Nokia has announced that they have shipped over 1.5 billion Series 40 (S40) phones. Their first Series 40 phone, Nokia 7110 was developed in 1999 that offered web-based functions, including email. The 1.5 billionth phone was received by a female consumer in the Brazilian city of São Paulo. Their latest S40 phone Nokia Asha 303 with QWERTY keypad, Touch screen display and 1 GHz processor was announced at the Nokia World last year.
There are 675 million active owners of S40 phones in the world, and Nokia is selling about 12 S40 phones every second according to a report from BBC. These affordable S40 devices for the next billion people now come with innovative features including Nokia Maps for Series 40, Nokia Browser and Web Apps, Nokia Money and Nokia Life Tools, Social networking and Instant messenger support.
Nokia bought Smarterphone, an operating system vendor that delivers operating system optimized for feature phones earlier this month. They might enhance their S40 phones’ UI with this.
The latest Nokia Asha 300 and Asha 303 should hit the Indian market soon.