Finland now the top Windows Phone market

Windows Phone seems to be gaining traction, at least in some countries around the world. Microsoft said recently that in China, Windows Phone now has seven percent of the country's market for smartphones. Now a new report claims that Finland has an even high percentage of Windows Phone users.

Pingdom reports that, according to info from StatCounter's mobile web browsing statistics, Windows Phone now commands 7.53 percent of all mobile web users. That's well ahead of the second place country, Iceland, where only 2.30 percent of mobile web browsing is handled by a Windows Phone device. Worldwide, that percentage dips down to just 0.53 percent.

Of course, Finland is the home country of Nokia, the makers of the Lumia line of Windows Phone products. It stands to reason that Windows Phone web activity would be higher in that part of the world.

The story also lists the other top 10 Windows Phone markets, at least according to web browsing stats. Germany is sixth with 1.67 percent and Italy is seventh with 1.63 percent. Spain is 10th with 1.43 percent. The US and UK didn't even make the top 10, despite reports of solid sales in the US for the recent Lumia 900.

Source: Pingdom

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I wanted the Lumia 900 after seeing the 800 and was hoping Nokia would make a bigger version and they did.

Problem 1 - Here in the US, the device is only on AT&T. I been with VZW since 1996. I moved one of my lines to ATT for the iPhone 4 and regretted it because the service was terrible. Constant dropped calls, and more. So after 6 mons I couldt take it and paid to move my number back.

Problem 2 - Its funny how everything looks so much better on TV. After fonally running into the ATT store and considering buyign it unlocked and just buyign my own prepay SIM for it, after holding the phone I was a bit disappointed.

Don't get me wrong. The phone is beautiful. The main issue is the OS gets boring fast. It just doesn't do anything to keep me interested. I perfer it over iOS, but not over ndroid. Android just has so many features and so many things you can try that its doesn't get bored fast. It's lie a puzzle that always has a piece that neeeds placing. WP and iOS are like those kids puzzles where the pieces are really big and there are lesss than 25 to pick from. Its boring after you put it together once. Hopefully Windows phone 8 will fix that issue. I would love an Android version of the Lumia. If Nokia had that, Apple would be killed off.

I know this is meant to be good news but here's the thing
I have been watching the figures for WP in many countries and was glad after a continual growth to see Finland finally hit just over 8% 2 weeks ago. In fact I might have been one of those who was talking about the climb for a month or two. But (there's always a "but").

Right from the week it hit the 8% mark it has started to drop and drop much quicker than it grew. At this rate in a few months it will be back down to the small figures expeienced everywhere else (<2%).

So does anyone have an idea why this is happening? Surely the market for mobile phones in Finland hasn't increased that much in the last two weeks? So I therefore suspect sales figures for the Lumia have dropped off significantly !

What is going on???

as147 said,
I know this is meant to be good news but here's the thing
I have been watching the figures for WP in many countries and was glad after a continual growth to see Finland finally hit just over 8% 2 weeks ago. In fact I might have been one of those who was talking about the climb for a month or two. But (there's always a "but").

Right from the week it hit the 8% mark it has started to drop and drop much quicker than it grew. At this rate in a few months it will be back down to the small figures expeienced everywhere else (<2%).

So does anyone have an idea why this is happening? Surely the market for mobile phones in Finland hasn't increased that much in the last two weeks? So I therefore suspect sales figures for the Lumia have dropped off significantly !

What is going on???

Samsung released the Galaxy S III and everyone returned their Windows Phone?

M_Lyons10 said,
How can Iceland be second place with 2.3 % when it was JUST reported that China had 6 %?

thats marketshare of smartphones in china numbers.. this is internet usage between OS's .. kinda of a bad way to do it in my opinion because the phone with the highest resolution will use the most amount of data.. because it will need to download higher res pictures and videos.. This stat just kills RIM too because they use about 1/6th the amount of data of the iphone 4

Lachlan said,

thats marketshare of smartphones in china numbers.. this is internet usage between OS's .. kinda of a bad way to do it in my opinion because the phone with the highest resolution will use the most amount of data.. because it will need to download higher res pictures and videos.. This stat just kills RIM too because they use about 1/6th the amount of data of the iphone 4

Good statistics would have the data normalized so the resolution would not be a factor of imprecision. But this may not be the case here.

