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

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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32. iMichael unregistered

It is bad because it is not a iPhone.

31. syed_itsa

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 05, 2015

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

29. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

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

28. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

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

26. willywanta

Posts: 503; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

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

25. slannmage

Posts: 289; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

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

24. cv_tech1

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 04, 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.

23. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 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.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31816; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

13. Omarc07

Posts: 595; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

11. mfarooqi

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 01, 2015

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

10. Sale247

Posts: 73; Member since: May 08, 2014

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

6. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

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

5. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

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

9. combatmedic870

Posts: 987; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

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

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31816; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

7. Be_Mine unregistered

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

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31816; Member since: Feb 05, 2011


18. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

LOL good one

30. tacarat

Posts: 855; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

The street broke and he couldn't retrieve it.

12. mfarooqi

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 01, 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.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31816; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

20. TheBiz

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 13, 2015

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

21. TheBiz

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 13, 2015

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

16. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

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

17. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

*the street broke

22. SalikZaki

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

And the street got replaced

27. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

looks like, you didn't had?

3. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

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

2. combatmedic870

Posts: 987; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

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

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