How Many Windows Phone 7 Devices Have Been Sold?

Microsoft is finally talking hard numbers. According to the company earlier today, they have sold about 1.5 million devices – but not to consumers. The announcement notes that there have been 1.5 million phone manufacturer sales: in other words, “phones being bought and stocked by mobile operators and retailers on their way to customers.” The number of units sold tell a story, to be sure. What we aren’t being told is how many of those devices are being activated.

Apple and Google routinely talk about how many phones are being activated. Reportedly, there are around 300,000 Android activations every day and even more new iPhone customers. Those numbers boggle the mind, and leaves us to wonder – who the heck is activating Windows Phone 7 devices? The report shows us how many devices have been purchased by people – including those used to stock the shelves in the stores. In my opinion, that’s trying to put a positive spin on what should technically be a dismal report.

If Microsoft truly wants to be a player, they need to stop beating around the bush. Tell us how many devices are being activated. If they aren’t happy with that number, then they need to look at why things are going in the direction they are. The handsets and operating system are both solid. What’s holding them back? Could there still be that much stigma surrounding the company when it comes to the mobile market? Perhaps they need to come up with a new game plan to get these phones into the hands of real people who will give them a fair and unbiased opinion.

What are your thoughts? I don’t want to hear from Microsoft haters or Apple (or Android!) fanboys. I want to know WHY you feel Windows Phone 7 isn’t selling as well as the folks in Redmond had hoped. Please don’t just use the tired argument of “Microsoft sucks,” because that isn’t going to help anyone. Let’s hear what you honestly think, and perhaps together we can all come up with some fresh ideas.

6 thoughts on “How Many Windows Phone 7 Devices Have Been Sold?”

  1. Yes Chris, Apple and Google do talk about sales of iOS and Android, correct.

    Both release numbers of phones that have been sold to consumers but does anyone question them? No. As far as we know they could be pulling these numbers out fo their ass.

    Numbers don’t matter. What matters is peoples opinion of the phone OS, and almost everyone that uses my Windows Phone 7 has a lot of praise of the OS (and most of them use iOS).

  2. Although they look great, and I’m sure the hardware is solid, I just don’t trust that Microsoft is behind all the projects and products they bring to the market. I’d be concerned that somewhere along the way, they’d abandon further development. They seem to do that a lot. There are so many things Microsoft could have really made great, but it just doesn’t seem to happen … look at all the Windows Live applications. Some have turned out not too badly (Live Writer, Photo Gallery), and other seem to have stagnated completely (Windows Live Messenger). I have the feeling the same sort of thing will happen to their newest mobile phone operating system as well.

    If I was in the market for a new mobile phone, I’d definitely go for an Android model at the moment.

  3. It seems to me that MS just can’t put it all together. I’ve been using their mobile OS’s for about ten years now. I’ve stuck to it because it’s what I’m used to and, more importantly, because of what I’ve been able to do with it. I don’t think there are many faithful WinMo users out there, though, that haven’t considered jumping ship since Apple released the iPhone in 2007. The original iPhone didn’t have a lot of the features that WinMo offered and had been offering for years, but it did boast ease of use and a pretty face. With every hard reset (and all the re-tweaking, re-installations, and hours spent reading the xda-developers forums) I contemplated making the switch to a simpler mobile life. I stuck it out, however, because UI wasn’t everything for me. And now, in what seems like the ultimate twist of irony, MS finally offers simplicity and a sleek interface with WP7… but they’ve ditched much of the functionality that has kept me a faithful user. I am still leaning towards becoming a WP7 user but, as I suspect many others will do, I will wait a bit to see what 2011 brings in terms of updates. I’ve also been keeping an eye on some of my favorite Windows Mobile developers and have noticed most of them make no mention of supporting WP7 and some actually state they don’t intend to do so in the foreseeable future which is very disappointing for me. Regardless, I don’t think I represent the average smartphone buyer these days and I think MS could have a winner on their hands here but the next year is going to be crucial for them. I’m curious to see how they’re going to play it.

  4. I think it’s partly the lack of devices in stores. Sprint isn’t going to have a Win7 device before February. I was holding out, but just couldn’t wait any longer. And I can’t upgrade evey 6 months like some folks. I waited almost three years between device purchases. Just a little to late to market, and so much build up before the devices are even close to release.

  5. W7 phones are too expensive. For example, in Ireland it’s cheaper to walk out with an iPhone 4 or a top end android. MS will have to buy 10% of the market with free and very cheap phones to have any hope at all.

  6. It’s amazing that even today Android still maintains an enormous lead over Windows Phone 7. The Metro User Interface is absolutely brilliant, if only Microsoft got their stuff together earlier.

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