Why? Well, as much as I love my iPhone, iPad, and Mac, the folks running those companies are smoking some high grade weed, or have a crack dispensing vending machine for employees. How else do you explain a Microsoft executive claiming that Windows Phone is outselling Apple’s iPhone?
Dude, What Are You Smoking?
Here’s the deal. Microsoft’s director of communications was interviewed by Tech Radar and proudly proclaimed that Windows Phone was outselling iPhone in 24 countries.
See? Doesn’t that news immediately make you want to know what kind of dope Christopher Flores apparently is on these days? It’s gotta be high grade. After all, it’s Microsoft.
Obviously because of what being high does to a person, the Redmondian couldn’t come up with any specific details on which countries, but I’m sure that Lower Slobbovia and Elbonia are high on the list of countries touted by the high guy from Microsoft.
A little investigative reporting revealed that Microsoft’s sales lead over the iPhone was in emerging nations. You know, those countries where citizens cannot afford an iPhone, and probably not running water, electricity, or high grade extract from poppy seeds.
In other words, in the sub-$549 smartphone market, Microsoft’s Windows Phone is gaining some sales traction. That’s probably because Apple’s iPhone 5C retails for $549. At the sub-$549 segment, Microsoft found a niche. In unnamed emerging countries.
That brings me to BlackBerry, once the king of smartphones, which now appears to be using Microsoft’s tactics to gain marketshare and relevance in the industry. From what I can gather by my research (I looked at their website; nobody I know would admit to carrying or paying for a BlackBerry), BlackBerry tops Apple’s iPhone 5C sales in the highly coveted sub-$549 smartphone segment.
What’s really cool about the news that BlackBerry and Microsoft’s latest offerings top Apple’s iPhone in sales is that nobody from either company needs any sales numbers to prove their claim. Apple doesn’t sell an iPhone for less than $549, so any made up market segment below that number, Apple loses, some other manufacturer wins.
It’s math. Deal with it, Tim Cook.
By that very same measure, Chromebooks are outselling the Mac by a wide margin, specifically 100-percent of the sub-$599 market for Chromebooks. The Mac doesn’t even make the list because the Mac mini starts at a whopping $599. And because it’s a Mac, not a Chromebook.
Watch out Apple. BlackBerry and Microsoft are competitive in market segments crucial to Apple’s future as a desperate company on the verge of failure (which is what happens when you sell products with little to no gross margin, and, like BlackBerry, Microsoft, Nokia, Motorola and Google which think they’ll make it up on volume).
It’s just too bad that Apple doesn’t have a benefits plan to match Microsoft’s obvious implementation of a plan to supply executives with the good stuff. That could improve sales numbers within minutes of lighting up.