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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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User Rank: Apprentice
2/6/2013 | 4:41:29 PM
re: Windows Phone Tops BlackBerry In U.S.
TO anyone with a postpaid/contract carrier. You need to move to StraightTalk/Net10/TracFone/TMob/etc. Get a Nexus 4 ($300 or $350 unlocked), and grab a prepaid SIM.

I currently have unlimited talk/text/data for $42/mo.

Free yourself. As for Blackberry? Dead. Microsoft? Dead. Move on.
User Rank: Apprentice
2/6/2013 | 4:39:25 PM
re: Windows Phone Tops BlackBerry In U.S.
Having used all (except the yet to come BB10), i can easily say that WP8 is the best mobile OS out there. it just happen to be born in a sea full of big fish. but if it survives it's young years, it will no doubt dominate. it is robust, solidly coded and extremely intuitive, the user interface of WP8 makes both Android and iOS look like museum material.

of course the WP8 market of apps is no mach for the massive Google Play or the App Store. but it is growing fast and it has all the essential apps, it doesn't yet have 10000 apps that simulate drinking a soda and burping, but that's OK...

User Rank: Apprentice
2/6/2013 | 4:35:01 PM
re: Windows Phone Tops BlackBerry In U.S.
I would also say the real fight for first is Apple and Korean manufacturer Samsung.

BB10 sales are beating iPhone sales in Canada and in UK, they are just behind iPhone 5 / 4s and Galaxy S3. WP8 need not apply.

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