Nokia tops Apple for most sought after phones in Finland in 2012

Nokia's Windows Phones and Appl's iPhone were the most popular among Finnish customers during 2012, according to the country's two largest operators Sonera and Elisa.

Nokia's Lumia 800 was the hottest phone in Finland in 2012.

However, both operators said the Nokia Lumia 800 managed to just outpace Apple's iPhone, which came a close second, followed by the newer Lumia 920, which was released in the fourth quarter.

DNA, Finland's No. 3 operator, reported that its customers were most interested in the Samsung Galaxy Y and Nokia's new flagship Lumia phones in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

Sales figures for the entire year showed the Lumia 800 leading turnover for both of the major operators, while the iPhone 5 topped the sales list at DNA, according to YLE, with all operators claiming that smartphone sales were especially strong in December, boosted by seasonal and end-of-year sales campaigns.

Separately, Nokia shares jumped 5.6 per cent on the first trading day of 2013 after reports of strong sales in China and positive developments on the patent front, reports MarketWatch. Research In Motion made its first patent licencing payment of around €49.3 million to Nokia following a deal the two companies struck last month.

This upsurge in Nokia's share price prompted analysts from Nordea in Helsinki to issue a note stating that it could also be a time to take profits.

"We advise to take profits ahead of CES next week," they wrote in a research note, referring to the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. "We remind investors of the upcoming CES trade show that will start over the weekend with nothing coming out from Nokia, but with new products coming out from Huawei (budget Windows Phone, top-notch Android smartphone), LG (powerful Android products), and Sony  (powerful Android products)."

Nokia's Lumia 920 is reported to have been a huge success in China following its launch last month, with the yellow version the high-end smartphone selling out in 20 minutes after going on sale at its high-profile store in Shanghai.

For more:
- see this YLE article
- see this MarketWatch article

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