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Moto Droid sales topping 800,000?

updated 05:05 pm EST, Mon November 30, 2009

Analyst says Droid in strong demand

Motorola's Droid smartphone may have sold several hundred thousand units in less than a month, RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Sue said in a research note today. Based on store surveys, the expert believes between 700,000 and 800,000 of the Android devices may have been sold since November 6th. Major Verizon stores could be selling as many as 100 to 200 Droids every week.

The scale appears to be consistent with rough estimates from a week after launch, which used new users and traffic to predict about 250,000 total Droid users in the seven-day span. In the long term, Sue expects Motorola to ship as many as 1.5 million smartphones in the fall, all of which should be Android phones and most of which should be Droids.

If borne out by actual results, the quarter could give the Droid a promising start as a viable competitor to the iPhone and other "halo" phones at other carriers. Apple shipped over 1.1 million iPhones in their first full quarter on the market in summer of 2007, though that device arrived with lesser demand for smartphones than today and without much in the way of significant competition.

Verizon launched the Droid in the midst of much stiffer competition but has also had the advantage of a larger customer base than AT&T as well as a major marketing campaign that has included a semi-interactive Times Square display. [via GigaOM]

By Electronista Staff


  1. Fast iBook

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    Ya, vzw users are stupidly buying the droid hype, and...?

    - A

  1. greenG4

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    Joined: Aug 2002


    Re: Zzzzzz...

    Yes, and many of us "bought" the iPhone hype. The Droid is a lot like the iPhone actually, except it has a physical keyboard. The Android OS is surprisingly iPhone-ish. If I had issues with AT&T (which I don't) I might be tempted after seeing a co-worker's today.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001


    Re: zzzzzz

    Wait. I thought the droid commercials were so bad that no one would buy the phone.

    And considering that neither Motorola nor Verizon have the fanboy support that drive people to want to buy a device out of the mere fact that they offered it, it isn't like they have a built-in set of sales to start off with, unlike, say, the iPhone.

  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008


    I find it hard to believe

    that people are going with some Motorola smartphone. Maybe they're only interested in the Android part and not overly concerned about how lousy Motorola devices are and that the company probably won't provide them with much support. It still looks Motorola might sell off it's handset division.

  1. msuper69

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    Joined: Jan 2000


    As soon as I get a job...

    I will probably ditch AT&T and switch to Verizon, most likely for a Droid-based phone.

    I just don't think AT&T gets it when it comes to wireless and their U-verse TV service.

    Wireless - too many dropped calls/terrible call quality.

    U-verse - too many technical issues. Plus the fact that the set-top boxes run Windows CE with such problems as running out of resources causing random and unexpected phantom keypresses to occur. Plus the remotes don't play well with large flatscreen HDTVs; the remotes use infrared which the bright TV screens interfere with (bad grammar but I'm too tired to rephrase).

  1. wrenchy

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    Joined: Nov 2009


    @ Fast iBook

    You are a clown.

    All you iFans don't seem to like competition. You know what? The Moto Droid isn't perfect. Neither is the iPhone. Each has it's place in the telecom ecostructure. This place would sure be boring if everyone used iPhones. Bad Steve would then have us all by the short and curlies dictating his vision for a mobile universe - Challenged by none. Now that is a glimpse of h***.

    I admire the iPhone for "raising the bar" for smartphone standards. They gave the handset makers a good kick in the a** when the industry seemed to be complacent. Well companies like Motorola, who gave us all cell phones in the first place, seem to have a winner on their hands. Perhaps the Droid does not have all the sexyness and flash that the iPhone has, but it sure makes it up with all the things the iPhone cannot do. Some people do fancy function over style. Android is here to stay. SUCK IT UP AND LIVE WITH IT.

  1. rytc

    Senior User

    Joined: Jan 2001


    iPhone OS

    The iPhone OS will go the way of MacOS is becoming a niche player unless Apple finds a way to let a selected set of other companies develop phones running the OS too.

  1. marialucy


    Joined: Dec 2009


    comment title

    I have a problem. I have to pick a phone. I thinking about which I should get: Moto Droid, iPhone 3GS, or Nokia N900. I want the phone to be very fast and not slow like my blackberry pearl 8100. I want the phone to have GPS and many apps. I want easy to just software. I want the phone to have a very good camera. I would prefer a keyboard but typing on the iPhone was easy. Please help me decide. Thank you.

  1. dliup

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    Joined: Jan 2006



    You need to actually read up on the computer industry history. Microsoft "won" the pc os market mainly using anti-competitive practices. MS was found guilty by both US and European government. MS has not been able to duplicate their "success" elsewhere.

    - MS failed in portable media player platform: Play For Sure.
    - MS continues to fail in its media player.
    - MS failed in windows mobile.

    People like you have been saying the iPod will be a flop, iPhone will be a flop, not realizing that for products of certain price range, people can actually spend money to buy the best product (aka iPod) on the market. has articles explaining why android is not going to have a significant impact.

  1. TiberiusMonkey

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    No Motorola or Verizon fanboys?

    No Motorola or Verizon fanboys Testudo?

    Sure thing, anything you say, love the way you happen to forget Google fanboys helping push Droid sales.

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