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Windows Phone Central: Three million strong and growing, thanks to you

As we start to come to the end of 2013, we figured we would have a little site celebration and say thanks. Just a few days ago, Windows Phone Central hit the 3 million unique visitors a month threshold.

To put that number in perspective, it was just 11 months ago when we hit 1 million uniques—that’s a healthy 200% increase in less than a year.  One-third of that is US based, while the rest, we’re proud to say, is the rest of the world...

Site traffic as counted by Quantcast

We’re also hovering at 14 million page views a month, attributable to our front page news and the largest Windows Phone forums around. Likewise for Twitter as we’re nearing 100,000 followers (we’re at 96K today, and should reach 100K in less than 10 days at our current rate). Finally, our fantastic app built by Jay Bennett has nearly 230,000 installed users (and yes, an update is on the way along with our Windows 8 app).

WPCentral App installed user base

There’s no doubt our explosive growth is keeping pace with Windows Phone adoption and at times exceeding it. We know that’s due to the fact we have a sizeable amount of our audience who are looking to jump to the Windows Phone platform in the future, so for now they’re lurking and learning.

None of this could be possible of course if it wasn’t for you folks, who come here every day for the latest news (and lovingly grumble when things slow down on the weekend). Through your tips, recommendations, comments and general enthusiasm, we’ve been able to grow and shape this site according to your wants and needs.

And it’s been our pleasure.

Twitter growth rate for WPCentral (via Twitter Counter)

Every day we’re humbled to see the passion of our audience and we’re privileged that for a few of us, this is now a full-time job. With new device launches happening every few weeks, the Microsoft-Nokia deal on the horizon, Windows 8.1 and next year, Windows Phone 8.1, we have a lot planned for this site.

We’re not perfect and we’re constantly learning things ourselves, but we’re promising to keep trying harder every day to make this the best Windows Phone site on the planet.

Thank you,

The Windows Phone Central team

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

263 Comments
  • Congrats chaps! Your doing a blinding job
  • It's all because of ⬆his guy.. Lets give him a round of applause❕❕
  • Seems legit.
  • Samsung is using cheapest plastic for their phones,which indirectly is harmful to our skin.They kill people for making profit themselves.Its so harmful for our hands see here http://tiny.cc/klcf6w
  • Ya its right samsung is fooling us .....
  • Your welcome.
  • Yay!
  • I one of the million and million and million
  • I am one fo those who complain on the weekend :P   aside from the great news you deliver, i like the way your write guys.
  • Glad to be on board. I've actually dropped a few other forums because of you guys - if thats not a compliment, I don't know what is : )
  • WPCentral T-Shirt giveaway is in order. Everyone loves T-Shirts. Everyone in college loves T-Shirts even more. Congratulations, guys! Looking forward to seeing this community grow even stronger.
  • Especially white shirts on hot chicks and cold water buckets near by.
  • What about white T-shirts on hot guys with chaps,
  • I want a cat t-shirt with it eating a YouTube logo.
  • I want a t-shirt with the WPC logo eating a cat...
  • Lol
  • +925
  • That's gud
  • Keep it up guys
  • So this means.... More contests to win stuff? :)
     
