35 million Nokia feature phones were shipped in 2016

25 February 2017
Before HMD acquired the Nokia brand from Microsoft, the company held 9% of the feature phone market.

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  • Anonymous

I get it - Microsoft acquired Nokia only to promote Windows. Thank God that didn't work out.

  • AnonD-632062

Julliard, 26 Feb 2017Their best selling feature phone are E1100. Samsung Metro & ... moreThank you Julliard for enlightening me!

AnonD-632062, 26 Feb 2017Samsung is leading in featurephones also?! Hmmm, I wasn't expect... moreTheir best selling feature phone are E1100. Samsung Metro & Samsung Guru Plus are the most recent model. Other series are Samsung Keystones, Samsung Caramel and Samsung Erica. All of it are super basic feature phone. No camera or whatsoever. Price range from $20-$50.

Julliard, 26 Feb 2017Although they do make feature phones but they dont made the news... moreThe last feature phone by Samsung to get listed in GSMA was released in 2015.

sr777, 26 Feb 2017If other manufacturers are making feature phones, why aren't the... moreAlthough they do make feature phones but they dont made the news because there is no one writing about them. One thing for sure, all of the newly released feature phone always quietly make it into gsmarena list of phone.

  • AnonD-632062

Samsung is leading in featurephones also?! Hmmm, I wasn't expecting that......

  • Anonym

aatif khan, 26 Feb 2017Not everyone wants a smart phone. A cell phone is a primary ... more"even if handset breaks,there is no fear of data loss stored on phone memory" -- WHY? They may be feature phones, but do have internal memory. More, because they are so feature deprived, you usually don't have an option to set automatic backups.

"Plus with physical keyboard,the fear of a broken screen or any other touch related issues is minimal." -- WHY? Feature phone also have screens which do break. More, physical keys also start to fail with wear, even quicker than you'd get touch issues in a non-defective well built phone.

"Even today's touch screen keyboards follow basic layout of traditional keyboard, just that it doesn't have physical entity." -- Yes, the point being you get a much larger screen for the majority of time you're not inputting stuff, with a fully customizable keyboard that allows you to change layout and keysizes as you please.

  • Anonymous

Smuti, 26 Feb 2017If you were selling phones you would know that number isn't anyt... more"I have customers that buy at least 10 feature phones per month."

All that waste of electronics is so sad. I wish people (and manufacturers) would care more about the environment.

If other manufacturers are making feature phones, why aren't they included in GSMA?

Not everyone wants a smart phone.

A cell phone is a primary device for call and text messages. Keyboard is a primary means to dail and type and will never go out of use. Even today's touch screen keyboards follow basic layout of traditional keyboard, just that it doesn't have physical entity.

Plus with physical keyboard,the fear of a broken screen or any other touch related issues is minimal. and above all,even if handset breaks,there is no fear of data loss stored on phone memory and biggest advantage is low price loss in an event of break ( imagine bending of a premium phone or it catching fire vis-a-vis breaking of this device).

I think these types are going to stay ,till we start communicating using telepathy.

  • Anonymous

wow... thats a lot....

  • zahor

no need nokia

  • AnonD-392500

Poverty is the main factor behind this.

  • Anonymous

YowYow, 26 Feb 2017for US Citizens and a lot of other countries, elderly people doe... moreI always wonder why feature phone get stolen. Is it even worth to be stolen?

  • Anonymous

AnonD-523334, 25 Feb 2017Quite impressive. I thought no one is buying feature phones. There are non-camera phones as basic as the most basic of Nokia's Classic-Series devices from the mid to late 2000's, because many private enterprises prohibit the use of camera equipped handsets on-site. Also, some free cellular phones given to those on financial aid or poverty are most often basic, such as the Kyocera Domino to name an example.

  • YowYow

Smuti, 26 Feb 2017If you were selling phones you would know that number isn't anyt... morefor US Citizens and a lot of other countries, elderly people does not treat feature phones as disposable or trash, it is used for calling and texting which is the main meaning of a mobile phone, there are other smartphones also that does not pick up enough coverage compared to feature phones with just 3G network and below (ironic isn't it?) these feature phones also are rugged phones which you will not mind at all if you drop it or not or lose or got it stolen and etc, that's why these type of phones still exist and gets a lot of shipments

  • Anonymous

ithehappy, 25 Feb 2017I still have my Nokia 1200. My mother still uses a Nokia 215 or ... moreMost engineers like me who frequents site visit like to use feature phone at site.. No way are we going to bring our precious smartphone to the harsh working condition at site

  • Anonymous

Aadrian, 25 Feb 2017That is quite a number of feature phones still sold worldwide, d... moreYear on year sales actually shows it decreasing drastically. At this rate there will be zero feature phones sales by 2019-2020 according to the chart.

Aadrian, 25 Feb 2017That is quite a number of feature phones still sold worldwide, d... moreIf you were selling phones you would know that number isn't anything special really.

Feature phones are disposable phones and people treat them like that. I have customers that buy at least 10 feature phones per month.

  • AnonD-516829

nokia the besst