Strategy Analytics: Windows Phone surpassed Blackberry in US for Q4 2012

For several years, Microsoft's mobile operating systems (Windows Mobile and later Windows Phone) have trailed in market share behind BlackBerry-based phones. Now a new report claims that is no longer the case, at least for the moment, in the US market.

Research firm Strategy Analytics has published a new report, and the online summary claims that in the fourth quarter of 2012, Windows Phone became the third biggest mobile OS in the US, as its market share topped BlackBerry for the first time since 2006; the firm is selling the full report with more details for a fee.

It's not exactly a shock to hear that Windows Phone has topped BlackBerry in the US, as the launch of several new Nokia Lumia smartphones in November, along with the HTC Windows Phone 8X, likely boosted the market share; BlackBerry has seen its share go down in the past few years.

The big question: How long will this situation last? BlackBerry will launch the Z10 smartphone, based on BlackBerry 10, in the US sometime in mid-March. Reports have come in from the UK that sales of the BlackBerry Z10 have been great so far, but UK sales may not be a good way to predict how the smartphone will perform in the US market.

Source: Strategy Analytics | Image via Microsoft

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Interesting... When analysts speak about poor sales of Surface they are unreliable; if one now say that WP has a bigger market share than BB ..... the Delphi oracle has spoken...
Ever heard of the famous Sibilla Cumana prediction: "Ibis, redibis, non murieris in bello" or maybe was "Ibis, redibis non, murieris in bello"?
Time will tell how BB will do but the level of objectiveness here is really low

AS an off-topic post, has anyone else heard that BB OS10 is being nicknamed "The Mullet" by non-tech people because of the BlackBerry Balance feature?

this is from a Rogers owned newstation

In contrast to some of Apple's product launches, however, the mood outside key Toronto stores was subdued.

There was no lineup at the Rogers store that was the site of the iPhone's launch in Canada and it was similarly quiet at Rogers headquarters, where chief executive Thorsten Heins met with the telecom carrier's CEO for a staged event.

cant even sell on your own home turf. embarrassing.

My friends in Quebec are considering either Androids or WP. BB and iOS have already fallen out of favor.

My local carrier in Canada launched the z10 and the Ativ S today.
From the looks of what was going on in the stores, the z10 was outselling the Ativ-S

deadonthefloor said,
My local carrier in Canada launched the z10 and the Ativ S today.
From the looks of what was going on in the stores, the z10 was outselling the Ativ-S

Ativ S has been on all the major carriers in Canada since November.

Yeah, but the Ativ-s is hardly a jaw dropper. Still can't believe that Telus only got that whereas Bell got the 8x (and Ativ-s) and Rogers got the Lumia 920, 8x and the Ativ-s

vcfan said,
.....the major carriers in Canada since November.

Read the first three words of my post.

So, in my tiny little slice of Canada, called Saskatchewan, we like BB more than WP8.

Sraf said,
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While I agree that the Ativ-S underwhelms, many folks who I urged to try Windows Phone 7 are eager to renew their contracts, and keep the OS they've come to love.

I actually saw the 8S at the bell kiosk in my mall today too. Makes sense, since Virgin Mobile Canada also carries it, and is also now Bell.

deadonthefloor said,

Read the first three words of my post.

So, in my tiny little slice of Canada, called Saskatchewan, we like BB more than WP8.

I did read the beginning of your post. my point being the ativ s is NOT a new phone,and if people wanted WP8 phones they had plenty of time to buy it elsewhere and didn't have to wait for your carrier to launch it,whereas BB10 OS phones started being available only today.

vcfan said,
....

Except here there are loyalists to the local telco over foreign competitors.
SO, while it may have been available on other carriers, few in SK switches carriers for a damn phone. The network and the service satisfy the customer. Phones come and go.

Joining my Windows Phone here at work!! Traction is here, finally. I am a fanboy but have played with everything else and really like WP. Not trolling.

Blackberry's reputation has been put in the gutter in the US as worse than Windows Phone and for enterprise not consumer. All MSFT has to do is pitch its Windows Phone to enterprise and Blackberry (Note no longer RIM) will die a sad death. Or they could buy them out which would be like awesome.