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

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.

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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12 Comments

1. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

eat that blackberry! R.I.M = R.I.P

2. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

a truly dedicated BB hater. :)))

7. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

indeed...my avatar suits my personality :)

4. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

Your DP is enough to show how much you hate BB

8. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Anti Blackberry

3. MeoCao unregistered

What an encouraging story for WP, LOL.

5. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 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!

6. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

RIM must die

9. shammont

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

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

11. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

BBM thats it..

10. rainyday

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

omg, android is such a badass

12. Jasonhunterx

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

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

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