Nokia unveiled a revamped version of its iconic 3310 model, more than a decade after it was phased out. AFP / Josep Lago
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Dumbphones – handsets that just make calls and send texts – were set to disappear as technology moved on, but they have survived in emerging markets and among nostalgics of simpler devices in the West.Last year 1.5 billion smartphones were sold around the world, according to research firm Gartner.In certain emerging markets like India, they outsell smartphones.Basic phones accounted for over 55 percent of all mobiles sold the third quarter of 2016 in the world's second most populous country, according to the International Data Corporation, a market research firm.HMD Global, the Finnish startup company which bought the rights to the Nokia brand last year and is making the phones, is seeking publicity for the three other smartphones that it unveiled alongside the new 3310, Forrester analyst Thomas Husson said.
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