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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 mcnabney on 11/10/2010 9:15:09 AM , Rating: -1
They didn't have a $100 million dollar add budget and a legacy product (even if the new product doesn't support it). Android was also launched exclusively on T-Mobile, the smallest and weakest carrier in the US. It also launched at a high price. It would actually be better to compare the Phone 7 launch to the Verizon launch of Android since there were a lot of ads for the Droid.


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.


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