IDC: 250,000 Windows Phones already sold in Russia, to overtake iPhone this quarter
It seems Windows Phone in Russia is turning into a roaring success.
According to IDC more than 250,000 Windows Phones have been
sold in Russia since phones supporting the language were released
in September 2011, taking 3% market share in 2011.
The performance has in fact been so encouraging that they expect
Windows Phone to take 14% market share in 2012, ahead of iPhone,
which is expected to only take 9% of the market.
Said Simon Baker, analyst at the IDC:
Today’s sales results of a new mobile platform from Microsoft allows
one to predict that in the first quarter of 2012 Windows Phone is likely
to be able to surpass the number of iOS smartphones sold in Russia
In a press release Microsoft notes retailers selling Windows Phones
were very pleased with the results, saying they surpassed expectations,
and that Windows Phone was off to a stronger start than Android at
the same stage in 2009.
Buyers were also very satisfied with their handsets, with 98% are satisfied
and 94% willing to recommend it to friends.
They also note women for 59% of buyers, nothing this is sign of another
success – creating a phone that focussed on functionality rather than
specs and which was easy to use out of the box.