Hackers seem to be on a buying spree for Nokia 1100 phones, Nokia has no idea why

Hackers seem to be on a buying spree for Nokia 1100 phones, Nokia has no idea why
Nokia 1100 is an entry-level phone released in late 2003, targeting developing markets and consumers looking for a basic, affordable device. The device was a great success and together with its successors sold over 200 million units. Then it was discontinued and ultimately forgotten. At least until recently when the price of the used Nokia 1100 phones, produced in Bochum - Germany, started to go up suspiciously, from about  €500 a few months back to nearly €20,000 now. Needless to say, this is quite odd for a cell phone that originally sold for under €100, so investigators suspect some kind of bug gives unscrupulous individuals the opportunity to commit banking frauds using this device in particular.

PC World reports Nokia has stated they are unaware of the fact the price of their obsolete device has gone so far up. The company also said in e-mailed statement that they “…have not identified any phone software problem that would allow alleged use cases”.
Whether Nokia testers have missed something remains to be seen as security analysts are trying to acquire a Bochum-made Nokia 1100 to test their own theories. Until then you can tell us your opinion. Can you think of any legal reason as to why someone would be willing to shell out €20,000 on an obsolete device, given its strongest selling point used to be that it could be used as a flashlight?

source: PC World

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27 Comments

1. Neolander unregistered

Maybe they found some hardware or software design failure that allows to finally hack the GSM/CDMA encryption completely ? :p

2. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Here's a much better explanation from engadget.. "...certain makes of the super-popular handset can apparently be reprogrammed to use someone else's phone number, allowing them to receive text messaged bank passwords (common in parts of Europe), thus making it much, much easier to steal people's money. The software flaw has been pointed out by Ultrascan Advance Global Investigations, who were contacted by police who had noted the curiously high offering prices on the old-timey candybar."

7. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

engadget mobile ftphonearena!!

3. Dood

Posts: 269; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

I bet it's going for so much because the hackers are adding a new feature to re-sell them at much more "whatever the hell that symbol for money means"... A Razor attachment...

4. cphorn15

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 21, 2009

Do you mean a Euro?

6. Dood

Posts: 269; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

No...that wierd money symbol they have above... Dur... ((before anyone starts flaming...sarcasm...))

8. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

a dollar sign?

9. lovexlucy

Posts: 16; Member since: Feb 14, 2009

€ is a euro lol

5. dorky24

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 22, 2009

lol, i bet 4chan did something to this, telling everyone to start buying these phones just to mess with people.

10. jake.gomez

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 22, 2009

OMG I just checked my Nokia 1100 and it is made in Germany. How can sell it? I'l be more than happy to share the fortune if someone can help me sell this phone. email me: jake.gomez01@gmail.com

11. Ifko42

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 23, 2009

I have such phone too. Just checked in the ebay. The prices are between 50-100 euro.

12. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

lol, I checked it too after I read this and was not suprised to see phonearena is wrong yet again.

13. sufiyanrajwani

Posts: 2; Member since: May 12, 2009

i am having 1 piece of nokia 1100 plz provide me the best price of what you can give the i can give the photo also to the serious buyers my email id is sufiyanrajwani @ gmail . com, +919998152560

14. leng1980

Posts: 1; Member since: May 15, 2009

I have a nokia 1100,information:V5.62/25-10-04/RH-38/(C)NMP/Serial no. 35535500139****/Made 002003/Purchasing date mmyyyy/Repaired 000000/Life time 0047:34/here’s my email address: leng1980@gmail.com

15. sufiyanrajwani

Posts: 2; Member since: May 12, 2009

i am having 1 piece of nokia 1100 made in germany plz provide me the best price of what you can give the i can give the photo also to the serious buyers my email id is sufiyanrajwani @ gmail . com, +919998152560

16. nokia1100

Posts: 1; Member since: May 20, 2009

Dear All I HAVE ONE NOKIA1100 GERMANY MAKE PHONE WITH ME,IF ANYONE INTERESTED TO PURCHASE THE SAME CONTACT ME ON nokia1100sale@yahoo.com

17. adminda

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 03, 2009

i have a Nokia 1100 made in germany pic. can be send or moro info.. selling it fast and cheap.. Contact me at Tino_2200@hotmail.com Location denmark..

18. n0mad

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 22, 2009

Want to sell nokia 1100 phones made in germany, type rh17, contact me with serious offers at la_revolution_90@hotmail.com , or at 0033642445744

19. Al|n

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 25, 2009

I have a nokia 1100. If anyone is interested e-mail me. alin1605@gmail.com

20. Giovani unregistered

I am selling my nokia 1100 rh 18 made in Germany in 2003 I can provide picture for you, works exelent contact me on giovanicapello@gmali.com

21. Linux unregistered

I have Nokia 1100 RH17 & RH18 MADE IN GERMANY BOTH If anyone is interested in baying the mobile phones, mail me @ linuxrulz@t-home.mk or SkypeID: linuxmkd

22. tanjga72 unregistered

I sell Nokia rh 17,Germany,2003,the best price on market tanjga72@gmail.com

24. html tools unregistered

Nokia 1100 is a bit old phone and is now become obsolete as the company is no more selling this phone. However, users like me still rely on this. I have bought a Nokia 1100 almost five years ago and I am still using this as my secondary phone

25. xxxxxxxx unregistered

http://nokia1100.weebly.com/index.html WE DEAL ORIGINAL NOKIA 1100 MADE IN GERMANY, BOCHUM, RH-15,16,17,18 YEAR MADE 2001,2002,2003. WE HAVE ACCESS TO A VERY LARGE STOCK OF THESE USED , FULL WORKING PHONES. ASK US FOR ANY NEEDS, WE WILL FIND THE RIGHT MODEL FOR YOU. WE CAN FIND SPECIAL IMEI. 868 MHZ SUPPORTED. ONE PHONE COST 700 EUR . WE SHIP FROM EU. proxyuser@akapost.com

26. Gloria Ruiz unregistered

Want to buy Nokia 1100 used, tested with or with out battery. Any quantity. Also ald models used and refurbished phones. Our Business are moving a lot of used phones, all models, to Latin America. If you have let me know Phone: 1 305 594 2907 Best Regards, Gloria from Wigsm, LLC. Miami, USA

28. liana707

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

do you want to buy Nokia 1100 now???

27. samoca

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 14, 2013

i have nokia 1100 RH-18 mede in germania 2004 i need sall. buadze.b@mail.ru

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