Skip to comments.Nokia Windows Phone sales may explode this summer: ~4 million new Lumia models, China Mobile deal
Posted on 03/12/2012 11:18:59 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Sales of Nokias Lumia smartphones havent been stellar so far. Perhaps thats to be expected when a company switches its main smartphone platform seemingly overnight. Perhaps thats to be expected because the operating system powering these devices is quite young.
Though for a company of Nokias former size and prowess, the 500-700K Lumias sold in the fourth quarter of 2011 are nothing to write home about. While the first quarter of 2012 will surely improve on those numbers, it appears that Q2 of this year is when Nokias Windows Phone sales will really start picking up.
Thats when Compal expects to be manufacturing almost 4 million Nokia Lumia 610 units. The Lumia 610 was announced last month during MWC as Nokias most affordable Windows Phone yet, and the Finnish company has outsourced production of that model to Compal, one of the big ODMs. This outsourcing probably means that Nokia has finally taken production of its other Lumia devices in-house.
Now those 4 million or so Lumia 610s will clearly have a big impact on Nokias Q2 smartphone sales, so it seems that when youll look back on the history of Windows Phone, Q2 2012 is going to be when it really started growing. Keep that in mind.
Another aspect that may help Nokias Windows Phone sales grow in the short term is the Chinese market. This is going to become the biggest smartphone market this year, for the first time overtaking the US, according to some analysts. As such, being big in China is increasingly important for mobile device makers.
Apple interestingly isnt big over there, as its market share is just a third of that seen by Samsung. One of the reasons for that is that Samsungs devices are compatible with and can be bought from all the three big carriers. Whereas Apple has only started a partnership with China Telecom a few days ago for selling the iPhone, and its also been working with China Unicom since the first iPhone made it to China. But those are just the No.2 and No.3.
The big elephant in the room, China Mobile, has more than 650 million subscribers. And the iPhone only works on 2G (EDGE) on China Mobile because of the different 3G tech that it uses. While Apple is thinking whether it wants access to that huge addressable market, Microsoft will probably get there first.
Its widely expected that a Windows Phone device with full 3G support will be launched by China Mobile in the near future. Its not 100% certain what manufacturer will make it, although its been consistently rumored that Nokia will be that company. Add to that Nokias recent inking of a deal with China Mobile, and things become pretty clear. Even if Nokia wont supply the first WP to China Mobile, it will have a device on that carrier pretty soon.
And that should also help boost its overall global Lumia sales. After all, at least a few of those 650 million subscribers will be willing to try out Windows Phone, especially since theyll be able to get their devices subsidized.
But Nokia isnt going to stop there. It has also inked a deal with China Telecom, and it looks like a Nokia Lumia 710 variant is headed to that particular carrier. Weve heard bits and pieces about the Nokia Lumia 719 before, and now a Lumia 719C with support for China Telecoms CDMA2000 network has been certified in China (after previously also stopping by the Bluetooth SIG).
So, with about 4 million Lumia 610s globally, and the Lumia 719 on China Telecom and another device on China Mobile, Nokias Windows Phone sales are set to skyrocket (at least compared to current levels) very soon. Its going to be an interesting year in mobile, thats for sure.
The lumia 900 is my next phone (assuming I like it when I feel it). Everything I’ve read about it screams quality and cool. Hard to believe microsoft is making hip products and apple is becoming the same ol same ol. But that what happens when you’re the market leader vs. a challenger.
I just love that it keeps pushing the technology forward.
Imagine how the smart phone business would be like if the government subsidized companies the way they did Solyndra....
I’m sure it will do at least as well as the “iPod killer” Zune did.
Zune was a good device with a huge flaw...they tried to give a closed market like Apple did. I couldn’t believe they’d be that stupid but they were. An open market for the Zune would have helped them a lot.
But the Windows Phone is getting rave reviews and even apple fans are raving about Windows Phone UI. Plus windows 8 is set to harmonize phone, tablet/pad, and PC.
If that was the case then we’d all still be using the original blackberry and the gov’t would be investing our tax dollars trying to figure out how to make an affordable color screen that runs on solar power.
subsidies from the government rarely produce anything of
value in the consumer space.
they should direct their $$ to basic science in the form of grants, and stop the practice of predicting winners and losers in the marketplace.
they haven’t a clue about the market, the technology, or
how to bring the two togther.
If and when I decide to give up my clamshell type phone and get a smart phone, it will be a windows phone.
Apple should have done that. If they did, then they would be on top of it all.......
....Wait. Never mind.
It wouldn’t work the same way with Apple. iPhone while having a big share of the market is not a monopoly like Windows once was. So pushing the iPhone to the PC won’t have the same impact.