updated 08:20 am EDT, Fri March 26, 2010
T-Mobile HD2 may be runaway success
T-Mobile's version of the HTC HD2 may have been a surprise success if multiple reports prove true. One leaked estimate claims that the carrier sold 21,700 HD2s just on Tuesday, a figure which TmoNews said doesn't include over-the-phone sales and possibly online sales as well. The achievement wouldn't be a record at any carrier but would be unusually strong for early spring.
A corroborating report also suggests that many of those phones may have sold very quickly. A T-Mobile contact told BGR that many stores sold out in as little as four hours and that "almost every" location ran out of stock quickly. Wirefly has already stated on record that it unexpectedly sold out of its launch batch and had to make a quick follow-up order to keep up.
While the absolute sales count isn't known, the feat is an uncommon achievement for Windows Mobile, which has occasionally enjoyed healthy long-term sales but rarely the initial rush that has characterized the launches of the Droid, G1, iPhone or Pre. The HD2 is helped by being the most advanced Windows Mobile phone to date, with a 4.3-inch multi-touch screen and a 1GHz processor, but also by using a version of HTC's Sense UI that eliminates most of the interface flaws seen in the older version of Microsoft's OS.
The HD2's success is nonetheless already considered a swan song as it won't be upgradable to Windows Phone 7 and should be obsolete as soon as the new OS ships late this year.