15 Best-Selling Phones in History

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Over the years since the advent of mobile technology, certain devices have risen above the rest, captivating consumers with their innovation, design, and functionality. From iconic classics to modern marvels, the 15 best-selling cell phones of all time have left an indelible mark on the industry, reshaping how we communicate and interact with the world around us.

Nokia 1100


With its durable build and reliable performance, over 255 million units of this iconic handset flew off shelves worldwide, earning it a top spot. The phone significantly impacted the mobile industry when it was launched in 2003.

Nokia 1110: 247 Million Units

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Another hit from Nokia, this simple yet effective, budget-friendly handset sold millions of pieces, catering to users seeking reliability without breaking the bank. The sales records are astonishing because this model was in production for two years (2005-2007).

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus


Apple’s sleek design and advanced features captivated consumers, selling over 222 million units, making it a timeless classic. To date, the two phone models are the best-selling iPhones, and did you know that the iPhone 6 was the first model to introduce Apple Pay through NFC?

Nokia 105 Series: 200 Million Units

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Nokia had been known for its durable mobiles, and it took it a notch higher when it brought the 105 series to the market. The handset is famous for its long battery life, with some models said to last a whole week on a single charge. That, coupled with the basic features like FM radio, SMS, and phonebook, made the series an instant hit.

iPhone 5S


With its Touch ID fingerprint sensor feature on the home button and the AirDrop capability, the iPhone 5S quickly became a fan favorite when it was launched in 2013. The phone earned a spot in the best-selling handsets of all time, with over 165 million items sold worldwide.

Nokia 3210: 161 Million Units

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With its customizable covers and groundbreaking Snake game, news of this fantastic device quickly spread, capturing the hearts of millions. Without a doubt, Nokia had an undeniable impact on the mobile phone industry in the early 2000s, selling countless pieces of their innovative gadgets.  

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

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Another one from the Apple catalog, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus’s revolutionary dual-camera system and water-resistant design, made waves, selling over 159.9 million pieces and redefining smartphone photography. Apple eliminated the headphone jack with this model, revolutionizing the subsequent iPhone models.

iPhone 11 Series: 159 Million Units

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When the iPhone 11 series hit the market in 2019, it brought many performance and camera upgrades, with a 4K shooting capability for the front-facing camera, all powered by the A13 Bionic chip. The model was one of the manufacturer’s best-sellers, cementing Apple’s position as one of the most innovative gadget manufacturers in the industry.

iPhone XR


Offering premium features at a more affordable price point, this standout device sold over 151 million units, proving that quality doesn’t have to break the bank. The model broke records, selling over 75 million pieces two years after its release. Its vibrant colors, combined with some performance and screen-size upgrades, made the handset appealing to the masses.

Nokia 6600


Pioneering the smartphone revolution with its Symbian OS, this trailblazer sold over 150 million units, paving the way for future mobile innovations. The mobile was famous for its powerful camera and sturdy build at the time.

Nokia 1200: 150 Million Units


By catering to the basic needs of users, this no-frills handset won over millions of consumers, proving that simplicity can be a powerful selling point. The phone had all the necessary features: an in-built FM radio, calendar, and calculator, and above all, it was easy to operate.

Nokia 5230


The Nokia 5230 was one of the first mobiles to support A-GPS, a feature that made it popular. The handset featured a touch-screen display and a music player, among other incredible features. The 5230 sold more than 150 million items worldwide.

Samsung E1100

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From customizable ringtones, long battery life, and lightweight design to its sturdy build, the Samsung E1100 was a significant hit in the cell phone business. The model sold over 150 million pieces globally, making it one of the highest-selling handsets ever.

Nokia 2600

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By combining simplicity with reliability, this budget-friendly handset sold over 135 million units, catering to the needs of a diverse global market. It was affordable, and with its small size, the Nokia 2600 was perfect for anyone looking for a basic, dependable handset.

Motorola RAZR V3


Its ultra-slim profile and futuristic design propelled it to sales of over 130 million units, becoming a symbol of style and sophistication. RAZR V3’s aluminum sleek flip design hooked consumers, and the icing on the cake was the colored screen.


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