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Microsoft may have sold 877,000 WP7 smartphones to carriers and retailers in February alone

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Microsoft may have sold 877,000 WP7 smartphones to carriers and retailers in February alone
Seems like the guys at The Next Web are good at nailing predictions when it comes to Windows Phone 7 devices. Back in January, they correctly estimated that Microsoft had sold approximately 2 million WP7 handsets to retailers and carriers by the time of the research. The number corresponded to what Microsoft announced at the end of the month – more than 2 million units sold since the day of the platform's launch. By applying the same mathematical magic in their latest analysis, the guys are now claiming that 877,000 smartphones running Windows Phone 7 have been sold by Microsoft in February alone.

We should mention at this point that the estimate doesn't necessarily translate into almost a million WP7 devices reaching retail customers in February, the number only represents how many units have been shipped to Microsoft's business partners for further resale. However, can the research be precise once again? After all, WP7 smartphones have been growing in popularity across Europe even though they are facing serious competition. We are expecting an official announcement from Microsoft, but if the above estimate is correct, February would be WP7's best month yet.

source: The Next Web via Boy Genius Report

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posted on 15 Mar 2011, 11:21 2

1. achilles (Posts: 54; Member since: 27 May 2010)

Undoubtedly, most of what they sold to carriers, are still sitting on shelves collecting dust. Most consumers dont want it.

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 11:34

2. ps1001 (Posts: 65; Member since: 14 Dec 2010)

i believe that most of MS-phones in the past 3months(since launching) were sold in euro-countries, and yet MS didnt provide any support for many of those countries(mine included) whatsoever... And i can tell ya another thing... Concluded the last 2.5months that i mingle with this wp7...
The development team obviously had ONLY 1 THING IN MIND...
teenagers who again r buyin themselves iphones and andros, and dont care much bout all the xbox-achievements. integrations, blablablas included in wp7...
So wp7 team as i see it, made humongous mistakes... If they were in china, probably would have been shot by now which would somehow eased the troubles of wp7-users wantin ALL THE FUNCTIONALITY OF GREAT WINMO, which, we all know, isnt here...
Maybe the updates can change things.. Who knows, maybe the nokia-deal could bring the long desired freedom of the platform...
And them numbers up WHICH ARE NOT OFFICIAL are prediction that wp7 isnt doin so well..

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 17:14 1

6. Uzzelien (Posts: 131; Member since: 22 Feb 2011)

YES! Cause so many people in IT want to root the phones so that their users out there can use some of the apps they need to! Talking with a friend of mine who got a EVO he had to root his just to get apps to work on it for work. Lucky he's not a end user or this would be hell. MS is doing good at going on both sides of it.

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 11:51 2

3. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

WP7 better be in it for the long haul. Going to be a hard sell to get consumers to walk away from their current OS preference. Better to be aiming at those entering the smart phone market for the first time to build some brand loyalty.

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 15:02 4

4. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)

Yeah, Microsoft knows it has to just stay in the game even if it means losing money at first. They have to bank on WP7 to work because people are going to use their actual computers less and less as we go forward. We've had some pretty decent ones, but I think it's time to get some really slick WP7...

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 15:56 3

5. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 948; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)

MS will be fine... WP7 is not just another OS, it is here to stay, it IS the real deal. The haters are real too, but that's all a part of the game.

posted on 16 Mar 2011, 16:24 1

7. tbar (Posts: 34; Member since: 18 Jan 2010)

I am amazed at the people who act like "their" OS is the ONLY OS and anyone who doesn't use it is an idiot. I don't like using an iPhone, but I want them to be successful. Just like I want Google and Microsoft and HP (WebOS) to be successful. I want them to all gain market share that makes it profitable to continue. We all win when that happens. So, Android and iOS fanatics, chill!!! (BTW, I have an Android phone, but my criteria are not the operating system but the phone that provides me the functionality I need/want.)

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