Bloomberg reports that according to market researcher Kantar Worldpanel , about 2.5 percent of U.K. phone buyers chose a Windows Phone compared with 2.4 percent for Symbian devices. This is based on an e-mailed research report based on interviews with mobile phone purchasers over three months ending February 19.

Nokia’s Lumia 800 accounted for 87 percent of Windows Phone 7 sales in Europe.

“The fact that Windows Phone sales have overtaken Symbian based on one handset is encouraging,” said Dominic Sunnebo, a London-based Kantar analyst. “However, Nokia will need to expand the range quickly in order to keep up with the slew of next generation competitor products being launched in quarter two.”

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