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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 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...

“So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents." -- Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith

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