Windows Phone grabs 8% of the smartphone market in Norway, taking share from iOS and Android

Windows Phone grabs 8% of the smartphone market in Norway, taking share from iOS and Android
Netcom, Norway's number two carrier, crunched the numbers for February 2012 and found that Windows Phone powered smartphones have an 8% share of the market in the country. Much of that has to do with the strong start that the Nokia Lumia 800 has had in Norway. Launched on the first of February in the country, the Windows Phone powered Nokia Lumia 800 finished fourth on Netcom's top ten smartphone list for February based on sales. Compare that to the 4.4% share of the U.S smartphone market that Microsoft's mobile OS had in January.

So if left to make a decision, which are the smartphones that a Norwegian would (pun intended) buy? The Apple iPhone 4S led the way for February followed by the Samsung Galaxy S II. So far, you can't argue on the choice of either one. The Apple iPhone 4, Nokia Lumia 800 and the Sony Ericsson arc S round out the top five. The Samsung Galaxy 5 is number six followed by the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro, the Samsung Galaxy Xcover, ZTE Blade and the Sony Ericsson Active. With the fourth place finish by the Nokia Lumia 800, it was the first time that a Windows Phone model ever cracked the top ten.

Netcom sales director Kristian Rena said that the Nokia Lumia 800 is taking market share away from both Android and iOS. The duo had market shares of 49% and 43% respectively, in the country. While both of those figures dwarf the 8% share that Windows Phone captured, it is an impressive showing, especially considering that Norwegians don't have the loyalty to Nokia that those living in nearby Finland do. It should be interesting to see how this plays out in the months ahead and if Microsoft and or Nokia learn anything from what is going on in Norway.

source: (translated) via WMPoweruser

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Lumia 800
  • Display 3.7" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 1450 mAh(9.50h 3G talk time)



1. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Being a Scandinavian manufacturer nokia has always had a strong presence in the nordic countries for all its phones so this is no surprise really for this area, its like saying the French like to buy Renaults and Citroens!

5. Henrik

Posts: 141; Member since: Feb 18, 2012

Yes, we (I'm Swedish) have a stronger emotional feeling for Finland than ... let's say Korea and Taiwan ;-) Brothers in arms. Northern Europe - quality over quantity!

2. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Did i see Samsung Galaxy 5?

3. DIYguy

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 27, 2011

I had that phone, then I bought the lumia 800...

4. JSern

Posts: 282; Member since: May 22, 2011

Well done

6. W.P._Android_in_that_Order

Posts: 208; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Good news! Go windows phone. May it will start happening in the US as well once Appollo launches.

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