iPhone Bests Windows Mobile Phones in Market Share

We’re starting to wonder if maybe it’s payback time in a decades-old rivalry. Apple may have had the graphical user interface first, but Microsoft’s the one that went on to own the PC industry.

Now, although Microsoft’s Windows Mobile has been at the heart of a number of advanced cell phones for years, Apple’s upstart iPhone had a larger share of the US converged-device market in Q4, according to Canalys.

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BlackBerry parent Research in Motion claimed the largest share, with 41%, followed by the iPhone at 28% and Windows Mobile phones, with 21%.

InfoWorld‘s report on the Canalys research notes that the iPhone, though it’s only been on the market since June, may have been responsible for growing interest in converged devices in the US. The category, which includes smartphones and wireless handheld devices, saw growth of 222% in the December quarter.