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AT&T "encouraged" by WP7 sales, but numbers small

updated 05:55 pm EST, Thu November 11, 2010

ATT says WP7 promising but selling in low numbers

A quick survey of Windows Phone 7 device sales at AT&T stores has revealed modest numbers. In the first four days, 15 carrier-owned stores in Chicago, Miami and New York City typically said they had sold less than ten. Only two were very positive in calls with BGR, while an equal number said they had only just just sold one unit.

Most of the sales centered around the Samsung Focus, whose four-inch Super AMOLED screen is its highlight.

AT&T spokesperson Mark Siegel wouldn't provide a total for all outlets but said the network was "encouraged" by early sales. T-Mobile also declined to provide numbers to Newsfactor, although the HTC HD7 was briefly in high demand.

Unofficial nationwide sales tracking put the estimate at 40,000 phones, which was strong for most phone launches but trailed well behind launches as far back as the iPhone's in June 2007. The quantity if accurate wouldn't entirely reflect Microsoft's performance, since it has already been selling WP7 phones in Europe, Australia and New Zealand for two weeks.

Microsoft has set modest goals for WP7 since it acts as a reset for Windows Mobile. Customers waiting for the new platform, along with broader shifts to Android and iPhone, have dropped Windows Mobile to 2.8 percent share in the summer.

by MacNN Staff



  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It doesn't have to...

    The Win7 phone doesn't have to match the iPhone sales on launch day. There is no way they will match the iPhone 4 nor even the initial sales of the original iPhone (there was much hoopla about the iPhone - and it was really the first of its kind).

    I will likely buy the Win7 Phone when my iPhone contract is up as I simply want something different and I am unsure about the Android devices.

  1. jdonahoe

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What was AT&T going to say?

    What was AT&T going to say? The days of exclusivity are winding down and what do they have to make up for the iPhone defections to Verizon, WP7, bwaa haa haa!!!!

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Wow! So I state that my next phone won't be an iPhone and I am voted down 5 times in 10 minutes. Does ANYBODY her use their head for more than a hatrack? My comment wasn't inflammatory, nor anti-Apple, yet I still get voted down. Lovely.

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Changing for the sake of having something differen

    Yeah, like a Ferrari or Aston Marton owner is going to change to a Yugo just for the sake of having something different.

    Computers and phones are not clothing or shoes. No one in the right mind would change it just for the sake of 'having something different'. Of course, if the goal is to quit your self from gluing your eyes/ears to a telecommunication device, then the Win7 phone is highly recommended.

  1. macnixer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    it was not much hoopla as it was the second thought you have. The iPhone was the first of its kind although there were tons of phones out there with better "phone" features like MMS and smart phone features like mail, copy paste , proper calenders etc. But the iPhone was the best even with limitations.

    I am not judging the WP7,as it has one great feature - the initial screen is live. The rest is all junk. I hated the concept of scrolling forever, hidden text. it is nice for the first time but not after three days.

    WP7 sucks for me. I am not saying that it would not be great for someone else. People in general have the right to buy a substandard product too.

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Yes, some prefer substandard products

    My co-worker bought her fourth Windows computer in eight years. She runs into malware every two years and just buys another one. She now has layers and layers of outlook folders and she is stuck, but in reality, she is more attracted by the lower price of a PC.

    Ultimately, she said: I will have to deal with it when I run into it again.

  1. starwarrior

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Terrible ATT

    Love iPhone and ATT wireless performance.

    However had the usual find someone that knows "how to" for a very simply task.
    Add Grandm's telephone number to the fifth position on my family plan.

    Hour online, Hour on telephone, Three hours in ATT store.

    At every contorted turn, a pay more money trap was sprung.
    They also had to change me from a pay for what you used to pay ahead billing plan.
    They got a months float out of me and I will not completely understand if all service is as orginal until I get billing.

    Eighteen months to go.

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