The World's Most Revolutionary Cell Phone

Forget the iPhone, the BlackBerry, the Android. The Nokia 1100 is owned by 250 million people worldwide, and therefore has the greatest capacity for impact.

On the cover of GOOD 006, the Design issue, we ran an image of an AK-47 and asked this question: Is there design this good that doesn't kill people? According to a story in Foreign Policy, there is: the Nokia 1100 cell phone. Like an AK-47, the article posits, the Nokia 1100 is strong and hyper-efficient: built to endure the less-than-ideal conditions for electronics in developing nations. Yes, this is likely the "starter phone" you got for free when you signed your first cell phone contract.

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