Posted by Ashleigh Allsopp 27 August 2014
Nostalgia time: Top 10 best selling mobile phones in history
A few days ago, the team here at Tech Advisor were discussing their first mobile phones and some of their favourites from the early days of mobile technology. That got me wondering: What are the best selling smartphones of all time? What I found was quite surprising, with Nokia absolutely dominating the best selling mobile phones of all time.
It'll be interesting to see in five year's time how many of the phones listed here will still be in the top 10, and which will be replaced by newer phones. With such a fast-paced market, it's tricky to believe that any modern phone will sell quite as well as those old favourites, as their shelf-life is significantly lower than it used to be now that we all want the latest features on our smartphones.
Anyway, without further ado, here are the top 10 best selling mobile phones ever.
1. Nokia 1100
The best-selling mobile phone ever is believed to be the Nokia 1100, which was released in 2003 and sold more than 250 million units. That's more than any iPhone model. The success of the Nokia 1100 was not down to its features – it didn't have a camera or even a colour display – but it was cheap, durable and did the jobs any mobile phone should.
2. Nokia 1110
The successor to the Nokia 1100, the Nokia 1110, is also thought to have sold 250 million units. It was launched in 2005 and came with three built-in games and the ability to send picture messages (but there was no camera).
3. Nokia 3210
Before the Nokia 1100 and 1110 came the hugely popular Nokia 3210, which I personally remember owning and loving, swapping out the case for whatever new craze I was into that week. It was launched in 1999, and sold an estimated 160 million units in total.
4. Nokia 1200
Nokia was also behind the next-best selling phone, the 2007 Nokia 1200, which sold an estimated 150 million units.
5. Nokia 5230
The Nokia 5230 sold around 150 million units, too. This one launched in 2009, and is the first in our list to sport a colour touchscreen. It also had a 2Mp rear camera.
6. Nokia 6600
Another mobile phone to sell an estimated 150 million units is the Nokia 6600, a strangely round mobile phone launched in 2003. It was aimed at business users, and was advanced for its time, boasting a camera, music player, video player, Bluetooth and a memory card slot to add more storage.
7. Nokia 2600
Yep, Nokia again, this time with its 2600 from 2004 which sold around 135 million units. This phone was one of the first from Nokia to feature a colour display.
8. Motorola RAZR V3
Finally we've got a non-Nokia mobile phone to add to the list! This one comes from Motorola. Yep, you've guessed it, it's that hugely popular RAZR V3 flip phone that the company launched in 2004, selling 130 million units. It holds the title of the world's most popular clamshell phone.
9. Nokia 1600
After that short departure from Nokia, we're back with the company for the 1600, which is thought to have sold around 130 million units just like the Motorola RAZR V3. It was launched in 2006, and was probably such a huge seller thanks to its tiny price tag targeted at developing countries.
10. Nokia 3310
The final mobile phone in our top 10 is from Nokia yet again. I told you the company dominated the list, didn't I? This phone is the successor to number two on this list – it's the 3310, which launched in 2000. It sold approximately 126 million units.
12. Apple iPhone 5
At number 12, we'd have finally reached Apple (yes, I'm aware I've skipped a few!). Its iPhone 5 has sold approximately 91 million units, which is impressive considering it was only available for one year before being replaced by the iPhone 5C/iPhone 5S combination.
18. Samsung Galaxy S3
Samsung's Galaxy S3 is around 18th in the top selling mobile phones chart.
What mobile phones did you own in the 90s and 00s? Let us know and tell us what you thought of them in the comments section below or on Twitter.