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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RE[4]: Comment by przemo_li
by unclefester on Sat 30th Mar 2013 06:01 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by przemo_li"
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It depends on the development costs, volume shipments, and what not.

Licence fees typically have no upfront cost. You only pay for what you sell. It is a far better method of cost control

Which would be great if that was their bread and butter, but it isn't. Nokia also used to have thriving shoe making business, alas we're talking about the cell phone market...

Actually networking IS Nokia's current core business. Phones are basically a sideline.

Another silly generalization based in you confusing your perception with reality. Most companies that can afford it, prefer or tend to own their real estate. Why? Because ASSETS (value of owned real estate) look much much better than EXPENDITURES (leasing costs) on the books. Accounting 101 really.

Wrong. Properties may appear as assets on balance sheets but they are generally considered to be a cost by accountants. Leasing a building is more tax effective than owning one. In fact most large corporations sell their buildings to financiers and lease them back.

Who needs quantitative facts when one can just pull qualitative arguments our of their derriere, right?

The Nokia WP8 phones all have far less RAM and much slower CPUs than Android phones in the same price bracket. eg The Nokia 620 (AUD300 outright) has identical hardware to the Nokia Xperia U (AUD130). Even the flagship Nokia 920 has only 1GB of RAM and a dual core 1.5GHZ CPU - half what the far cheaper Nexus 4 has.

That would be news for both MS and Nokia, you should contact them and let'em know...

Nokia is the de facto owner of the Nokia phone division. Nokia "pays" MS licence fees (a sham deal to minimise tax), drops it's own OS development and decides not to licence Android. In return MS spends billions of dollars to market WP8 phones. That is ownership in all but name.

Edited 2013-03-30 06:02 UTC

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