Lumia 900 is exceeding sales expectations

 

Nokia, Microsoft and AT&T are a trio that are betting big on the success of the Lumia 900 that many have been salivating to get their hands on since CES. While early market indicators suggested that the Lumia 900 is doing well, we now have words directly from AT&T on the sales of the device and they are encouraging.

According to, Paul Roth, AT&T’s president of retail sales has been quoted by the WSJ as saying that Lumia 900 sales have exceeded expectations. Going further, 10,000 Lumia 900s were given out to sales staff to help make the familiar with the product before it went on sale.

All of this represents good news for the trio that were involved to make the Lumia launch possible but for Nokia, it is the first step, in the right direction as the company dramatically changes heading to adapt to the moving market.

While the troubled waters may still be ahead for Nokia, this early indicator shows that the company still has what it takes to be unique in a crowded marketplace. Given enough time, Nokia should be able to adapt appropriately and maintain its current heading back into the black ink.

The Lumia has been receiving positive reviews across the web and you can read Neowin’s review of the device here

Thanks for the tip FoxieFoxie!

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Sacha said,
They expected 0, but someone bought it

technically they can't expect zero buyers because that would be stupid to expect..

Is this anything like the photo of the supposed line around the block waiting for the Lumia 900 at an AT&T store? I think it's best to wait for the real numbers before getting over excited.

simplezz said,
Is this anything like the photo of the supposed line around the block waiting for the Lumia 900 at an AT&T store? I think it's best to wait for the real numbers before getting over excited.

We waited for FedEx.

Andoid does not make much money for google, they are at a huge loss, $500 ,illion in 2011 and how many billions did they pay for motorola, Microsoft and nokia are in much better shape than google and android, plus take into account how much money make from android sales????? probably more than google at this point.

Mobile is growing exponentially. At the moment it's still only profitable for a few select companies. In time though, it'll be very very profitable.

Why do you think Microsoft is spending billions (most likely more than Google) trying to get its foot in the door so to speak, even going as far as forcing its metro designs on desktop users to create a sense of familiarity.

I actually played with lumia 800 today and im really thinking to make a switch from android. All android phones just feel same and Im quite bored of it. The smoothness of wp7 was amazing.

Soldiers33 said,
I actually played with lumia 800 today and im really thinking to make a switch from android. All android phones just feel same and Im quite bored of it. The smoothness of wp7 was amazing.

The Lumia really feels like a quality phone. I've played with many Android devices and they all felt cheaply constructed. The iPhone seemed ok for a while but the plastic started developing cracks and the usb cord started to fray. I have yet to see how the Lumia holds up over the years, but if history is any indication, Nokia builds some really solid phones.

To all the haters, I've never pre-ordered a cell phone. Not even my 2 iPhones. I pre-ordered the Lumia 900. 3 in fact. Not a bit disappointed.

My only iPhone envy? MS needs to update the bluetooth profiles for WP7 in a hurry so developers can provide all the new BT Heart Rate Monitors for WP7, and there's no Infinity Blade or Draw Something. When Valgards Fate is ported from Zune, that will take care of that one. That's about it. From pure phone love, I love the Lumia more than I ever loved the iPhone.

The camera on the Lumia is slightly better than average, but should be able to be improved with software. It's better than my Titan.

I was at the AT&T store today. One (middle age) man was paying for a black L900, one also(middle age) man(a Blackberry user looking to switch to WP) in suits was looking at one. I was told that the Cyan is out, and they are expecting a new shipment next week.
The salesperson was helping the man was (semi) knowledge about the Windows Phone 7.5 os. I would rate her knowledge on the OS is 5/10. She loves the live tiles, smoothness of the UI. But nothing else she could sell the man on the OS.
Overall, glad to see that WP Lumia 900 is selling well.

Who gives a ****? Android sales have (and continue to) "exceed expectations", and Apple's "new" iPad has "exceeded expectations" too. It's a drop in the ocean for them.

Nobody outside of Nokia and Microsoft give a rat's ass about WP (yet?).

Apart from everyone above you in this comments system. And Google. And Apple. And all the WP phone manufacturers. Plus those who desire more competition in the market. Et cetera.

Well, when you dump it on the market for $99, and then take another $100 off, of course it's gonna sell well.

The HP TouchPad sold boatloads at that price point.

lunarworks said,
Well, when you dump it on the market for $99, and then take another $100 off, of course it's gonna sell well.

The HP TouchPad sold boatloads at that price point.

