Microsoft Sold 1.5 Million Windows Phone 7 Devices, Sorta
It's been a month since Microsoft launched its new mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7, and now the company says it has sold 1.5 million WP7 devices… but not to consumers.
Microsoft's report says the company sold 1.5 million devices to carriers and retailers, the people who actually sell the phone to consumers. So it tells us about how many WP7 phones are in stock at stores, but nothing about how many people really bought them. It means carriers have some faith in the new OS, but nothing about what people think of it.
"Microsoft is pleased with the response so far to Windows Phone 7 and looks forward to working with our partners to continue to promote the great experience that WP7 brings to consumers throughout the holiday season and beyond," a Microsoft spokesperson told TechNewsDaily.
This number seems a little low to be celebrating just yet, though, given that the Microsoft mobile platform launched on 10 devices and 60 carriers worldwide.
So we're left to rely on hearsay, which so far indicates that Windows Phone 7 sales (among consumers) has started off pretty slow. However, as we pointed out in our analysis , that doesn't mean much yet. Windows Phone 7 still has plenty of opportunity to grow slowly, just as Android did.