Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 18th May 2012 17:29 UTC, submitted by tomcat
Windows "All eyes were on Microsoft's rather important launch of Windows Phone in China earlier this year. Nokia followed up with the Lumia 800c, released on China Telecom. According to Michel van der Bel, COO of Greater China Region at Microsoft, the company has achieved 7% marketshare in the country, overtaking the iPhone (sitting at just 6%)." I'm raising an eyebrow over these figures due to their source, but assuming they're true, we get a good glimpse of how well Windows Phone 7 would handle itself in a market where the competition had less of a head start.
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the real story: android at over 68%
by bnolsen on Fri 18th May 2012 18:16 UTC
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People forget the elephant in the room. Android in 2 years went to over 68% of the smartphone market in china.

It's funny to see someone trying to make hay out of apple and microsoft fighting for the bottom of that market.

Edited 2012-05-18 18:17 UTC

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Microsoft exceeded iPhone market share within 2 months. That's a big deal. Everybody should welcome this. It will be good for competition to have three major choices in the market.

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Comment by chithanh
by chithanh on Fri 18th May 2012 22:44 UTC
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Given that China Telecom itself has only 10% mobile market share in China, if true this means that they were able to convert more than half of their customers to Lumia within a couple of weeks.

Also this would mean that Nokia just sold over 60 Lumia million handsets to China! Certainly this would make some people very happy.

No, I think this is not 7% marketshare in China. This is maybe 7% of smartphone sales at China Telecom. So you have now 0.7% Windows Phone share for China smartphones. With smartphone penetration rate of 10% that makes 0.07% among all mobile sales.

Edited 2012-05-18 22:46 UTC

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I don't speak Dutch ...
by glarepate on Sat 19th May 2012 04:14 UTC
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... but here is the source article that all of the other echoes in the intarweb chamber are based on:

As near as I can tell (from what I know of German) it is saying what the other echoes are, that somehow TelePhone 7 has gone from near non-existence to 7% of the market in less than two months. Remarkable!

However the first/only reader comment points out that GlobalScore reports very different stats.

Is the original article in agreement with the echoes?

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by progormre on Sun 20th May 2012 04:13 UTC
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I live in China and I do not believe this at all. I see people, even kids, sporting iphone 4 anywhere I go. China is filled to the rim with iphones.

But I've only seen two windows 7 phones in China, one is my own and the other is my coworker's.

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RE: False
by Nth_Man on Sun 20th May 2012 07:26 UTC in reply to "False"
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Thanks for the information.

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RE: False
by zima on Fri 25th May 2012 23:55 UTC in reply to "False"
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And, as we all know, personal anecdotes trump statistics... (not saying that those must be very clean, but...)

Plus, the news is about sales - of course the installed base of older product will give such impression (and are you really sos skillful in recognizing handsets?)

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I don't think so
by wocowboy on Mon 21st May 2012 12:49 UTC
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I'll file this under the "So desperate for Windows Phone to beat somebody/somewhere I'll re-post any article" file. There's just no way.

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