Windows Phone seeing significant holiday boost compared to Q4 2011

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Q4 2012 sales of Windows Phones so far has seen a significant boost over the same period last year.

Using the number of Monthly Active Facebook users as a guide, we can see around 627,000 MAU of the built-in Facebook app has been added since the 1st October 2012, the start of the quarter.

Last year over the same period less than 150,000 was added by the 15th December, possibly hinting at the source of Steve Ballmer’s statement that “Windows Phones are so far selling at four times the rate of the same time last year”

Last year according to Gartner, who claims to measure units actually sold to end users rather than shipments, said 2.759 million Windows Phones were sold in Q4 2011.  The data suggests already 7 million Windows Phones were sold so far this quarter, and we may finally be heading to a + 10 million Windows Phone quarter.

The Facebook numbers are the first real hard numbers which are not ratios or percentages which gives real evidence that Windows Phones are not just in short supply due to poor supply, but also high sales.  Do our readers believe this will finally be Windows Phone’s break out quarter?

Let us know below.

Thanks Arun for the tip.