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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11/11/2010 2:49:43 PM
From what I'm hearing, the sales are generally quite sluggish, and no, this has nothing to do with supply. It appears from the people who I have talked to, the vast majority of those buying WP7 are ex Win Mobile users. So whatever rate winmo is selling at the moment, WP7 will likely match that. However, I don't see any sign of Android, iPhone, or even blackberry users turning coats, for they all seem to be happy with their current phones.
I think a lot of the caution is rooted in the dearth of features that WP7 has. Having no custom ringtones, flash, copy and paste, and third party multitasking are deal breakers for most users. After all, these are core features that have existed for some time in the market. I also see a number of people comparing the interface to fisher price toys in terms of pulchritude and quality.
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