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Unofficial estimate has 674,000 actual Windows Phone 7 sales

updated 11:00 am EDT, Tue May 3, 2011

Estimate puts Windows Phone 7 at 674K real sales

Microsoft may have moved just 674,000 Windows Phone 7 devices in its first few months on sale, well-known Russian phone leaker Eldar Murtazin said in a new estimate. While the company said it had shipped 1.5 million to partners, its figures for late 2010 would have netted less than half that amount. The situation is believed to have been exacerbated in early 2011 and in April, Murtazin said.

Microsoft hasn't confirmed or denied the numbers. However, it has typically dodged questions of actual sell-through across its various hardware partners. Despite posting a record winter quarter, it provided neither its total units shipped nor sell-through for WP7 and instead focused on the positive reactions of those who had bought in.

Reporting shipments rather than sell-through isn't uncommon among technology companies. The concern over Microsoft has centered on a rumored wide gap between numbers. Companies like Apple and HTC normally sell the majority of their stock and leave just a few weeks of inventory for replacements or as a cushion if production suddenly stops.

Some clues might have come from multiple Windows Phone 7 sales since it went on the market. Steep discounts on phone sales often happen closer to the end of their lifespans, but for WP7 were starting to appear just weeks later.

By Electronista Staff


  1. digiprod

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    Wow what a success!

    Seems they sold more of these, than Zunes in 5 years!

  1. jpellino

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    Heh heh *snort* Heh heh

    Sorry, but that about sums it up.

  1. freddymac

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    I smell

    a fire sell coming. Buy one get 5 free? Way to go Monkey Boy, keep up the great work. We are behind you 200%...........

  1. LenE

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    Late last night

    I saw a clip on the local late night news that had Bill Gates talking about how wonderful the next version of Windows Phone would be, and how they would bury Apple. It reminded me of another era when the utterings of Bill would halt purchases of on-the-market technology that would compete with whatever Microsoft would bring out "really soon now".

    He was very focused on Apple, and actually admitted that Microsoft had some fumbles. Oddly, he claimed that Microsoft had given up market share in the smartphone realm, and then a sentence later claimed that they had just now entered this "new" market.

    I guess what struck me most was that Bill Gates was the one making these statements, not Steve Balmer. It looked to me like Bill may have run out of patience with Fester, and attempted to reclaim his former importance.

    The really funny thing though, was that there was only a half second shot of a WP7 phone, and about 20 seconds of footage of people using and showing iPhones, as Bill's voice continued expounding his opinions.

    -- Len

  1. facebook_Patrick

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    WP7 sold that well? Really??

    It's not surprising. The only mobile OS worse than WP7 is Android, LOL...

  1. MacnnReader

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    you can buy

    only so many friends.... I think MS over the years has ripped/burned so many people that everyone is really just tired of them. Borland SQL, Citrix, "Plays for sure" and all their phone PARTNERS, Java, etc. ( I would have thrown in Novell too but they suffered from a myopia/incompetence that you can't really blame on MS.) Their inability to execute is becoming glaringly obvious the further away from the Windows/Office hegemony they get. They are the NY Mets of the computing world. Sorry mets fans.

  1. facebook_Hans

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    To quote Microsoft's TV Ad for WP7


    Best of luck to Nokia!

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