Despite only being released in 2014, the iPhone 6/6+ has quickly become the second most in-demand phone, selling over 222 million units. While iPhone 13 has only recently been released, the iPhone 6 range has remained the most popular, selling more than double its counterparts, with the iPhone 5 handset pulling in just 70 million units of sale. Interestingly, the iPhone 5C/5S, iPhone 5, and iPhone X sit in fifth, sixth, and seventh place respectively. Interestingly, Nokia boasts two of the most sought-after phones of the century, with the classic 3310 released in the year 2000 ranking in third place. Famous for having the Snake II mobile game, the Nokia 3310 has sold 136 million units since its release year.
The most popular mobile phones over the last 22 years have been revealed, and the findings aren’t what you may expect. While Apple’s iPhones and Samsung’s Galaxy series are now the most popular phones on the world, analysts from online smartphone store Mobiles.co.uk have discovered that the Nokia 1100 has been the most popular phone since 2000. The study examined data from phone makers from 2000 to the present, looking at how many units of each handset were sold since its release. According to the data, the Nokia 1100 model from 2003 was the most popular, selling 250 million copies worldwide.
The Motorola Razr V3, which came out in 2004 and bucked the trend of the ‘brick-like’ style of handsets with its slim and sleek flip phone design, notably ranks fourth with 130 million sales. It remains a popular handset to this day, with Motorola rolling out a more modern version as recently as last year. Both the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy round out the top ten most dominant smartphones of their respective years, with Apple and Samsung boasting three different handsets, each behind Nokia and Motorola.
Earlier releases in the century do have the advantage of selling for a longer period, and with yearly updates to phone models it gives later released products a shorter selling window to catch up on the top selling products. In terms of recent releases, a few exciting handsets are registering impressive sales figures to keep an eye on. The iPhone 12 was released in 2020 and proved to be hugely popular across the market. The Google Pixel 6 has also enjoyed a successful launch period, and if it maintains an impressive run rate, it could make an appearance on a top ten list.
Perhaps surprisingly, there was no place among the most successful selling handsets for Blackberry, despite these handsets paving the way for free instant messenger features on mobiles, with BBM (Blackberry Messenger) being a staple of their products between 2003-20193. As Apple’s flagship iPhone 13 launched in September 2021, it’ll have to sell exceptionally well to usurp its high-flying iPhone 6 predecessor and will need to surpass a quarter of a billion sales to become the best-selling handset of this century.