According to new data from analysts at a research outfit Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, the sales of Windows Phone 7 handsets have edged ahead of those using the Symbian platform in the UK. This indicates that the partnership between Nokia and Microsoft has started paying dividends.
According to the company, in the 12 weeks ending 19 February 2011, Symbian had a 12.4 percent share of the total smartphone sales in the UK. The share of Symbian platform came down to 2.4 percent in the corresponding period a year later. Whereas, Windows Phone 7 held a 2.5 percent share, growing from 0.5 percent a year ago. The research firm said that this was primarily down to the Nokia Lumia 800, which took 87 percent of the Windows Phone 7 sales.
”There are strong signs that WP7 Nokia handsets are starting to make an impact on the European smartphone market though U.S. sales, where the Nokia brand is weaker, remain underwhelming,” said Dominic Sunnebo, Kantar Worldpanel ComTech global consumer insight director, in a statement.