  • Nope! It means even less chance to win stuff. :(
  • Ha ha true
  • Thanks for you WPCentral,
    WPCentral is part of my life and feeling like a family here... Thanks for the staff, thanks for the members. Congrats WPCentral :)
  • Best winphone site hands down, grats and well-deserved
  • No spare time goes by without checking what's new on WPCentral. I check emails the most, followed by WPCentral and then SMS and then anything else.
  • +820
  • +WPCentral !
  • Shoot, I check the page nearly 3-million times a day!
  • +920!!!!
  • +925 to that. First app i load in the morn and last before bed, and a billion times during the day everytime j pick up my phone, for any new app updates or news
  • Egads, I thought I was the only one who did this. Glad I'm not alone. It's my most used app daily.
  • Lol me tooo 
  • I guess we're all equally nerdy.
  • haha true, grats guys! keep up the awesome and hardwork :). Come to think of it I think I am an addict!, I have WPCentral to load up as a tab on both my work and personal account, I check the app after I wake up, read the news whilst brushing my teeth, having my breakfast and on the way to work. Sometimes at lunchtime I browse the forum, aswell as on may back home and before going to sleep.. now that i've listed everything down.. I think I need a detox... then again I wouldn't last such a detox LOL.
  • Awesome to be a part of this.
  • And I was here from the very beginning....I love this site.
  • Nice job guys!
    Btw, what's that tablet in the header image?
  • That's the new Lenovo. Hands on /impressions coming probably tomorrow.
  • Looks and feels like more bezel than I would have wanted. Any Win8s out there with minimal bezel, would love a 8" form factor having ultra thin attributes overall.
  • Lenovo Miix2 I think
  • That tablet has small bezels. Don't go by that picture.
    Check the official pictures by Lenovo or check the Amazon listing.
  • Hard to see, but the graph on the display isn't taking up the entire display. That's why it looks like it has insanely wide bezels.
  • Congrats!
  • So where's my free phone. I get a free Windows Phone of my choosing with everyone from WPCentrals autograph right?
  • I even won a license plate back in 2011 and didn't check my email on time...LOL
  • Not a wp owner but I love the site, writers, and the awesome community here. Good job guys!
  • What are you waiting for? BBM?
  • Lol no, although it would be nice. I have become to used to BB10, and it's predictive keyboard, unified "hub", best in class security, and amazing swipe gestures. BlackBerry just works for me, but if I ever had to switch it would definitely be to wp.
  • Hate to break it to you but uhhh BB isn't doing so well so you might be jumping on WP sooner than later.
  • They just got a billion dollar investment, a new and dedicated CEO, and recently made a cominment to continue making hardware. I'm pretty confident they're going to be around for a little bit longer. 
  • That´s another good thing we got going on here. Even if someone doesn`t own a windows phone he can still voice his thoughts (respectfully) around here and not be trashed by ten thousand fanboys who think you`re an idiot if you dont "follow the leader". I  was "stalking" WPC for weeks before i finally decided to ditch android and buy a Lumia920. I would say WPC had a BIG part on that decision.
  • So true, I have never been bothered about my device choice once on wpcentral, but ironically I have been trolled on multiple occasions on CB.  Go figure lol
  • No problem, I do what I can.
  • That's good stuff right there. Nice to hear it.
  • Congrats!!
  • Super. Keep up the good work!
  • Wow, congrats! All you guys on the team should share a beer or two tonight!
  • Tele-beers. 
  • Yay, Sam is buying digital beers.
  • Ha ha ha
  • This site and app is part my daily routine and therefore life. Don't always agree but do always keep reading.
  • Awesome really loving you guys and girls!
  • Much love WPCentral.
  • Looking forward to see what you guys have planned for next year!
  • Woop we love you guys!
  • Awesome!
  • Great work, take the weekend off and celebrate, no wait, don't do that. Might get complaints about the lack of articles.
  • Congrats lads! Keep up the good work!!!
  • Hats off to you bro, keep on the good job
  • #milestone.
  • Well done guys, you do fantastic work. Love the app and the content.
  • Parabéns
  • Way to go on the iMillion 3. :)
