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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: I smell Kin...
By nbachman on 11/10/2010 11:13:41 AM , Rating: 1
This guy is obviously trolling.

RE: I smell Kin...
By cjohnson2136 on 11/10/2010 1:15:36 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah he is trolling

I have been able to work with the development tools for the WP7 and I have got to say I love the development tools. I want WP7 on Verizon so I can get it. I am going to see what Verizon has to offer for WP7 and compare it to a Droid. But I am leaning to WP7 just because I can build my own apps.

Question to any developers. Are you able to load your own apps onto your personal device or do you have to put it in the marketplace and download it from there?

RE: I smell Kin...
By PrezWeezy on 11/10/2010 7:39:29 PM , Rating: 2
I don't have a device, but I see that in the tools there is an option to debug on a device via a USB cable (instead of the emulator). I would assume that actually installs the program as that's how it works on the emulator. I'm hoping that works because I only developed a small app for my company which I don't intend to publish.

RE: I smell Kin...
By robinthakur on 11/11/2010 9:13:08 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, the only possible fly in the development ointment is MS's recent comments about deprecating Silverlight (or halting development on it and shifting its focus to HTML5) which is pretty dumb to announce right after the debut of WP7 when you want developers to flock to the device.

I think that MS's true strengths lie in the corporate market. Let's face it, if MS had made a competant mobile email solution, why would the world and its dog use a Blackberry (or an iPhone more recently...yes many companies do) for business?

With WP7, it seems more consumer focused currently, with MS attempting to infiltrate the organisation by stealth a la Apple. Its an interesting idea, but MS has neither the standing that it once did and also has the previous product failures like Vista, Zune, Kin and most relevently Wimo which hang around their neck like millstones and influence people's interest in running out on day 1 to buy anything which they bring to market in this space.

However, even with these caveats, its approach to the phone interface, whilst it doesn't leave people in speechless awe as with the first iPhone, is novel, different and well done to them for trying and not just shutting down phone operations altogether.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007

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