Android phones outselling Windows Phone 7 devices 15 to 1
In the UK, mobile retailer MobilesPlease gave out some data that indicated Windows Phone 7 sales to be down the tubes thus far. The data indicated that WP7 devices are being outsold by Android devices by a ratio of 15:1, and that even Symbian is outselling WP7 by a ratio of 3:1.
The company recognizes that the information may be “anecdotal”, but did say that they contacted other retailers in the area with similar results. While the other stores, such as Car Phone Warehouse, wouldn’t give out the specifics on sales, they were quoted as saying that WP7 devices “are not selling”, and said the high demand still stays for Blackberry, iPhone, and – of course – Android. To make matters worse, Car Phone Warehouse said the devices had become so unpopular that they no longer had any WP7 phones on display, and that they “might have one in the back”.
While the launch of WP7 has only been in swing for a short period of time, you can usually tell how a device or OS line is going to do in the long run by initial numbers. As far as we can tell, the data collected here for the UK mobile market is sending WP7 packing in lieu of a “greener” view.
I don't think Microsoft was expecting Windows Phone 7 to be an overnight success. While any company wants to be successful overall, I think the primary focus is getting the bad taste of WinMo out of people's mouths and then improving things from there.
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