I'd been rather concerned that the Canalys figures throughout 2005 had been somehow 'missing' all the Windows Mobile smartphones branded by network operators. But according to Bill Gates himself, total worldwide sales of Microsoft-powered smartphones in 2005 were only about 3.6 million. This compares to Nokia's combined S60 and Series 80 sales of around 23 million. Symbian OS thus outselling Windows Mobile by 5 and a half to one. Now that's what you call a market lead.
Symbian as a whole sold 23 million phones to Q3 2005 and so total for the year is probably around 32-34 million when adding Q4 (Q3 was 8.5 million). It is worth bearing in mind some of these will be FOMA phones, (thus Steve's 23 m figure for S60/80 I imagine). However it does mean if you include FOMA phones that Symbian is that far off outselling at 10 to 1.
It'll be interesting to see what happens in the next year.
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