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Nokia Series 40 phones: over 1.5 billion sold

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Nokia Series 40 phones: over 1.5 billion sold
Today, Nokia proudly announced that it has sold its 1.5 billionth Series 40 phone. The handset – a Nokia Asha 303, was purchased in the city of São Paulo, Brazil, by the 21-year-old Mayara Rodrigues.

Now, how has Nokia managed to reach such an astronomical sales figure, you ask? Well, The S40 platform has been around for quite a while now. The first phone running it was the Nokia 7110, also known as the “banana phone” from the Matrix, which made its debut way back in 1999. And despite the increasing popularity of smartphones, Nokia believes that its S40 phones are not going extinct anytime soon. In fact, Mary McDowell, executive VP of Nokia's mobile phone division, expects for another billion of them to be sold over the forthcoming years.

An interesting fact about the Series 40 platform is that while running on Nokia's low end handsets, it also powers the company's luxury lineup under the Vertu brand, the cheapest of which retail for a four-digit figure. It is also surprising that nearly half of those 1.5 billion Nokia S40 phones, 675 million, to be exact, are still in use throughout the world, with 12 new handsets joining them every second. And just because they are feature phones, that doesn't mean that they are unable to run apps. On the contrary, about 3.7 million app downloads are being registered on S40 phones every day, according to Nokia.

source: Nokia, BBC

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posted on 25 Jan 2012, 05:43 5

1. JSern (Posts: 282; Member since: 22 May 2011)


Way to go Nokia!

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 05:47 2

2. eaxvac (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


1 more day to Nokia annual report... I can't wait, since I have more than 50000 USD on Nokia shares when it've fallen below 4.9 dollars.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 06:03

3. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


isnt it 675 MILLION and if its half its 750 million -_-

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 07:25 1

6. rex1213 (Posts: 77; Member since: 29 Jul 2011)


"It is also surprising that nearly half of those 1.5 billion Nokia S40 phones..."

That's why they said "nearly half ".

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 08:25

7. Nick_T (Posts: 153; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Yup, our bad. Thanks for pointing it out!

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 07:05 2

4. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Encouraging sales number, i'm looking forward to Meltemi development

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 07:25

5. digitalw (Posts: 55; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)


wait... 1.5bilion sold science when? nokia is the oldest mobile device producer on earth ;)))) I hope they will do everything to get back as no.1

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 03:52

8. enternamehere (Posts: 9; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


Cant wait till meltemi rolls out, hope they bring multitasking, homescreens and swipe to affordable phones!

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