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Early Windows Phone 7 numbers show Android outselling 15:1

updated 07:55 am EST, Mon November 29, 2010

UK retailer says Android outsells WP7 15 to one

UK retailer MobilesPlease today provided data that it believed showed Windows Phone 7 sales were unusually disappointing. Just three percent of the company's sales were of devices using Microsoft's new mobile OS. The figure was enough that Android outsold it by a ratio of 15:1 and even Symbian^3 was outselling it by a factor of 3:1 with just one phone, the store told Electronista.

While it acknowledged its own data might be anecdotal, the store checked with other retailers in the area, including carrier-owned stores and Carphone Warehouse. The competitors wouldn't give numbers but noted that the WP7 devices "are not selling" and instead pointed to the BlackBerry, HTC's Android devices and the iPhone as the ones in strong demand. Despite its stature, Carphone Warehouse had no WP7 phones on display and said it "might have one in the back," according to one visit.

The results aren't authoritative and shouldn't be treated as a wholly accurate image of Microsoft's sales. However, they do corroborate both the lack of US launch attention and of reports from the first day of sales in the UK itself. Just two people lined up at Orange's London flagship store on October 21, creating an embarrassment for both the store and for Microsoft as the amount of press outnumbered the actual line.

AT&T has so far said it's happy with initial WP7 sales, but it also launched a Buy One Get One deal limited to just that platform on Black Friday. T-Mobile also had a BOGO deal for the HD7, although this included other phones and was targeted more at getting customers to all its smartphones.


By Electronista Staff


  1. Foe Hammer

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    The Emperor's Big Feast

    It's gone beyond invisible clothes. Microsoft has taken it down to a whole new level: "Here's a delicious new gourmet delicacy I have brought for you to eat from the faraway land of Redmond." Public: "We recognize dog poo when we see it (among other senses.)"

    In totally unrelated news, charges have been filed against Ballmer Boo by a small but vocal faction of Microsoft stockholders claiming that he's a giant chicken.

  1. Paradise Pete

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    not a shock

    They hold that silly mock funeral, and then their big advertising idea is to tell you this is a phone for people who don't want to use their phone. Those people don't seem to me to be the kind who would queue up. Microsoft is so clueless about marketing to consumers it's astounding.
    They have no idea that people are looking at their phones because they *want* to.

  1. Feathers

    Grizzled Veteran

    Joined: Oct 1999


    Long Gone

    If Ballmer were the CEO of any other corporation he would be gone a long time ago. Is the attachment sentimental? Just how many more failures can this guy create? Remember that M$ burned over five billion (yes, billion) dollars to achieve the X-Box brand's current position.

  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008


    At this point, Android winning the game seems

    rather likely. I doubt there were millions of consumers just waiting for Microsoft to get back into the mobile battle. It could take a whole year for the WP7 platform to get sales going. Microsoft is just going to have to keep pushing any way it can to get their smartphones into consumers' hands. As much as the pundits say Android is beating even Apple at sales, then I guess the prospects for WP7 looks rather dim. Android seems to be a runaway freight train. A completely free OS for all smartphone vendors may be just too difficult to overcome for upstarts hoping to compete with a licensed OS.

  1. JeffHarris

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    Giveaway's are Sales?

    And in the Microsoft parallel universe, so are units sitting in warehouses.

    The way Microsoft throws cash around and tinkers with numbers, does anyone REALLY know actual WinFo7 sales numbers?

    With MS giving out free phones to prop up their numbers, you'd think the DroidBots would be ALL over it!

  1. facebook_Jeff

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    Once again....

    The fat sweaty bald monkey has managed to totally frack up ANOTHER product. Christ, how many more failures can this guy make before they can his a$$? If I was a share holder I'd be calling for his nuts on a silver platter.

  1. Foe Hammer

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    One look at that innovative years-ahead-of-its-time user interface and people are nearly speechless. About all I hear folks say are things like "incredible," "unbelievable," and "Wow. Just wow."

  1. lamewing

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    Joined: Aug 2004


    The sad part is

    The sad part is the phone OS is actually quite nice (minus a few features that should be added later - as was the case with the iPhone), but MS mentality regarding advertisement is just backwards. Unfortunate.

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  1. Joe05

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    Another unofficial negative story about Windows
    Phone 7 from an Apple kiddie fan site.

    What a shocker.Lol!

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001


    not a fair comparison

    The number of phones with Android far outnumbers Windows phones, so of course they'll outsell!

    And these numbers are from a company called MobilesPlease. Who came up with that name?

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