  • Hey Dan is the interview still going to happen? I sent an email.. You might be busy with 3 other million people email you lol
  • Shoot, forgot...lemme respond now.
  • Congrats guys. wpCentral is the best source for all Microsoft.
  • Thanks to you and your entire team. Great job!
  • I too have been with the site since the early beginning, I remember when Daniel did almost everything himself and how excited we were when Jay got the app up and running, its truly a testament to Daniel and the entire team for all they have accomplished in so short a period of time , congrats guys
  • 3 million! Wow! Go WPCentral!
  • Here's to the next 3 million!!
  • The amount of times I visit wpcentral is unhealthy
  • Oh, we sick ones are all with ya...
  • My favorite site. Love this community. It is kinda stupid, but even though I love me WP, WP Central really adds to the WP experience.
  • Not stupid at all. My thoughts exactly.
  • cool job guys
  • Thank you y'all!
  • I feel that I am WPCentral! I use the app so much! I can't stay away! Thanks and congrats!!!
  • Wpcentral on my 920 is the first thing I look at every morning... and lunch and dinner and bed time, oh dear! Keep up the great work!
  • Can we get some prizes?
  • Congrats! You've done a nice job with this site and I'm looking forward to what you'll do next...
  • WP Central: Cheers!! Woohoo!!
  • I must say that I researched a lot by reading articles on WPCentral before jumping onboard with Lumia 1020. Coming from iPhone 4 i couldn't have been happier. Yes there are some niggling issues but I hope they will be ironed out in due course of time.
  • Any word on Instagram? Kidding, congrats and great job!!!
  • Congrats, guys. It truly is impressive how you all stay so enthused about WP.
  • Huge congrats and an even bigger THANKS!
  • How do your numbers compare to those of the evil empire's Droid site and the drone's iPhone site (assuming that the red headed stepchild (BB) is out of the mix all together).
  • Oh they do more, but they do less than their market share would suggest. Translation: proportionally speaking, we do more than iMore and AC, so if/when WP market share grows, our site will be very large. We're more like CrackBerry in terms of domination.
  • I'm number 1!!! GO Ahead!!!! Comment about it!!!! Say I'm not!!!! I'll show all of you!!!
  • congrats guys
  • If every news site was run as well as WPC, this would be a better world! Congrats! Any thx for the statistics. I've been wondering for a looooong time.
  • Congratulations. Here's to many more years of continued success.
  • Congrats guys, wpcentral rocks!!
  • Far from perfect!
  • The feeling is mutual!
  • lol!
  • Ownage by Daniel. Fatality!
  • And just the fact that it shows that 2/3 of the readers are non-US, you Americans can stop talking about how the US is THE most important market for windows phone.   ;)   (not trying to start a war, just feeling a bit silly today.  Don't take me seriously)  
  • Agreed! It's also ammunition against those that say "this isn't in the US, therefore it's not important" (in regards to non-US apps, releases, or news)
  • Although I agree with your overall point, I have to point out that unless another country has more than 1/3 of the readers, then by that metric the US is actually the most important market for WP.
  • Congrats, how many app downloads?
  • Congrats guys
  • You're welcome!
  • Well, everybody else said it so I'm not going to say anything ... ahhh who am I kidding, love your work.
  • Keep up the great work.
  • Congads!!!! Thanks for bringing up the latest news. And great to hear about win 8 app
  • Ni
  • Add me to the list.
  • CONGRATULATIONS!!!
  • I open the App like 10 times a day, you made me an addict :S, but congrats! :P
  • I know the feeling. It's freaking ridiculous.
  • Great job, guys. We appreciate you!
  • I came from webosnation be4 it was called that Tim wrote an article that convinced me that a switch to windows phone would be good Os for webOs lovers and for me it has been since I'm not crazy about IOS or Android so though I miss Derek I've grown to love Dan Rich Sam and our favorite app developer Jay
  • First thing I check when I wake up is the WPCentral app. Last thing I check when I go to bed.
  • Haha that's what I do too! I'm actually reading this in bed now, contemplating going to work soon (it's 7:30am)
  • Yay, I'm glad to be part of the community.
  • Thank you guys! Best Windows Phone source!!!!!
  • My other 2,999,999 accounts i use for competitios have made the news wahey! :D
