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Report: Windows Phone sales outpace BlackBerry in a number of key markets

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Report: Windows Phone sales outpace BlackBerry in a number of key markets
According to analytic firm Kantar, Windows Phone has overtaken BlackBerry in market share in eight key global areas. It's hard to imagine for those who know only of the current struggles of the Canadian manufacturer, but there was a time when BlackBerry was number one and the name was synonymous with power using businessmen in pinstriped suits. Now, the platform is number four in those eight markets, behind Windows Phone. On a global basis though, BlackBerry remains above Windows Phone in market share.

OS market share  June-August 2011 vs. June-August 2012
OS market share  June-August 2011 vs. June-August 2012

OS market share June-August 2011 vs. June-August 2012

The reason why RIM has to be worried will become clearer to you when you hear the names of the eight markets where BlackBerry trails Windows Phone. The eight are Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, and the U.S., and during the 12 week period through the end of August, BlackBerry's slice of the smartphone pie in those countries averaged 3.8% compared to the 4.8% scored by Windows Phone in those countries over the same time period. And to make matters worse for RIM, their market share is down from the 8.2% it had in those eight countries last year at the same time.

The market share owned by Windows Phone in those 8 key markets rose year-over-year despite the knowledge that Windows Phone 8 phones will be released sometime in Q4. Normally, that would lead to a drop in sales as buyers hold off for the release of the newer build. The fact that the software showed any growth at all during this ramp up period to Windows Phone 8 could be considered a sign of strength. Speaking of strength, in Brazil during that 12 week period, Windows Phone commanded a 14.9% share compared to the 7.5% for the Apple iPhone.

This is all positive for Microsoft even though it trails Android's 61.2% global share for the quarter. That was up significantly from the 52.2% share scored by Google's open source OS in last year's second quarter. iOS was second with a 23.7% reading, up from 23.3% in 2012.

It's interesting to see how certain countries become so enamored with a mobile OS. In Spain, Android's market share in the second quarter was a whopping 86%/ And in the U.S., BlackBerry's market share as measured by one metrics firm, is down to 1%.

source Kantar via MobileBurn

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posted on 04 Sep 2012, 10:09 4

1. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


eat that blackberry!

R.I.M = R.I.P

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 10:12 8

2. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


a truly dedicated BB hater. :)))

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 11:14 1

7. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


indeed...my avatar suits my personality :)

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 10:38 2

4. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 703; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


Your DP is enough to show how much you hate BB

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 11:15 1

8. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Anti Blackberry

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 10:37 2

3. MeoCao (unregistered)


What an encouraging story for WP, LOL.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 10:54 4

5. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)


I've tried just about all of the Smartphone OS's. Windows Phone is my new favorite. Blackberry is too slow and takes forever to boot up when it crashes (frequently). Android is buggy and you need a pilot's license to run it. iOS is fine but it's pretty much a boring sea of chicklets and navigating the music player is a pain. The only thing I don't like about WP is the lack of SD card expansion but WP8 is about to fix that.

Yee Haw!

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 10:59

6. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


RIM must die

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 11:22

9. shammont (Posts: 27; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


I have tried to think of just one good thing to say about RIM. Couldn't even think of one. So long RIM

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 12:02

11. Cyan3boN (Posts: 425; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


BBM thats it..

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 11:28

10. rainyday (Posts: 44; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


omg, android is such a badass

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 16:41

12. Jasonhunterx (Posts: 110; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


When windows phone out sells you your in trouble who buys those 2 Gen specs with weak apps

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