updated 03:10 pm EDT, Mon March 28, 2011
ATT cuts WP7, Captivate, Curve 3G prices in promo
AT&T kicked off another promo on Monday that hinted at lingering issues for Windows Phone 7 sales. Both the LG Quantum and Samsung Focus have dropped to $50 on contract for the sale. The move helps clear a path for the HTC HD7s but follows a pattern where both the carrier and third parties like Amazon have singled out AT&T WP7 phones for heavy discounts.
The discounts otherwise focus on phones that have been on the market for considerably longer or were already low-cost. The BlackBerry Curve 3G is down to $30, while the BlackBerry Torch and the Samsung Captivate cost $50 and $100 on contract, respectively. The Android and BlackBerry devices are expected to get replacements in the next few months like the Samsung Infuse 4G or BlackBerry Torch 2, but no such sequels have yet emerged for the Focus or Quantum.
All of the affected current phones are on sale for a "limited time," AT&T said.
With the exception of the iPhone, AT&T doesn't normally break down unit numbers and has made it difficult to gauge the success of other platforms. Apple remains its top-selling smartphone provider, however. The carrier has said WP7 sales were encouraging, but the repeated sales have raised suspicions that they aren't moving in significant numbers relative to Android or the iPhone.