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But some of the countries are relatively small markets

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) was quick to seize on good news from market analytics firm International Data Corp.'s (IDC) survey of international phone sales.  While the report unsurprisingly showed Android to be the king of virtually every region, the report showed that in some nations Windows Phones are outselling Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) iPhone.

But before Apple fans explode with indignation, yes there is a catch.  Windows Phone outsold the iPhone in a smattering of emerging markets, where the high price of Apple's trendy phone is probably a barrier to sales success.  In total Windows Phone led the iPhone in Argentina, India, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine, and "rest of central and eastern Europe".

The success in India is a pretty big deal because that's going to be a huge smartphone market.  But other regions like Ukraine, South Africa, and "rest of... Europe" (smaller countries) are all markets of 100,000 or less smartphone units annually.

Lumia 520
The Lumia 520 [Image Source: Nokia]

The arrival of low-end Windows Phone devices -- namely Nokia Oyj.'s (HEX:NOK1VLumia 520/620 -- has certainly boosted Windows Phone.  Much like Android, Microsoft and its third-party hardware partners appear to be starting their assault on the iPhone at the low-end.  While today's flagship Android phones put the iPhone's hardware to shame, the earliest Androids were largely budget devices.

It remains to be seen, though, whether Windows Phone can duplicate Android's successful creep into the high-end of the market.  Microsoft is betting big on the Windows Phone Blue refresh, which will likely be the next major platform refresh.  That update is expected to land sometime in the October/November window.  The good news for Windows Phone 8 device owners is that Microsoft reportedly will be supporting current generation devices in the upgrade this time around.

Source: Microsoft [TechNet]



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RE: Good progress...
By 91TTZ on 3/28/2013 3:28:32 PM , Rating: 2
Google is my friend. And Google already told me that Apple and Samsung eat up all the profits in the industry. Mathematically there's no way that HTC is profitable right now.


RE: Good progress...
By bug77 on 3/28/2013 6:36:03 PM , Rating: 3
Do not change your tune.

You said:
quote:
The people in India and China aren't buying these phones because they think they're better, they're buying them because they're being sold cheap.


I have shown you people in those markets pay hefty premiums to get the phones, which is quite the opposite of your claim.


RE: Good progress...
By 91TTZ on 4/1/2013 2:14:47 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not changing my tune. You're just confused.

I pointed out that Apple and Samsung are sucking up all the profits and that cheap phones dominate in markets like India and China.

You pointed out that HTC offers an expensive phone but that proves nothing. People with money tend to buy Apple or Samsung phones, not expensive HTC phones.


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