Windows Phone devices selling well in Russia

While Windows Phone may be struggling to gain a foothold in the US, that's apparently not the case in other parts of the world. The Russian language website MS4Press.ru claims that since the introduction of Windows Phone 7.5 in late 2011, sales of devices that have the OS have exceeded expectations in Russia.

The story claims that according to IDC, about 250,000 units of Windows Phone products have been sold in Russia. Samsung, HTC and Nokia have all released smartphones with Windows Phone installed in that country. The story quotes IDC analyst Simon Baker as saying that in the first quarter of 2012, " ...Windows Phone will likely be able to surpass iOS in terms of the number of smartphones sold in Russia."

The story says that 98 percent of Windows Phone owners in Russia are satisfied with their smartphone purchase and 94 percent would recommend one to a friend.

While Russia isn't exactly the biggest smartphone market, the fact that Windows Phone is having some sales success in that country could lead to other sales boosts in other territories, especially with the upcoming launch of the long awaited Nokia Lumia 900 on Sunday.

Thanks to Aletheia for the tip.

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i wish the article gave some insight into how much units are sold overall for iphone andrioid etc, and then give that 250,000 # to compare to it.

I am very very satisfied with WP7 (HTC Radar 4G). Not a single crash, reboot (except for updates), or freeze during last 5 months of use. It just works and works well.

Windows Phone will sell well everywhere but the US, consumers in the US are just too easily led and the ones doing the leading are anti-MS. Users elsewhere in the world dont seem to have that problem.

Microsoft is going to take 2nd place in the market in just a couple of years, just watch.
All they ahve to do is make sure phone makers make quality device that equal or at least stand up to existing and future devices.

4" or better, dualcore is coming, LTE and make the screen beatiful and start support higher resolutions with nice pixel counts. Make better apps and bring some more Xbox games to the mobile platform and make them mimic those games near flawless. We seen what game can be like on portable handhelds like the Nintendo 3DS and the Playstation Vita. With these smartphone being equally or more powerful than those, we shoudl be seeing much better games than those retarded 80's remakes on iOS.

Yeah, WP7 is pretty good. I've been using it since Mango. The UI is very intuitive and responsive. It has taken them a while to get where they are, but keep in mind iOS has been out since 2007 and Android not much less than that. WP7 excels in some areas against iOS/Android but lacks in others. WP8 should (hopefully) bring full feature parity as well as new hardware so we can finally put those arguments to rest. By that point, expect 120-150k apps available too.

At least now the sales should start to pick up a bit with the Lumias finally coming out. I'm not talking about double digit market share any time this year, but WP will at least be recognized as a solid and viable third place ecosystem with a promising future.

Enron said,
Yeah, WP7 is pretty good. I've been using it since Mango. The UI is very intuitive and responsive.

My wife just picked one up (Lumia 710) from TMobile yesterday as her old Blackberry contract was expiring. Picked that after toying with a few different WP7 and Android phones, she's not a tech person and just wants a phone in the "it just works" category. Said it was super easy to figure out versus the others, very fast and had all the features that she needs out of a device. Rather impressed with it myself considering it's a budget phone.. seriously tempted to get a 900 myself.

"The story says that 98 percent of Windows Phone owners in Russia are satisfied with their smartphone purchase and 94 percent would recommend one to a friend."

This is the most important thing...

fenderMarky said,
"The story says that 98 percent of Windows Phone owners in Russia are satisfied with their smartphone purchase and 94 percent would recommend one to a friend."

This is the most important thing...

Indeed. Though most of these sorts of polls show the same trend around the world. Windows Phone owners are very happy with the platform. I can't wait to see things take off when Nokia finally gets things into full swing on all carriers in the US.

fenderMarky said,
"The story says that 98 percent of Windows Phone owners in Russia are satisfied with their smartphone purchase and 94 percent would recommend one to a friend."

This is the most important thing...

it seems that nothing has changed since the good old days........ Consensus was always at 98%...............

DKAngel said,
in soviet russsia, windows phone sells you!

In the democratic America, loitering is a criminal offense. Ha-ha.

rom said,
good to hear people satisfied with their Windows Phones

Putting fanboism aside, I am really happy with my WP7. I can do all things that a smart phone can do in much smarter and beautiful

im really wanting to get a nokia lumia 800 but im a bit worried about the support for Windows phone 8.. want to hear a few more details first.

rom said,
good to hear people satisfied with their Windows Phones

Agreed. It's a great platform and so far everyone I've known that got one loved it. A friend of mine broke their phone and rather than get a free Android paid full retail price to replace it with another Windows Phone. That's saying something.