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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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RE: Driving force
By HackSacken on 4/4/2012 5:32:57 PM , Rating: 3
I'm not saying WP7's lack of success is completely due to sales reps. However, when my wife chose to purchase her HTC HD7, the rep discouraged the thought and tried to sway her elsewhere. My HTC Radar purchase the rep stated "you're ballsy" and my brother just mentioned this week (he was looking for a Radar as he likes mine) that the rep asked him, "Why? You should get an Android phone."

RE: Driving force
By Reclaimer77 on 4/4/12, Rating: -1
RE: Driving force
By Trisped on 4/4/2012 7:29:20 PM , Rating: 3
I'm telling you Microsoft did this to me with the Zune. Great platform, dwarfed in sales by Apple's iPod. So what did MS do? They just bailed on the entire thing.
Microsoft bailed on a lot of projects at the time. That being said, they supported the Zune for years after they failed to make it a success.

I would not worry too much about support for WP7. You will receive support from Microsoft for years (just like Zune had) even if you have to hack past your cell carrier to get it. Also, Microsoft NEEDS a working and popular OS for PDA/Smart Phone devices. As more and more people buy smart phones and tablets, the use of desktops and laptops is going to diminish. If Microsoft wants to stay relevant it needs to be in the mobile space.

That being said, in a lot of ways the smart phone market is the bleeding edge. The odds are you will get cut at least once by someone, probably multiple times and by different entities. Hooray for early adoption! Now if we could only get the dinks and yuppies out of the way...

RE: Driving force
By Iketh on 4/4/2012 7:47:48 PM , Rating: 2
The emotions you have from past experiences with Microsoft are obscuring your logic here. Microsoft most definitely can NOT fail to get their OS going in smartphones... you are absolutely CRAZY if you think Microsoft will abandon this market... in fact, you're just flat out stupid.

If they fail, you better believe they will try again, and again, until they are bankrupt, because that's what'll happen anyway if they do nothing at all...

I dub thee Mr. Emotional.

RE: Driving force
By Reclaimer77 on 4/4/2012 9:27:02 PM , Rating: 2
Look however you want to put it, whatever Microsoft is doing with the platform, it's just not working.

Now if you want to buy into a non-competitive smartphone solution while there are at least two better options on the market, be my guest. I'll dub YOU flat out stupid too :)

RE: Driving force
By Iketh on 4/4/2012 11:09:29 PM , Rating: 2
I have both Android and WP7, and my first smartphone was the 3GS. WP7 is by far the best, and the Android is getting replaced as soon as att allows it.

RE: Driving force
By Reclaimer77 on 4/5/2012 8:05:11 AM , Rating: 2
That is a matter of opinion. And opinion of yours that very few people obviously share.

RE: Driving force
By DFranch on 4/5/2012 12:36:00 PM , Rating: 2
Doesn't make it any less true. My brother just got an iphone 4s. He was trying to use Siri, and it would either misunderstand him, or return useless results. I did the same on my focus, and it worked every time. Just navigating around the screens, opening and closing apps wasn't as good as my Focus S, I wouldn't trade with him for money. I have to admit the 4/4S is a beautiful phone. Too bad every one I've ever seen is in a case. With the case it's almost the same size as my focus s and twice as thick (but it still only has a 3.5" screen). I wonder what would possess everybody to put such a beautiful phone in a plastic case? Oh right because some genius decided to encase it in glass. I love WP7, and can't wait until WP8 is released.

RE: Driving force
By Tequilasunriser on 4/5/2012 1:17:13 AM , Rating: 2
You have to give it time.

As of right now, sure, WP7 is nothing too impressive.

Their next update, Apollo, is supposed to be huge though. They are allowing multi-core processors, bumps to ram, multiple resolutions (including HD resolutions), and better Micro SD card support.

I would imagine the software update will be just as impressive.

WP8 is also likely going to have strong integration with Windows 8. Being that most of us use Windows PCs, I'd say that a strong synergy between one's mobile and desktop operating systems is going to be a huge convenience.

RE: Driving force
By Smilin on 4/5/2012 9:32:27 AM , Rating: 2
Look however you want to put it, whatever Microsoft is doing with the platform, it's just not working.

Your shirt is all wrinkly because it gets no irony either.

Have you noticed what the topic of the article is that you just posted this to? Why hasn't WP gone the way of RIM? Why hasn't it gone the way of Web OS? Why has it's app store grown to 80,000 apps in just a few months (wasn't it just 70k last month?)

Beware underestimating a determined Microsoft...and go iron your !@#$ shirt, chump.

RE: Driving force
By Reclaimer77 on 4/5/2012 4:32:37 PM , Rating: 2
Why hasn't WP gone the way of RIM?

Uhh even in it's current state, RIM has about six times more market share as WP. WAY more people are using RIM than have ever used a Windows Phone. Not a really good example.

And I'm not hating on Microsoft. I've always respected them and favored them in arguments. I am however disappointing in their smart phone product at this time. Too little, too late, too slowly.

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