The best selling phone in the world: can you guess which one is it?

The best selling phone in the world: can you guess which one is it?
Did you know that the best selling phone in the world is not an iPhone and not even a Galaxy? As surprising as it might be, with over 250 million total sales, the basic dirt-cheap Nokia 1100 is actually the world’s most popular phone. Not just this - the Nokia 1100 is actually the best selling electronic gadget ever!

The reason for its popularity is without a doubt its price, as basically you could get one for tens of dollars without any lengthy contract agreements. 

If you're wondering what were the specs of this best-seller, let us remind you that it had a monochrome display with support for 4 lines of text and a resolution of 96 x 65 pixels. It had no browser, no camera, no mobile data, basically, it was just a phone for calling and texting. Oh, and it had 2 games on board, one of them being Snake, naturally...

Among top smartphones, though, it’s probably no surprise that the Apple iPhone 5s is the single most popular gadget. Analysts estimate there are over 100 million iPhone 5s sold and that number will surely continue to grow, so we would not be surprised if one day in the future the iPhone 5s actually surpasses the Nokia 1100. This is just a guess, though, and even if that was to happen, it’d take years.

While we don’t have any hard data about the second most popular smartphone out there, it seems like it’s the Samsung Galaxy S III. Back in mid-2013, we heard about it getting nearly 50 million units sold, a number which has surely grown a lot since then.

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1110 / 1112
  • Display 96 x 68 pixels
  • Battery 900 mAh(5.30h talk time)



1. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

I read that in newspaper.. I knew 1100 is the best selling phone since 2005. I also knew that Nokia sold 478 millions phones in 2011. Number that could not be reached be any company yet ... Even Samsung How great is Nokia. Damn idiot elop

14. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Nokia made tablet in 2001 and didn't launch in market, they made touch screen phone and didn't launch in market, didn't made progress in symbian. They didn't had good ceo, and elop done same thing, didn't Nokia choose android in 2011 or developed meego and maemo.

16. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Akki20892... I am still having new 1100 in its original box.. I probably used it for one or two hours.

31. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

One thing is secret. Nokia sold theirs device and services to ms, we think they shouldn't have been done that, but I think Nokia has something plan for it. Let's wait for 2016, maybe they will come back in device and services.

18. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

In 2004 they made touch screen phone, and didn't take seriously. Symbian was giant and king before 2008 if they made deep progress in symbian it could be as android today.

22. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Akki20892, Symbian was "number 1" Phone OS till the end of 2010. Nokia was very able to adopt Android and move flexibly to another platform, and also ensuring to be the largest smartphone manufacturer.

25. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

The game turn around to iOS and android side in 2011, when Nokia choose wp, if they choose Android in 2011 they should have been sold phone around 200 millions.

44. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013


33. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

I remember when i was a kid everybody had a nokia.. i thought cellphones were made by nokia.. then something went wrong, it's not only elop and his team.. it's the people that were before elop .. he chose wp because he thought it would develop fast and standout .. and it really took time for ms to really develop something credible till it became too late now ...

63. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

i'd agree with you but he got 25 million for selling the devices division of nokia and tbh if i was him i'd want the 25million as well so in conclusion thinks he ruined nokia on purpose!

70. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I bet the iphone 6 will be the best seller thanks to usual iFanboys and new iWannabes who wanted a big screen iPhone.

73. Image20four7

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

My grandparents would love an iPhone with a larger screen!

20. proto

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

well it is nice to sell half a billion of cellphones, but when you have no profit from it... something was wrong.

21. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

If you blame it on Elop you are a person who knows nothing, literally nothing of the internal Struggles that were Symbian/Maemo/Meego projects. When Elop stepped onto the scene, in 2010, the team which had working for 5 years, read that again, 5 years on Maemo/MeeGo, had not a single working phone to show Elop a new CEO looking at what they had to present, or the board. They released the N9 in 2011, and within less than a year was able to release Win OS phone. Maemo/Meego was bad enough that when they tried to license the in house OS, they couldn't, major companies like Samsung turned away from the OS. So it was spun off is now Jolla, and their first $400 phone doesn't even have LTE, and when trying to run on other non-jolla specified hardware, it was crashing during the expo. This is an OS that in some shape or form has been in development for 9years and it doesn't have LTE. MS now has 8.1, droid 4.4 and iOS 7.1.1.

23. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Nokia should have been take seriously to develop symbian. It was great os with a tons of features.

26. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

They simply were able to adopt Android beside WP. I'm not against WP. But counting on it as the main and only platform was the fatal mistake. Samsung just took Nokia place when Nokia leave it. If Nokia adopted Android since 2011, no one would care about Galaxy S or Note or Xperia ... Nokia was number one in basic phones arena, featured phones, symbian and finally WP. So why not Android??????? Just please, stop it Hate that eFlop justifying

29. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

It is not Elop justifying, its derps like you hating on a man that was hired to do a job. He didn't stick a gun to the boards head, they all agreed. Also Nokia already flirted with the idea of Android, BEFORE ELOP. Again blame Elop, or like you say eFlop. There is no guarantee with android either. Nokia would have been another Moto, stripped of its patents and bought by another company.

55. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

What all those uninformed bashers don't understand that Nokia was in a financial bind, yes they had money but not have enough money to continue operating as normal, MS even agreed to help them out financially as part of the deal, people can say that Elop got rid of Eseries,Vertu,8series,Nokia's headquaters, Nseries and some employees what they don't realise that every company does the same thing faced with similar situations. Nokia’s problems began in 2007 with the first release of the iPhone. Apple completely changed the mobile industry and Nokia failed to adapt. Even after the iPhone changed the face of mobile technology, Nokia’s former CEO (Olli) continued to focus on Symbian and what we now call feature phones. In the hands of Elop, Nokia has shrugged off the shackles of old ideas and embraced the smartphone future. Nokia couldnt realisically challenge Samsung for Android supremacy, Samsung dominates its just too big of a company, Elop even said that.

54. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Just because a patient is sick, doesn't mean you give them poison. And that is what Elop was -- poison.

64. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

you literally know nothing n900 n810 n800 and more were all phones that were released in prior years the n900 coming out in 2009 so instead of spreading lies spread facts Maemo 6 was due in 2010 when but nokia joined their maemo project with intel's Moblin to create meego which delayed it for one year so in reality only took them 2 years on meego there were 4 meego devices due out in 2011 but thanks to Elop's &^%$* the 1st one was cancelled the the 2nd one was released successfully the 3rd one was manufactured on a small scale and given out to developers the n950 and then lastly the 4th one came out as the lumia 800 do you not agree that the burning platform memo destroyed symbian and meego at 2011 symbian was still the most popular os and was nokia s money cow instead of slowly killing he axed it straight away with no windows phone in sight for 9 month to come and did i also mention that the n9 outsold lumia devices even though it was released in minor markets unlike the lumias and it won multiple awards more then any lumia and was considered as an iphone contender moving on jolla supports LTE (yet another one of your lies) and it was the software which didn't which will be given in a soon update and jolla ran beautifully on the nexus 4 just because the port wasn't compelete doesn't make the OS crappy so please come back with something usefull !

65. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Was this in response to me? N810 - the phone...err device that entered the market without phone functionality. A result of internal strife between Symbian and Maemo? N900, great, but at an entry price of 649 in 2010 for US markets it was steep and didn't sell (go figure as they were already behind). Not to mention by 2010, the iPhone 4 was out. 4 Generations of apps, market share and slippage. Not because of Elop but because of their own issues inside Nokia. I do apologize for the LTE Jolla last I saw did not, this was towards the end of 2013, if it supported it before 2013, then it was added after Nokia got rid of the MeeGo project. As well the Jolla phone that I saw in the news did not support LTE and it is a $400 device and is due to be out this year (or now). Edit: Jolla's site shows that only finland supports LTE at the moment other countries will be announced at a later date. Because the port wasn't complete? I did not say it was a crappy OS, did I? No, I stated that when it was running on other standard hardware it was crashing. How many people poke fun at MS when their beta software crashes on stage? If you are at an expo to show how well your OS scales to other devices, and it is crashing, that is not a good thing. Not horrible, but goes to show the OS is still being worked on. How many years later? At any rate, we will let developers that worked inside Nokia and worked on the projects speak their tales.

74. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

yes but the reason it took 5 years as 1. internal conflict with symbian 2. merge with intel yes there was internal problems along the road of developing meego but meego was the way to go the fact that steven elop said we will not continue meego whether it's successful or not and only released it in smaller market tell me how this is a smart market move the n9 won all these awards In November 2011, the Nokia N9 won 3 out of 4 applicable titles (including design, camera and cellphone of the year) at a gala held by Swedish magazine and webzine[50] In January 2012, the Nokia N9 Swipe UI was nominated for an IxDA Interaction Award.[51] In February 2012, the N9 reached number 1 in ranking "by rate" with a rate of 8.432 (out of 10) and votes of 74,940, and also number 5 by daily interest hits in GSMArena's ranking.[52] In April 2012, the N9 was awarded a Design and Art Direction "Yellow Pencil", in the interactive product design category, beating among others the iPad 2 and the Nokia Lumia 800.[53] source: Wikipedia more then any lumia it was praised more then any lumia the burning platform memo please tell me how all these are smart business choices and also thanks for the website great source of information apology accepted and it supports almost all international frequencies :P well i think the goal behind their expo was to show off the fact that it can run on more then just jolla hardware and let us not forgot the fact that a team of 150 developers made an Os that runs smoothly on samsung galaxy s2 hardware equivalent and this is my personal opinion but sailfish has alot more potential then windows phone but they have a waaaaaaaaaay steeper climb ahead of them and again thanks for that story great story

71. utg001 unregistered

I believe Nokia ran short of resources. Almost all of its competitors had more than just one income source and Nokia made most of its income from mobile sales only. I think they just ran short of people to create a smart software to run their versions of smartphones to challenge iOS and Android. In that case, picking up Android and then altering it wouldn't have done them any good so basically they would just be selling devices with stock Android. I have no issue with that but perhaps they thought it might not be good enough answer to Touch whiz, sense or iOS. They just basically looked for a mobile ready OS and MS was quick to realize the importance of Nokia and jumped to help where Google did not as it already had many manufacturers to look to. Google was not willing to help Nokia, it had no reason to do so, while MS needed to do it for its own survival in mobile market. I blame it on MS not on Elop, and I don't think it was a bad choice.

30. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Wow thats a huge number... but 100million 5s sold is a wrong claim, it is not sold 100million yet

41. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

yes its wrong. no way apple could have sold that much 5ses. there are not 100 million idi*ts in the world. and if there was no way apple couldve manufactured that much. and for the last time no way apple can sell 250 millions of one product model.

52. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Nokia 5230 sold around 150 million. It was smartphone, and it's huge for smartphone to sell this much.

37. MR-H-

Posts: 116; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

i still have my 8600LUNA, and Scirroco black.

42. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

The only idiot is yourself and the others like yourself who upvotes comments like yours and lay blame at Elop's feet for a situation that was already in motion when he took over the reigns at Nokia, why don't you guys take off the fanboys glasses and take a look at the reality of the situation, it gets annoying after a while if you want to lay blame lay blame at the feet of Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo. If it wasnt for Elop Nokia's S&D more than likely would not have been around as long as it did.

47. MR-H-

Posts: 116; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Why did he kill Eseries? Why did he sell Vertu? Why did he kill 8series? Why did he sell there headquarters? Why kill Nseries? He killed everything even though Nokia still had money in reserve banks for blue days.

49. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Because the OS's they were running were a dead end. By the time they would have had a working droid phone to play with, they were far behind in the droid market. They would have become another Moto, stripped of patents and gone. He did not solely do those things, the board did them as well. Blame Elop all you want, when in reality, blame Nokia for the failed Symbian/MeeGo attempts.

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