Microsoft has broken silence on initial sales of their Windows phone 7 Smartphones, the devices have been on sale for six weeks and this is the first official release that has been given. Microsoft say they have sold 1.5 million devices to mobile phone operators and retailers since launch, not bad until you compare the stats with competitors.
When Apple launched the iPhone they sold 3 million units in just three weeks. Android is also pretty good with numbers with a reported 300,000 devices purchased every day. So Microsoft is behind in the numbers game at the moment but to be honest are doing a lot better than many people expected.
At the recent ‘All Things Digital’ conference, Joe Belfiore admitted that it would be a long time before Windows Phone 7 would compete for a large share of the Smartphone market and judging by these statistics he was right.
The announcement was made by Achim Berg in a document on the official Microsoft website, he clearly agrees with the ethos adopted by Microsoft, he said: “We know we have tough competition, and this is a completely new product. We’re in the race – it’s not a sprint but we are certainly gaining momentum and we’re in it for the long run.”
When asked how he felt Windows Phone 7 stacked up against other competitors Berg said: “It’s a bit of apples and oranges comparison; our numbers are similar to the performance of other first generation mobile platforms.”
So now the sales information is officially in the public domain, people can start to make comparisons and measure the success of Windows Phone 7. Bear in mind this data only pertains to devices sold to retailers and operators – sadly not sales to the end user.
How do you think Microsoft has done with Windows Phone 7? Are ‘real’ end users buying the devices?