Microsoft Lumia 640 is the second most popular Windows Phone in the U.S. right now

This morning, AdDuplex, a partner with Windows Central and deliverer of cross-app promotions for Windows and Windows Phone devs, has released their August numbers for Windows Phone. The data is collected 5,000 apps running on all the Windows Phone in the global market and reveals current trends within the world of Windows mobile.

Considering that the last Windows Phones released on a wide-scale are the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL, there has been little momentum recently. Pooled with Windows Phone 8.1 effectively being in a holding pattern as we wait for Windows 10 Mobile, this month's numbers are a little less exciting.

However, the Lumia 640 is finally making inroads into the small Windows Phone market, particularly in the US.

Lumia 640 races to #2 spot in U.S.

It was only in last month's AdDuplex stats (July, 2015) did we see the Lumia 640 for the first time in the US. The phone entered in the #10 spot, but just 30 days later it has achieved #2 with 8.8 percent of all Windows Phone in usage besting the old Lumia 521.

The Lumia 635 is still king at 31.4 percent, and we now have some numbers for some of the older flagship phones:

  • Lumia 1520 – 2.9% (U.S.)
  • Lumia 1020 – 3.0% (U.S.)
  • Lumia 928 – 3.2% (U.S.)
  • Lumia 920 – 4.0% (U.S.)

Unfortunately, the Lumia Icon was not broken down and is likely in the 22.9 percent 'Other' category.

Is it strange that the Lumia 920 is still ahead at 4 percent when compared to the Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520? Probably not. The Lumia 920, in our opinion, is still the quintessential Windows Phone. Besides being heavy, it was the best all-around device that appealed to the masses. That is the is the kind of magic Microsoft needs to repeat with the upcoming 'Cityman' and 'Talkman' flagship phones and argues for a non-niche approach to the market. Solid all-around specs and nothing completely off-putting. The Lumia 1520 was seen as too large by many and the Lumia 1020 a bit extreme for most consumers.

The Lumia 640 is a well reviewed and received release from Microsoft, and although it doesn't save them, it does keep their foot in the race until this fall. No word on the Lumia 640 XL, unfortunately. Seeing as that phone is only on AT&T and is still new-ish, we may see some more details next month.

Windows 10 Mobile 1 out of 30 devices

Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile is still in the preview/beta stage being a part of the Insider program. Still, it should not be unforeseen that passionate Windows Phone users would opt-in to test the OS. This month, the nascent OS hits 3.3 percent of all active Windows Phones resulting in a 1-out-of-every-30 devices running the new operating system.

Considering how easy Microsoft makes it to enroll in the beta program this is likely the result Microsoft wanted. Windows 10 Mobile is still a few months out before general release so we should see this number increase steadily.

Globally, Microsoft and Nokia devices still make up nearly 97 percent (96.81%) of all Windows Phone sold, a slight increase of 0.06 percent over last month. White-label devices like BLU are only having a marginal impact on a 0.02 percent increase for 0.77 percent of tall total Windows Phones.

India likes the 640 XL

Early numbers seem to suggest the Lumia 1320 replacement – the Lumia 640 XL – is picking up some steam. Although only a 0.4 percent increase, over last month the large budget phone is at 3.4 percent for all Windows mobile devices in that country. Matching that increase is the Lumia 525 (3.3 percent) and Lumia 730 (8.1 percent).

The current most popular Windows Phone is still the Lumia 535 at exactly 20 percent.

The good news, if any

The AdDuplex numbers only reflect percentages within Windows Phone. As a result, they do not reveal much about the overall mobile market and Windows Phone's place in it. However, they do show that newer devices like the Lumia 535, Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL are appealing to users in certain markets. In other words, their absence would be bigger, more alarming news.

Having said that, we have no idea what Microsoft's sales targets were for those devices, making context difficult.

For now, at least, those budget phones are keeping a foot in the race for Microsoft, but their opportunity for a comeback are dwindling by each quarter. Their best bet now is for Cityman and Talkman to hit all the right notes for consumers, global availability, and great word-of-mouth.

Rumors claim Microsoft has a big launch event in NYC for October

Selling points like Continuum, a Surface-like pen for the Cityman, and the Windows Hello iris scanner could cause some needed waves in the industry. Throw in the positive reception of Windows 10 so far and Microsoft could have some momentum going into the fall. Energy is what they need.

Microsoft's Cityman and Talkman flagship Lumia phones and what you need to know

Let's see if they can execute a great Windows 10 Mobile launch, something of which many people remain skeptical.

AdDuplex will publish their full numbers on Tuesday, August 25 in a blog post on their site: blog.adduplex.com.

