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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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OK, give numbers...
By name99 on 4/4/2012 1:59:51 PM , Rating: 1
"Selling out" without any indication of what the inventory was tells us nothing.
How about you actually give us a real number of what you think the sales will be --- BEFORE it gets reported in the press.

iPhone 4S sales (pre-orders plus first three days) exceeded four million.
So, step up. Tell us what you believe the Lumia 900 number will be. Biggest smartphone launch ever? You're so confident of that claim? So let's hear your number.

Afterall, you're not just shooting your mouth off, are you? You're not just one of those guys who talks big when there is nothing at stake, and then immediately revises what he claims he said when it turns out he was wrong?

RE: OK, give numbers...
By InvertMe on 4/4/2012 2:28:00 PM , Rating: 2
Ahh, I love panicky fanboys.. So entertaining.

RE: OK, give numbers...
By chillingrsx on 4/4/2012 2:54:18 PM , Rating: 3
I also received that email stating it's out of stock. I was upset because I can't wait to get my hands on this phone. I SURE DO HOPE it's a glitch because I want it bad.


RE: OK, give numbers...
By Smilin on 4/4/2012 3:08:19 PM , Rating: 3

RE: OK, give numbers...
By name99 on 4/12/2012 4:18:43 PM , Rating: 2
So today we have numbers. Drum roll please. Let's recall, the number to beat is 4 million. And what do Nokia tells us in today's conference call?

Worldwide sales of Lumia devices in Q1 are 2 million :-(

So you say, that's not fair, it's Q1. Lumia 900 and that blowout ATT event are counted in those numbers.
That's true, but today's conference call was not a happy one, full of bad news and without any good news. If they'd had a blowout event with the Lumia 900, you can damn well be sure they would have trumpeted to the skies. Instead they warned that their second quarter was likely to be "similar to or below" Q1.

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