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Argentina, India, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine, and “rest of central and eastern Europe“.

In terms of market share, Windows Phone-based products trail far behind the iPhone, withMicrosoft‘s mobile OS languishing around 3%. Even Microsoft co-founder and chairman Bill Gates labelled the company’s smartphone strategy a “mistake.”

It’s no wonder, then, that questions arose after Frank Shaw, Microsoft’s head of public relations,announced in a blog post Tuesday that Windows Phone outshipped the iPhone in seven countries during the fourth quarter.

The New York Times did some digging, and asked IDC, the research firm that provided the stats in Shaw’s post, to elaborate. Which countries, exactly, did Windows Phone have the iPhone beat?

Six were Argentina, India, Poland, Russia, South Africa and Ukraine, while the seventh “country” was actually a group of smaller nations that IDC categorizes as “rest of central and eastern Europe.”

Kevin Restivo, an IDC analyst, provided further context. Windows Phone actually sold less than 100,000 units during the fourth quarter in each of the following three markets: Ukraine, South Africa and “rest of central and eastern Europe”

What’s more, there is a sizeable “gray market” for cellphones in some countries (e.g. Argentina) — which IDC doesn’t count — so it’s difficult to determine exact market share in those areas.

Restivo added that Windows Phone does well in countries that are established strongholds for Nokia, which is Microsoft’s flagship handset partner, according to the Times. In those markets, there tends to be fewer iPhone shipments due to its high cost and scant subsidies from carriers.

Do these revelations diminish Microsoft’s announcement that Windows Phone outshipped the iPhone in seven countries — or not? Tell us in the comments, below.

collected from-http://mashable.com/2013/03/28/windows-phone-outselling-iphones-countries/

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