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Windows Phone sales up thanks in part to BlackBerry's decline

By Shawn Knight · 18 replies
Apr 1, 2013
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  1. Microsoft isn’t exactly close to surpassing Android or iOS in terms of smartphone sales but they are gaining ground thanks largely in part to BlackBerry’s recent downfall. According to recent data published by analytics firm Kantar, Windows Phone claimed 4.1...

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  2. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,806   +1,211

    Blackberry had one shot and they blew it. The new UI is like some crippled half-breed of WP8 and iOS. Unless they add a virtual trackpad to BB10 and *seriously* rethink the clumsy "flow" system, their done for. Every other OS has a "home" button for the same reason Blackberry always did - because its impossible to replace it successfully with gestures.
  3. I really had high hopes for windows phone, but after learning that I can't even specify my own IP address with a manual configuration for the wireless (which is required at a few of the businesses I work for) I simply cannot understand how anyone would want to use it.
  4. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I dont think MS's focus is enterprise really. They see more opportunity in the consumer sector. I agree with psycros. The OS is already dated. If it was released 2 years back, BB will be alive and well now.
  5. Surur

    Surur TS Rookie

    Yes, that is a breaking issue to 90% of potential buyers. How could anyone consider buying a smartphone which can not specify a static IP?.
  6. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,229   +1,306

    many large businesses and corporations provide a smartphone for their employees. For those businesses security is a large concern. This prevents windows phone from being a candidate and could mean tens of thousands of sales.
  7. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    I challenge you to go to your local Mall and ask 50 people to tell you how to access ipconfig on their PC, let alone how to change their IP address on their smartphone. There are many reasons why Windows Phone may not succeed, and I assure you this isn't one of them.

    They should give you the option to but, this is not a majority issue.
  8. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 925   +493

    Again, I disagree with most of what you said. I love the swipe instead of the home button.
    But yeah, some things need to be polished and smoothed out. However, that's to be expected with a new OS...
  9. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,102   +870

    Really?! I swear on my nokia 610 (win 7.5) I've managed it?

    I could be wrong as it was a while ago I was looking into it, just food for thought though their are ways around it, if a company thats big enough to require your phone to have a static IP, surely all they need is the MAC address and add a reserved IP for it in DHCP? Of course, it depends on the network setup how feasible that would be but still, you probably could get around it.
  10. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I would get a Windows Phone if the app eco system was more developed. Yes, there is an incentive for developers in that Windows is a massive OS and it is gonna succeed automatically. But it is just not at that point yet. The reason I bought an iPhone was only for the looks and the app ecosystem.
  11. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,270

    I dunno. Making gestures at my phone (the middle finger) helps me feel better and it seems to work sometimes.
  12. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,270

    You wasted your money on an iPhone for it's looks & eco system??? Man... Bummer. My condolences. Once you settle down from that rush of blood to the head you'll no doubt find consolation in the arms of an Android next time round. We're all human after.
  13. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    I think you meant to say we're all robots that look and act like human beings*
  14. @ Skidmarksdeluxe some people may like a Frankenstein OS sown together crudely but some of us don't.
  15. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I have had it for 8 months now and I really enjoy it. I may move to Android though.
  16. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,270

    If you do you'll thank me.
  17. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,102   +870

    It really isn't better, at all, both have their plus's and minuses, it all depends on what you prefer, I am currently using a Sony Xperia with the latest Android on and I really like it, I like being able to use Firefox etc...

    But iPhone's are just easier to use in my opinion, so I still miss my iPhone.

    Have to admit Android is much better in the value department, I picked up this phone for £100 and I've been blown away with how well it runs and its capability's.

    But if I had the money, I would move back to an iPhone, luckily for Android, I don't :p
  18. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,270

    I was just teasing JC713. Honestly there's nothing wrong with Apple hardware (cost notwithstanding). It's the company itself I despise. If you good folk are happy with you Apple purchases then I'm happy too.
    Jad Chaar and Burty117 like this.
  19. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I agree with you 100%. The company is screwed up in many ways. But their products are premium, and that is why I like them. (Macs are garbage though :p)

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