  • Congratulations guys! Keep up the great work!
  • Celebrations are in order, we should have a promotion going on to have WPCentral app on Windows Phone store free for 24 hours please :)
  • You guys are doing an awesome job with this site
  • More Xbox news. I still need other forums/blogs for my interactive entertainment news needs.
  • Congrats. WPCentral .
  • Ok Congrats!!! Lets make it 10!
  • And your welcome good brotha!
  • Desmond?
  • Windows Phone Central is my favorite website for Windows Phone news.
  • Keep up the amazing work! Best site ever for Windows Phone, it's great having a passionate community who believe in the success and growth of Windows Phone!
  • Congratulations!
  • you guys are awesome!
  • Must be all dem windows phones sold ;-)
  • I've used all the mobile operating systems, but WP8 is my preference by far. The downward scrolling and the tiles which fit into into each other make it a truly beautiful, clean, and smooth operating system, and I love the SkyDrive integration over all my devices, that's something iCloud can't do. Well done, Microsoft, keep up the good work.
  • Great
  • Congatulations Wpc!
  • Keep doing what you're doing WPCentral!
  • Congratulations! You're one of the only tech blogs I consider with reading, and that's saying something.
  • Keep up the great work guys!  I love having "This" site as my number one go to for everything WP8!!!
  • Now a free WPCentral app would be great for thanksgiving celebration. Lol. Anyway, Good job WPCentral.    Cheers!
  • There's no difference between the trial or paid version... Except you get to show Jay your appreciation for a buck with the paid one ;)
  • I just love WPCentral and now it's become my routine to read your great service every day.
  • it feels faster
  • "(and lovingly grumble when things slow down on the weekend)" - lol
  • As Nokia said, we should aim for the next billion people that doesn't know WPCentral and WP :P
  • agree ;)
  • Excellent job guys! Keep it up!
  • Felicitaciones, WPC!  omedetougozaimasu! 
  • Keep up the good work.
  • You're welcome.
  • I appreciate that the writing has improved as of late. Congratulations and keep up the good work!
  • Congratulations WPC team. You know you're doing it right with a growth rate like that.
  • You are welcome!
  • If it wasn't for WP Central, I wouldn't have been using a windows phone at all. WP Central keeps me updated.
  • congrats, and its only gonna get better and better
  • Congratulations and thanks for being the best Windows Phone site!
  • Nice!
  • Hazar!
  • The best windows phone site on the planet? How is that possible it already is. Haha well at least I think so.
  • You bloody rippa, Good on ya mate!
  • You guys Rock! :-)
  • Congrats guys!  You're doing a great job, not a surprise your readers base is growing!    
  • I think this app needs a massive overhaul when wp8.1 cones out. It still got the wp7 designs elements all over the place. And better commenting systems too.
  • I started with wpcentral last November. Love it! Waiting for the Windows 8 app. You guys are great.
  • Yau congrats guys
  • You deserve all the success guys!
  • I absolutely love the site and this is my most used app outside of the dialer, internet explorer and messaging. Absolutely amazing site I have learned so much from.
  • Oh and Daniel Rubino and his sarcasm is always a highlight.
  • Haha yeah, I haven't seen a smack-down for a while though :(
  • One of my favorite daily apps! Great work!
  • Thanks WPCentral and everyone in the forums community, you guys are doing an awesome job! I cannot wait for the Windows 8.1 app!
  • You're the best windows phone site!!
  • Best app on the WP market. Would have easily left WP if it wasn't for this app keeping everyone in the loop.
  • Happy Dayz \ /
  • Congrats guys and keep up the good work. Its what brings us back day after day and hour after hour. Now, anything you can do to get ATT to put 16GB and wireless charging back in the 1520? Hey, its worth asking.
  • Woo! Congrats guys! I wish I had those numbers on my own sites ;)
  • Well, that was quite an emotional article, love it here with all the latest and greatest news, simply awesome. Thanks to each and every one of you @WPC and that includes the members. Jay, it's good to know that the Window 8 app is on it's way finally, although I never really find the need to use my desktop anymore after getting a Windows Phone.
