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Windows Phone Tops BlackBerry In U.S.

Windows Phone sales exceeded BlackBerry sales in the U.S. during the fourth quarter of 2012, says Strategy Analytics.

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The real battle in the U.S. smartphone market isn't for first or second place, at least not yet. Apple and Google will continue to tussle for the smartphone crown for some time to come. No, the real war will be waged for third place. Right now, it looks like there may have been a change in the rankings.

"Microsoft Windows Phone overtook BlackBerry OS to become the third largest smartphone platform in the influential United States market during Q4 2012," reported Strategy Analytics. "It was the first time Microsoft has surpassed BlackBerry since 2006."

If true, it shouldn't be much of a surprise. Sales of BlackBerry smartphones in the U.S. are probably at their lowest point in a decade. Sales have been dropping steadily for some time. Further, BlackBerry widely publicized that it planned to launch BlackBerry 10 in late January. Fans of BlackBerry devices know enough to wait for the Z10 and Q10, announced last week, to arrive.

[ What can BlackBerry do to steal share from iOS and Android? See BlackBerry 10: 6 Ways To Win Back Consumers. ]

At the same time, Microsoft launched Windows Phone 8 during the fourth quarter with a half-dozen new models. Solid smartphones, such as the Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC 8X, went on sale in November at aggressive price points.

In fact, at least one source reported that WP8 sales have been incredibly strong. New statistics from AdDuplex show that in the 90 or so days since its release, there are now more active Windows Phone 8 users than Windows Phone 7 users. Considering that WP7 has been around for more than two years, that's a notable data point.

This may be a temporary victory for Microsoft, though. With BlackBerry 10 reaching U.S. store shelves in March, BlackBerry's turnaround saga begins in full. The first BB10 smartphone, the Z10, has seen decent initial demand in other markets, even outselling some WP8 devices. With the Z10 and Q10, expected to arrive in May or June, BlackBerry has a fighting chance against Microsoft.

It will be up to Microsoft's OEM partners to continue to bring new and exciting WP8 devices to market. Nokia is prepared to reveal new gear at Mobile World Congress later this month, and other smartphone makers, such as HTC and Samsung, are sure to introduce new WP8 hardware before the Q10 goes on sale toward the end of the second quarter.

Unfortunately, we'll need to wait until the close of the third or fourth quarter to see if BlackBerry or Microsoft will be standing in third place behind Apple and Google.

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JPolk
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2/9/2013 | 2:25:27 PM
re: Windows Phone Tops BlackBerry In U.S.
But they don't have to. You can run a company on 79 million users if you keep them happy.
JPolk
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2/9/2013 | 2:24:44 PM
re: Windows Phone Tops BlackBerry In U.S.
This sounds dubious to me. MS had sold 4.2 million Windows Phones as of Dec. 10th. At that time RIM had a customer base of 79 million. Without seeing the report we have no way of knowing what they were measuring. If they were measuring Windows Phone 8 against the Z10 then it would make sense. But if Blackberry gets a third of their users on the new platform they'll likely eclipse Windows Phone 8 by a wide margin.
moarsauce123
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2/8/2013 | 1:00:30 PM
re: Windows Phone Tops BlackBerry In U.S.
What a dumb comparison! Windows Phone 8 came out last year while Blackberry announced new product to come early this year. Of course the numbers for Blackberry will be low. Not much of an accomplishment to top that.
captbilly
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2/7/2013 | 10:19:02 PM
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In the article they stated, "Apple and Google will continue to tussle for the smartphone crown for some time to come.", but right now Google's Android has about 4 times as many users as Apple, so where is this tussle for the smartphone crown taking place? It seems to me that at least for the foreseeable future Google has convincingly won that "tussle".

As to Windows phone topping Blackberry, that's a bit like saying a 100 year old person on their deathbed is more energetic than someone who is already dead.
missionary
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2/7/2013 | 9:40:06 PM
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Dick, even if you don't believe Christ was the Savior, He existed. Your post speaks of a lack of education on the subject.
Dickidusanus
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2/7/2013 | 9:24:18 PM
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Do you also believe in Jesus and The Toothfairy?
Sonbuster
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2/7/2013 | 2:09:28 AM
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I believe in BlackBerry
AntonioJSG
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2/6/2013 | 7:18:33 PM
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Why the comparison between an OS and one manufacturer ?

To have the right view, comparison has to be between manufacturers.
BlackBerry against HTC
BlackBerry against Nokia
etc.

I would like to see BlackBerry QNX share in the market against Windows Mobile.
In this way, QNX is used in Defense, Healthcare, Automobile, etc.
Is it the same deployment on Windows Mobile ?
Just curious.
mickrussom
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2/6/2013 | 4:42:59 PM
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Having used them all, WP8 is the worst. Android 4.2 is by far, without even a competition, the best.
mickrussom
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2/6/2013 | 4:42:30 PM
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Hahahahaha. Lol. BB10 beating sales. Yeah. Rich. It has about zero chance of being android, and the rest of the market is in decline, including BB and IP.
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