Cebu City, Philippines (PressExposure) May 29, 2009 -- Want to know which mobile phone can be considered as the best selling mobile phone? Well, it isn't Apple's iPhone nor Motorola's RAZR V3 version, and certainly not Nokia's N95 series, but it does fall on Nokia's collection of mobile phones. The brand of mobile phone considered to be the best selling cellular phones for sale is Nokia's 1100. Though it doesn't have the capabilities found with Apple's iPhone, or Motorola's RAZR V3, or with Nokia's N95, it is considered as the one of the best selling mobile phones today.
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. It is targeted towards developing countries and users who do not require advanced features beyond making calls and SMS text messages, alarm clock, reminders, etc. 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.
According to some online free ads Philippines sites and review sites, over 200 million Nokia 1100 cellphones have been sold since its launch in late 2003, making it the world's best selling cellular phones for sale as well as the best selling consumer electronics device in the world, beating Sony's Playstation 2 (125 million), Apple's iPod (170 million), Motorola's RAZR (120 million), and LG's Chocolate (10 million).
* 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. It can also be accessed via a menu item. * 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 features Nokia's traditional-style navigational keypad, which uses a single button to connect and end calls, bi-directional keys and vibrating alert. * The Cingular branded version features a built-in AOL Instant Messenger client. * The 1100 is compatible with the Nokia Xpress-On covers (including matching battery compartments). In addition to the default blue, white or black, there are also a light blue, yellow, red, green, orange and pink offered by Nokia, as well as many 3rd party covers. * 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. * Other features include 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), and games (Snake II and Space Impact+).
Controversies Over Nokia 1100
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. 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