Finnish Nokia the world’s largest mobile phone maker by volume, Wednesday said sales in the U.K. of its Lumia 800 smart phone, its first smartphone based on Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Phone platform, were off to an "excellent start."
"Based on earliest data, the sales start of the Lumia 800 is the best ever first week of Nokia smart phone sales in the U.K. in recent history," Nokia spokesman James Etheridge said.
The comment came as Nokia’s share price fell sharply Tuesday on reports sales were off to a bad start.
"While it is not our policy to disclose individual product sales figures outside our quarterly financial results, we feel there has been premature sales analysis on the performance of the Lumia 800," Etheridge said.
Based on Net Promoter Scores–which measure a consumer’s willingness to recommend the product to a friend–the Lumia 800 has received the highest score of any Nokia device launched in recent history in the U.K., Nokia said.
"Given our deliberate, sequenced roll out across countries and with future launches ahead, this is a critical metric for long-term success," Etheridge said.
All the best Windows Phone and Nokia.