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The list of the 20 best-selling phones may surprise you because not many smartphones are included; however, you may have owned one of the devices listed below.
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20. Nokia 2650 – 35 million units sold
Nokia 2650 became available in October 2004. Due to its low price, this clamshell model became pretty popular at the time. It included features such as a 128×128 color display, LED light for alerts, MMS, and a calendar. The company sold 35 million units.
19. iPhone 3GS – 35 million units sold
Apple announced iPhone 3GS in June 2009. It ran the iOS operating system. The slogan for iPhone 3GS was "The fastest, most powerful iPhone yet." This model was two times faster than its predecessor, iPhone 3G. It came with new features such as a digital compass, voice control, and video camera.
18. Samsung Galaxy S II – 40 million units sold
Samsung released this Android smartphone in May 2011. At the time, Samsung Galaxy S II was one of the slimmest smartphones available on the market. It has an 8-megapixel camera, 1GB of RAM, and a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor.
17. Samsung Galaxy S III – 40 million units sold
The Galaxy S II's successor was released in May 2012. It runs the Android operating system, and it was launched with Android 4.0.4 "Ice Cream Sandwich." Samsung Galaxy S III came with increased storage, eye-tracking ability, intelligent personal assistant, and many exciting features.
16. Nokia 6230 – 50 million units sold
Nokia announced this model in October 2003. The phone was released in 2004. Nokia 6230 came with built-in wireless technology, a VGA camera, FM radio, and a TFT color screen with 128×128 pixels resolution. It is considered to be one of the loudest Nokia phones.
15. Nokia 3100 – more than 50 million units sold
Nokia 3100 was designed for the younger market. It was released in 2003. This device is equipped with a lithium-ion battery, GPRS, Pop-Port connectivity, and a 128×128 passive color display. Nokia sold more than 50 million units.
14. Motorola StarTAC – 6 0 million units sold
Motorola StarTAC is the first flip mobile phone ever, released in January 1996. Considering that Motorola introduced the clamshell concept, it is not surprising that this phone became so popular.
13. Motorola C200 – 60 million units sold
Motorola C200 was announced in 2003 and didn't have many features, but it was pretty popular. Many people who bought this device more than a decade ago reported that the phone is still working.
12. iPhone 4s – more than 60 million units sold
The iPhone 4S became available in October 2011, and the slogan was "The most amazing iPhone yet." Like every other iPhone, this model runs Apple's mobile operating system, iOS. Even though it was first shipped with iOS 5, it can be updated to iOS 9.
11. Nokia 5130 – 65 million units sold
Nokia 5130 runs Nokia's series 40 platform and is part of the XpressMusic series. It has a physical keypad, 320×240 resolution screen, and a 2-megapixel camera. Nokia sold 65 million units.
10. Nokia 6010 – 75 million units sold
It was first released in 2004. Some of its features are the to-do list, alarm clock, calendar, voice command system, calculator, and stopwatch. Many Nokia phones are known for their durability and strength, and this one is no exception.
9. Nokia 1208 – 100 million units sold
Nokia announced this model in 2007. Some of its features included SMS, downloadable polychromic ringtones, and vibration. It was available in two colors, black and red. The company sold 100 million units. Impressive, isn't it?
8. Nokia 1600 – 130 million units sold
Nokia 1600, released in 2006, is part of the Ultrabasic series. It came with a new feature – a speaking clock. This phone includes a few video games and a ringtone composer, allowing users to create custom ringtones.
7. Motorola RAZR V3 – 130 million units sold
Motorola RAZR V3 is part of the Motorola Razr series, and this model was the first of the series and the most popular one. It became available in 2004.
6. Nokia 2600 – 135 million units sold
This phone became available in 2008. Its key features are FM radio, Bluetooth 2.0, MP3, ringtones, SMS, MMS, and email, 1000-entry phonebook, Nokia Xpress audio messaging, and 2G cellular data support. Another impressive number for the company – 135 million units were sold.
5. Nokia 3310 – 136 million units sold
Nokia announced this model in September 2000, and until this day, it is considered one of the greatest phones of all time. Nokia 3310 replaced Nokia 3210. It came with a stopwatch, calculator, and a few games, including Snake II.
4. Nokia 5230 – 150 million units sold
Nokia 5230 was released in November 2009. Some of its key features are a 3.2-inch screen, Bluetooth, 3G internet support, full HTML internet browsing, microSD card support, and FM radio.
3. Nokia 1200 – 150 million units sold
This was another Nokia phone that was pretty popular even though it didn't have many features. It was announced in 2007, and it was available in two colors Black and Blue.
2. Nokia 3210 – 160 million units sold
Nokia announced this model in 1999. This phone was one of the first mobile phones with an internal antenna. It included a ringtone composer and several preinstalled games: Rotation, Memory, and Snake. It is one of the most popular phones of all time, with 160 million units sold.
1. Nokia 1110 – 250 million units sold
This is the highest-selling mobile phone of all time, with 250 million units sold. It's a low-end device by Nokia, released in 2005. Forget about the features. With this phone, you can send text messages and make calls, and that's about it. Even though it doesn't have any interesting features like smartphones, it is at the top of the list of the best-selling phones of all time.