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Apple iPhone getting outsold by Windows Phone in 24 markets says Microsoft

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Apple iPhone getting outsold by Windows Phone in 24 markets says Microsoft
We all know that Windows Phone picked up some serious momentum in 2013. The platform showed strength at the low-end with the Nokia Lumia 520/521, and at the high end with the Nokia Lumia 1520. Thanks to the GDR3 update, Windows Phone OEMs can now build a device equal specs wise to anything that Android phones can offer. And if the Nokia Icon ever comes out, we are talking about a 5 inch phone with similar specs to the U.S. version of the Samsung Galaxy S4. And that model is expected to be a Verizon exclusive.

According to Christopher Flores, director of communications for Microsoft, Windows Phone is gaining traction on both ends of the market. Flores claims that Windows Phone is the second most popular platform in 14 markets around the world. And if that doesn't make Windows Phone fans feel giddy, consider this. According to Flores, in 24 markets, Windows Phone is outselling the Apple iPhone. While overall the improvement is coming from a small base, Flores says that Windows Phone is the fastest growing platform globally.

We should point out, since Flores didn't mention it, that much of this growth is coming in emerging markets where the Apple iPhone's cost is prohibitive. And while the Nokia Lumia 525 has taken the Lumia 520 and doubled the RAM, Microsoft might start feeling some pressure on the low-end with the Motorola Moto G. BlackBerry, too, will be going after this market with the Foxconn designed and built handset currently codenamed BlackBerry Jakarta. Rumored to be heading first to Indonesia, this model will most likely find itself shipped to emerging markets.

source: TechRadar via WPCentral

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posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:44 16

1. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 381; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


It was just a matter of time. iOS (7) is a cheap imitation of windows phone anyway. Once it gets more apps windows phone will be a better OS than ios.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:46 16

2. ara.armagedon (Posts: 15; Member since: 12 May 2013)


yea... nope

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:52 10

3. Astoni (Posts: 429; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Ehm.. iOS 7 is more androidlike than WP like...

Also i hardly belive that WP will become that big, since most people actually want to have a diffrent look on the phone and Microsoft themselfes actually is going to allow people to use android on the phones since WP isn't that popular.

I'm sure its a great OS but its nothing more me :p.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:55 14

4. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 822; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


I doubt Cupertino is cringing that the $99 520/521/525 is outselling their $650 phone. No premium WP device features in the top 10 anywhere, so until that happens, they aren't even playing the same sport, let alone in the same league, as Apple. This isn't a knock on WP, since I liked my 1020 and 1520, and I even liked the 520 for a cheap backup, but it's not an "Apples to Apple" comparison.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 20:14 3

8. arsenaljimenez (Posts: 137; Member since: 03 May 2012)


It may not have much effect on it now
but once people actually try it because of those 99 dollar phone they will realize wp is a great OS
that's what apple should worry about
I have the 521, bought the s4, and switched back because I prefer wp

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 21:07 2

11. sprockkets (Posts: 1081; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Then why didn't you buy a 1020 or whatever the heck is the "good" Nokia phone.

Pbst.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 15:32

28. arsenaljimenez (Posts: 137; Member since: 03 May 2012)


I have tmobile, its for att
and unlocking that phone is a bitch

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 22:20 3

18. Bernoulli (Posts: 1433; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


it's already a better OS, and on my Lumia 1020 the OS is just a cherry on top, since the camera on the high end lumias is a killer.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 23:35

20. ihavenoname (Posts: 1263; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Umm... I wouldn't say better. And why Lumia sales are big mostly is mostly by 520. And iPhone 5S is still the best selling phone-model in most markets.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:57 12

5. AeroPrime (Posts: 145; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)


Well I'm seeing more people using windows phone.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 09:22

25. adecvat (Posts: 117; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


You and your mother, lol.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 20:08 1

6. mr.techdude (Posts: 536; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


No how much I hate apple and their iPhone, Microsoft should just stick Nokia up their asshole even further. So shut up microbull and stop being jelly cause ur market share is not up their with android and iOS.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 20:29 11

10. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7391; Member since: 14 May 2012)


3.6% since 2010. Three years. That's all I'm going to say.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 20:09 5

7. MrKoles (Posts: 296; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


The truth is if Apple would release a phone for 99 dollars like Nokia did, it would outsold everything. Windows is nowhere to either Android and iOS...lacking any design it would be my last choice.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 21:18 4

13. LordCaedus (Posts: 48; Member since: 01 Nov 2013)


Um, they did. It was called the iPhone 5c and it sold terribly.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 22:04 2

16. sprockkets (Posts: 1081; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


It costs $550 unlocked. That isn't a cheap phone when you can buy $50-$150 ones without contract.

The ancient 4S is $450 as well, now more expensive than a Moto X with half the storage.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 22:09 1

17. sipha (Posts: 252; Member since: 12 May 2012)


@lord, you are too ignorent for this forum.. I won't even gona say why, but just go read something!!

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 18:31

29. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


ignorent is spelled ignorant....just sayin'

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 04:41 1

22. MrKoles (Posts: 296; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


Did you smoke? I mean truly 99, not with slave-contracts...

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 20:22 6

9. timezone (Posts: 73; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)


No design...funny. The windows phone is a beautiful phone. The tile concept has more functionality than a bunch of icons cluttering up the screen. The Windows phone will continue to take marketshare because it is the smarter choice.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 21:10 3

12. buddy4756 (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


It's just because carriers are selling windows phones free and people are cheap.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 21:50 8

15. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7391; Member since: 14 May 2012)


They're selling them for free because they're sitting on the shelves...

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 22:31 2

19. Dastrix (Posts: 570; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


I hope you're talking about contracts... Otherwise, I don't know what to say.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 21:50 2

14. TheMan (Posts: 373; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


This is no surprise. Nokia -- and even Microsoft -- brands carry serious currency in the Old World, while Apple is too pricey for many. WP will continue to see gains in 2014.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 00:52

21. ThePython (Posts: 208; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Liar.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 06:13

23. timezone (Posts: 73; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)


I love the sly comments of Windows phone is only making it because they are selling cheap. First, these are low end phones sold in emerging markets. Android does the same thing. Apple refuses to their detriment to enter the market. Every price point has its sensitivity to price ranges. This is not a valid argument.

However when accepting the argument for its face value, Google is dumping the operating system to the manufacture for free. Android has made the gains they have made because of the zero cost to the manufacture. Be careful what you ask for. Your favorite brand may be engaging in the behavior you don't like.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 06:15

24. darkkjedii (Posts: 10123; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Windows phone is a great os, but android and ios rule the game.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 09:49

26. picka_vi_materina (Posts: 159; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Apple iPhone? That thing has been discontinued a long time ago. Poor thing didn't even have 3G. No wonder it outsells it when it doesn't sell anymore.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 14:59

27. blinx (Posts: 18; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


lol @ comment 26

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