16.3 percent of smartphone owners in Poland use Windows Phone

While Windows Phone devices have made sales gains all over the world in the last several months, many large countries, including the US, still show that the market share for those smartphones are in the low single digits. Fortunately for Microsoft, that's not the case everywhere.

Indeed, a few countries have seem a huge surge in Windows Phone sales over the past year or so, particularly in Eastern Europe which currently has 7.8 percent of smartphone owners using a Windows Phone product.  According to WP7.com.pl, the country that currently has the most Windows Phone users in the world is Poland, with 16.3 percent of all smartphone owners in that country owning a Windows Phone device.

Part of the reason is that Poland residents historically love Nokia phones. The current best selling Windows Phone is the low end Nokia Lumia 610, which runs on Windows Phone 7.8. Nokia also has the local wireless carriers to subsidize the price of the phone, and launched a big marketing campaign in that region.

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Windows Phone app development activity is strong in Poland as well. There are currently 15,000 registered app developers in Poland for the OS and they reportedly upload about 250 apps to the Windows Phone Store each month.

Source WP7.com.pl | Image via Nokia
Via: WMPoweruser

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Interesting how WP gets higher marketshare in non-American countries, despite the integrated Bing features usually not as up to par as America.

I am sorry but I don't believe this. Firstly The website (ranking.pl) used to backup these figures in the original story actually says that WP is nowhere near as popular http://www.ranking.pl/pl/rankings/mobile-devices-models.html

Lastly, statcounter shows very low figures for WP in Poland http://gs.statcounter.com/?PHP..._os-PL-weekly-201244-201309 and has always showed Finland (home to Nokia) as the biggest market share in any country. It used to be 20% but is still running at a healthy 17% http://gs.statcounter.com/?PHP..._os-FI-weekly-201244-201309

vcfan said,
Poland has 7 million smartphone users.

In a country of almost 40 million. Puts the number more into perspective.

With more good looking and low priced phones like the new 520 and 720 coming to market the more it's share will rise. It's the mid and low range that brings the bulk of sales.

I personally love the idea of windows phone, but the current phones are just not good enough hardware and software wise.

next gen nokia (rumored) to be made of light weight metals... and new updated WP...
otherwise i am sticking with android. WP has amazing potential, but its just not there yet.

there were a few good posts on neowin about WP short comings... and they are right.

I don't know what you talking about....I have a Nokia 920 and the hardware is on par with the top phones out now...and WP8 is just as good and even more stable than Android and ios.

Every OS have short comings...so get off it.

yardmanflex said,
I don't know what you talking about....I have a Nokia 920 and the hardware is on par with the top phones out now...and WP8 is just as good and even more stable than Android and ios.

Every OS have short comings...so get off it.

Hardware is on par certainly with Nokia but he may be referring to hardware limitations set by Microsoft for things such as screen size and resolution etc but none of it is the fault of Nokia.

yardmanflex said,
Yeah ok...do you complain about apple 4" screen....sure it's not as open like Android...MS restrictions keep the platform stable.

Are you saying that ios is not stable?

Order_66 said,

Hardware is on par certainly with Nokia but he may be referring to hardware limitations set by Microsoft for things such as screen size and resolution etc but none of it is the fault of Nokia.

A lot of hardware restrictions were removed with WP8. Now you can have multi-core processors, different resolutions, etc. There is support for LTE, NFC and what-not. So, this statement is not correct that there are hardware limitations with Windows Phone OS. Lumia 920 meets and exceeds todays smartphones in hardware. That wouldn't be possible if the software did not support the hardware in the phone.

I'm also Polish and I just switched to HTC 8S and it looks good so far - but there is one thing that i don't like: managing and synchronizing contacts with Live account.

Szkoda tylko, że urządzenia wciąż są takie drogie.

I use mu Google account as primary so I don't see this such problematic. I've some calendar problems but I was able to mange this.

Cena i tak nie jest zła, można trafić topowy telefon za śmieszne pieniądze, tylko trzeba się do kafli przyzwyczaić

I don't like how WP8 is dealing with contacts on both phone and Live account - I can't see them as just numbers, I am forced to connect contacts with their social profiles and believe me - not all of my friends are using fb or even Live.

Akurat kafle w telefonach są moim zdaniem świetne - to niesamowicie prosty interfejs. Na komputerze jednak nie zdają egzaminu.

Europe as a whole could be considered a saturated market but Poland stil has potential. Seems like Microsoft will benefit from this. It also wouldnt suprise me if other European countries will slowly adopt Windows Phone. The iPhone ha already stopped being cool a year ago so those who feel the need to stand out have to look for something new. Not to mention everybody stil loves Nokia.

Ronnet said,
Europe as a whole could be considered a saturated market but Poland stil has potential. Seems like Microsoft will benefit from this. It also wouldnt suprise me if other European countries will slowly adopt Windows Phone. The iPhone ha already stopped being cool a year ago so those who feel the need to stand out have to look for something new. Not to mention everybody stil loves Nokia.

Europe is a more dynamic market than the US, majority of people do not buy devices on a contract and in many Countries there carriers cannot lock devices to their services. MS should move as fast as possible to capitalize on the fact that, at the moment, they have the "cool" device. It is a window of opportunity but it will not remain open forever, tomorrow other some other company could come out with something else that could be regarded as "cool" therefore timing of execution is the key.

still a very small percentage.

i historically love Nokia too. best phones I have owned and the phones I desired most came from that company.

I hope that app development helps, and that whatever the next version of WP is, it is more on the level with competition.

Actually no. It's a very big % of users when you compare to other OS's like Android and iOS since most of this region is still using Symbian as the main OS. WP is catching up fast with iOS and Android. (All depends if they count Symbian as a smartphone OS or not in these studies)

Poland ??? Hmm.. I cant even find in Mobile phone usage ranking table.. Whats the stats in China or India ??

One of the largest mobile phone market ??