Telecompaper reports that the Polish Border Guard will be purchasing 300 Windows Phones and 200 Android handsets.
The main criteria for the selection will be the price, and the Windows Phones will be required to have a 4.7 inch screen and free offline GPS navigation, a feature which is already present in most Lumia handsets. The devices will also need to be dual-SIM and run Windows Phone 8.1.
The handsets also need to be available in 90 days and come with a 24 month warranty.
The tender is another enterprise win for Windows Phone, which is rapidly gaining the the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) market share, with more than 25% market share in UK and France. In SME Windows Phones have the advantage of good support, consistency of operation, user interface and capability, good integration with Microsoft’s back-end products, and value added items such as free GPS which is compelling to businesses. In SME in Europe Microsoft appears to have a higher market share than Android, and is already challenging the iPhone in some markets.
Hopefully familiarity there will also spill over in the consumer market, and help grow Windows Phone’s market share there.