  • Your app should be highlighted in 'Must have apps' column :) your app is my source of knowledge about windows and windows phone updates :) thanks guys..... :) i have suggested this app to many and will continue to suggest new chaps to win phone :)
  • Love you guys!! Thanks! :-D
  • I don't even have a WP, but I read the site everyday. Congrats!.
    Keep improving from now on
  • A huge virtual fist bump to you Daniel and everone else involved with this site. You guys do an absolutely wonderful job! Only suggestion would be a more regular podcast, but I'm not telling you anything you do not already know needs addressed so just keep up the great job!
  • I've been on here almost everyday since spring 2012. I saw an offer to get an app for free to a site called WPCentral, and from then on I've been hooked. I guess free offers do work. :)
  •  WPCentral is the first app I recommend to friends buying WP. Great job guys!! This site is a treasure trove for WP users and hats off, for that.
  • Congrats! Thanks for keeping us informed us well regarding Windows Phone related stuff. Keep up the good work!
  • This site is my go-to site for all my wp8 Questions. Thanks
  • This site and all information you've provided is the reason why i am now a proud windows phone owner. Bought my L625 two weeks ago and looking forward for L1520 and L1320 release.
  • I just looking at the Alexa rankings. WPCentral's global ranking is 4296 and iMore is a 4193 but WPCentral's growth curve is much steeper so WPCentral will be passing iMore soon if it hasn't done so already.
  • Top 3 sites I visit. Love WPcentral!
  • Make the app free to celebrate
  • Well deserved. Way to go WPC!
  • Achievement Unlocked: The first 3 million is easy Awarded for attaining 3 million unique visitors in a single month. Keep up the awesome stuff! Meanwhile, I'd like an XBox One WPCentral application to be available on the XBox One / XBox 360. Hop to it! The Windows Phone application is great.
  • Let's celebrate! Lumia black and WP 8.1 for everybody
  • YAY!! Portugal (Madeira island more precisely) is included in those "rest of the world" two thirds :-)  
  • I'm the 4% and growing..start from my samsung focus next it was Lumia 900 in white then came my current Red lumia 920. I want to buy that red Lumia 1520 but only if 32 gb storage and Qi wireless. am gonna wait and see what you guys think on both the 16/32 gb first then decide. THANKS WP CENTRAL and DANIEL between you and Paul Thurrott's im well informed wp user. CHEERS
  • You guys rock!! I wad a huge WebOS fan previously, but now all in for Windows Phone!!!
    Wireless charging with the WebOS phones got me hooked and now I can't live without it
  • Exciting! This news has inspired me to buy the app! CONGRATS
  • Fave wp app..
  • owww yeah
  • No no, we thank YOU guys!
  • Congrats guys! It's a little worrisome how many times per day I check out your app. Now quit high-fivin' each other and find out when that 929 is coming!
  • On this mega occasion lets make WPcentral a free app.What say jay!!!!
  • Thank you Windows Phone Central! One of my favorite sites.
  • Hi wpc guys, in this celebration, make this app as free.
  • Great job. I love this site. I will admit I think it's an addiction.
  • Great job guys,and thank you.
  • holy crap. I love this news. Glad to see WPC grow along with WP8 marketshare :) 
  • Good Job guys, keep it up, and do more improvements to the site ;)
  • Grats WPC. Keep it up. There's more coming.
  • Thanks for this site! Wonderful info and insights!
  • Awesome. This calls for some celebration. Maybe a WP giveaway? :P just saying
  • Congrats WP Central amazing Job!! Keep up the great work!
  • Daniel, you are one of the main reasons this site is growing the way it is. Your unbiased articles make this site one of the best tech sites on the web. Its surely one of the first sites I visit first thing in the AM to get my Windows updates. Thank you Daniel and the rest of the wpcentral team for a great job and wish you all continued success moving forward!
  • My personal thanks to all of our readers! You guys are awesome! :D
  • Glad you came on board to deal with Microsoft's ongoing three-screens-and-the-cloud progress. Love getting Xbox and Windows 8 / Surface news at my favorite phone site. Cheers Michael
  • I visit this site daily. Absolutely love it. Well done, WPC!
  • I check like every hour!
  • I knew them before they were cool
  • When i started following this site, probably im the only one from India.
