Yes, you can stop making fun of Windows Phone now, because believe it or not, there's a handful of real, non-tinpot countries where Apple's darling iPhone gets outsold by Windows Phone devices.
So, the lucky (or not) winners on this particular wheel of fortune are: Argentina, India, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine, and a handful of Eastern European countries, including Croatia.
Now, although that list includes some significant or emerging players in the smartphone area -- Russia sees sales of around 8 million smartphones per year, and India is above the UK for smartphone subscriptions -- there are some potential flaws in the data. The facts come from IDC, who only track how many smartphones were officially imported into the various countries. Given the slightly-less-than-white markets in some of those countries (*cough* Former USSR *cough*) it's a fair bet that a lot of Apple-flavoured devices will be making their way in via less-heavily-taxed routes.
So, this actually tells us two things: Windows Phone is getting a tiny bit of traction in some very significant markets (India's got more smartphones than the UK, but only 4 per cent of phones can really be called smart); and Windows Phone owners are nice, law-abiding suckers. [New York Times via CNET]