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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 omnicronx on 11/10/2010 2:25:13 PM , Rating: 2
So if I see 10 million phones at a dollar a piece is that more influential 'in the grand scheme of things' than selling 100,000 smartphones at 100$ a pop?

Total sales mean absolutely nothing if we don't know the margins associated with them.

(If you don't realize where I am going, smartphones traditionally have much higher margins)

RE: give it time
By Smilin on 11/10/2010 6:05:06 PM , Rating: 2
I think his point was that the smartphone market is still very much in it's infancy. Being number one right now doesn't matter since the game hasn't even really begun.

iPhone dominates right now but so did the Apple IIe back in the day.

RE: give it time
By omnicronx on 11/10/2010 6:45:42 PM , Rating: 2
Smartphones are merely an evolution of normal cell phones, so you are not really making a fair comparison.

Just look at the big players in the cell phone market, aside from Apple what has really changed since the mid 90's when nobody had cell phones?

History has shown us what kind of advantage being early to the game can give you in the technology market. Especially when you consider how encumbered everything is these days.

The fact remains that the phone markers are focusing more now on higher margin smartphones than 'dead phones'. How many people have phones is means a lot less when smartphones are starting to approach 'dead phones' when it comes to profits.(even with much smaller sales)

RE: give it time
By Smilin on 11/12/2010 10:46:50 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think history has really shown us this.

Did being the first "PC" maker help IBM? First pascal/C maker help Borland? spreadsheet: visicalc? what about Palm? Network OS ... Novell? what about television pioneers... RCA?

If being an early player gives you an advantage then why is Microsoft having to RE-enter the smartphone market.

Really the game is only beginning. Some are off to an early lead but the first lap isn't even over.

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