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 3:29:26 PM
I mostly agree, but there are some exceptions. Sometimes the success of an inferior product makes it that much harder to get a product that caters to your needs. Take, for instance, the success of TN LCD panels, which have made it harder and harder to get a laptop with a higher-quality IPS panel. I'm not saying that will happen in this case, or that WP7 is an inferior product (I haven't tried it, but it looks great, save the current lack of a few features), just saying that a case can be made for being displeased with other consumers' choices in products. But yeah, in the case of smartphones, I'd say to each his own should be the policy.
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