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Did you know that the Nokia 1100 is the world's best-selling handset?

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Did you know that the Nokia 1100 is the world's best-selling handset?
When faced with the question of which is the best-selling phone, most of you probably think "iPhone". Hehe! Not even close! Although Apple's crown jewel does sell in cosmic quantities, the iPhone 6 having sold 71.5 million units in about three months, this lucky champ has nothing going on the Nokia 1100.

The Nokia 1100 is an entry level basic handset which hit the market in late 2003. It didn't have two front cameras or a curved screen, but it did have a torch light, a pair of no-slip grips, and a dust-proof case. A classic Nokia badass that the then thriving Finns designed for the growing Chinese market and other regions that smelled of cash!

How did that go for Nokia? Well, in about five years, the 1100 sold some 250 million units, becoming not only the world's best selling phone, but the best selling consumer electronics device in the world, period. In fact, Nokia's one billionth phone sold was a 1100 purchased in Nigeria in 2005!

So, what it is that made people in developing countries go crazy about the Nokia 1100? In short, many things! First, the phone was quite affordable at about $100, due to being very unassuming — even by 2003 standards. It did, however, have a built-in flashlight, monophonic ringtones (36 pre-installed, 7 user-made), interchangeable covers (yay!), soft dust-proof keys, 50 message capacity (25 inbox, 25 sent items), 50 contact slots, a 400 hours standby time between charges... and, perhaps most importantly, it had Snake! That is, Snake II and Space Impact. These games might seem primitive compared to the latest 3D titles, but they made 250 million people happy — beat that!

Although the Nokia 1100 was long discontinued by then, in 2009, used units started popping up on sale for obscene amounts of money — as much as $32,000 apiece! Apparently, hacking circles had discovered a way to reprogram certain units (manufactured in Nokia's German plant) the handset to receive messages intended for other numbers, opening up opportunities for fraud! Hopefully, nobody got burned, except those willing to pay thousands of dollars for an obsolete handset that had an exploit.

In an interesting note, the Nokia 1100 may or may be not due for an Android-powered reboot! In March this year, a Nokia 1100 with a quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek MT-6582 processor showed up inside GeekBench's database. Such a smartphone cannot appear before 2016, due to Nokia's agreement with Microsoft, but if the Nokia 1100 does get to live another life as an entry-level Android smartphone, we're sure a ton of people will be delighted!


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posted on 03 Oct 2015, 15:21 7

1. javy108 (Posts: 1004; Member since: 27 Jul 2014)


I had one :D

posted on 03 Oct 2015, 15:25

2. combatmedic870 (Posts: 566; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


I had one of those as well. It was a great phone

posted on 03 Oct 2015, 15:25 3

3. SirYar (Posts: 351; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Oh yeah, I am gonna play snake so much smoother with that quad core chip onboard.

posted on 03 Oct 2015, 15:29 2

4. darkkjedii (Posts: 20085; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I had one, that fell out my pocket while running across the street, broke, and I got another one.

posted on 03 Oct 2015, 16:10 24

7. Be_Mine (Posts: 56; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


No...No...That's not possible. Nokia 1100 broke...No...I refused to believe you.

posted on 03 Oct 2015, 16:20 1

8. darkkjedii (Posts: 20085; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Okay.

posted on 03 Oct 2015, 21:52 1

18. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1206; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


LOL good one

posted on 04 Oct 2015, 13:54 1

30. tacarat (Posts: 735; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)


The street broke and he couldn't retrieve it.

posted on 03 Oct 2015, 17:56 4

12. mfarooqi (Posts: 3; Member since: 01 Jan 2015)


4yeasr old son f my friend use do play with a broken set. No keyboard. No screen. Only middle part with circuit.
I took that from him. Found a screen and it's case from a local mobile market. I cleaned the set. Bought battery. And connected all parts.
Wow. It's perfectly working. It also has a 30+ SMS already saved. A few in drafts.

