However, when it comes to Microsoft and details concerning its Windows Phone 7, they seem to be almost as famously silent and as secretive as Apple itself, and, thus far, they have failed to actually breakdown much of that 1.5 million figure. As many have noted, and as Mary-Jo Foley recently wrote:
"This number represents sales of Windows Phone 7 phones from phone makers to carriers. It is not the number of phones sold to customers by the carriers."
In other words, without actual activation numbers, for all we know, the carriers could still have 1.4 million of them just sitting in their warehouses gathering dust? It was also reported that Microsoft only sold 40,000 Window Phone's on its first day in the U.S., and if true, that would greatly help to explain why Microsoft, on its part, was so reluctant to reveal the actual first day sales, or the actual number of customer activations. After all, I would think that if Windows Phone 7 numbers were really all that great then Microsoft would be shouting them from the roof tops, as they are famously known to do.
So, did Microsoft actually sell some 1.5 million Window Phone 7 devices? The answer apparently is both yes and no. Yes, it has sold a massive 1.5 million stockpile to the individual carriers themselves, but, apparently maybe not that many to their actual individual customers, people who were willing to part with their hard earned cash for one!
In conclusion, one way or the other, I can't help but find it a little strange that a company that has traditionally loved to brag about its big numbers would suddenly be so quiet if Windows Phone 7 sales numbers were really all that great. Does this mean that Microsoft knows something that we don't? Something that would be embarrassing to Window Phone 7, and something that they don't really want us to know?
And that's my 2 cents 4 this Wednesday, December 22, 2010
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