Nokia Series 40 phones: over 1.5 billion sold

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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8 Comments

1. JSern

Posts: 282; Member since: May 22, 2011

Way to go Nokia!

2. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 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.

3. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

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

6. rex1213

Posts: 77; Member since: Jul 29, 2011

"It is also surprising that nearly half of those 1.5 billion Nokia S40 phones..." That's why they said "nearly half ".

7. Nick_T

Posts: 184; Member since: May 27, 2011

Yup, our bad. Thanks for pointing it out!

4. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

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

5. digitalw

Posts: 79; Member since: Dec 20, 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

8. enternamehere

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

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

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