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Report: MS sold 40,000 Windows 7 phones day one, despite marketing blitz

Thursday, 11th November 2010 08:10 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Despite having spent approximately $400 million on marketing Windows 7 phones, The Street is quoting a source claiming only 40,000 units were sold in the first day of release.

The sales number does not include the 89,000 Microsoft employees that will be given free Windows 7 phones.

Microsoft reps declined to comment.

A T-Mobile spokeswoman did not offer a number of phones sold, but said Tuesday that the Win7 phone was “already receiving strong interest from our customers right out of the gate.”

Google said last month that it was selling 200,000 Android phones a day. And Apple has said that its iPhone sales rate was 270,000 a day.

Nielsen telecom analyst Roger Entner warned against pessimism for the platform, however: “It’s early in the game,” he said. “Not every product surges right out of the starting blocks. The first Android phone was not a big seller at T-Mobile.”

The phone release on November 8 in the US.

Thanks, Evil Avatar.

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  1. XDamage

    Android! :D Currently playing The Curse of Monkey Island on my Galaxy S.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. manamana

    Epic Fail.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Blerk

    Hey, that’s better than their last phone! :-D

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Gadzooks!

    I’ll be swapping my Android phone (HTC Desire) for a windows 7 phone as soon as my contract period is up.

    It’s a shame you cant just update an existing phone to the new OS, as the Desire is decent hardware.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Crazyreyn

    My Samsung Omnia 7 should be here today. :)

    #5 4 years ago
  6. DrDamn

    @4
    I tried a Windows 7 mobile in a shop the other day – looking to upgrade and ditching my iPhone for Android or Windows 7 – have iOS covered with my iPad. It’s a very nice clean and well thought out interface (from what I got to play with – no sim so use was limited).

    I suspect there may be ways and means to upgrade phones somehow – there are some reasonably aggressive minimum specs for Windows 7 mobile (1GHz processor, Direct X 9 graphics chip, screen res etc.). HTC have very similar spec phones on Android and Windows 7 though.

    Couple of interesting points on the Windows 7 OS. No cut’n'paste (yet) and no multitasking outside of main supplied apps – again could change. Both key points Apple were given a kicking for not including at the start (still can’t multitask on my 3G iPhone).

    The draw of a Windows 7 mobile – aside from the interface – is the Live integration though. That is going to grow and expand I think.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. itsucks

    That’s like 2X the number of PSP sold in a month. Oh God!

    #7 4 years ago
  8. DaMan

    can’t think of a single reason why i would want a WP7 phone.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Erthazus

    I saw that mobile and while screen is very sharp, it’s an overpriced piece of shit.

    Taskbar is a mess. But Live integration (if you are in to that) is OK…

    Really nothing special compared to powerfull Motorola latest model or Xperia X10. Or of course Iphone.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Robo_1

    Whatever happened to the Kin? I always liked the look of the pebble design.

    Well MS, one out of two ain’t bad, as it seems Kinect has done the business for them at least.

    Quick message to Sony. If you’re looking to make a PSPhone, then I think Android support is the way forward.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. ybfelix

    I don’t even remember when was Android launched? Which phone is the first Android phone?

    #11 4 years ago
  12. mart

    Robo_1: This happened to Kin: http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/30/microsoft-kin-is-dead/

    #12 4 years ago
  13. cookiejar

    @11 That would be this – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTC_Dream

    #13 4 years ago