And you are claiming.... Your set broken. Unbelievable.

posted on 03 Oct 2015, 19:09 1

14. darkkjedii (Posts: 20085; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I didn't post it for it to be believed lol. I'm not claiming anything you stupid idiot. I simply posted what happened, and that I replaced it. You're the dumb ass troll, saying I'm claiming. I don't have to claim, I know lol. What a stupid ass.

posted on 04 Oct 2015, 01:35

20. TheBiz (Posts: 231; Member since: 13 Apr 2015)


maybe ur phone fell from a greater height or.....

posted on 04 Oct 2015, 01:35 1

21. TheBiz (Posts: 231; Member since: 13 Apr 2015)


maybe ur phone fell from a greater height or.....

posted on 03 Oct 2015, 20:21 1

16. lalalaman (Posts: 631; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


must have disintergrated,u could have snap back the battery and casing easily

posted on 03 Oct 2015, 20:37 7

17. ibend (Posts: 3860; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


*the street broke

posted on 04 Oct 2015, 01:37 5

22. SalikZaki (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Jul 2015)


And the street got replaced

posted on 04 Oct 2015, 09:38

27. akki20892 (Posts: 3900; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


looks like, you didn't had?

posted on 03 Oct 2015, 15:38

5. zeeBomb (Posts: 1860; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


inb4 comments like "PSH apple gonna do this on a year to year basis"

posted on 03 Oct 2015, 16:20

9. combatmedic870 (Posts: 566; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


Not with a single phone. Maybe between all of their phones. This is just a single phone foo.

posted on 03 Oct 2015, 15:53 2

6. Michael.Parker (Posts: 273; Member since: 22 Aug 2015)


Had one I buried in the garden years ago and forgot about it til now.

posted on 03 Oct 2015, 16:35

10. Sale247 (Posts: 59; Member since: 08 May 2014)


Nokia 3210,my first phone.
Great one...

posted on 03 Oct 2015, 17:51

11. mfarooqi (Posts: 3; Member since: 01 Jan 2015)


Wow. Thanks GOD. I have one.
Btw I already knew it. :-)

posted on 03 Oct 2015, 18:04

13. Omarc07 (Posts: 399; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


I had one when they first came out in Mexico since i lived there everyone had one back then ,how things changed ...now everyone in Mexico city wants and if they can afford one they get an iPhone.

posted on 03 Oct 2015, 19:12

15. darkkjedii (Posts: 20085; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I still see them in the wild. They're mostly used as prepaid track phones now. Great phone for its day.

posted on 04 Oct 2015, 02:08 1

23. Spedez (Posts: 441; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


Nokia was the s**t back then but when they sold their soul to evil empire they collapsed. Microsoft has the inverse hand of Midas touch.

posted on 04 Oct 2015, 03:05

24. cv_tech1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Oct 2015)


I absolutely loved the Nokia 1100...I used it with Net10 and I still have the phone...long lasting no frills phone and the only main attraction was the game snake, and faceplates...awesome and reliable phone.

posted on 04 Oct 2015, 04:52

25. slannmage (Posts: 148; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


I just had a 3210 and then a 3310 like every other normal person.

posted on 04 Oct 2015, 06:31

26. willywanta (Posts: 224; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


not even close, iPhone. Just go home before you get drunk.

posted on 04 Oct 2015, 10:52 1

28. cnour (Posts: 589; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


Apple changes the world with its first iPhone. Nokia destroyed.....

posted on 04 Oct 2015, 11:37

29. avishekmukherjee (Posts: 287; Member since: 09 Apr 2015)


Nokia coming back in 2016
and I have this phone :-)

posted on 04 Oct 2015, 14:55

31. syed_itsa (Posts: 27; Member since: 05 Feb 2015)


Nokia is famous in Asia. They are still famous due to their thoughness. No one can beat NOKIA-

posted on 05 Oct 2015, 04:39

32. iMichael (unregistered)


It is bad because it is not a iPhone.

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