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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: give it time
By Rasterman on 11/10/2010 10:45:22 AM , Rating: 2
Apples and oranges! and of those 5 billion cell phones how much do they cost? how much do people spend on apps? ringtones? text messages? there is a vast difference in the economics of 5 billion $10 cell phones vs 100 million $500 smartphones. Google and MS can sell 100x the number of iPhones and they still won't even hold a candle to the app store, currently Apple makes over 99%, yes 99%! of the entire market of phone app sales, a VERY lucrative market, the margins are huge. And with carriers making $30/month on dataplans with smartphones, I wouldn't be surprised if the much smaller smartphone market is making much more than the entire rest of the 5 billion cell phones. Especially given that most of the 5 billion cell phones are in China and India where plans are a few dollars (USD)/month.

RE: give it time
By Smilin on 11/10/2010 1:53:20 PM , Rating: 2
If you look behind and above you and slightly to the left you may just be able to make out the vapor trail of where the point he was making flew past you.

RE: give it time
By Da W on 11/11/2010 9:48:34 AM , Rating: 2

Yeah for slower minded ones, here's the point: there was once zero sell phones, it grew to 5 billion, there are almost as much cell phones as there are human beings (yet not enough food for everyone). 5 billion is the potential smarphone market, it will get to that point once day. So even if Apple has 100 million iphone sold and MS has 40000 units sold on day one, in 2010, thing will be a lot different in 2011, 2012, 2015, 2020... get it? The war is only beginning.

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