Special Report

The Most Popular Phones of All Time

Source: Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

36. Razr V3
> Manufacturer: Motorola
> Release year: 2004

Only a couple of years before the flip phone became outdated, the Motorola Razr V3 left its mark. With an emphasis on aesthetics, the phone was made from aircraft-grade aluminum and sold approximately 110 million units over a four year period.

37. PEBL U6
> Manufacturer: Motorola
> Release year: 2005

Flip phones dominated the early 2000s, and the Motorola PEBL U6 was one of the most popular. It sold roughly 15 million units worldwide and helped Motorola maintain the second largest market share of any phone manufacturer at the time.

Source: Courtesy of BlackBerry

38. BlackBerry Pearl 8100
> Manufacturer: Research In Motion
> Release year: 2006

With a camera and media player, the BlackBerry Pearl was one of the first offerings from BlackBerry — called Research In Motion at the time — to target consumers outside of the business community.

Source: Carl Berkeley / Wikimedia Commons

39. iPhone
> Manufacturer: Apple
> Release year: 2007

It is difficult to overstate the impact Apple’s iPhone had on the industry. Though many were skeptical of the iPhone upon its release, the device pioneered both technology and style that redefined industry standards.

40. T-Mobile G1
> Manufacturer: HTC
> Release year: 2008

Also known as the Dream, the T-Mobile G1 was the first smartphone to utilize the Android operating system. While the G1 was never as popular as the iPhone, the Android operating system is far more popular than Apple’s iOS is worldwide.

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