Good strategy as it worked well for Android.

what are you? a fandroid troll or an isheep troll.

lunarworks said,
Well, when you dump it on the market for $99, and then take another $100 off, of course it's gonna sell well.

The HP TouchPad sold boatloads at that price point.

popster28 said,
what are you? a fandroid troll or an isheep troll.


Why do I have to be either to make a valid observation?

But, "you're either with us or against us", amirite?

lunarworks said,

Why do I have to be either to make a valid observation?

But, "you're either with us or against us", amirite?

big difference between selling a tablet for 99 dollars with no contract and a phone for 99 dollars on a 2 year contract.. your an idiot. They will still make around 3 hundred dollars per phone sold where as HP was just doing a fire sale and shutting down production plants ..

First of all, people are dumb and don't care that they're signing into a contract. They only see the advertised price.

Second, AT&T wouldn't agree to take a hit on a $99 price that easily. Nokia and Microsoft have taken a hit on this deal to try to entrench WP7. They're also going to have to hope their phone sell for more than "free", because they can't price their future phones accordingly.

Third, "your an idiot?" You're an idiot.

Lachlan said,

big difference between selling a tablet for 99 dollars with no contract and a phone for 99 dollars on a 2 year contract.. your an idiot. They will still make around 3 hundred dollars per phone sold where as HP was just doing a fire sale and shutting down production plants ..

lunarworks said,
First of all, people are dumb and don't care that they're signing into a contract. They only see the advertised price.
Are you suggesting people don't notice the price per month, only the one off phone cost? It would surely be hard to avoid the former when you actually go to *get* it.

lunarworks said,

Why do I have to be either to make a valid observation?

But, "you're either with us or against us", amirite?

Looking over your posting history, you have certainly made it a "with us or against us" issue when it comes to Apple vs anyone else. Looking at some of your posts, I see you calling PC users fanboys, dorks, etc. without being provoked to do so. But then again, there are always different rules.

nohone said,

Looking over your posting history, you have certainly made it a "with us or against us" issue when it comes to Apple vs anyone else. Looking at some of your posts, I see you calling PC users fanboys, dorks, etc. without being provoked to do so. But then again, there are always different rules.

How's this, then? Apple has flaws. I admit it, with no regrets. iOS's UI is getting a bit stale, for example. Plus, I maintain a whole bunch of Windows PCs and a Windows server at work, and think Windows 7 is quite a good OS. Furthermore, WP7 has an interesting UI, I can see its benefits, but I think it's absolutely awful for the desktop.

I may prefer Apple's stuff, but I'm no blind fanboy.

lunarworks said,

How's this, then? Apple has flaws. I admit it, with no regrets. iOS's UI is getting a bit stale, for example. Plus, I maintain a whole bunch of Windows PCs and a Windows server at work, and think Windows 7 is quite a good OS. Furthermore, WP7 has an interesting UI, I can see its benefits, but I think it's absolutely awful for the desktop.

I may prefer Apple's stuff, but I'm no blind fanboy.

I wasn't commenting on your likes or dislikes. I was commenting on how you seem to be upset when somebody calls you out, but yet you have done it a number of times yourself.

Nokia has always made solid hardware. The software is what's been letting them down over the years. Now they finally have something that can compete with Android/iOS and they're using their expertise really well with the Nokia suite of apps. There's definately 3 players in the smartphone game now (I don't count BB)

DomZ said,
Nokia has always made solid hardware. The software is what's been letting them down over the years. Now they finally have something that can compete with Android/iOS and they're using their expertise really well with the Nokia suite of apps. There's definately 3 players in the smartphone game now (I don't count BB)

BB still has roughly 15% smartphone market share compared to Microsoft at 4% yet you don't count BB?

Funny, I read that Nokia stated that sales were lower than expected and they expect to continue to take losses in the next quarter. Guess it depends on who is reporting sales figures. Maybe they were commenting on Nokia as a whole, but I cannot find the article ATM.

EDIT: Yea, they were talking about the company as a whole. So the Lumia doesnt seem to be helping Nokia ATM since they are still taking big losses.

techbeck said,
Funny, I read that Nokia stated that sales were lower than expected and they expect to continue to take losses in the next quarter. Guess it depends on who is reporting sales figures. Maybe they were commenting on Nokia as a whole, but I cannot find the article ATM.

EDIT: Yea, they were talking about the company as a whole. So the Lumia doesnt seem to be helping Nokia ATM since they are still taking big losses.

