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WP7 exceeding expectations in Europe

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WP7 exceeding expectations in Europe
There has been speculation in both directions about the success of Windows Phone 7. Some said it was a game-changer for Microsoft's mobile efforts, and some thought it wouldn't be enough to compete with Google and Apple.

Its fate in Europe, at least, is looking good. German publication n-TV.de reports that O2 sold out of their stock of HTC HD7's. In its limited time on the market, O2 has already sold around 80,000 of HTC's 4.3-inch WP7 devices. O2 is reported to be waiting expectantly for another shipment.

Vodafone Germany is also reporting strong demand for their WP7 offerings. Their HTC 7 Mozart and Samsung Omnia 7 pre-orders are exceeding their expectations. Vodafone has been forced to increase their stock orders to compensate for WP7's popularity.

The same German publication projects sales of Windows Phone 7 devices in Germany to reach six figures in the first 3 months. This success, either unexpected or expected, should silence some of the critics who predicted a dead-in-the-water launch.

Even so, Windows Phone 7's fresh face and marketing blitz might not be enough to compete with Android and iOS. This holiday season is full of fierce and diverse smartphone competitors. Will it be Android, the iPhone, or Windows Phone 7 that steals the holiday show? Maybe patient consumers will wait for the CDMA iPhone in Q1 of 2011? Tell us what you think!

source: DropNews via WMPoweruser

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posted on 01 Nov 2010, 01:32

1. Phullofphil (Posts: 805; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)

i kinda figured it would sell good. Why wouldnt it look at the hard wear its pretty good. os is fast and solid. I have a droid x and although its a awesome phone it has its share of anoying bugs to. I am gonna take a hard look at this caus right now i am leaning on buying one. Hope motorola comes out with one or at the very liest i will get a samsung

posted on 01 Nov 2010, 05:31

2. Drew (unregistered)

i like Windows Phone 7 and Android, but Android is grwoing so rapidly that manufacturers can't keep up with updates, and the apps aren't quality and don't even work on half the phones, because it open source

posted on 01 Nov 2010, 06:40

3. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

well, unless u own half the phones they dont work on, its not a real issue.. lol. overall, im impressed with the device after some hands on, but im still gonna wait until after they start updating it and adding back in the features they removed before i give it a shot. my galaxyS is more than enough to tide me over for a while.

posted on 01 Nov 2010, 07:43

4. Adamvmlv (unregistered)

I've been following Windows Phone 7 for weeks. I want one, but I don't want one. To me without full Multi-tasking and other features the OS isn't complete. You can't even put your own ring tones on them as of was last said. I don't like that there is no mass storage mode, Zune will sync only apps, music and media. Storage in the cloud is nice, but it seems the only way to even get a PDF on the phone to view is to email it to yourself. To me, it seems too restricted for anyone who's more than a casual user who won't need to sync more than music, pictures and media. Anyone wanting to use it for bringing their work with them on the go might find that difficult. Really to me, this seems like nothing more than a "get it out now" phone. They needed to get it out for the holidays, it shipped out useable but lacking. More features would have taken more time. The UI is amazing, I love it. But I think I'll give it a year to grow up, then maybe buy it.

posted on 01 Nov 2010, 22:04

5. Larry (unregistered)

WP7 has some things missing but we'll get them next year even if we buy this year. WP7 is a game changer, for Microsoft, of course, but for the smart phone market - worldwide, for social networking, games and entertainment, office and work needs, music and audio, video (flash is coming), organizing, maps, etc. You'll see!

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