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The author in both the article and the link above says Microsoft "claimed that Windows Phone is the second most popular mobile operating system in 14 markets, including South Africa". But when you read the entire text from Microsoft (as published by the author), nowhere does MSFT make that claim about SA.
Please publish the text where those claims are made by MSFT, or correct the article, because it's erroneous or dishonest.
Neowin (which I read) quotes won't help - they can also misquote or get it wrong. You need to provide MSFT's statements.Links incoming. Microsoft later provided the list of markets in question, which you'll be able to find on Neowin and elsewhere. After I win this battle against my browser I'll hunt them down for you...
This month Microsoft broke these areas down country by country and confirmed exactly where Windows Phone is specifically outselling the iPhone. The list reads as follows:
Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Ecuador, Finland, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Thailand, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.
Interestingly in 14 of these markets – Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, India, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, South Africa, Thailand, Ukraine, Vietnam – Windows Phone has taken second place in the sector, stepping past former strongholds for BlackBerry and Symbian which had also previously edged out iOS.
Furthermore, the context for this data is solid. It comes from global smartphone sales in Q3 2013 by independent market analyst IDC, which also points out Microsoft only led iPhone sales in seven countries in Q3 2012. Sales are also up 156 percent during the last 12 months, triple Android’s annual
Here's a link to the TNW post: http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/201...hone-units-shipped-iphones-24-markets-q3-2013
Did they get it wrong too?
I am sensitive to the dangers of the echo-chamber of news, guys. Which is why I asked Microsoft for comment. Sadly, they didn't get back to me.
Reading the statement contextually the point raised it nit-picking.
My wife got a Lumia 520 and the OS on it does look good. If the app store has all the program I need I may consider a Windows phone for my next one.
Used a Lumia for some months. Wouldn't pee on it if it caught fire. It looks pretty but it's the most frustrating phone os by far. Nowhere near the functionality of Android or iOS and the apps suck eggs. I honestly don't think the Windows phone devs actually use Windows phones themselves otherwise they'd just shoot themselves. Having said that, technologically challenged and/or stupid people seem to have an affinity for them, so it is quite possible that they may indeed have a large market share in this country.