You should be the CEO

- Release a new product
- Doesn't see $50 billion in sales in one day
- Shut down everything, we are taking big losses

FoxieFoxie said,

You should be the CEO

- Release a new product
- Doesn't see $50 billion in sales in one day
- Shut down everything, we are taking big losses

Yup, cuz that is exactly what I said..... /s

And Nokia is expecting heavy losses the second quarter as well.

techbeck said,

Yup, cuz that is exactly what I said..... /s

And Nokia is expecting heavy losses the second quarter as well.

I agree. According to the news and the price of shares they are still heavily sinking. Even if they manage to do great with WP7 and Lumia series, I am starting to doubt that it's going to be enough to sustain such company as Nokia. Once Nokia entered WP7 smartphones market now it will be judged by WP7 smartphones sales, not the low-end or medium-end, which is makes mostly. But even their market share in Africa and China shrank, which indicates that were might a problem with non-smartphone markets too. Nokia sold only 2 mln. WP7 based smartphones, which I would consider quite low in order to attack iOS/Android market. In the last 2 days Nokia shares went down by 20+%. It doesn't look good for now. If there will be no momentum in next 12-24 months, Nokia lost it.

techbeck said,
Funny, I read that Nokia stated that sales were lower than expected and they expect to continue to take losses in the next quarter. Guess it depends on who is reporting sales figures. Maybe they were commenting on Nokia as a whole, but I cannot find the article ATM.

EDIT: Yea, they were talking about the company as a whole. So the Lumia doesnt seem to be helping Nokia ATM since they are still taking big losses.

what happened to your reading comprehension? Or which weed you've been smoking? Samsung galaxy s2 sold 2million unit in 1 quarter... Nokia lumia sold 2million in 1 quarter and nokia has symbian sales has been going down since 2010 so what are you saying if the sale 2million lumia is it not a new figure for the platform that is struggle to take of which is lumia? Smoke more weed dude

techbeck said,
Funny, I read that Nokia stated that sales were lower than expected and they expect to continue to take losses in the next quarter. Guess it depends on who is reporting sales figures. Maybe they were commenting on Nokia as a whole, but I cannot find the article ATM.

EDIT: Yea, they were talking about the company as a whole. So the Lumia doesnt seem to be helping Nokia ATM since they are still taking big losses.

The Lumia 900 has been available for all of 4 days and at the 6 ATT stores I called this morning, they are SOLD OUT. How about you wait until the end of the quarter before making judgements? That way you don't look like you can read, but not comprehend.

benalvino said,

what happened to your reading comprehension? Or which weed you've been smoking? Samsung galaxy s2 sold 2million unit in 1 quarter... Nokia lumia sold 2million in 1 quarter and nokia has symbian sales has been going down since 2010 so what are you saying if the sale 2million lumia is it not a new figure for the platform that is struggle to take of which is lumia? Smoke more weed dude

Sounds like you have the reading conprehension problem. I stated first that I read that Nokia said sales were lower than expected. I later corrected myself saying that they meant the company as a whole. I again stated that while WP sales are going well, Nokia is still suffering big losses and will continue to do so for a while. So hopefully Nokia has more tricks up their sleeve to start making money again.

And I have also always stated that I am hoping WP does well. Will help improve competition and improve products.

SiLeNtDeAtH said,
The Lumia 900 has been available for all of 4 days and at the 6 ATT stores I called this morning, they are SOLD OUT. How about you wait until the end of the quarter before making judgements? That way you don't look like you can read, but not comprehend.

I am not making judgments, making comments on what NOKIA SAID.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/...a-bug-idUKBRE83A07920120411

Edited by techbeck, Apr 12 2012, 6:22pm :

Just to mention: I don't think anyone should reasonably expect a gigantic company like Nokia to be able to switch their entire profit making ability from one set of products to another in only a few months - there's always a transition period.

techbeck said,

Yup, cuz that is exactly what I said..... /s

And Nokia is expecting heavy losses the second quarter as well.

Which shouldn't be unexpected when a company is making such a transition. Why people expect this to happen overnight is beyond me.

Kirkburn said,
Just to mention: I don't think anyone should reasonably expect a gigantic company like Nokia to be able to switch their entire profit making ability from one set of products to another in only a few months - there's always a transition period.

Agreed. I'm glad I'm not the only one that can see this...

M_Lyons10 said,

Which shouldn't be unexpected when a company is making such a transition. Why people expect this to happen overnight is beyond me.

