Windows Phone handsets outsell Apple’s iPhone in 7 countries

The New York Times reports that Windows Phone handsets like the Nokia Lumia 920 outsellApple’s iPhone in seven countries.

The news site reports, “Frank Shaw, the head of public relations at Microsoft, published a blog post tallying Microsoft’s progress across several different product areas, including Windows Phone, its operating system for smartphones.

“One of the factoids in Mr. Shaw’s post — that Windows Phone is outshipping iPhone in seven countries — garnered notice from John Gruber at Daring Fireball, who wondered about the identities of the seven countries.”

IDC provided the blog post its figures. The site asked IDC to reveal its figures. It says, “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.”

“Mr. Restivo provided some context, though, that slightly diminishes the scale of Microsoft’s success in those countries. Three of the markets — Ukraine, South Africa and “rest of central and eastern Europe” — are small enough that there were fewer than 100,000 Windows Phone unit shipments in the fourth quarter in each of them.”

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