Yesterday I reported that I thought the sales of Microsoft’s new mobile operating system were going to be less than stellar. There were reports that there was a lack of in-store promotion. It seemed AT&T stores were promoting Android phones instead on WP7 yesterday.
It just seemed that after all these months and months of anticipation for this supposed “revolutionary” operating system, I thought there were gonna be long lines, and instant sellouts. There were even unexpected deals for most of the devices, which I thought was a little premature on Microsoft’s part.
I guess I was wrong, along with some others in the tech media. With so many options to choose from, it makes it hard to gauge the popularity. I was trying to compare it to a release of a iPhone, but I forget the reason we see these long lines is cause you can only get an iPhone at one place on a particular launch day. Obviously it isn’t the same for the Windows Phone 7 launch.
Now the first day is over, and it looks like Microsoft did alright. Reports from T-Mobile show that Windows Phone 7 phones were flying of the shelves, fast. I confirm this myself, I went down to my local T-Mobile retail store this morning to see if there were any HTC HD7 still available. A store employee informed me that they have sold out since late yesterday, and said “it’s on backorder.”
T-Mobile Online store is also reporting that the HTC HD7 is on backorder, and with that there is no ship date or any idea of when more units will become available. With no clear flagship Windows Phone 7 device being marketed, I would have to say that the HD7 would be the closest to that description. The HD7 is also the successor to the popular HTC HD2. The HD7 features a huge 4.3 inch screen, 1 GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD recording, and of course the new Windows mobile based operating system.