Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Mar 2013 23:33 UTC
Windows "According to Kevin Restivo, an analyst at IDC, the countries where Windows Phone shipments exceeded those of iPhone during the fourth quarter were: Argentina, India, Poland, Russia, South Africa and Ukraine. A seventh 'country' where Windows Phone shipments beat iPhone is actually a group of smaller countries, including Croatia, that IDC lumps together in a category called 'rest of central and eastern Europe'." Not bad. Unsurprisingly, these are Nokia countries.
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Speaking of Poland
by dsmogor on Thu 28th Mar 2013 07:44 UTC
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IPhone have always been a tough seller here, not reaching even 5-6% of smartphone penetration (lowest in UE). I attribute it partly to steep price, much more conservative subsidizing (IPhone deals have always been extremely poor) and good terms that both Nokia and Samsung have with the carriers. There's also an overall society anti elitist sentiment while the hipster youth simply can't afford Apple products.
It's also Android that was quite quick catch up and presented affordable smartphone revolution to the masses.

The major factor in WP success is also developer environment imo. Poland professional software companies have long tradition (reaching to late 80ties) of being MS mono-cultures . Strong enough to withstand IOS and Android dominance. E.g. major personal navigation software provider (dominant, due to maps quality) has only recently and in great pains ported their software from WM6. This translated to quite quick uptake WP among major web services companies which dramatically lessens current WP app gap in the country, and makes WP quite a value proposition, esp. on the low end. I'd like to see WP7 / WP8 breakdown though. Gut feeling is most of sales belong to the crazy, stock emptying WP7 deals.

Edited 2013-03-28 07:48 UTC

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