6.9 million in the first three quarters compared to 3.7 million iPhones and 1.3 million for Samsung's flagship.
New data from Strategy Analytics suggests the Nokia Lumia is off to a good start, but it should be noted that the world of mobile has changed hugely since 2007 and 2009, and smartphones have become ever more prevalent.
The iPhone was new and strange back in 2007. It was also expensive and its availability was limited to selected exclusive operator partners.
Neil Mawston, executive director, Strategy Analytics, said: "Based on historical shipment benchmarks, Nokia's new Lumia portfolio is performing reasonably well. Some of the pessimism surrounding Nokia and Microsoft's emerging partnership so far may be misplaced.
"However, Nokia and Microsoft are clearly not out of the woods yet. With a new Apple iPhone 5 expected on the horizon, and Samsung's Galaxy S3 selling in huge quantities, Nokia will need to pull something impressive out of the bag for the next-generation Windows Phone 8 launch later this year to sustain its tentative early momentum."