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WP7 either a "ringing success" that "didn't exactly make waves"

EWeek is reporting that reports of first-day Windows Phone 7 sales have run the gamut of lackluster to impressive, depending on whom you ask.

The Seattle Times deemed the new mobile OS from Microsoft a "ringing success." An AT&T spokeswoman told the news outlet: "We did have lines in some of our markets across the nation. There definitely was anticipation for the phone." She did not provide any sales figures, though.

At T-Mobile, the HTC HD7 was briefly sold out online, but is now back in stock. The Times reported that a store in Bellevue, Wash. had sold only three of the devices by noon of launch day.

On Twitter, the #wp7 hash-tag has provided some additional insight into user's experiences with the device. "Got lucky and snagged a Samsung Focus this morning before it sold out. Was too late at the MS store, but AT&T had 1 left. I need it!," wrote sirkirby.

But first day sales numbers, as reported by The Street, weren't exactly extraordinary. The financial news website said Windows Phone 7 "didn't exactly make waves" on launch day, selling "a mere 40,000 Windows 7 phones." In comparison, Apple's iPhone 4 sold 600,000 units in pre-orders alone (coincidentally, that's the same amount of Windows Mobile devices Microsoft was able to sell in all of Q3 2010). Meanwhile, The Street has pinned Android's daily sales figures at 200,000 units per day.

"It's early in the game," a Nielsen telecom analyst told The Street. "Not every product surges right out of the starting blocks. The first Android phone [G1] was not a big seller at T-Mobile," adding that Black Friday and Christmas sales will be a better test of WP7's staying power. By then, Verizon, the nation's largest mobile carrier, will also be in the Microsoft mix, which should help boost sales figures.

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I smell Kin...
By mcnabney on 11/10/2010 8:58:19 AM , Rating: -1
Even with large companies like Dell and Microsoft offering to buy these devices for all of their employees they can only manage what has been reported to be 40k sales on day 1.

Pathetic. And that was after plastering the airwaves with ads too. $100 million in ads. Years in development. Has-been product at launch. I guess the Win/Office monopoly is only used to shovel money into the furnace of waste.

RE: I smell Kin...
By RandomFool on 11/10/2010 9:09:44 AM , Rating: 2
That number doesn't include MS or Dell employees.

Give it time, the G1 didn't sell well either and Android has turned out pretty well.

RE: I smell Kin...
By mcnabney on 11/10/10, Rating: -1
RE: I smell Kin...
By Smilin on 11/10/2010 9:25:22 AM , Rating: 2
No it doesn't.

That reimbursement program doesn't go into effect for several more weeks. It got delayed to avoid the shortages in Europe spreading to the US. Also I'm sure many are waiting for their own carrier to offer the phones.

AT&T isn't the most popular at Microsoft (I would guess).

RE: I smell Kin...
By RandomFool on 11/10/2010 9:29:39 AM , Rating: 2
The linked article clearly states:

"The anemic sales number does not include the 89,000 Microsoft employees that will be given free Windows 7 phones."

Dell is providing their a dell phone to their employees, which isn't available yet.

RE: I smell Kin...
By inighthawki on 11/10/2010 9:12:10 AM , Rating: 4
Android wasn't a huge success on day 1 either, do you think MS is magic or something? People don't know what it is yet.

RE: I smell Kin...
By mcnabney on 11/10/10, Rating: -1
RE: I smell Kin...
By inighthawki on 11/10/2010 9:23:10 AM , Rating: 3
Yeah even with that $100mil ad campaign I have yet to see a single one. Just give it time, a lot of people don't even know about it yet. A lot of people are also waiting for small details and bugs to be ironed out before jumping on it on day one. Not everyone is a sheep like Apple buyers who wait in line at 3am to buy a product that hasn't even been reviewed yet.

RE: I smell Kin...
By Smilin on 11/10/2010 9:31:31 AM , Rating: 5
We're just seeing the difference between an Apple and non-Apple consumer here.

Non-Apple: Going to wait until Christmas, going to wait for my carrier. Going to wait for the model I want to be in stock. Going to order it online instead of standing in line. In other words: I'm going to think about my decision.


You saw the exact same behavior with Android phones.

RE: I smell Kin...
By muhahaaha on 11/10/2010 2:16:38 PM , Rating: 2
this deserves a 6 for accuracy

RE: I smell Kin...
By Aloonatic on 11/10/2010 9:47:07 AM , Rating: 1
There might be a slight whiff of the Nexus 1 lingering around perhaps?

I think it's too early to be writing obituaries though.

RE: I smell Kin...
By nbachman on 11/10/2010 11:13:41 AM , Rating: 1
This guy is obviously trolling.

RE: I smell Kin...
By cjohnson2136 on 11/10/2010 1:15:36 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah he is trolling

I have been able to work with the development tools for the WP7 and I have got to say I love the development tools. I want WP7 on Verizon so I can get it. I am going to see what Verizon has to offer for WP7 and compare it to a Droid. But I am leaning to WP7 just because I can build my own apps.

Question to any developers. Are you able to load your own apps onto your personal device or do you have to put it in the marketplace and download it from there?

RE: I smell Kin...
By PrezWeezy on 11/10/2010 7:39:29 PM , Rating: 2
I don't have a device, but I see that in the tools there is an option to debug on a device via a USB cable (instead of the emulator). I would assume that actually installs the program as that's how it works on the emulator. I'm hoping that works because I only developed a small app for my company which I don't intend to publish.

RE: I smell Kin...
By robinthakur on 11/11/2010 9:13:08 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, the only possible fly in the development ointment is MS's recent comments about deprecating Silverlight (or halting development on it and shifting its focus to HTML5) which is pretty dumb to announce right after the debut of WP7 when you want developers to flock to the device.

I think that MS's true strengths lie in the corporate market. Let's face it, if MS had made a competant mobile email solution, why would the world and its dog use a Blackberry (or an iPhone more recently...yes many companies do) for business?

With WP7, it seems more consumer focused currently, with MS attempting to infiltrate the organisation by stealth a la Apple. Its an interesting idea, but MS has neither the standing that it once did and also has the previous product failures like Vista, Zune, Kin and most relevently Wimo which hang around their neck like millstones and influence people's interest in running out on day 1 to buy anything which they bring to market in this space.

However, even with these caveats, its approach to the phone interface, whilst it doesn't leave people in speechless awe as with the first iPhone, is novel, different and well done to them for trying and not just shutting down phone operations altogether.

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