Not what I was really saying...just making a comment on a statement released my Nokia themselves. Hope Nokia has more good things in store.

techbeck said,
Funny, I read that Nokia stated that sales were lower than expected and they expect to continue to take losses in the next quarter. Guess it depends on who is reporting sales figures. Maybe they were commenting on Nokia as a whole, but I cannot find the article ATM.

EDIT: Yea, they were talking about the company as a whole. So the Lumia doesnt seem to be helping Nokia ATM since they are still taking big losses.

The losses are from the decline of their Symbian business which is happening faster than they projected. The Lumia sales are still increasing but already account for a big slice of their revenue. It will still take time for WP to become their dominant revenue stream but judging by these remarks from at&t they are on the right track.

I know people are eager for MS and Nokia to fail but this is still within their first full year of WP sales which started in November 2011. If the Lumia is an indication of what they can do in such a short time, by the end of the year combined with WP8 they will product something even more amazing. Way too early to be writing them off.

techbeck said,
Funny, I read that Nokia stated that sales were lower than expected and they expect to continue to take losses in the next quarter. Guess it depends on who is reporting sales figures. Maybe they were commenting on Nokia as a whole, but I cannot find the article ATM.

EDIT: Yea, they were talking about the company as a whole. So the Lumia doesnt seem to be helping Nokia ATM since they are still taking big losses.

All of their devices were in a slide. Lumia 900 was not included in those figures. The Lumia has been out for a week now I think. They were just saying that they were not expecting the other devices would not raise revenue anymore because of the decline in those areas. It is smart business to set a low outlook and then exceed those numbers something Apple has been good at the past few years. You always want to beat the expectations.

techbeck said,

Sounds like you have the reading conprehension problem. I stated first that I read that Nokia said sales were lower than expected. I later corrected myself saying that they meant the company as a whole. I again stated that while WP sales are going well, Nokia is still suffering big losses and will continue to do so for a while. So hopefully Nokia has more tricks up their sleeve to start making money again.

And I have also always stated that I am hoping WP does well. Will help improve competition and improve products.

they are not exactly huge losses, they have a 3% loss right now, that doesn't include the 900 line, Symbian sales are getting less and wp7 is taking more and more of the total % of sales nokia does and they don't have to sell nowhere near the amount of wp7 handsets compaired to sybian, wait a q or 2 and see things will be starting to balance out, Google only made 500 million dollars last year on android handsets, now that really is a fail and they are operating at huge losses in the mobile field right now especially with the motarola deal.

korupt_one said,

Google only made 500 million dollars last year on android handsets

I thought they said they made $500 million from Android since 2008, not in the last year? I could be wrong. I thought it was a remarkably small number when I read it.

Depicus said,
Stop press: A company rep says theta their product is selling well......

Nope, the rep (from AT&T not Nokia) is saying that it's selling better than well

Big difference

Sraf said,

Nope, the rep (from AT&T not Nokia) is saying that it's selling better than well

Big difference

Ok I will rephrase:

Somebody with a vested interest in the sales numbers says sales are great.

Depicus said,

Ok I will rephrase:

Somebody with a vested interest in the sales numbers says sales are great.

I must agree with you Depicus, this is so obvious that it's just a marketing adv.

Depicus said,

Ok I will rephrase:

Somebody with a vested interest in the sales numbers says sales are great.

AT&T no doubt wants to sell devices, but they wouldn't care if it were this one or another device in their line... The fact that they are saying it is selling better than expected implies (quite clearly) that it is in fact doing just that...

M_Lyons10 said,

AT&T no doubt wants to sell devices, but they wouldn't care if it were this one or another device in their line... The fact that they are saying it is selling better than expected implies (quite clearly) that it is in fact doing just that...


So when Apple says there selling a million phones an hour, they were lying as well?

Yes its selling better... but better than what ?? thats the big question... WP7 as a whole never sold well... so it might be selling a little better and they set expectation low.
so better than previous sold lumia lines?? still low very low.

still1 said,
Yes its selling better... but better than what ?? thats the big question... WP7 as a whole never sold well... so it might be selling a little better and they set expectation low.
so better than previous sold lumia lines?? still low very low.

Well the stores in my area are all sold out of the Lumia 900. The next shipment is coming on the 16th. Of course this doesn't say much since we don't know how many phones they had from the get go, but the sales rep said that they sold more of it than any other device this week.