IDC: Samsung sold more phones in Nokia-land than Nokia did for the first time in Q1 2013

BY Stefan Constantinescu

Published 28 May 2013

Finland is Nokia. Nokia is Finland. I’ve traveled to quite a few number of countries this year, and the only place where I see Lumia phones is this chunk of ice that I call home. According to the Finnish business publication Taloussanomat, who references data from IDC, Q1 2013 was the first quarter where mobile phones from the South Korean handset maker Samsung outsold those designed in Espoo. If that’s not alarming, I don’t know what is.

Breaking things down even further, roughly 587,000 were sold in Finland during the first three months of the year, with 73% of them being smartphones. Samsung took 36% of the phone market (both smart and dumb), while Nokia dropped to 33%. Meanwhile, Apple has 14% of the market, which is something I wouldn’t have expected given how many iPhones I see in people’s hands around town, but then again Q1 isn’t when people typically buy iPhones anyway. Everyone knows the next iPhone is just a few short months away.

Mr. Elop: Can you please switch to Android now?