Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Did Windows Phone 7 Really Sell 1.5 Million In Six Weeks?

Microsoft's Achim Berg recently stated that Windows Phone 7 sales were promising, and he claimed that Microsoft has sold, thus far, a whopping 1.5 million of the little suckers. In comparison, Apple only sold one million of its original iPhone's in its first 74 days, as noted by Ed Bott in a recent post.

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

Achim's Berg Photo via: Microsoft


ObamaPacman said...

Apple sold 1.7 million iPhone in 3 days this year. Selling that little amount is laughable.

And Microsoft has a history of channel stuffing, so won't be surprised if they are just sitting in warehouse.

I am a lover of children's literature said...

Thanks Obama, and yes, apparently it may just be a case, as you stated, of Microsoft stuffing the channel as I've noted in an update to this post, found here: