Nokia Lumia, Windows Phone Device Shipments Top iPhone 5

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At face value, this one might seem hard to believe, but Windows Phone devices are outshipping the iPhone in seven countries. Sure, all are outside the Americas and Western Europe, but the Redmond, Wash.-based computer giant still considers it a feather in its cap.

Windows has a long way to go to catch Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android in terms of both sales and shipments, Kevin Restivo, an International Data Corporation (IDC) analyst, said. Windows Phone shipments exceeded those of the iPhone in Argentina, India, Poland, Russia, South Africa and Ukraine, according to a New York Times blog post. The seventh “country” where the Windows Phone excels is actually a group of smaller countries that the IDC refers to as “rest of central and eastern Europe.”

Microsoft piqued a lot of interest last week when it made the announcement, spurring media outlets to see exactly which countries to which it was referring.

IDC said that three of the countries on the list are small enough that there were fewer than 100,000 Windows Phone shipments in the fourth quarter in each. The research firm also noted that in some countries there is a “gray market” in cellphones due to high government taxes that IDC doesn’t track. As a result, it’s difficult to calculate actual market share in those areas.

The Windows Phone does tend to thrive in parts of the world where Nokia and its Lumia phones are prevalent, Restivo said. There is less demand for the iPhone in those markets due to its high cost and lack of carrier subsidies.

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