Research firm comScore’s latest figures are out, showing Microsoft’s share of the U.S. smartphone subscriber market at 3 percent for the three months ended in March.
That’s up from 2.9 percent for the three months ended in December, and down sequentially from 3.2 percent for the three months ended in February.
Microsoft’s latest move in its effort to boost its U.S. market share is the launch of the lower-priced Nokia Lumia 521. That handset, which launched (and subsequently sold out) on HSN last week, will be available starting May 11 at Walmart and Microsoft retail stores.
At the Microsoft Store, the phone will sell for $149. Walmart hasn’t announced its pricing yet, but the Lumia 521 will be eligible for a no contract, $30 per month unlimited data and texting plan on T-Mobile, according to an official Windows Phone blog post.
Here’s comScore’s chart: