If you wanted to purchase a Windows Phone 8 smartphone right now, and you are resident in Nigeria, what options are available to you from stores? Just two: Nokia’s Lumia 920 and 820. Perhaps in another one month, we shall see the budget Lumia 620. There are no WP8 devices from any other manufacturer available here yet. None.
This isn’t new to Windows Phone though. Windows Phone 7 smartphones were almost just as scarce. Till date, I have not run into any store that sells any WP7 device from Samsung or LG. Perhaps they exist in isolated spots and need to be hunted down. Thankfully, both Nokia and HTC have had WP7 fairly covered. I know for a fact that, with a little searching, the HTC HD7 and 7 Mozart can be found in the market. Nokia’s line-up are the most widely available.
I still do not understand why Samsung and LG haven’t been pushing their Windows phone devices in the Nigerian market, but it sucks. Funny enough, Samsung’s Bada OS smartphones can be found in the odd store. Variety is good. Right now, Windows Phone isn’t offering much in terms of variety in the country. Of course, being new, the situation with Windows Phone 8 is even worse. But hopefully, we shall see a greater push by manufacturers this time around. Till then, walk into almost any mobile retailer and you are swamped with options from Android on all sides – shelf after shelf of Android devices, a smattering of BlackBerry and Nokia smartphones, and one little corner for the iPhone.