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Here's the best-selling phone of all time (and it's not an iPhone)

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For several years, Apple and Samsung have happily dominated the smartphone market. In 2023, the Cupertino company, above all, had an excellent year. But if tech aficionados get excited at each presentation of new smartphones from this or that brand, with increasingly cutting-edge models, reality is catching up with consumers. Indeed, premium smartphones are a dream, but it is the models at lower prices that appeal. Thus, the Samsung Galaxy A14 4G, launched at 219 euros, is the best-selling Android smartphone in the world in 2023.

But what is the best-selling phone of all time? Forget smartphones: you have to go back two decades to find the answer. At that time, telephones were used especially to make calls, send text messages… And to play Snake.

Nokia, king of phones

Apple, Samsung, Google, Xiaomi… Despite all these competitors, the best-selling phone of all time is a Nokia. And against all expectations, it is not the famous Nokia 3310 which is the lucky one. For good reason: this reference phone has only sold “only” 126 million copies. Certainly, we go from surprise to surprise.

Those not so young may remember the Nokia 1100. Released in August 2003, it is the best-selling phone of all time, with more than 250 million copies sold. With its monochrome screen with a resolution of 96 x 65 pixels and its long battery life (thanks to a BL-5C battery), the Nokia 1100 had enough to conquer the hearts of users of the time looking for the bare minimum. To give you an idea, the Nokia 1100 could only store 50 SMS messages. Not one more. These days, we often tend to forget the limitations of old phones.

Here's the best-selling phone of all time (and it's not an iPhone)

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In its press release on the occasion of the launch of the Nokia 1100, the Finnish manufacturer speaks of a model offering “reliable and accessible communications for new growing markets”. Indeed, the Nokia 1100 was intended for emerging countries, such as Russia, India and China.

Thus, for six years, the Nokia 1100 did Nokia's business and interfered in the daily lives of many users. In 2009, a software flaw allowed hackers to reprogram it in order to get their hands on temporary passwords sent by SMS by banks during online transactions and, therefore, recover a lot of valuable banking information.< /p>

Today, the Nokia 1100 seems light years away. However, it remains the best-selling phone in the world. In 2014, Apple almost beat the Finnish manufacturer to the post. With its iPhone 6 sold more than 220 million copies, the Cupertino company almost believed it.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116