Nokia dumb-phone sales jump amid Pegasus fears

The Israeli firm that imports Nokia products says there has been a 200 percent increase in sales of old phones in the last week, Army Radio reports.

The jump is thought to be driven by Israelis seeking a safe haven from sophisticated spyware like NSO Group’s Pegasus, after reports that police spied on civilians with the program.

A teacher holding up his cell phone at the entrance to an Ultra-Orthodox school in Jerusalem, on May 6, 2020. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

Non-smartphones from the once-ubiquitous Finnish firm remain popular among some ultra-Orthodox in Israel who eschew access to the internet but still want to be reachable while away from home.

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