Microsoft have released a statement saying that Windows Phone has seen record sales over the holiday period, with year on year growth of 156%. They also revealed the markets in which Windows Phone are out selling iPhones, which we wrote about yesterday, and the 14 countries where Windows Phone is now the second biggest mobile operating system.
In a statement sent to Neowin they said:
We’ve seen record sales of Windows Phone this holiday worldwide, nearly doubling phone sales during Christmas week (YOY). In the third quarter this year, according to IDC, Windows Phone reinforced its position as a top three smartphone operating system and was the fastest-growing platform among the leading operating systems with 156% year-over-year gain. Windows Phone is the #2 smartphone operating system in 14 markets, and shipped more units than iPhone in 24 markets in Q3. Our portfolio continues to expand: from award-winning flagship devices like the Nokia Lumia 928/1020/1520, to affordable new innovations like the Lumia 520/625/1320 and Huawei W1/W2.
The 24 markets where Windows Phone outsells iPhone are:
United Arab Emirates
While the 14 markets where Windows Phone are now in second place are:
Good performance from the Windows Phone platform, but I personally think it is only a matter of 12-18 months until Windows Phone becomes second place OS internationally, or at least overtakes iOS. Windows Phone, of which a recent AdDuplex report estimated Nokia sell 92.1% of devices, has handsets at lots of different price points, for example the Lumia 520 went on some super good value deals in December, while Apple’s mobile platform is directed more at the higher end market. Android, for example are only so dominant in the smartphone world due to their budget models. Time will tell of course.
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