updated 10:30 am EST, Thu November 24, 2011
Nokia sees early positive Windows Phone interest
A survey of European carrier stores has shown potentially promising demand for Nokia's Lumia 800. Its first Windows Phone is ranked at Vodafone UK and at KPN in the Netherlands as second for popularity only to the 16GB iPhone 4S, beating out every Android phone. At Phone House in France, the Lumia 800 is the top-selling phone of any kind where the iPhone is fifth, although feature phones like the Nokia C2-02 dilute its ranks.
Whether or not this translates to strong sales isn't clear. None of the carriers or stores give numbers, just rankings, making it possible that any second- or at times first-place spots may be lower. Orange UK broke records for Nokia phones as well, but these were for phones three or four years old.
The rankings are still promising for Nokia and might quell worries of lower than expected sales. Nokia has considered Europe its one most loyal smartphone base and may be taking advantage of both its more intact reputation in the continent as well as having its first genuinely modern mobile OS in years to regain some of its standing.
The Finnish firm might still see its market share continue to slide, since Nokia has little presence in North America and is being pinched at the high and low ends in Asia through the iPhone and budget Android devices. [via WMPowerUser]