Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Dec 2013 17:24 UTC

2013 was nothing less than a blockbuster success for Windows Phone, which went from industry also-ran to the undisputed third mobile ecosystem, and is poised to challenge iPhone for the number two spot. You didn't think it could get this good? That's OK, neither did I.

Windows Phone seemingly turns a corner with every new application, small operating system update, and new Nokia Lumia. It's turning so many corners it's running in circles.

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I think its hard to pin a specific down to the last phone number on actual end user sales (because OEMs don't control the retail experience and aren't tracking phones moving over sales counters).

What can give at least some insight is the inventory levels that the companies maintain, which is something that is usually detailed in financial reports. Channel stuffing as its called generally leads to a dip the following quarter as retailers cut back on purchases.

At least in Nokia's case, the shipment numbers keep increasing at a pretty good rate.

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