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T-Mobile users have no high-end Windows Phone choices

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T-Mobile, with its MetroPCS subsidiary, has sold the majority of the Windows Phones in use in USA, with close to 40% of the share there.

Worryingly however T-mobile at present only has one new Windows Phone handset to sell, the cheap and cheerful Nokia Lumia 635.

The fact explains all the comments we get from T-Mobile users hungry for a new high end handset.  More than 2 million Windows Phone users in USA basically have no high end or even mid-range Windows Phone to upgrade to, likely explaining the increasingly low market share of Windows Phones in USA.

T-Mobile has just stopped selling new Nokia Lumia 521 handsets, after selling millions of the device, and we can only hope the Nokia Lumia 635 meets with the same success.

Fortunately there are rumours of a high-end device, the Nokia Lumia 1525, coming to the carrier, but for one of the most important carriers in terms of sales in the US, this seems rather insufficient support.

Do our T-Mobile-using readers feel neglected? Let us know below.

via WPD.

Comscore: Windows Phone adds nearly 200K users in USA, nearing 6 million total

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The latest Comscore numbers are encouraging for Windows Phone, particularly in light of the disappointing Kantar numbers.

Windows Phone grew from 3.3% last month to 3.4% of the market this month, meaning there are now a total of 5.746 million Windows Phone users in USA, up from 5.55 million 3 months ago, out of a total of 169 million smartphone users.

It is good to finally see steady growth in the Windows Phone installed base, likely due to the old Windows Mobile users finally washing out of the system, and hopefully a few million people will be too many for US software developers to ignore.

See the full Comscore report here.

6 inch Nokia Lumia 1320 now available on Cricket

Nokia’s affordable phablet, the Nokia Lumia 1320, is as of today now available on AT&T’s MVNO Cricket Wireless.

The handset, which features a 6 inch 720P screen, LTE and a massive 3400 mAh battery, is on sale commitment-free for $279.99, with a further $50 off the retail price available with a mail-in rebate via the Cricket Visa® Promotion Card.

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CEA survey shows Windows Phone users over-represented amongst mobile gamers

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The Consumer Electronics Association have published the results of a survey looking at the gaming landscape in USA.

While the survey contains much interesting information, such as that ownership among online U.S. consumers is highest for the Nintendo Wii (35 percent), Microsoft Xbox 360 (29 percent) and Sony PlayStation 3 (24 percent) and that the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One are now owned by 11 percent and eight percent, respectively, of online consumers, here at WMPU we are mainly interested in the mobile perspective.

According to the survey portable connected devices are now primary gaming devices for many consumers.

One in ten gamers say their primary gaming device is a smartphone (12 percent) or tablet (nine percent), on par with or closely following seventh-generation consoles such as the Xbox 360 (16 percent), PlayStation 3 (12 percent) and Wii (10 percent).

Among consumers who stated their primary gaming device is a smartphone, the most common operating system is Android (51 percent), followed by iOS (41 percent) and Windows Phone (six percent).

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Windows Phone grows US share by 400K new users

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The latest Comscore numbers for the 3 months ending April 2014 has come out, and it shows relatively good news for Windows Phone.

The OS has not just maintained its market share of the 167.9 million smartphone market in USA, but grew slightly over the last few months, adding 427,000 new Windows Phone users to bring its total to 5.54 million Americans.

Sequentially the OS was also able to maintain its numbers, which was also 3.3% of the installed smartphone base in March 2014, and due to the growth of the market has clearly continued to grow in users also, adding around 100,000.

There is now a very clear separation between Windows Phone and Blackberry, and while growth has remained slow it has also been relatively consistent. Hopefully the very wide release of the super-cheap Nokia Lumia 630, which is coming to both T-Mobile and AT&T, will help boost these numbers even more.

Read the full report at Comscore here.

Nokia Lumia 530 also coming to Cricket Wireless

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The rumoured Nokia Lumia 520 successor, the Nokia Lumia 530, is apparently not just heading to T-Mobile, but also to Cricket Wireless, a subsidiary of AT&T.

The handset is said to have a WVGA screen around 4 inches, probably dual-core processor and like the Nokia Lumia 630 lacks hardware camera and navigation buttons.

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Bing Rewards now available for all US WP8.1 users

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It appears either the latest update has enabled it, or another switch has been flipped, but it appears that Bing Rewards for mobile search on Windows Phone 8.1 is now enabled for all users.

Users are able to earn half a credit for each search, up to a total of 10 credits per day, which can then be redeemed in the Microsoft stores for a variety of digital goods.

Register for the service at Bing here.

Via Reddit.com

Windows Phone the biggest grower in USA in post-holiday season

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Here is a big surprise for Windows Phone users in USA.

According to the latest Comscore numbers Windows Phone was the fastest growing mobile OS in USA in the 3 months ending February 2014.

By their numbers  over the last 3 months Windows Phone added 490,000 users, while Android only added 326,000 and iOS 163,000. This is without accounting for the growth in the market, which itself increased by 7%.

Windows Phone also increased from 3.2 to 3.4% month on month and solidified its distance from Blackberry, which is now only 2.9% of the market.

If real, the increase is again likely due to the success of the Nokia Lumia 520 and 521, and we hope the Nokia Lumia 635 will have a similar success on AT&T and T-Mobile.

See the full report at Comscore here.

Telemundo, Syfy and USA Now NBC apps now in the Windows Phone Store

NBC Universal has released 3 Windows Phone apps for their programming.

The apps, which are somewhat cookie-cutter and all the same, are for the Telemundo, Syfy and USA channels.

