Devices running Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system are outselling Apple’s iPhone in at least 24 countries, according to remarks made by the company itself.
The company first shared the numbers with Tech Radar, this afternoon. The publication’s report cites internal Microsoft statistics that show smartphones running Windows Phone are outselling the iPhone in 24 countries. These statics also show that Windows Phone has become the second most popular mobile operating system in 14 markets internationally.
While Microsoft’s Christopher Flores shared the information with Tech Radar originally, the company has yet to release these sales numbers publicly, fueling suspicion that Microsoft may have used shady tactics to compile the statistics and get the numbers it wanted.
Flores didn’t share information about what specific markets Windows Phone devices were outselling Apple’s iPhone in. That also lends credence to the rumors of the company’s numbers being doctored.
That being said, Windows Phone devices outselling the iPhone in some markets isn’t outside the realm of possibility. Nokia has been very aggressive in releasing Windows Phones with ultra-low price points. For example, its Nokia Lumia 520 smartphone includes a dual-core processor, 4-inch display and more. The device cost users just $59 this past holiday season. That price didn’t include any discounts related to signing a two-year service agreement.
Cheap devices have certainly helped pump up Windows Phone sales. In fact, most of the Windows Phone’s currently in use are actually the Lumia 520. That’s according to statics compiled by AdDuplex. The device has helped drive up sales of Windows Phone in most small European countries like Spain and Italy. Sales of Nokia’s Windows Phone are particularly strong in India.
By comparison, Apple hasn’t made any moves into the low-cost smartphone space. The iPhone 5c is cheaper than the iPhone 5s, however getting the device without a two-year contract still costs around $500. All signs indicate that iPhone 5c pricing is still too high to get prepaid smartphone buyers interested in picking up the device.
Flores and Microsoft “promised” to share more about the statistics it compiled soon.