Microsoft expected to sell 3.5 million WP7 devices in Q4

Microsoft has a hot product on its hands and we are not talking about Kinect. WP7, Microsoft's latest mobile operating system, is expected to make a big splash in the fourth quarter. The new platform is expected to not only hit the ground running, but to make its way onto 3.5-4 million devices according to Morgan Stanley, via BusinessInsider.com

The report comes on the heels that WP7 inventory is dwindling across the globe and that demand is outstripping supply. According to Business Insider, "a report in Digitimes based on reports from Taiwanese manufacturers, stocks of HTC's HD7 are currently gone at German carrier O2, and Australia's Telstra is out of the HTC Mozart. Last week, U.K. carrier Orange warned its retail managers about likely shortages of the Mozart and Samsung Omnia".

The high demand is surely music to Microsoft's ears who has taken the all-in approach to the launch of this platform. Microsoft knows that if WP7 fails it will instantly become years, if not decades, behind its competition in terms of a mobile platform. Fortunately for Microsoft, it seems that consumers are willing to adopt WP7 and are doing so in high volume. 

As Windows Phone 7 continues its launch across the globe, starting in New Zealand with the first phone sold in the world, followed by the Australia and Europe, Microsoft is going head on into an intense phone platform battle, where the company has been lagging behind for many years.

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Curious to see how much sales decrease when Microsoft's huge advertising budget runs out, that's the main factor pushing sales right now.

thealexweb said,
Curious to see how much sales decrease when Microsoft's huge advertising budget runs out, that's the main factor pushing sales right now.

By then, word of mouth will take over.

Are you sure they won't take this?! Are you sure they are MicroSD?

Good call. Returning the card or putting it in camera. Thanks for the heads up reverseswing!

All I can say is great job Microsoft on the new phones. The OS looks great and the layout is much better then that of the IPhone. I honestly think this phone will have a great chance. Choice is good.

norseman said,
Just picked up a 32GB Class 10 SDHC card for my focus! Now all I need is the focus.

how much did you pay for it? the only ones i found in class 10 were 16GB.

norseman said,
Just picked up a 32GB Class 10 SDHC card for my focus! Now all I need is the focus.

I hope you mean class 4 microSD cause there is no way a SDHC card going to fit in a phone.

Thiefyo said,
weak comparing to iphone 4:)

Yet, it's going to be rather painful for Steve Jobs to hear these numbers. That's another 3.5 million iPhone 4s that Apple WON'T be selling. Lost opportunity costs are huge for Apple.

Thiefyo said,
weak comparing to iphone 4:)

The iPhone is more well known, unfortunately. Microsoft are a bit late to the party, but Windows Phone 7 will hopefully get more popular.

reverseswing said,
I won't be a very happy customer on Nov 8 if I can't get the Focus due to shortages - I just got a 32GB Class 3 microsd card!!

I can't find a single 32GB of any class from any local retailer.

dotf said,

I can't find a single 32GB of any class from any local retailer.

The local AT&T stores here are selling Class 2 32GB Sandisk cards. Others are available on amazon.com & newegg.com - this is all US centric info

Just got my Omnia 7 - very impressed. As an avid Android user, I was skeptical about how much I'd like it compared to my Desire - it's missing stuff for sure, but I think it's nice enough to keep me from sending it back.

I've got 7 days to return it, but I think I've found my new phone

spengbab said,
Just got my Omnia 7 - very impressed. As an avid Android user, I was skeptical about how much I'd like it compared to my Desire - it's missing stuff for sure, but I think it's nice enough to keep me from sending it back.

I've got 7 days to return it, but I think I've found my new phone

oo, please let me know about real world battery life..

spengbab said,
Just got my Omnia 7 - very impressed. As an avid Android user, I was skeptical about how much I'd like it compared to my Desire - it's missing stuff for sure, but I think it's nice enough to keep me from sending it back.

I've got 7 days to return it, but I think I've found my new phone

Please let us know how it is going for you.

BGM said,
oo, please let me know about real world battery life..

That's the big question right now I guess. I'd really like to know that too. It won't stop me from getting one but it would be nice to know.

dogmai79 said,

That's the big question right now I guess. I'd really like to know that too. It won't stop me from getting one but it would be nice to know.


