Windows Phone now outselling Symbian handsets in UK

Sales of the Nokia Lumia 800 have helped push Windows Phone sales above Symbian as Microsoft takes the first step towards challenging the big two - iOS and Android

Windows Phone devices saw more sales than their Symbian counterparts for the first time in the UK during the month of February.

Handsets like the Lumia 800 accounted for 2.5 per cent of all handsets sold in the UK during the month, whereas smartphones like the Nokia N8 running Symbian notched up a 2.4 per cent share.

While that still only represents one in every 40 handsets shipped in the UK, Nokia will be pleased to know its loyal user-base is slowly-but-surely accepting the switch to Microsoft's underrated operating system.

Indeed, the Nokia Lumia 800 drove a massive 87 per cent of Windows Phone sales across Europe, according to research from the Kantar Worldpanel group.

For Microsoft itself, it's the first rung on the ladder towards challenging the likes of BlackBerry, iOS and Android.

With handsets from a resurgent Nokia leading the charge along with the eagerly-awaited Windows Phone 8 (Apollo) update coming later this year, that 2.5 per cent may be able to lose the decimal point before too long.

Via: Reghardware

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