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Microsoft owes Nokia a giant ‘thank you’ card: Windows Phone surges in Europe

Published Oct 1st, 2013 4:00PM EDT

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Windows Phone adoption has been surging in Europe, thanks mostly to the efforts of Nokia. Kantar Worldpanel’s latest data on European smartphone market share shows that Windows Phones accounted for 9.2% of all smartphone sales across five major European markets in August, led by low-cost Nokia handsets such as the Lumia 520 and the Lumia 620.

Kantar Worldpanel analyst Dominic Sunnebo explains that “Windows Phone’s latest wave of growth is being driven by Nokia’s expansion into the low and mid range market” with smartphones that “are hitting the sweet spot with 16 to 24 year-olds and 35 to 49 year-olds, two key groups that look for a balance of price and functionality in their smartphone.”

With Windows Phone approaching a double-digit market share, Kantar sees that Android’s growth has slowed down in Europe even though it still holds a commanding 70% market share in the five major EU markets of German, the United Kingdom, France, Spain and Italy. BlackBerry’s market share in the five countries has predictably taken a beating and now stands at just 2.4%

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.

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