U.K. consumers favor BlackBerry over Windows Phone

U.K. consumers favor BlackBerry over Windows Phone
A graph released by Kantar, shows the U.K. market share of smartphone operating systems over a ten year period from March 2004 through March 2014. What makes this chart so fascinating, is that we can look at the beginning of the graph and we know what is going to take place over the next decade. We see Windows Mobile and BlackBerry as the early leaders until iOS comes out of nowhere late in 2007, to challenge BlackBerry.

So we had a three way race open up in the U.K. between iOS, Windows Mobile and BlackBerry. But starting in 2009, Android entered into the picture. Google's open source OS started to team up with iOS to squeeze the market share belonging to Windows Mobile, and later, Windows Phone.

According to the chart, as of this past March, BlackBerry still owned a higher market share than Windows Phone in the U.K. And to make things look even worse for Microsoft's mobile OS, the graph is based on consumer data only. That means that BlackBerry 's share of the U.K. smartphone market topped the figure for Windows Phone as recently as three months ago, even without taking into consideration the phones purchased by the enterprise. The latter, of course, is BlackBerry's bread and butter.

BlackBerry has a larger share of the U.K. consumer market

BlackBerry has a larger share of the U.K. consumer market


source: @charlesarthur via Crackberry

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92 Comments

1. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Then why aren't they buying them?.... Another crazy PA article... Lets see if this makes it to WPC, the accurate site for WP news...

4. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

the source.... from crakberyy. they desperately trying to create hype.

46. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

How is that make them any different than MS and Nokia?

44. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

wpc is the best site for wp news, but i won't exactly call them unbiased. same for crackberry, or any mobile nation site.

2. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

Really? Hard to read/understand graphics by Kantar... Then, why according to statcounter, also about the installed based in UK, the BB user in UK down from peak 44% to 11%? http://gs.statcounter.com/#mobile_os-GB-weekly-200953-201424

3. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

BTW, I just re-read the kantar graphs that used by PA. If you notice the last 10% graph, the BB were shrinking compared to WP. Why on earth PA could use the WRONG TITLE. It should be U.K. consumer NOT favor BB over WP.

6. jsdechavez

Posts: 783; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Agree. BB's share is shrinking. Quit the opposite.

7. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

How much is BB paying u PA? In reality there is not one market in the world where BB market share is growing.

8. wax33

Posts: 45; Member since: Apr 06, 2014

The Brits are weirdos.

48. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

Actually, if you see the graph title, it said that BB still use by lots of user, it doesn't say it still sell. My bet is there were some poor british that can't afford a brand new android and using their bb until the last breath of the device. SO, yes, being use more doesn't mean it still sell well.

9. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Aww crap.... :-( Why isn't my favourite OS with its beautiful and smooth UI selling? Lagdroid and iPOS were okay but now people are prefering crapberry OS. But again my lumia is best, thanks Elop and Nadella for such a great device.

10. ikenvape

Posts: 305; Member since: May 28, 2014

Wow..you do know that your contributing to give a bad name to WP users

16. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Bad name? Sir I'm doing my job. I like my lumia and my fav company told me to spread the information of how good WP is.

26. johnsons

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Your job is trolling.....

12. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

The kid finally got some brains! You kid are showing signs of growing up. Keep it up!

17. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Grandpa thanks for your enlightment.

27. johnsons

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Don't be so sure dude......be careful.

14. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Don't get too happy, yet.

18. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Am i happy? No.... I could'nt sell lumias.... Even blackberry sold us out. Its just sad.

19. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Of course not, your favourite wrestler has quitted.

21. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Leave him alone now, all that matters is "WP"

11. Fellwalker

Posts: 516; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

BlackBerry 's share of the U.K. smartphone market topped the figure for Windows Phone as recently as three months ago," The graph stops at September 2013!

13. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

This graph might be of last year. As of now, WP has around 9% marketshare in the UK versus BB's 3 or 4 percent. This graph is old IMO.

50. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

because after september 2013, things turn ugly for BB phone.... it's BBM for android and iOS were released, and 50% of BB owner were freed from the worst OS of all time (hang a lot, must restart, must restart, must restart)

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

Wow! So PA finally decides to release some POSITIVE NEWS about BlackBerry and the trolling haters jump out from all angles! Don't you guys have anything better to do? Anyway, to the BlackBerry troll named Wahywahoo or whatever your silly little screen name is: Haven't I already proved you wrong about using Statcounter as a credible source? They only measure through the web browser. That's not credible enough. And while CrackBerry may have been PA's source, CrackBerry had a source as well: Its the Twitter account of Charles Arthur, a journalist from London based research firm KANTAR. Which in turn is linked to an Article from Pocket-lint, who picked up the article first. Here's the link: http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/129434-blackberry-still-has-more-consumer-users-in-the-uk-than-windows-phone To techloverNYC: you are incorrect about BlackBerry not growing sales anywhere in the world. Emerging markets like Indonesia and South Africa are two places that BlackBerry is growing sales, as well as Toronto, CANADA. BlackBerry grew sales there over the last six months. But in this article, it DOES NOT state that BlackBerry grew sales in the UK, only that WP has yet to surpass BlackBerry in the UK. To rodneyej1: your love for WP will have you hate on any other OS. Why is it so hard to believe that BlackBerry is still dominant over WP in the UK? And as I have stated NUMEROUS times, these articles only take into account BlackBerry's CONSUMER MARKET SHARE. If you were to include BlackBerry's DOMINATING ENTERPRISE MARKET SHARE, the gap would be much larger. Why is it so hard for you haters to believe that BlackBerry is doing well in some places? And why do you haters come out and state things like "how much is BlackBerry paying PA"? You all sound ridiculous. When PA posts positive articles about Android, iOS and WP, does that mean that PA is being paid by Google, Apple and Microsoft? Again, all of you trolling haters sound ridiculous. I can't wait until BlackBerry releases their quarterly numbers. A lot of you are going to be surprised at how much better BlackBerry is doing. To BlackBerry itself: keep up the good work! The world is slowly recognizing how great the BB10 OS really is. And to you haters once again: Why don't you all try out a BB10 handset before you attempt to bash BlackBerry. You all speak from a place of ignorance when you talk negatively about something you have never used, or only used for 10 minutes.

20. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Wow just shut up... Total BS. Only WP rocks, BB is dead long. And how dare you talk rudely to our chief rodneyej and our fanboy-in-chief NokiaWTF, GTHOH.

32. johnsons

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

It goes like this 1)Android 2)IOS 3)Windows Phone and BB is out......

53. ablopez

Posts: 235; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

hilarious!

57. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

StraightEdge, you crack me up! Lol!

28. ChandlerBing

Posts: 35; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Yes we will be surprised again. Like how we were surprised last quarter when BlackBerry sold less than a million BB10 handsets.

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