Windows Phone is now selling five times better than last Christmas

Windows Phone is now selling five times better than last Christmas
Microsoft’s chief executive Steve Ballmer made a surprise appearance at Qualcomm’s keynote at the CES 2013 and he had a brief but as always interesting appearance. The most interesting part seems to be something he said about Windows Phone sales.

This Christmas the platform that wants to take the third place after Android and iOS sold five times better than last Christmas.

“Windows Phone was selling five times more devices than the same period last year,” Ballmer said.

Now that’s a way to go around the actual number and Microsoft seems to be getting as good as Amazon in hiding those numbers. But just how much is that? In reality, it’s probably not all that much, even though it sounds impressive, but given Windows Phone’s modest sales so far we’d guess a couple of million handsets.

We’d finally have more clarity when Nokia releases its quarterly financial in a few weeks, so stay tuned.

source: The Verge

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67 Comments

1. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

That too courtesy of Lumia 920, i guess.

4. MeoCao unregistered

Ballmer can turn anything into good news, what a talent lol

17. Emily1985

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

wp were sold around 3,000,000 in Q4 2011, so Q4 2012 is around 12,000,000

21. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

3 x 5 =/= 12 3 x 5 = 15

26. Emily1985

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

2,759,000 in Q4 2011 2,759,000 * 4.6 = around 12,000,000 "wmpoweruser.com"

28. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

Much better when you provide real numbers. Thanks.

23. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Courtesy of massive price cuts is the real reason for higher sales.Ive seen loads of carriers across the board finally give up and have to take drastic messures to clear the huge back log of unsold windows phone stock.My store cut the price of an off contract Nokia lumia 800 from 450 bucks to 150 for instance,I've seen it even cheaper with other carriers. The 610 and several other wp had their prices cut to bargain basement prices. In Europe the lumia 800 must have been the top budget price Xmas present this year

32. freebee269

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

were you on here complaining when iphone 4 and 4s got their prices cut when iphone 5 came out? what about the galaxy s2 when the s3 came out? cell phone manufacturers have been doing this for years. and the fact that it's around christmas time means even more price cuts to increase sales. that has been going on for years also. the carrier cares less about the price of the phone, they care more about getting you locked into a 2 year contract. that's where the money is made.

43. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

This is pre pay Im talking about and the warehouse full of unsold 2012 stuck has to be shifted somehow,people didnt want them till they were reduced to about 20% of the rrp unfortunately,at that price the lumia 800 for instance is just a bit more than the galaxy y or galaxy ace,both bottom priced entry level handsets.

57. bon24x7

Posts: 211; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

its not about profits dude..they're trying to gain market share n they're going all out...more market share means more app development n more sales in future...so they're actually investing money in the market and its us users that gains from all this..hope they succeed...

67. freebee269

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

you dont really read reports very well do you? tell ppl in china that cant get a lumia 920T that there are warehouses full of unsold 2012 stock. show me an article or anything where there is overstock for the lumia 920. it's easy to make claims with nothing to back you up.

2. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

COME TO ANDROID NOKIAAA lol :)

20. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Nokia will never choose Android i hope, Android is not al that good i use ICS but man i will glad to to another device without Android. ICS is a laggy and slow os

29. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

4.0.3 is smooth as ever for me bro.....and im also running sense (the supposed heavy and laggy skin)

34. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Eww Android.. don't defile Nokia with that dirty OS ;)

35. MeoCao unregistered

You guys are not true supporters of Nokia, you are WP fanboys. For you Nokia doing badly with WP is much better than Nokia is successful with Android.

42. the_best

Posts: 139; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

hmm is being a true fan to anything, really a good thing as long as we talk phones? I my self shoose the best phone when i by one, I didnt buy Lumia 920 becauseit nokia or its wp. last christmas none of them hade any good products so i got a SE instead, next year maybe itl be a new brand.. we all know peaple who buy things because they like the brand says I-BAAH =D

3. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

If the ativ s wasn't delayed wp sales would have increased more than that..

14. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

Who would buy this piece of crap ..ATIV LOL!

22. Dunknown

Posts: 84; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Ativ is a ugly design. It doesnt fit with WP. It doesnt deserve to call as WP

50. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Ativ reminds of the Galaxy S3 in many ways. By the way the Lumia 920 weighs a little more because its a better build. Meanwhile we sell Samsung GS3s which are light but break so easily.

5. flower99

Posts: 54; Member since: Nov 18, 2012

i think microsoft has done a good job that standardize all the wp8 phone 720p screen with dual core snapdragon s4, that way it can attract apps developer to develop with low cost and time saving. and thats why the number of wp8 apps is doubled.

8. flower99

Posts: 54; Member since: Nov 18, 2012

if android can standardise to 5inch 1080p screen with quadcore snapdragon s4 (phone) and tegra 4 (tablet) i bet the android apps will 3 times more than the ios, and iphone 5 will instantly turn into the dust

6. Mallouette

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 23, 2012

Its true that Windows Phone is growing but not much satisfying for customer's needs and wants.

7. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

“Windows Phone was selling five times more devices than the same period last year,” Ballmer said. So MS sold 500 phones, instead of just 100 compared to last year's period. s/

9. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

You deserve more likes....

15. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

and u deserve more dislikes

10. windroid unregistered

I know you don't realize there's more than America so I just can state that you (Victor H.) need to spread your horizon... Gartner: 2.759.000 in Q4 2011 Canalys: 2.500.000 in Q4 2011 Five times 2.5 million = aprox. 10 million

11. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

That's what I was thinking, somewhere around ten million. Meanwhile, iPhone alone probably raked more than forty millions. And there's just nothing exciting or competitive on the WP horizon for the next 6-9 months

12. windroid unregistered

Do you think Nokia (the major WP seller) is sleeping around their flagship NL920? Two things: - Q1 2013 will be a blast in WP sales in China - In February you'll see some bright news from Nokia

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