It is very rare to spot a person using a Windows Phone 7 smartphone in the U.S. The sales of the new Windows smartphones from Nokia in the U.S. is so little that even Microsoft does not want to share the numbers.
But, the scenario is totally different in Europe. Recent reports indicate that Nokia Lumia handsets running on Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system are doing reasonably well in the European region. According to a research in Austria by a firm called Kantar WorldPanel, Orange (the European carrier) is the best seller of Nokia Lumia 800. The research also pointed out that in London, the sales of Nokia Lumia 800 drove Windows Phone 7 market share up to 2.2%, from 0.4% a year ago. The largest number of Lumia shipments — around 200,000 units — went to Germany in the fourth quarter of 2011, reports another research firm called Canalys.
“Europe has traditionally been a really strong market for Nokia, but Nokia’s been under pressure ever since the introduction of the iPhone, which is when the tide turned,” said Pete Cunningham, a principal analyst at Canalys. “They’ve found competition to be really tough, but this is the beginning of recovery for Nokia.”
The U.S. debut of Nokia Lumia 900, which will be exclusive to AT&T network, in the coming months will indicate how Nokia and Microsoft will fare in the United States. Though no price tag has been confirmed yet for the Nokia Lumia 900, but Nokia has commented that it intends to be “quite aggressive” with pricing.