The World's Best Selling Mobile Phone
There are no other mobile phones that can top the world's best selling mobile phone. With 200 million units sold across the globe, nothing could beat the simple yet popular Nokia 1100.
By: Christine Layug
How about the iPhone? The iPhone, although it revolutionized the way people could surf the internet as well as the touchpad technology, the iPhone is only ranked 9th with 8 million units sold across the US alone. But there are no other mobile phones that can top the world's best selling mobile phone. With 200 million units sold across the globe, nothing could beat the simple yet popular Nokia 1100. So what is the Nokia 1100?
The Power of Simplicity
The Nokia 1100 (and a closely-related variant, the Nokia 1101) is a durable and very simple GSM mobile phone produced by Nokia with a 96 x 65 monochrome screen. According to several Cellular Philippine Phone enthusiasts that made several reviews on the phone, the main reason it became popular is that the model is targeted towards developing countries and users who do not require advanced features beyond making calls and SMS text messages, alarm clock, reminders, etc. Unlike the iPhone or the Nokia Nseries, this phone can be easily purchased by anyone.
Over 200 million Nokia 1100 cellphones have been sold since its launch in late 2003, making it the world's best selling phone handset. According to Cellular Philippine Phone enthusiasts, the mobile phone is also known as the best selling consumer electronics device in the world, beating Sony's Playstation 2 (125 million), Apple's iPod (170 million) and Motorola's RAZR (120 million).
The 1100 is similar to the now discontinued 5110, 3210, 3310 models that were among the most popular cell phones in the world a few years ago before handsets developed several new features such as cameras, polyphonic ringtones and colour screens. Other features include:
The 1100 features a built-in flashlight - activated by pressing and holding the "c" key once, or by pressing it twice to lock it on when the keypad is unlocked.
The 1100 and 1101 are only able to play monophonic ringtones, which can be selected from the list of 36 pre-installed ring tones or from the 7 self-composed ones.
It has been specifically designed for developing countries: its keypad and front face have been designed to be as dustproof as possible, and its sides are non-slip for humid weather.
It features Nokia's traditional-
It also includes a 50-message capacity (inbox and drafts, with 25 messages in the sent items folder), alarm, stopwatch, calculator, 6 profiles, contacts storage (capacity 50, with the ability to assign different tones and icons to different contacts).
As of early 2009, it has been in the news due to a firmware flaw in a batch of phones that were manufactured in a plant in Bochum, Germany. According to Cellular Philippine Phone enthusiasts, the phone can be programmed to receive messages directed to a different phone number, thus receiving sensitive bank or other data. This flaw was brought to authorities' attention after some phones were sold for over US$32,000. For more information visit our website at http://www.expressregalo.com