    Now i am seeing more and more people from India visiting this site which makes me very happy.
    Growth of WP/Lumia is fantastic after introduction of WP8, especially with the launch of Lumia 520/620/720. Congrats guys.
  • Okay! How about making WPC app free for a day to celebrate the occasion?
  • This site is fantastic.  I keep up with Windows Phone and actually Surface news on this site all the time.  I really like that you let the community know when important apps get updated.  The app is also really well done (can't wait for the Windows 8 version).  Keep up the good work, from a loyal reader and fan.
  • Congrats!!!! I love your site on the mobile devices too.
  • Congrats guys :) traffic news❗
  • Applause
  • The only place I go to get my WPx news! Gj guys!
  • Thanks for all the information you share with us - first thing I check in the AM and last at night - must say I don't see myself going back to a iPhone anytime soon 
  • NYC n keep going on
  • Thanks to you all at WPCentral. First site/app I check for on my phone and throughout the day. Congrats! Here's to the next 3 million and more.
  • This site, fantastic ! Good job wpcentral team :)
  • I visit the app more than 20 times a day! Quite addictive. Have Recommend to friends as well. Great job guys! Love from india
  • Congrats guys. Keep up the good work. I love this place. Hope that we keep growing and so does Windows Phone.
  • This is by far the longest thread of comments in this site i guess, love WPC!
  • Nah. Check Vine for Windows Phone post. It has longer comment thread. Haha lol
  • Good job folks. WPC should remove weekend from their calendar :)
  • Time for Steve Ballmer to shout
    Windows Phone Central ! Windows Phone Central !
    Windows Phone Central !
    Windows Phone Central !
  • Love you guys!
  • Cheers
  • Not only the planet Dan. The universe. Haha.
  • More than the article content, i sometimes look/hunt for Daniel's comments! They r so perfectly put there.. Like the one above - 'The feeling is mutual'
  • Nice one. Keep the faith. Here's the to the small apple.
  • Lets make it free now so that every one will enjoy all the features of wpc
  • Glad to only be one in 3 mill on.. 6billion was starting to get to me.
  • Great job! :) Greetings from Croatia.
  • Congratulation from Jakarta. I have WPcentral pinned on my LiveTiles. Great site with superb contents.
  • I am not surprised at all! WPC is the very best site for WP-people around the world and you guys are doing a perfect job to tell us about the latest news! Keep up the good work!
  • I'm surprised the US traffic is that high a percentage.
  • No. Thank YOU wpc. Lol
  • I love reading news about new apps @ games everything,,,news about windows windows phone platform,,features updates tips tricks,, reading forums..this is my second wpcentral,first Facebook and 23rd is my sms useless...
  • I am also in those millions. I am from rest of the world :)
  • Congratulations!! Glad to see you guys achieve this milestone... Been a follower for almost 2 years and have seen it grow and see that it continues to grow... Great job to all those wo are involved-both seasoned and novice editors... On the side note "Finally, our fantastic app built by Jay Bennett has nearly 230,000 installed users " Does that mean nearly $230,000 of app revenue??  ;-)
  • Nah, lots of freeloaders using the free trial, I'm sure! Due to a glitch, I updated this app maybe a year ago, and got charged again. Didnt thik twice, and paid. This is easily the most used app on my phone!
  • Hello. Congratulations on your fantastic work that I follow every day here in Portugal. Is very useful. Continue to work well. I love Windows Phone!
  • Wow! To think I've followed this site since WMExperts days! Me and my AT&T Tilt, and Fuze. I still followed even though I was briefly struck by an affliction known as the iPhone 4. But, I came back to my senses, mainly because I was still an avid reader of this site, and got back to business with an HTC Titan, and now an L920. And because of the reporting here, I now know that AT&T will have a 32gb 1520, so, you're stuck with me, for the foreseeable future WPC staff, and contributors! Congrats, on the milestone! Many more to come!
  • Your welcome.
  • i don't have a windows phone but i always visit this site for some app update.
    damn i want to have windows phone. to try the smoothness of the OS and Capture images. =D
  • You guys just rock! Drop by at the website everytime. Have you guys any plans for a Windows 8 app?