The iPhone has been outsold by Windows Phone handsets in the burgeoning Chinese smartphone market, a Microsoft exec has claimed.
In an interview with Emerce, a super serious business site based in Holland, Microsoft’s Chief Operating Officer for Greater China Michael van der Bel claimed that Windows Phone kits account for seven per cent of the Chinese market.
Assuming that’s so, and it's worthing noting that his figures purportedly cover only the last two months and apparently aren’t backed by any kind of empirical study, it means that market share for smarties running the Redmond-based giant ’s OS is one per cent higher than iPhones.
Also somewhat undermining van der Bel’s triumphalism is that the iPhone isn’t currently available on the nation’s largest carrier China Mobile, thus restricting potential take-up.
However, this looks set to change imminently. According to reports, Apple and China Mobile are locked in talks that would see the iPhone offered to its subscriber base of some 667 million people.
The iPhone has been available in China since 2009 when it landed on rival carrier China Telecom.
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