In April Nokia Lumia 900 sold online at the same rate as the iPhone 4S

Nokia Lumia 900CNET has some interesting sales data for the Nokia Lumia 900, wrapped up in a bit of negativism as usual.

They reveal that, according to market research company Compete, in April, it outsold the iPhone 4 online, and sold at the same rate as the iPhone 4S.  While this amazing performance did not last, it is incredibly noteworthy, given that the iPhone sold 4.3 phones in Q1 2012 on AT&T, so about 1.4 million handsets per month. Of course Compete is only referencing on-line sales, but they expect the correlation to hold good for retail sales also.

Amazingly Compete complains the phone did not get any real mind-share from the feat.

“I don’t see the phone around,” said Compete analyst Christopher Collins. “That’s kind of the issue.”

Things deteriorated slightly in May, with sales dropping below the Samsung Galaxy Ii and even Samsung Focus and HTC Titan, according to Compete.

However the delay of the HTC One X in June bought it a few more weeks of top-billing on AT&T, and we note that it still appears to be outselling the HTC One X on AT&T, despite the release of the handset.

Compete however expects the Samsung Galaxy S III to swamp the device, but I think the Nokia Lumia 900’s performance has exceeded everyone’s expectations so far, so Samsung may have a fight on their hands after all.

Read more at CNET here.

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