The Telemundo app lets USA viewers watch full episodes of current Telemundo novelas and shows on Telemundo Now after authenticating through your TV provider.

The Syfy Now app lets select cable TV subscribers watch full episodes of their favorite Syfy shows, including new episodes available the day after they air for most programs. Viewers need to log in with their cable or satellite provider account to gain access to the currently available episodes.  If your cable company is not supported users can still watch selected full episodes and clips from Syfy shows, behind-the-scenes interviews, original online series like Riese: Kingdom Falling and more.

Similarly USA Now lets users see full episodes of their favourite USA shows, including new episodes available the day after they air on television and back episodes for some shows.

If your cable company is not supported viewers can still see special full episodes that don’t require an account to view, exclusive video clips including behind-the-scenes and interviews, a program schedule, and more.

Windows 8 versions of the apps are also available.

The apps can be found at the links below.

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Small victories: Windows Phone are now used by more people than Blackberry in USA

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According to the latest data from Comscore, Windows Phones are now used by more subscribers than Blackberry handsets in USA.

3.2% of 159.8 million US smartphone owners use Windows Phones, or 5.11 million people, vs 4.95 million Blackberry owners.

This is up around 330,000 people from 3 months ago, indicating the effect of the Christmas season on sales, likely due to great Nokia Lumia 520/521 sales.

Blackberry is down another 0.5%, after losing 0.7% 3 months earlier, which is unsurprising when the operating system only holds 0.5% of the US smartphone sales.  A recent promotion by T-Mobile saw 94% of Blackberry users taking part upgrading to handsets running other operating systems, despite a $50 incentive to stay Blackberry by T-Mobile.

Of course 3.2% is still well in the range of irrelevance, so we hope for actual growth in the market, which I think we will only see if Microsoft release a low-cost handset on Verizon.

See the full report at Comscore here.

Nokia X Family Won’t Be Released In North America, Korea And Japan

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Jussi Nevanlinna, VP for Mobile Phone marketing at Nokia spoke about the new Nokia X family to Nokia Conversations. He answered lots of interesting questions about Nokia X family, I’ve collected few of them below,

On timing of Nokia X family announcement,

We’re the number one manufacturer in growth markets in the ‘entry-level’ and ‘feature phone’ categories. But a lot of those people are now aspiring to smartphone products. There are a significant number of users worldwide who are about to experience the Internet through a mobile device. As you can imagine, we want to be ready for them.

Target audience for Nokia X,

These are global products, which will be available pretty much everywhere except North America, Korea and Japan. We have a particular focus on growth markets – for example, India and China, Thailand and Indonesia then over to Egypt, Kenya and Nigeria, and South America, especially countries like Brazil, and Mexico. They are all places where we’re seeing this big shift from feature phones to affordable smartphones.

So we’re offering them the best of three worlds: Nokia design and build quality; Microsoft cloud services; and Android apps.

Technology becomes cheaper all the time. When it becomes possible to create a Lumia for $100, will the X family be retired?

I think the key word is ‘family’. We will be announcing more products in the family over the course of the next year, and the price range it covers will change to suit the markets. We will be taking Nokia X into even more affordable price points.

Does the X family compete with the Lumia family and maybe mean lost sales for Lumia?

Our approach to compete in the affordable smartphone market is twofold. While Lumia remains our primary smartphone platform and we continue to push the prices down, Nokia X addresses price points that are generally lower than those reached by Lumia, and we’ll keep pushing the Nokia X prices down even further.

In fact we see Nokia X as a stepping-stone to Lumia. With Nokia X we are bringing people the best of Nokia and Microsoft services and experiences, making a future switch to Lumia natural.

Read more from the link below.

Source: Nokia

Comscore: Windows Phone actually lost 50,000 users between Q3 and Q4 2013 in USA

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In as far as Comscore numbers can be trusted, things continue to look bad for Windows Phone in USA.

The latest numbers back from the market research company shows Windows Phone having 3.1% share of the subscriber base in the last 3 months of 2013, down from 3.3% in Q3 2013.

That translates into Windows Phone subscribers dropping from 4.88 million to 4.83 million users.

While we have reports of gangbuster sales of Nokia’s cheapest Windows Phone in USA, the Nokia Lumia 521/520,it seems the pull of the newly launched iPhone was too much.  If there is any consolation to Windows Phone, it is that even Android lost some market share over the period, with Apple being the big winner, gaining a full 1.2% in the period.

It is likely we will once again see gains over the next 3 quarters, as iPhone mania subsides, but it is clear the US market remains a very hard nut to crack.

Isis confirms they are working on a Windows Phone app

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We recently saw the Nokia Lumia Icon appearing to support the carrier’s Isis Mobile Payment system.

Now the company’s official twitter client has confirmed that they are working on a Windows Phone client, suggesting Windows Phone users stay tuned.

The carrier-blessed mobile payment system Isis has started rolling out for Android handsets  recently, with the promise of eventual Windows Phone support. A sleeve for the iPhone has just arrived which adds NFC capability to that device, but I suspect uptake will be rather poor, while most higher-end Windows Phones have NFC built-in, and will hopefully benefit more from Isis support.

The Isis contactless payment service at present works with pre-paid American Express cards, and is also able to replace American Express, Chase Freedom, Chase Sapphire, Slate from Chase and JP Morgan Palladium credit cards at compatible retail Point of Sale locations. It is supported by AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile and requires a special secure SIM card to be activate, which carriers will provide free of charge.

Unlike Google’s Google Wallet solution ISIS is platform agnostic, which is obviously  good news for Windows Phone users.