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Estimate: 2.5m Windows Phone 7 devices shipped in early 2011

updated 03:35 pm EDT, Thu May 5, 2011

Canalys believes Bada outsold WP7 by 2.5m

Canalys late Wednesday provided one of the few estimates of Windows Phone 7 shipments for early 2011. The analyst team believed that Microsoft's combined partners shipped under 2.5 million phones between January and March. Each of the top five Android phone makers sold more than this number by themselves, and Samsung's in-house Bada OS also saw more shipments at 3.5 million.

The company didn't say how it had reached the shipment numbers. Neither Microsoft nor its individual partners have broken out Windows Phone 7 shipments. Microsoft has often been the most elusive and has been silent since December, being keen to tout Xbox 360 and Kinect figures during its latest results call but sidestepping any mention of WP7 numbers.

Its share would line up roughly with what's been seen in the US and would hint that the OS, while significant, was still trailing well behind Android's roughly 30 million devices and Apple's 18.65 million iPhones. Concerns have also been raised, though not confirmed, that WP7 might have low sell-through where the majority of the phones shipped remained unsold.

In the US, Canalys saw corroboration of earlier claims that Apple had partly closed the gap with Android by launching the Verizon iPhone 4. Apple moved up to 31 percent of the market and was the top individual phone maker by a wide margin. Android was down slightly to 49 percent and led mostly by HTC, whose tally doubled year-over-year and made it second only to Apple.

About 600,000 of those HTC phones were 4G-capable, Canalys said. Nearly half, 260,000 were the Thunderbolt for Verizon while the rest were the Evo 4G, Inspire 4G, and other handsets given the 4G label.

By Electronista Staff


  1. dliup

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    Shipped, not sold. Similar to the Motorola Xoom.

  1. blshaw

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    Another Ballmer blunder

    How Ballmer keeps his job is beyond me. I can't think of another CEO in American business that has such an abysmal record of gauging the marketplace for his firm's products. All he knows how to do is sit on his butt until 1) someone else creates an exciting, new and innovative product that the market embraces, 2) pooh pooh it at first, 3) watch it for a year or more and, once it's ongoing success is impossible to ignore, 4) create a very poor imitation, wrap it in the Windoze "flag" and wonder why no one want to buy it.


  1. climacs

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    Joined: Sep 2001


    re: Ballmer

    couldn't agree more with blshaw. Any CEO worth his stock options should have used Microsoft's size, cash and other resources to squash the competition sometime over the last 10 years.

    MS doesn't lack for really smart people. So what is it? it's their culture and ultimately their leadership.

    All I can think of is that Ballmer has pictures of the board of directors in embarrassing, compromising positions.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

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    Joined: Apr 2011


    God bless Apple...

    - and no one else!

  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008


    What gets me is if Apple doesn't sell that many

    white iPhones in a couple of weeks, they analysts would claim it was a failure and downgrades would start to rain down upon Apple. Microsoft, on the other hand, will just claim it's a slow start and nobody will even care.

  1. Feathers

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    Joined: Oct 1999


    Smart People

    Yes, Climacs is right, Microsoft have many, many smart people. Unfortunately, they're not the ones running the company. Also, the ones running the company don't either understand or appreciate how smart some of their employees are. This is what happens when you put a pig in charge of a pearl store.

  1. Foe Hammer

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    I Didn't Even Imagine That ...

    ... the Windows Phlop 7 was still around. Well, OK ... maybe in Microsoft's warehouses.

  1. Paul Huang

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    Joined: Sep 1999


    Don't lose your day job, please. PLEASE

    Stick to your MSFT CEO forever and run the company to the ground. Maybe one day Michael will say the same thing he said about AAPL.

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