buying one.

    I bought one off eBay which was the UAE model and there's no KaiOS store available on this model yet.

    Apparently Nokia are only releasing a software update when they launch the store in that region.

    The Malaysian models have an update available now that the store has been launched there.

    Not sure which country variant Expansys are selling.

    Without the store it's a bit of a lame duck

  • This phone looks really compelling.

    Does Google Assistant work on it? Then you have voice control to activate all the 'smart' functionality, without the need for a touchscreen. That allows for incredible battery life!

    • Just received a software update on the UAE version of the 8110 I purchased.

      This is version 12 and it includes the KaiOS store, YouTube and .....Google Assistant!

      Very cool and changing my recommendation from "wait" to "Buy!"

  • Thanks for this. I just ordered one for my dad since it's similar enough to a flip phone.