UK reseller: Windows Phone ‘07 handsets are not selling

Cyber Monday “Windows Phone 7 has got off to a sluggish start as far as our customers are concerned, accounting for just 3% of smartphone sales and a little under 2% of overall sales through MobilesPlease.co.uk and our network of partner sites that share our data feed,” Ben Pusey reports via the Mobilesplease blog. “Symbian 3 handsets outsold Windows 7 Phones by 3 to 1.”

“I wanted to make sure that our figures weren’t anomalous, so I went to a few local high street mobile phone retailers, both network owned and independent and although they couldn’t give me numbers the story was the same, Windows Phone 7 Handsets are not selling,” Pusey reports. “The retailers I spoke to said that demand for iPhone, Blackberry and HTC handsets was strong in the smartphone sector. Perhaps surprisingly, our local Carphone Warehouse did not have any Windows Phone 7 handsets on display, and when I asked they said that they ‘might have one in the back.’ I’m sure this isn’t indicative of all retailers’ position on Windows Phone 7 but it’s still interesting.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote on October 30, 2010: Sadly, over what will certainly be a major hit to the humor quotient, we don’t believe that even Microsoft’s investors are in deep enough comas to allow this buffoon to survive as CEO after Windows Phone ’07 fails to set the world on fire in 2011. To have a realistic shot at catching a whiff of Apple’s fumes, Microsoft needed Windows Phone ’15 in 2011, not Windows Phone ’07. They’re already eight years behind. Ballmer chances of remaining CEO after this plays out are not good.

40 Comments

  1. I saw a couple of commercials for one of the W7 phonies yesterday. They appear to target preteens with cute little cycloptic microbial creatures that faint at keyboards, and fall in love with chunky block graphics.

    Ballmer is probably not going to be the only one to go. I predict wholesale rebellion.

  2. “Always delightful and wonderfully mine.” Am I the only one who thinks it’s not just awful-sounding but even awkward by Microsoft standards?

    I watched Ballmer’s keynote with an honest, non-partisan, open-minded approach and found it unbelievably distracting that the whole thing seemed forced by a desperate salesman on either his last sale or trying to convince an audience not buying into the hype. When all was said and done, it boiled down to being a reluctant attempt of Ballmer trying to be charismatic like Jobs, but avoiding any similar terminology, thus ending up with something ridiculous as “always delightful and wonderfully mine.”

    I was a big fan of Microsoft up until Vista hit the shelves, so it’s a bit sad to see it go down in flames like this. Their Xbox 360 is great, but it just goes to show that their company is so fragmented that it really should be a bunch of smaller companies.

  3. “…it boiled down to being a reluctant attempt of Ballmer trying to be charismatic like Jobs.”

    Jobs has more Charisma in a hang nail than Ballmer does in his entire bloated body.

  4. Window Phone 7 will either be the savior or the demise of Steve Ballmer. By the look of things it seems the latter applies. If Steve Ballmer still survives after the terrible crash, this will be a very clear indication of the misdirection of Micro$oft shareholders to plug the leaking holes of the sinking Titanic in the tech ocean.

  5. “$500? FULLY SUBSIDIZED WITH A PLAN? I SAID THAT IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE PHONE IN THE WORLD, AND IT DOESN’T APPEAL TO BUSINESS CUSTOMERS BECAUSE IT DOESN’T HAVE A KEYBOARD WHICH MAKES IT NOT A VERY GOOD EMAIL MACHINE!”

    Steve Ballmer, 2007.

    How’s that strategy workin’ out for ya, Ballmer? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  6. Now that M$ is toast Apple needs to pay off ATnT with a few billion dollars to break the iPhone exclusivity contract. Then roll out the iPhones to Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. Let Apple go head to head agains google and let’s see what happens.

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