Windows Phone gaining market share, continues its slow and steady ascent while rivals flat line

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Its the beginning of the month again, and regular readers will know this is the time when we are inundated with the various monthly stats releases.

First is up NetApplications, who claim to record the habits of 160 million unique visitors each month using their sensor network.

They reveal that Windows Phone has continued to gain market share in January 2013, after a pretty good Christmas, and now holds 1.15% of active net users.

It is important to note that the gains do not represent directly an increased installed base, though that is what’s implied, but that Windows Phone has managed to grow consistently faster than the market and has over the year nearly tripled its market share.   The suggestion by some analysts that 2013 will not be dramatically different to 2012 in terms of unit Windows Phone therefore seems somewhat unsupported, if the trend means anything.

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