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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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RE: Got my Focus on Monday
By Mitch101 on 11/10/2010 9:50:57 AM , Rating: 2
I canceled my order after AT&T screwed things up. The phone sold out and I arrived at home to read an e-mail that there was a problem with my account. I called to be dropped 45 mins later, Called again and then told I need to wait while another department got online. When the new guy got on the phone they started asking a number of personal questions. I told them after the first question I wasn't comfortable with this and how many additional questions would there be. He told me 6 more I also then received an e-mail from AT&T stating I needed to fax them my drivers license and copy of my social security card. At that point I told them to shove the phone and service and cancel my order. Funny enough at the bottom of the e-mail is says I can order a pay as you go plan. Seems It easier to be a drug lord than to get a corporate discount today with AT&T.

RE: Got my Focus on Monday
By mcnabney on 11/10/2010 10:06:45 AM , Rating: 2
That is odd. They usually just ask for your email address associated with the qualified employer. They send an email to that address, you click approve, and bam - the discount is on there. At least that is how I did it with Verizon and T-Mobile. Maybe AT&T is different?

RE: Got my Focus on Monday
By Mitch101 on 11/10/2010 10:56:25 AM , Rating: 2
Thats how I did it with Verizon at my previous employer.

RE: Got my Focus on Monday
By inighthawki on 11/10/2010 12:25:05 PM , Rating: 2
lol, you sure that wasn't a phishing scam? I've never heard of a company asking for drivers license, social security cards, and asking tons of personal questions just for a small problem with the account...

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