40 000 Windows Phone 7 handsets sold at launch?

40 000 Windows Phone 7 handsets sold at launch?
Four Windows Phone 7 handsets were launched on November 8 - HTC Surround (AT&T), the Samsung Focus (AT&T) and the HTC HD7 (T-Mobile), as well as the Dell Venue Pro, which you can order straight from Microsoft's stores. Sales were calculated at 40 000 – a figure that falls far short compared to what Google and Apple are reporting – 200 000 and 270 000 phones activated per day respectively.

Of course, it's very early days for the new Microsoft mobile OS. After all, Rome wasn't build in a day and it's naive to expect that Windows Phone 7 will become a world-beater for a week or two, especially if we take into account how strong its rivals are. Moreover, sales may be hampered by hardware shortages, similar to what we have seen with the Super AMOLED displays.

There is no official word on the subject by Microsoft, while AT&T spokeswoman said that:

 "Windows Phone 7 handsets are already receiving strong interest from our customers right out of the gate."

That's consistent with what we have heard from Europe, where Orange was reporting shortages. Furthermore, Nielsen analyst Roger Entner thinks that we will have to wait until Christmas to make any conclusions on the sales:

"It's early in the game and not every product surges right out of the starting blocks. The first Android phone was not a big seller at T-Mobile. We'll see what happens with Black Friday sales."

Only time can reveal whether Windows Phone 7 is heading to glory or oblivion, but what are your first impressions of the newly released handsets?

source: TheStreet



1. sniperace

Posts: 95; Member since: Aug 20, 2009

I have used many operating systems palm,palm os,blackberry, windows, iphone and android. After using android for a short while i actualy gave up my iphone. windows 7 to me looks like too little too late. Androids whole presentaion and customization seems to be in my opinion heads and shoulders above and other operating system.

2. Hello-dirt

Posts: 102; Member since: May 02, 2010

Amen brother...but I haven't played with WP7; it might be a nice OS. I do like windows 7 so...

4. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Here's the thing, I am by no means a Microsoft fan boy. I've got Apple everything. But Windows Phone 7 on the Samsung Focus is just amazing. By far, the best first release of a new OS I've seen in all my days in wireless. The interface is stunning and original. Transitions are seamless. And from what it looks like, they are already building a pretty nice App Store. I think if people are willing to give the phone a try, it could out-do Android. Microsoft is following Apple's lead in that there won't be staggering differences in power, size, and speed of the phone. Less work for developers and a more even experience across the board no matter what kind of phone you get. Plus, Microsoft will be in charge of your software updates, not your carrier that could quickly forget your phone or the manufacturer who will quickly forget your phone as they make more. When it all comes down, I think we'll have Apple, Google, and Microsoft as our leaders with RIM slowly dropping off. This is a brand new consumer phone that just looks sexy. Feels that way too. I think completely abandoning anything that looks like Windows Mobile was smart, but Microsoft has to hope people don't remember the bad taste people got with Windows Mobile...

3. Mike unregistered

We got the WP7 Samsung Focus in a few days ago. Its really simple and easy to use and the screen looks amazing, but until they get more apps in the market, I'd stick with Andriod.

5. rmac

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 04, 2010

Too often a company will completely diversify its mission to stay the dominant name in it's industry. This is a prime example of failure for saturation. Microsoft has never had an industry-leading mobile operating system when it has had a mainstream competitor. I believe Palm beat out Windows Mobile in infancy of smartphones, and I'm certain iPhone beat the two. Until the advent of Android, no mobile operating system even came close to iOS. Here we have a company who is closed-source, offers a plethora of useful apps, both free and paid, and at the launch, already had a core following because of its simplistic use of its computer software. Combine that with ease of use, and about 5 years ago, you have a smartphone that you can say "Does what you want it to." Enter WP7, a successor to two horribly crippled, riddled with system crashes, failures, and near constant rebooting mobile operating systems, on top of the forced followers of Windows (because nearly every non-retail version sold with a new PC is infested with myriads of bloatware), users that arguably would purchase a Mac if not for the price tag. This operating system advertised recently that "less of this {individual making several touch gestures on his phone}, and more of this {individual dancing with his date, after pocketing his WP7 phone, emphasis on the ease of seeing all of your notifications on a single screen}." WP7 would be better equipped as an OS for a regular candy-bar styled phone, like the LG Chocolate Touch. I think Microsoft needs to abandon it's entire creative direction staff, and hire some people who are going to hype something up, brand new, and abandon the "Windows" platform. The future is evolution, not improving on yesterday's news.

6. Mitch unregistered

One word will describe it JUNK

7. Apopas unregistered

windows 7 and windows phone 7 have only similar name and nothing else. Because someone likes the OS for PCs doesn't mean will like and the one for smartphones. While there are a lot of practical reasons to choose windows 7 over OSX or Linux (ie games and comercial apps), there is not practical reason for someone to choose WP7 over Android or iphone. WP7 just came too late.

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