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09/09/2013 05:06 pm ET Updated Nov 09, 2013

Nokia 3310: The Phone That Could Not Be Killed

JAPAN - FEBRUARY 15:  Launched on the 1st September 2000, the Nokia 3310 featured advanced messaging, personalisation with Xp
JAPAN - FEBRUARY 15: Launched on the 1st September 2000, the Nokia 3310 featured advanced messaging, personalisation with Xpress-on covers and screensavers, vibra feature, time management functions, voice dialling, picture messaging, predictive text input and games. It also introduced ?mobile chat? using the Nokia Friends-Talk service, which allows users to have conversations using SMS (Short Message Service). This is a globally accepted wireless service that enables the transmission of messages between mobile users and external systems such as e-mail, paging, and voice-mail. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)

The ultimate lesson of the sale of Nokia's phone division to Microsoft last week is that even titans fall: the largest mobile phone maker in the world from 1998 until 2012, the Finnish papermaker-turned-phone vendor produced thirteen of the top twenty best-selling phones ever.

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