Windows Mobile outsold the iPhone in Q4 2008


Here’s a bit of news that may come as a suprise to most of the iPhone obsessed world.  According to Steve Ballmer, in the recent earnings conference call, more than 5 million Windows Mobile units were sold in Q4 2008.  This is significantly more than the 4.4 million iPhones sold that the other Steve announced in Apple’s own earnings release.

The news is is stark contrast to most reports on Windows Mobile and the iPhone, who say the Cuppertino device has already surpased sales of our favourite mobile OS.

Of note is that the iPhone is possibly at the height of its popularity.  The device is widely available world-wide, and subsidized more cheaply than most Windows Mobile devices in most markets. iPhones are also widely bought and given over the Christmas season as gifts or special treats, while WM devices are not exactly seen in the same light.

If the iPhone did not surpase Windows Mobile sales with all the decks stacked in its favour, it is pretty valid to ask if it ever will.

Listen to excerpt here, or the full Earnings call here (around 24 min 30 seconds)


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