Windows Phone close to selling 1m a week

Do Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's CES comments point to a brighter future for Windows Phone?

Almost one million Windows Phone handsets are sold each week, according to speculation and analysis by Forbes contributor Ewan Spence.

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 last week, Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's famously excitable CEO, stated that during Christmas, Windows Phone sold five times more devices than the same time last year.

While no firm figures for Windows Phones are available, Spence has done some sums based on last years' figures from analyst firms Gartner and Canalys, and found that the platform is approaching sales of 13 million a quarter, or one million a week - an important milestone for the platform, which has struggled to gain market share alongside the likes of Android and Apple iOS.

Of course, this is all speculation on the part of Spence, but the success of Nokia's Lumia 920, and the appearance of new Windows Phones from Samsung and Huawei does indicate to us that the platform is gaining momentum.

What do you think? Will 2013 be the year of the Windows Phone? Are you tempted to get one or have one already? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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