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The best selling cell phone since 2000 is...?
The golden age of feature phones is all but over, but their presence on the post-millennium market helped rake in more revenues than most best-selling smartphones of today. The reality is that while Apple can sell 47 million iPhones in a quarter and Samsung can sell 20 million Galaxy smartphones, just ten years ago the figures were just as high but were limited to just one phone model.
One relic of the feature phone past was able to sell more than 200 million of just one phone model since its launch. Today, not one single iPhone model was able to even come close to that figure.
Here's a run down of the most popular cell phones and smartphones in the post-2000 market.
LG Shine: ~8 million
LG's second installment in the Black Label Series managed to sell around 8 million devices during its heyday in 2008. Thanks to the handset's release in South America and Europe, the slider-phone maker sold 5 million in just one year alone. By the time it was discontinued it had sold around 8 million.
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Motorola Droid Bionic: ~13 million
Motorola's delayed touch-screen smartphone got off to a bad start, after delays and some owners complaining of audio troubles when it was eventually released. Still, sales shot through the roof after just a few months. It's estimated that 13 million Droid Bionic smartphones in two years. However, sales could've been better if the device wasn't locked into a Verizon exclusive deal in the U.S. market, but those who did buy it were able to use the carrier's 4G LTE network.
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