Report: Windows Phone market share grew during July

While Microsoft doesn't talk publicly about how many of its Windows Phone products have been sold, there are some ways of getting at least a ballpark figure of the growth of Windows Phone. has used the StatCounter service and claims that by examining their data, Windows Phone had a big jump during the month of July.

Their report claims that in Europe, the Windows Phone install base went up 24 percent in July, and now has 1.68 percent of the total smartphone market in that part of the world. France experienced the biggest boost, with Windows Phone going up 29 percent in July. Germany saw a 27 percent increase, while the UK saw an 18 percent increase this month compared to last month.

The United States also experienced a 19 percent month-to-month growth increase for Windows Phone devices. This may have been due in part to the decision by Nokia to cut the price of the Lumia 900 to $49.99 earlier in July.

With the launch of Windows Phone 8, along with new devices from Nokia, Samsung and HTC coming sometime later this fall, perhaps in November, it's possible that the growth rate for Windows Phone as a whole could take a breather until the new products arrive.

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