Nokia is celebrating the sale of its 1.5 billionth Series 40 mobile phone. The 1.5 billionth device was a Nokia Asha 303 smartphone, and it was sold to a female consumer in Brazil. Asha 303 is a touch screen handset with QWERTY keypad designed for web browsing .
The first Series 40 phone was the Nokia 7110 developed in 1999. "Since then this family of phones has evolved to such an extent that they are considered 'Smartphone Lite' thanks to the innovations of the new Nokia Asha range."
"Series 40 phones now blur the line between feature phones and smartphones. With recent innovations including Nokia Maps for Series 40, Nokia Browser and Web Apps, Nokia Money and Nokia Life Tools, millions of consumers have enjoyed easy and affordable access to the Internet and information for the first time, with locally relevant apps and content."
Mary McDowell, executive vice president, mobile phones, Nokia, said, "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. 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."
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