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  (Source: Mobileshop.com)
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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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.


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