Daniel Rubino
Editor-in-chief

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

148 Comments
  • The Lumia 928 is such a great phone.
  • Only thing that bothered me was the buttons and the creaky body on some devices.
  • Hope so Microsoft considers having a successor to the discontinued 830!!! Maybe at IFA berlin or October event .!!!
  • I only expect two devices this year: cityman/talkman.
  • no, of course not, those are just internal codenames. Likely 950/950 XL.
  • 950/950 XL or 940/940 XL?
  • Happy to be a 640 User but i am having a flash issue. Anyone ever faced that? The camera flash lits before the snap is taken thus giving a dark image. So flash is of no Use except being used as a Torch. 
  • Yep as per rumours its seems on that front at the moment ! Hope so,something is out of box .!!,, fingers crossed ;)
  • There is one in the works.. That was uncancelled.. Code name sanna.. Will either be called 840/ 850. :)
  • Saana is actually the '550', replacement for 640.
  • Why is it the replacement for the 640? Is there no 650? Or are the 540/640 going to be blurred into one product line? 
  • Maybe there will be only one 650, that would be a phablet? 5.7" ?
  • MSFT really need to sort out their naming convention. Good grief!
  • Nokia started with insane amount of model numbers. MS is going to slim it down..
  • Well we're going to be stuck with the 928 for a long time since it looks like Verizon is not going to offer any flagship Windows phones.
  • Verizon is getting out of the contract business model.  I pay $300 a month for 4 devices and 8 gb of data.  Three of the oones are off contract.  The Verizon Network is superior in Atlanta than anyone.  So the family does not want to leave verizon.  By switching I will pay $80 for 12 gb and $20 per phone or $160 a month.  Saving $1680 per year.  How many phones can I buy with the savings?  The question is will Verizon certify these phones on their network?  Maybe the delay in the release is working throught the certification with the carriers.  Seems like the new phones will be sold through the Microsoft Store, not throug Verizon.
  • Superior? How about how Verizon drops calls quite often in the Buckhead area... Granted it is on a verizon iphone 5s (work phone - no choice). My 635 on AT&T never goes out of service.
  • Here's hoping that flagship phones will be launched this october as more and more lumia fanatics are tired already of waiting.
  • Mid October.
  • But meanwhile, Lumia 640 has been out-of-stock at MetroPCS stores in Massachusetts for 4 weeks now, yet it was selling like hot cakes..! and we wonder why it still has only 8.8% marketshare..
  • Such an awesome device at low price. Should be selling like hot cakes.
  • That's cool
  • WP7 still being used? I kind of missed it. Samsung Focus, HTC Surround/Titan II were the ones' I had.
  • I still use my Focus Flash around the house I loved that phone...
  • Me too.
  • The Focus Flash was amazing!
  • Unfortunately, no one should be expecting Windows 10 mobile to sell well in the US. That dream is over.
  • It's hard to know the end of a story before the first page is even read. Let's give it a chance first.
  • Yes but we already read the first two books in the trilogy. Just sayin'.
  • Well, with most trilogies, the third book is usually where all the best things happen.  Just sayin'
  • Just like the iPhone. The first two iPhone models did not sell. It was only after the release of the iPhone 3 and the scene with 'the phone stolen out of a bar,'  Apple started selling the iPhone in large numbers.
  • What alternate reality did you come from? Because in this one the iPhone sold like crazy right from the beginning. We can be Windows Phone fans but let's not alter history to conform with our wishes.
  • Let's hope the new flagships can match the popularity of lumia 920 Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • +920 Me and every 920 and most 1020 owners are more than ready to upgrade.
  • If that is your bar, it is quite low! At least your expectations are in check! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • People like cheap phones and people like flagships. Now we know why those were two of the three categories chosen by Microsoft for future phones.
  • That's awesome that the 640 is second popular even though it's only been out for some months in the US. I think it's going to be interesting to see how things play out over the next few months. I really feel like the 640 hit the spot as a midrange/budget.
  • Totally, I actually went from a 1520 to the 640 when it came out because I needed a smaller phone and chose the 640 over the 830 since its 'almost' the same phone under the hood and crazy affordable. I actually can't believe this phone is only $80 from the Microsoft store easily the best value in a phone on the market and love that I don't have to fret over protecting it because if I drop it and it break I just go buy another one :)  
  • Isn't it almost the only available Windows Phone in the US at the moment.
  • Yes/No. It's also a bit irrelevant. These numbers are not saying it is the second best selling Windows Phone, which would make your observation interesting. These are active Windows Phone users, which is why the Lumia 920 is still at 4%. If we were to look at what the #1 best selling Windows Phone is for August, I'd bet it'd be the 640 because yeah, there just isn't much choice. But that's an entirely different analysis from the one presented here.
  • How do they determine what is considered "active"? Would my old 920 that I turn on once a month and use on WiFi only, since it doesn't have a SIM, be considered active? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • If they use an app that hooks into AdDuplex then it shows up. This works similarly to how browser use statistics are generated (devices visiting participating websites have their model/browser ID reported).
  • So to answer your specific question, your 920 would be counted if in that one use you used an app that AdDuplex tracks.
  • If the apps that are used to get these numbers are being launched on your 920, your device would be considered active. 
  • Basically.  Except, if you have AT&T, it's only available as a Go-Phone.  The 640xl and the lame 635 are the only on-contract phones you can get your hands on.  They stopped with the HTC M8, 830, and won't even offer the 640. I simply don't understand the complete inconsitency between Microsoft and the carriers.  It's sad that you can walk into a Verizon store and there are more Blackberries you can look at than Windows Phones.  I am the mobile admin at my company and we do Windows Phones.  I'm not buying the 635 for my users and people generally don't like the size of the 640xl.  That leaves me no options at the business level.  AT&T won't let me buy 640's from the consumer go-phone side and charge them to our business account.  It's absurd.  If MS is willing to write off billions in this tech field, they should be willing to spend more to advertise and force carriers to actually SELL them.  I hope Windows 10 makes a difference and that Verizon and AT&T (really, the only relevant carriers in the U.S.) can get on board with the new phones.  Otherwise, we're going to have to bail on the platform. 
