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AT&T may not have been kidding when they said this launch would beat the iPhone; key driver is "free" price

I joined the pre-order fest of Nokia Oyj.'s (HEL:NOK1V) Lumia 900 over the weekend.  I preordered Saturday, not long after the preorder -- and $100 off -- deal went live.

Sadly! I received the following email later that day from AT&T:

The items in your order are currently out of stock and will be shipped when inventory becomes available. When the items in your order ship, we'll send you an email with the ship tracking number(s).

Now I'm assuming that Nokia and its U.S. carrier partner, AT&T, Inc. (T), has a large stock of Lumia 900s, given that they've had months to prepare, and that they're saying this launch will be bigger than any iPhone launch to date.

Operating under this assumption, the sold out status indicates that the demand for the Lumia 900 is very high -- likely in the millions of units.  Looks like Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) big investment in Nokia is finally paying dividends.  This should be a big boost to Windows Phone's market share.

If the above hypothesis is correct, AT&T might not have been kidding when they said this would be there biggest smartphone launch ever.  For myself and fellow wait-listed preorder customers, it's a bit disappointing, but I'm hopeful it will be worth the wait.  

I will update you with an article about my impressions on the phone and discussing the experience of switching from Android to Windows Phone, when I receive my unit.

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Another theory
By tdawg on 4/4/2012 11:36:22 AM , Rating: 2
I think this could very well be a lack of sophistication on AT&Ts notification system. Since the device is not in stock until April 8th, and here it is, 4 days prior to release date, AT&T doesn't have any in stock items to ship. I bet that on April 8th the device will ship without delay (perhaps even a day or two earlier to get it to people on release day) and this notification just wasn't updated to accommodate for the fact that the phone isn't "in stock" anywhere at the moment.

While I'd love to see this as a sign that AT&T has sold out of all their allotted Lumia 900s, I'm leaning more towards this just being a mis-communicated status of the pre-order.

RE: Another theory
By bah12 on 4/4/2012 11:43:01 AM , Rating: 2
I'd agree, I never underestimate the ability of ATT to F'ck things up.

RE: Another theory
By StevoLincolnite on 4/4/2012 12:23:41 PM , Rating: 2
I'd agree, I never underestimate the ability of ATT to F'ck things up.

As someone who lives on the other-side of the planet, I think that's just normal practice for any large Telco.

RE: Another theory
By mutatio on 4/4/2012 3:26:33 PM , Rating: 3
Wouldn't surprise me if it's at least a bit of marketing hype. Sold Out! Wow! That's amazing! How many were in the channel? Um, 5. Five million? Um, no, just 5 phones. Womp womp.

RE: Another theory
By bigdawg1988 on 4/8/2012 11:52:26 PM , Rating: 2
Something sounds fishy here. I ordered mine 4/5/12 and got it 4/6/12. I just happened to be checking my bill when I saw it was available.
Crazy thing is, it's supposed to be available 4/8/12, but most of the stores are closed for Easter. Sounds like a scheme to drive demand.

BTW, I am quite pleasantly surprised by mine. The voice command is @#!*% near perfect even with my southern accent/drawl. Copying addresses between an old Motorola feature phone and this one doesn't seem to work. Bluetooth not compatible and the SIM cards are different. And I'm not paying $40 for stupid Motorola PC connection software just to copy phone numbers.

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