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Netcom, Norwayâ€™s second largest carrier, has released some sales figures for the month of March.
Besides revealing that for the first time since the list has been published that the iPhone has been displaced from the first position by the Samsung Galaxy S II, they also revealed that Windows Phone holds 7% market share for sales in March, slight down 1% from February, when the Nokia Lumia 800 launched. The Lumia 800 was however able to retain its 4th position on the list.
It is believed the fall of the iPhone from the top spot was due to market share stolen by the Nokia Lumia 800, clearly a real competitor it seems
They also revealed that Symbian sales are now non-existent on the carrier, and in the absence of any other smartphone OS sales Windows Phone was now the de facto only challenger to the iPhone and Android duopoly.
Norway is of course not Finland, which has a strong loyalty to Nokia, and where good Lumia performance was a near foregone conclusion. The stats therefore show great progress for the OS, which will hopefully be built on by the release at the high end of the Nokia Lumia 900 and the low end by the Nokia Lumia 610.
Thanks Tord for the tip.