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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  • Display
    68 x 96 pixels
  • Battery 900 mAh



77. viva1985

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Nokia is one of the first phones but people who can buy smartphones buy iPhone or Samsung, some good prices you can check on if you are looking for smartphones and all cell phone accessories.

76. simon16

Posts: 16; Member since: May 02, 2014

my grandfather has this phone.

69. aman5mathur

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

Bought one second hand for 1$

66. Ishmeet

Posts: 111; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

I tried browsing the web, using 3g, with it. Stupid phone broke mine and neighbour's house when I threw it in rage.

62. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Ah yeah! COME ON! IphonArena! Wasn't OBVIOUS You tried to HYPE Iphone5'shiit....? Everybody knows about Nokia 1100.

61. Sauce unregistered

I had this phone, until I got pushed into my cousins pool. What a tragic day =(


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

I will never forget Symbian3 and Meego, 2 of the best OS ever made!

60. MR-H-

Posts: 116; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

i remember my N900 and N9.

57. jibraihimi

Posts: 816; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

I still have this phone, as my second backup device.....

56. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I had a version of that phone with Verizon in 2003-2004

34. SamDroid unregistered

Isn't that dangerous? 100 million potentially nuclear weapons around the world...Jump ship and head off to Mars, this here Earth is gonna blow soon

32. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014


17. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

The analysts are inaccurate. There were 51 millions iPhones sold in Q4 2013. And 43 million sold in Q1 2014. That's a total of 94 million. So how can the iPhone 5S sell a 100 million?

15. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

nokia the best company ever .. fans of samsung and apple just borned in 2011 and 2007 .. NOKIA FOR EVER

13. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

My mom had one and my aunty still has :-D lols

12. HildyJ

Posts: 346; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

In addition to the 1100, the 1200, 3210, 5230, 6600, 2600, and 1600 all sold over 100 million units. The Moto RAZR is tied with the 1600 at the bottom of the list.

9. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

They were notorious in my country - they were know to die within a year, issue with the charging or something. You don't see any of them anymore so I'm surprised by the story coz where I come from, they have a bad reputation. But nice achievement all the same.

8. FriendsOfSamsung unregistered

Because this phone is overproduced, that's why they sell it dirt cheap and collect all the minimum profit as much as they got just to cure their cash bleeding... This problem has solved after the m$ acquisition, and no reason to produce this dirt cheap phone anymore

11. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012


19. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

This phone has been discontinued in 2005. The time when Nokia had $32 million cash reserve. Just read about something before spreading crappy comments... Troll

27. FriendsOfSamsung unregistered

It starts at 2005 and today is 2014 and it still available, in other words, it's overproduced, truths are so obvious here and I just told Fanboys like you will quickly hide in a denial cave when the cons came out from Nokia...

35. SamDroid unregistered

What they mean is that the phone is still around. Just coz someone owns the first iPhone doesn't mean that Apple are still selling it. I guess simple logic is kinda hard to have these days

75. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Especially for distinguished fanboys like 'FriendsOfSamsung'.

28. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Just tell Sammy to break this sold numbers. Then I will agree with u.

6. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

My aunt had this lol

5. uzidon

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Used this one, and it was simply brilliant for its price and category. Simple, light, thin, and one of the first phones I used with a flashlight! Reminds me of Nokia's glory days. If only they had better heads at software division or had pushed Microsoft for better and more robust Windows Phone, Nokia would have been decades ahead of its competition in most part of the world right now.

4. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

2011 Q1: Nokia sold 36 million Symbain and Meemo phones with 37% worldwide smartphone market share. Stephan Elop called those OS "the burning platform" and Nokia should phaseout them. 2014Q1: BlackBrrry sold 1.1 million BB10 phones. Job Chen still see a bright big future for BB10. God.. Why this happened to Nokia?? Why Nokia's board could not find like John Chen or any CEO better than that Flop !!! WE ALL LOST THIS LEGEND

7. Manti123

Posts: 207; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

I felt so sad when I read the facts that you just mentioned. Nokia destruction plan was so clear and everyone was not able to see it. Why the Finns did not see their glory's slaughtering procedure?

36. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

yes. and it I sometimes have that annoying idea that ms on purpose delayed updates to wp so it'll stay behind android to drown nokia and buy it. my way of thinking seems crazy, but hey it's microsoft, it reminds me of apple and facebook and these companies really creep me out

43. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

actually there were board members who drove nokia to destruction before elop. you see if ceo is retarded board members can replace him but in elops case it didnt happen. they were looking for someone to blame everything on him and elop was willing to do that for the 25m $

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