Early Windows Phone 7 Sales Reports Trickle In
November 10, 2010 8:11 AM
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WP7 either a "ringing success" that "didn't exactly make waves"
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 "
." 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.
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!,"
But first day sales numbers,
as reported by
, 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,
has pinned Android's daily sales figures at 200,000 units per day.
"It's early in the game," a Nielsen telecom analyst told
. "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
11/10/2010 11:00:37 AM
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
11/10/2010 11:36:14 AM
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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