  • @Matt-WP, I'm sure if you got in touch with Microsoft and explained the situation, they would be more than happy to help.
  • Microsoft can't force carriers to sell anything. They will just laugh and walk away. Microsoft has no leverage in mobile. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Well if all the mentioned features comes right of the box and fully working, and dont need updates..... Then it would be awesome
  • So proud to own this amazing mid-range phone!
  • As expected. It's a real value-for-money phone! 540, on the other hand, seems like an unnecessary addition to the line.
  • Agreed ! Made no sense to launch
  • In other countries is the 520 the popular one
  • 520 will always be the top Windows Phone! Posted via Lumia 520 XL
  • Right till the ram requirements of wm10 became a reality
  • Probably the only phone which sold like a true Nokia
  • That phone ticked most of the boxes, albeit a front camera and flash. But there was Lumia 620 for those who wanted those.  
  • Im surprise that 830 didnt make it.
  • In the US, that's AT&T's fault and no one else's. I think there was an article on here that said that it is going to EOL, if it's not there already. Not surprised that a phone that wasn't really given the chance to fly didn't end up flying. That aside, it was also quite overpriced for what it was bringing.
  • There's just no real evidence to suggest the 830 did any serious numbers globally.
  • Cause it was always heavily overpriced. It was neither affordable nor a flagship.
  • AT&T tried selling the device, they even had a Fitbit promotion to try selling it.  Everyone here wants to place the blame on the carriers when a WP device sells poorly, the same thing happened with Verizon and the Icon.  At some point, the realization must be made that Americans just aren't into Windows Phones. 
  • Fair points, but I also think it was a bit overpriced for what it was offering and that possibly has/have a hand in it too. The Icon life was too short. If Americans aren't into Windows Phones, why can you still buy a 635 even though it's a year old?
  • Because it is like $50. The most popular Windows phone is
  • American are into iPhones and Galaxy because those are the two most advertised phones everywhere.
  • Yes. Microsoft didn't market it well. It's a gorgeous phone. Microsoft's Portugal general manager uses one, while he could obviously use a 930. I really love the 830, too bad it didn't go well. Here hoping for a similar good looking Cityman.
    Lumia for life.
  • So true.  I love my L830.
  • The 830 is still generally available in the USA at the moment, but it's no-longer being manufactured. I own 2 of them (got tired of waiting for the 735 to land in the US) and they're solid, comfortable phones to use. However, from launch -- the 830 has been burdened by an unrealistically-high selling price -- considering the merely adequate screen and chipset; admittedly, the phone's only "affordable flagship" feature is its ZEISS PureView OIS camera. If it had been marketed at a sub-$300US price-point consistent with its other features, the 830 could have provided strong competition for the horde of Android devices in that price range. Even so, the very awkward placement of its single SIM renders the 830 impractical for use in several global markets; In the US, the AT&T version (RM-983) also still lacks a current version of Denim 8.1 software which could allow Microsoft to push Windows Mobile 10 when released. It's not hard to find pushcarts and lunch wagons which are better managed than Microsoft's Mobile Division has been over the past 5 years; I hope that Microsoft has the will & the where-with-all to overcome the significant damage to the Lumia brand during the Stephen Elop-era...  
  • The 640 numbers might have inched a little higher if TMobile would actually advertise it. Was in a couple TMo stores yesterday, and there is now NO sign of anything Windows Phone. Microsoft really needs to figure out a way to direct-sell carrier-unbranded phones that support all frequencies for the type of cell radio(s) in the phone.
  • The cityman and talkman have universal gsm radios. So it shouldn't be to difficult for business and budget class phones.
  • Wow, universal GSM radios! Welcome to 2011. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Lumia 640... I'm loving it.  Just picked it up the other day, can't believe for only $70.
  • I picked up one that was open box at Walmart for $50 a few weeks ago to run Windows 10 on. Great deal, the device is solid.
  • The most surprising thing is the amount of people who are still on 8.0. Considering that 8.1 update is free, available worldwide since ONE YEAR and adds a lot of improvements (also it's bundled with Cyan firmware update). Let's say there are 60millions of Windows Phone users, 11,8% still on 8.0 = 7million people.
  • The only reason I can think of that the 920 is ahead of the 1020 is because the 1020 was released while many of us were stuck in a two year contract on that phone. Then, by the time that the two years ran out, the 1020 was already seeming a bit old and we were (and many still are) holding out for the next awesome Windows Phone. I still am using my 920. It's a brick, but it still looks like new, despite having no case throughout its nearly 3 years of extremely regular use. My wife was fortunate enough to still be in a contract when the 920 came out, so she ended up being the lucky one in our household getting a 1020 after her Samsung Windows Phone's battery died and the phone just refused to charge the replacement battery. She loves it, and we're both looking forward to the next generation this fall. We just hope that the camera's abilities at least *somewhat* match the 1020... I am *still* in awe of the photos we take with the thing, even in just point and shoot mode.
  • Are you a dude? (honest/serious question) BR.
  • Oh & by the way, also an owner of the 1020, was so pissed when Goldfinger & then McLaren prototypes were canceled, been waiting for soo damn long for a true successor. I don't think we'll ever see one (too niche), all we can hope for, is that Talkman/Cityman/Surface_phone get "close-ish" IQ-wise, & improve in areas where post-processing held back the 1020 (shot-to-shot time etc).
  • Picked up a Lumia 640 from the Microsoft Store last week.Awesome phone :) This will hold me over until AT@T releases a WP10 flagship.
  • 3 percent of 3 percent: sorry had to get that out
  • 2.5% at last count, actually.....
  • At current esitmates, there are ~5 billion devices active.  Using your numbers, 3% of that is 150,000,000 units.  3% of that is 4,500,000. I fail to see how 4.5 million of anything is something to mock unless we talking grains of rice. 
  • Check out the 640 on Walmart's website. "Nokia Prepaid Disturbed Smartphone". What is a Disturbed phone?? Lol
  • LOL, I don't know what happened there. The T-mobile one doesn't show that, why does it show that for the AT&T one?
  •   hee. likely some WP-hater. :)
  • <oops>
     
  • Of course it is,you can grab an unlocked black Lumia 640 on Amazon for only 115
  • The Lumia 640 is actually on the list of the 50 best selling products in my country. (41). It's higher up than the iPhone 6 plus.
  • Which country?
  • all the 920, 925, 928, 1020 users are going to upgrade once 950s are out! :) it's going to be quite an impact! i hope it lures more people into buying a WP :)
  • Count me in for the 925, I've been ready to upgrade it for a year now.
  • Well, to paraphrase Daniel's words, I'd love to get a combo "large and extreme" phone (a 1520/1020 combo)...how about it Microsoft?
  • You can get a Nexus 6 now. Same sized screen as the 1520 but smaller and more compact with a camera better than the 1020. The price will be coming down even more soon and it actual has apps. Not to mention it has the best support of any device, default encryption and good battery life. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • "However, they do show that newer devices like the Lumia 535, Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 are appealing to users in certain markets." Double 640
  • The 920 was good but had the most horrendous battery life of any portable electronics device in the history of civilization. I'm exaggerating of course but the battery life on that phone was a serious negative. While the 1520 market share is small it's rather high on the list of windowscentral users.
  • The 920's battery life wasn't that bad when it came out. It was certainly better than the 930/Icon. 
  • yeah, but it was one beuatiful piece of solid phone to hold :)))
  • Love my 640