I've been using mines for a week, it's better than the desire at least real world use is about 7:30 in the morning until 6 for me so if your going to take it out every day you will need to charge at night but it should last the day. I've been using it a lot as well, wifi, 3G use, youtube through 3G, live messenger, e-mails so I've been using every bit of it's strength.

BGM said,
oo, please let me know about real world battery life..

I've had my HD7 for two weeks now. The days I don't use it much ( casual FB, casual twitter, songs on the Zune ( local, not streamed ), and general calls and texts ), it lasts me for a good day and a half, even more. Even on days when I'm on YouTube streaming videos, or driving with GPS on, it has lasted me the day.

So, so far, I'm pretty happy with the battery performance, coming from the 3G, which didn't last me even till evening on a full night's charge. ( Nothing against the 3G, it was just more than 2 years old )

I've done a small writeup of the device ( only for those interested in HD7 ) and the OS in my blog : http://suavesagittarian.wordpr...hat-i-love-and-what-i-hate/

Edited by Suave Sagittarian, Nov 4 2010, 5:14pm : inserted link

BGM said,
oo, please let me know about real world battery life..

Yes, and how is the speaker? My Omnia here (With WinMo 6.1) has a really horrible speaker that makes it hard to hear people. This was why I was leaning away from Samsung for my next device. But if the Omnia 7 has a good speaker I might come back.

Suave Sagittarian said,

I've had my HD7 for two weeks now. The days I don't use it much ( casual FB, casual twitter, songs on the Zune ( local, not streamed ), and general calls and texts ), it lasts me for a good day and a half, even more. Even on days when I'm on YouTube streaming videos, or driving with GPS on, it has lasted me the day.

So, so far, I'm pretty happy with the battery performance, coming from the 3G, which didn't last me even till evening on a full night's charge. ( Nothing against the 3G, it was just more than 2 years old )

I've done a small writeup of the device ( only for those interested in HD7 ) and the OS in my blog : http://suavesagittarian.wordpr...hat-i-love-and-what-i-hate/

Excellent first hand review of HD7 & WP7. Kudos for your personal experience on both.

What I would like to know are the inventory figures. Once upon a time "out of stock" and "inventory shortage" were considered a failure of the management that did not accurately forecast the demand for a product. Times change and the car industry started to use these terms as an advertising trick: if the item is out of stock makes the person that has it a succesfull one, it exponentially increase people interest in it........ because it is, supposedly, not available.
Apple mastered this technique with the iPhone and it keeps working.......

I am old school: sustained sales are what define a success.

Fritzly said,
What I would like to know are the inventory figures. Once upon a time "out of stock" and "inventory shortage" were considered a failure of the management that did not accurately forecast the demand for a product. Times change and the car industry started to use these terms as an advertising trick: if the item is out of stock makes the person that has it a succesfull one, it exponentially increase people interest in it........ because it is, supposedly, not available.
Apple mastered this technique with the iPhone and it keeps working.......

I am old school: sustained sales are what define a success.

You are right. Microsoft screwed up the launch of the second generatio Zune and there were so few devices offered that stores were selling out quickly but that was only because stocks were so limited not because of amazinly fast sales.

I wouldn't be surprised if the quarter ends and it sells over what they're expecting, often the forecasts tend to be on the lower end of the spectrum you could say.

GP007 said,
I wouldn't be surprised if the quarter ends and it sells over what they're expecting, often the forecasts tend to be on the lower end of the spectrum you could say.

Yes, I agree. And then they'll have the release on Verizon and Sprint shortly thereafter, which is going to be another boon in sales. I think WP7 is going to be huge and I've been saying that for a long time. I can't wait to be able to get mine on Verizon (And I noticed Verizon's site has renamed Windows Mobile to Windows Phone, which is odd...).

No numbers have been released yet, so this is all speculation. The true test will be the christmas season.

Flawed said,
No numbers have been released yet, so this is all speculation. The true test will be the christmas season.
no ****, it's a forecast.

if they get some ****ing stock in the shops maybe....

... come on, i have my readies, err.. ready!

BGM said,
if they get some ****ing stock in the shops maybe....

... come on, i have my readies, err.. ready!

Yeah, I'm never surprised when they say WP7 are selling out, since hardly any have been getting to the shops anyway.