RPKom.pl reports that Poland has one of the highest Windows Phone market shares in the world, clocking in at 16.3%.
This is double that of Central and Eastern Europe in general, which already has a pretty good Windows Phone market share of 7.8%.
The information was delivered by Marc Toumelin , head of the regional department of Windows Phone at Microsoft, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, who attributed this to the popularity of Nokia in the region.
The most popular Windows Phone there is the Nokia Lumia 610, mainly due to its low price point, something the region is very sensitive to. Nokia also promoted the devices aggressively, and convinced carriers to subsidize the handsets, which also contributed to good sales.
The information was confirmed by Marek Kujda , an analyst at IDC.
The high market share translated into plenty of developer action, with as much as 10% of applications in the Windows Phone Store created in the region by 15,000 registered developers. Polish developers themselves submitted 250 applications each month, said Toumelin
While Windows Phone only had a 2.6 to 3% market share world wide in Q4 2012, there is momentum building around the OS which should see it establish a foothold of over 10% in Europe over the next year, which should firmly establish it as the 3rd ecosystem there.
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