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Ranked: The 15 Best-Selling Mobile Phones of All Time

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Ranked: The Best-Selling Mobile Phones of All Time

In 2021, the world had 7.1 billion mobile phone users, roughly 90% of the global population. The mobile phone is now one of humanity’s most ubiquitous pieces of technology, and these sleek modern devices are a far cry from their hefty, brick-like predecessors.

But what are the most sold mobile phones of all time?

Using data from Wikipedia, Yahoo Finance, and tech analyst firm Omdia, we chart out the sales of the mobile phones that have enjoyed unmitigated success.

The Most Sold Mobile Phones of All Time

Heading the list of most sold phones ever is the much-beloved Nokia 1100, recording more than 250 million sales in six years before being discontinued in 2009.

Despite existing at the same time as the first mass-market smartphones (the Nokia E-series and then the iPhone), the 1100s’ price, focus on basic functionality, and pocket size made it a favorite in developing countries.

At second place, another variant of the same line, the Nokia 1110, sold 248 million units.

RankMobile PhoneAll-Time Sales
1Nokia 1100250M
2Nokia 1110248M
3iPhone 6/6 Plus222M
4Nokia 105 Series200M
5iPhone 6S/6S Plus174M
6iPhone 5s165M
7Nokia 3210161M
8iPhone 7/7 Plus160M
9iPhone 11/11 Pro/
11 Pro Max
159M
10iPhone XR/
XS/XS Max
151M
11TNokia 6600150M
11TNokia 1200150M
11TNokia 5230150M
11TSamsung E1100150M
15iPhone 5146M
16Nokia 2600/
2610/2626/2630
135M
17TMotorola RAZR V3130M
17TNokia 1600/
1650/1661
130M
19Nokia 3310126M
20iPhone 8/8 Plus125M

Ranked third is the iPhone 6 and 6 plus, with a combined 222 million units. Their 4.7 and 5.5-inch screens ushered in the era of large screen smartphones, and they remain Apple’s best-selling iPhones and the best-selling smartphones of all time. In fact, the iPhone 6 was so popular it was re-released in 2017 at a mid-range price level.

The next 17 ranks of the most sold phones are split between Nokias and iPhones, with only the Samsung E1100 (ranked 11th) and and the Motorola Razr V3 (ranked 17th) managing to break the duopoly.

Of course, Nokia and Apple have had very different fortunes in the last decade.

After riding telecom market deregulation, first in Europe, and then in Asia, Nokia failed the transition to smartphones and quickly lost ground to Apple, Google and Samsung.

Microsoft purchased Nokia’s mobile phone business in 2014 to boost their own Windows Phone, but when that failed, Nokia’s phone business was once again sold to HMD Global. Today, HMD Global still makes Nokia phones (including revamps of earlier models) which run on Android OS.

The Modern Mobile Phone Rivalry: Apple vs. Samsung

It’s hard to believe how quickly Apple’s core business has changed from personal computing to mobile phones.

In 2009 iPhone sales contributed about 25% to the company’s revenues. By 2023, half of Apple’s $383 billion revenue came from their phones.

The iPhone routinely dominates the top 10 best-selling phones every year, as evidenced from research by tech analysts Omdia.

2022 Best Sellers2022 Sales2023 Best Sellers2023 Sales
iPhone 1355MiPhone 14 Pro Max31M
Galaxy A1335MiPhone 1426M
iPhone 13 Pro Max29MiPhone 14 Pro24M
iPhone 14 Pro Max23MiPhone 1322M
iPhone 1121MGalaxy A1420M
iPhone 13 Pro19MGalaxy A14 5G14M
iPhone 14 Pro18MGalaxy A54 5G14M
Galaxy A03 Core18MGalaxy S23 Ultra13M
iPhone 1417MGalaxy A04e11M
Galaxy A0316MRedmi 12C11M

Source: Data shared by Omdia. Note: 2023 numbers are current up to Q3, 2023.

However, Korean electronics behemoth Samsung’s sales figures aren’t exactly lackluster either. And while the two companies’ business models differ quite a bit, their flagship devices are routinely put up against each other: Samsung winning on battery life and mid and lower-range options, and Apple winning on optimization and security. Both brands have stellar cameras.

And while Apple rules the U.S. smartphone market (52% market share), Samsung edges them out globally with a 22% market share, compared to Apple’s 19%.

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Ranked: The 20 Biggest Tech Companies by Market Cap

In total, the 20 biggest tech companies are worth over $20 trillion—nearly 18% of the stock market value globally.

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Ranked: The 20 Biggest Tech Companies by Market Cap

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The world’s 20 biggest tech companies are worth over $20 trillion in total. To put this in perspective, this is nearly 18% of the stock market value globally.

This graphic shows which companies top the ranks, using data from Companiesmarketcap.com.

A Closer Look at The Top 20

Market capitalization (market cap) measures what a company is worth by taking the current share price and multiplying it by the number of shares outstanding. Here are the biggest tech companies according to their market cap on June 13, 2024.

RankCompanyCountry/RegionMarket Cap
1AppleU.S.$3.3T
2MicrosoftU.S.$3.3T
3NvidiaU.S.$3.2T
4AlphabetU.S.$2.2T
5AmazonU.S.$1.9T
6MetaU.S.$1.3T
7TSMCTaiwan$897B
8BroadcomU.S.$778B
9TeslaU.S.$582B
10TencentChina$453B
11ASMLNetherlands$415B
12OracleU.S.$384B
13SamsungSouth Korea$379B
14NetflixU.S.$281B
15AMDU.S.$258B
16QualcommU.S.$243B
17SAPGermany$225B
18SalesforceU.S.$222B
19PDD Holdings (owns Pinduoduo)China$212B
20AdobeU.S.$206B

Note: PDD Holdings says its headquarters remain in Shanghai, China, and Ireland is used for legal registration for its overseas business.

 

Apple is the largest tech company at the moment, having competed with Microsoft for the top of the leaderboard for many years. The company saw its market cap soar after announcing its generative AI, Apple Intelligence. Analysts believe people will upgrade their devices over the next few years, since the new features are only available on the iPhone 15 Pro or newer.

Microsoft is in second place in the rankings, partly thanks to enthusiasm for its AI software which is already generating revenue. Rising profits also contributed to the company’s value. For the quarter ended March 31, 2024, Microsoft increased its net income by 20% compared to the same quarter last year.

Nvidia follows closely behind with the third-highest market cap, rising more than eight times higher compared to its value at the start of 2023. The company has recently announced higher profits, introduced a higher dividend, and reported that its next-generation GPU chip will start generating revenue later this year.

AI a Driver of the Biggest Tech Companies

It’s clear from the biggest tech companies that involvement in AI can contribute to investor confidence.

Among S&P 500 companies, AI has certainly become a focus topic. In fact, 199 companies cited the term “AI” during their first quarter earnings calls, the highest on record. The companies who mentioned AI the most were Meta (95 times), Nvidia (86 times), and Microsoft (74 times).

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