With Nokia making a large deal to sell numerous Lumia Windows Phones on China Mobile, starting with the Lumia 920 and including the popular Lumia 620, speculation and curiosity about sales numbers have piqued interest from observers.
This morning, a questionable story on WinP.cn started to make the rounds complete with photos, that reportedly showed the Nokia team “celebrating 2 million sales (or activations)” in that massive country. We’ve been in indirect contact with Nokia China and are hearing that the story is in fact not accurate.
Like all great mysteries there’s some truth to the origins of those photos but they are taken out of context, resulting in a much more grandiose story than reality portrays.
From a source at Nokia China who was there:
“We had an internal celebration some time back. An employee took some snapshots and uploaded to Sina Weibo. The pictures were deleted quite soon though. These pictures are genuine, however the '2M' live tile doesn't stand for '2 million'. I can't tell you what it stands for however."
Indeed, as far as we know Nokia is categorically denying that they sold 2 million Lumia phones (or 920Ts) in China. There is no doubt that such an accomplishment would have been massive news for the company but like all things, these photos and the resulting story, are not reflective of what actually occurred to our knowledge. To put that number in perspective, Nokia sold 4.4 million Lumias in Q4 2012 in total worldwide.
Of course we’re all wondering what the “2M” does stand for but like a lot of mysteries, this one may go unsolved.
Nokia is set to report Q1 2013 sales results on April 18th and perhaps there, we will learn a little more about China.