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With several new phones released every year, the mobile phone market remains highly competitive. However, Five phones have made a significant worldwide impact and are now recognized as the five best-selling mobile phones of all time.
Our ranking reveals which phones made the list based on their global sales figures.
And in the first place, Nokia’s 1100 model which was released in 2003 significantly transformed the world of mobile phones in the first decade of the twenty-first century. While it did not include any notable advancements when compared to its predecessors or phones from other companies, it did demonstrate one thing: mobile phones do not have to be expensive. The Nokia 1100 was incredibly economical, which helped to make the mobile phone a mass commodity. Not surprisingly, Nokia 1100 proved particularly popular in poorer, developing countries. During its six-year production run, it sold over 255 million units worldwide, making it the best-selling mobile phone in history.
Production years: 2003 – 2009
Worldwide sales: ~ 255 million
Directly influenced by the success of the 1100, our number two spot goes to the Nokia 1110 model which offered some improved features compared to the 1100, including support for mp3 ringtones. However, the 1110 was largely comparable to the 1100. It was also low-cost, therefore it was aimed specifically at low-income households as well as low-income countries all over the world. Given that the Nokia 1110 was only manufactured for two years, from 2005 to 2007, its global sales figure of 250 million is even more astonishing than that of the 1100 model.
Production years: 2005 – 2007
Worldwide sales: ~ 250 million
Apple iPhone 6
Coming in at Number 3 is Apple’s eighth-generation smartphone, the iPhone 6. During its manufacturing years of 2014 and 2016, it sold around 220 million units worldwide, making it the best-selling smartphone in history. It demonstrated that high-priced phones can also be highly popular. Released in 2014, it had considerably enhanced its camera quality, WiFi and LTE connectivity, as well as battery life.
Production years: 2014 – 2016
Worldwide sales: ~ 220 million
At number 4, The Nokia 3210 became a huge success when it was released in 1999. The phone included really cutting-edge technologies like T9 predictive text and an integrated antenna, both of which are now commonplace in mobile phone technology. Despite only being in production for about a year, the Nokia 3210 sold roughly 160 million devices worldwide, primarily in Western Europe and North America.
Production years: 1999 – 2000
Worldwide sales: 160 million
Coming in at Number 5, The Nokia 1200 signaled the end of Nokia’s reign. After the 1200’s last manufacturing year in 2010, Nokia slipped well behind Smartphone behemoths Apple, Samsung, and Huawei, which picked over the torch from Nokia and now jointly control the global mobile phone industry. However, the phone’s incredible battery life ensured Nokia sold more than 150 million units of this model.
Production years: 2007 – 2010
Worldwide sales: 155 million