Report: Windows Phone 7 sales underwhelm

Windows Phone 7 went on sale on Monday of this week in the U.S. and the sales were not as strong as Microsoft may have hoped.

According to reports by Thestreet, Microsoft sold 40,000 handsets in the first day sales in the U.S. through AT&T and T-Mobile. The numbers are based on a market research source who tracks phone sales. Microsoft estimated that they would sell 3.5 million devices in the Q4 of this year, but the numbers appear to be falling far shorter than expected.

The sales appear to be weak in the United States for Microsoft, almost as weak as the Microsoft Kin, which sold a mere 10,000 units. These sales figures do not include the 87,000 units allocated to every Microsoft Employee, or the 25,000 units that Dell will be trading their BlackBerrys for.

This may not be great first day news for Microsoft, but the true test lays ahead, as the holiday season in the U.S. quickly approaches, including Black Friday and Christmas. Windows Phone 7 has over 12,000 developers and 1,000 applications in their market place.

Google said last month that they sell 200,000 Android handsets a day, while Apple claims they sell 260,000 iPhone's a day.

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