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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 Wolfgangap on 11/10/2010 10:42:37 AM , Rating: 3
I went with AT&T because they are the best in my area. I live in a smallish area and won't be getting LTE coverage anytime soon.

The reason MS launched on AT&T and T-Mobile vs Verizon is because the rest of the world is GSM. They didn't want build out CDMA phones when it would only work in the US and a few other carriers. GSM offers more coverage.

All the reviews I read stated the browser was good, but going into it they thought it would suck because it is a hybrid of IE7 and IE8. It actually works well and most reviews echoed that. My biggest complaint would be the screen is more sensitive than the iPhone and I accidently zoom sometimes.

I don't trust the cloud at all. I don't even use many of the cloud features -- but that is what MS was selling -- a cool phone (instant camera) that syncs and shares with the cloud. It is a much more integrated experience.

The Lives tiles aren't revolutionary, but the way the are implemented is new and the GUI is much more consistent than Android and iOS. I have shown it to non-tech people and they found navigating to apps, using the phone was quicker and that they enjoyed the experience. I know two people who are now going to get WP7 Focus instead of upgrading to iPhone 4.

The WP7 phone fits perfectly in between iPhone and Android. iPhone is 1 phone and 1 OS for all. WP7 is 1 OS for all and multiple phones. Android is multiple phones and multiple OSes. I enjoy what WP7 is offering vs iPhone and don't even want to get into the OS/App store hell that is Android. Android will soon have a Google store, Amazon Store, HTC Store and the rumored Sony store... Then you have Androids getting updates at different times, no standard hardware performance, etc...

WP7 did a good job of helping developers only have tackle 1 OS where they will know the performance of it and allowing users to choose which kind of handset and features they want in the actual hardware.

The Kin != WP7. That is an old and tired argument.

RE: Got my Focus on Monday
By mcnabney on 11/10/2010 11:00:37 AM , Rating: 3
Good reasoning. I am glad you are satisfied with the product.

I would point out one misnomer, there really isn't that much of a difference between a GSM and CDMA phone. The difference is a slightly different radio (one tiny chip) and usually the antenna will be different based upon the frequencies that the carrier uses. For example, T-Mobile and AT&T devices would have the exact same radio chip, but the antennas would be slightly different because they use different bands of spectrum. Changing a device manufacturing process from GSM to CDMA would require soldering a different radio chip in and attaching a slightly different antenna (for best performance). And a different set of firmware to run the radio correctly. It really isn't a big deal.

RE: Got my Focus on Monday
By Wiggy Mcshades on 11/10/2010 11:36:14 AM , Rating: 2
That not big deal you are talking about is atleast 3 months of design work and then more time for rewriting the firmware. After all of that the device has to be retested in house and then sent to the FCC (or if not in the US a comparable organization for where you are) for validation, that all takes an inordinate amount of time. It is NOT as simple as soldering a new chip and using a new antenna. One chip being changed on a highly complex multilayer pcb is usually huge. That usually leads to rerunning traces because with a device this small every single trace is in a very exact place and the traces were placed based on specifications of the chip used.

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