Lachlan said,

thats marketshare of smartphones in china numbers.. this is internet usage between OS's .. kinda of a bad way to do it in my opinion because the phone with the highest resolution will use the most amount of data.. because it will need to download higher res pictures and videos.. This stat just kills RIM too because they use about 1/6th the amount of data of the iphone 4

wat. The resolution size of media will be identical - most browsers preload a whole page onto memory (as your desktop browser would) and render it as you scroll around.

It is really important for a phone OS to have a strong hold country.. I think this is why RIM has survived such a long time because people in Canada still love them.. I think they have like a 30% marketshare here still.. It provides a place that makes you money without needing alot of advertising

Good things Finland has given us:

1. Linus Torvalds
2. They still listen to heavy metal (or is that Scandinavia?)
--and now--
3. Nokia

Edited by butilikethecookie, May 28 2012, 9:27pm :

butilikethecookie said,
Good things Finland has given us:

1. Linus Torvalds
2. They still listen to heavy metal (or is that Scandinavia?)
--and now--
3. Nokia

..and now? Nokia has been good for... 20 years?

butilikethecookie said,
Good things Finland has given us:

1. Linus Torvalds
2. They still listen to heavy metal (or is that Scandinavia?)
--and now--
3. Nokia

You forgot THE AIR-GUITAR CHAMPIONSHIPS!

What about the reptilian alien dude from the Eurovision Song Contest?

butilikethecookie said,
Good things Finland has given us:

1. Linus Torvalds
2. They still listen to heavy metal (or is that Scandinavia?)
--and now--
3. Nokia

butilikethecookie said,
Good things Finland has given us:

1. Linus Torvalds
2. They still listen to heavy metal (or is that Scandinavia?)
--and now--
3. Nokia

Finland is part of Scandinavia, which is a peninsulae composed of Sweden, Norway and Finland at it's east and adjacent to Russia (which they got independent from in the 20's). And all of them listen to metal.

butilikethecookie said,
Good things Finland has given us:

1. Linus Torvalds
2. They still listen to heavy metal (or is that Scandinavia?)
--and now--
3. Nokia

Don't forget to mension angry birds!

butilikethecookie said,
Good things Finland has given us:

1. Linus Torvalds
2. They still listen to heavy metal (or is that Scandinavia?)
--and now--
3. Nokia

Don't forget Tetris...oh wait.../S

There really isn't anything wrong with marketplace, just a few more top apps and it will be fine. I know apple and android have way more apps but how many of those apps do the same thing. I know my ipod when on the appstore I can download god knows how many fart apps and similar and to tell you the truth who really cares about useless apps like that. If wp can get a few more major players to do apps just like nokia is doing with deals and all should be fine.

Windows phone is great but honestly until they get a better app store I don't see it gaining major traction. Most of the apps on windows phone are way more expensive than their Android and even iOS counterpart.

Ently said,
Windows phone is great but honestly until they get a better app store I don't see it gaining major traction. Most of the apps on windows phone are way more expensive than their Android and even iOS counterpart.

i think it is all word of mouth really.. My dad has been thinking about ditching his Iphone because I got my mom a WP7.. he does not know how to download apps on his iphone but I taught my mom how to Download apps on windows phone.. He thinks the windows phone can do more.

Lachlan said,

i think it is all word of mouth really.. My dad has been thinking about ditching his Iphone because I got my mom a WP7.. he does not know how to download apps on his iphone but I taught my mom how to Download apps on windows phone.. He thinks the windows phone can do more.


Windows Phone is a GREAT OS... We're planning on moving people to it at work.

DrakeN2k said,
As more people buy WP how good the OS is will travel via word of mouth

I personally think the tiled interface is what a phone needs, no icons like in iOS and Android.

WaqasTariq said,

I personally think the tiled interface is what a phone needs, no icons like in iOS and Android.

ive never understood why ios people and android ppl talk about all the wasted space on WP7.. The tiles are big so they can hold tons on information.. I cant stand all the space inbetween the icons on IOS and android

Lachlan said,

ive never understood why ios people and android ppl talk about all the wasted space on WP7.. The tiles are big so they can hold tons on information.. I cant stand all the space inbetween the icons on IOS and android


Agreed. WP7 USES the space much better than iOS or Android...