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.