We all knew the Nokia Lumia range is selling well in Finland, based on the rapid rise of Windows Phone there on secondary indicators like Statcounter.
Now IDC has finally weighed in and confirmed our suspicions, showing that Nokia had a massive 41% smartphone market share in Q1 2012, and that the company has been able to turn around a rapid decline to increase its market share by 10 points in only 6 months.
Elisa is a large carrier in Finland. Their Business Director, Henri Korpi noted Windows Phone sales were in addition rather than a replacement to Symbian sales, allowing Nokiaâ€™s overall market share to increase.
Korpi noted that Stephen Elopâ€™s timing for the launch was good also, avoiding the crowded Autumn period when other smartphones hit the market at the same time, giving them a small windows without any major competitive launches.
IDC notes that Nokia also remained strong in the business market, but also that the Lumia appealed to both businesses and consumers.
In fact TeliaSonera Finland’s Consumer Group Vice President Juha Knoblock believes consumers delayed their purchase in anticipation of the Lumia launch.
â€œFinland is a clear sign of faithful people who want to be happy to buy a Nokia. When it was known that there will be a new range customers certainly shifted their purchases to wait for the new models coming from Nokia,â€ he said.
Sonera’s Juha Stewart says that Nokia, Samsung and Apple have had a much best selling brands in recent months. The trend will continue, Stewart said, to the exclusion of smaller brands such as ZTE, Sony Ericsson and Huawei, who had 28% of the market 6 months ago.
Telecom operator DNAâ€™s commercial business Director Sami Desert believes that the trend will not reverse in favour of only three large brands, but that Nokia will power the smartphone market, ahead of Samsung and Apple, noting that the Lumia range was already available in four different versions which should only result in increased sales.
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