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Samsung E250: ~30 million
Thanks to huge popularity in emerging markets, not limited to Africa, Samsung sold more than 30 million E250 handsets since it first launched in 2006. It was also extremely popular in Samsung's home country of South Korea, where it sold in the region of 20 million handsets in less than a year. The handset included a VGA camera and FM radio, and the battery lasted for days. One of the main reasons behind its success was that it was extremely cheap, costing only around $150.
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Apple iPhone 3GS: ~35 million
A minor update to Apple's breakthrough iPhone 3G, the Cupertino, Calif.-based technology giant may have sold as many as 35 million iPhone 3GS' since it first launched in 2009. Apple doesn't break down its iPhone sales by version, but according to analysts and preliminary sales of 1 million in the first weekend, sales remained high even into the December 2011 holiday season.
Samsung Galaxy S III: ~50 million
During the iPhone 5 and Samsung S III race to the top of the sales charts, Samsung breezed through the 30 million mark in September 2012. Then, Samsung came back to reporters only two months later to say that it had pushed through the 40 million mark. Three months later, the Korean smartphone maker would have likely added another 10 million to that total, making it one of the best selling phones in Western markets during 2012.
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