Nokia's aging S40 mobile phone platform has hit a new milestone with 1.5 billion S40 handsets having been sold around the world to date
Whilst Nokia makes waves in the Windows Phone market it is its past ventures that the Finnish phone manufacturer is making headlines with 1.5 billion S40 series handsets having been sold across the world to date.
Hitting the hugely impressive milestone figure Nokia has revealed that whilst it is now focussing much of its efforts on Microsoft’s latest mobile operating system, the S40 platform is continuing to attract users with the 1.5 billionth S40 handset sold, a Nokia Asha 303, picked up by 21 year old Mayara Rodrigues in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
"We are incredibly proud to reach this milestone. Having 1.5 billion Series 40 devices sold is a hard-to-reach mark, let alone one attainable in a single line of products,” Mary McDowell, EVP for mobile phones at Nokia said.
"At a time when we are maintaining our commitment to connecting the next billion customers around the world - it is gratifying to consider how Series 40 devices have made mobile technology accessible and help continue to change people's lives for the better."
First launched in 1999 the S40 system has grown rapidly during the past 12 years with the current platform bolstered by a whole array of high-end content including access to leading apps such as Rovio’s dominant Angry Birds release.
Nokia Asha 303 Features
Having claimed the mantle as the 1.5 billionth S40 handset to be sold, the Nokia Asha 303, which was officially unveiled last October, has taken on a cult status among S40 devices. Sporting a 2.6-inch capacitive touchscreen display the device boasts a basic array of specs with 100MB of internal storage expandable via microSD landing alongside 3G connectivity and a full QWERTY keyboard.
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