Around 3.7m Windows Phone 7 handsets sold so far – and sales slowing down

Around 3.7m Windows Phone 7 handsets sold so far – and sales slowing downMicrosoft hasn't exactly been dishing out hard sales numbers since launching Windows Phone 7 at the tail end of last year, preferring to focus on the numbers of licences it has sold to manufacturers (mainly because it's a higher number).

But thanks to a little fuzzy maths involving the all-consuming colossus that is Facebook, WMPowerUser reckons the number of Windows Phone 7 handsets actually out in the wild numbers between 3.7 and 3.9 million.

We'll not replicate the WinPho blog's actual sums here – head over to the original post for the full breakdown – but it arrives at its figures by comparing the sales data we received recently from Gartner with Facebook activity data.

By seeing how many new Facebook users were added in the quarter and checking that against the number of phones Gartner says were sold, the site arrived at a phones per Facebook user ratio, which can then be applied to the wider Facebook user tally.

The interesting point it raises, however, is that if the figures are accurate, Windows Phone 7 sales are actually slowing down, not speeding up as the non-stop evangelical voice of Steve Ballmer would have you believe.

Could that be something to do with the painful lack of anything resembling new hardware anywhere on the horizon. We know Nokia's Windows Phones are coming, but seriously – it would be nice if someone could dish up the odd handset between now and then, chaps, and not just rumours...

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JanSt / MOD  May. 23, 2011 at 15:34

That figure is wrong. Has to be...
Various networks are still succesfully offering the old winmo HD2 while you can shoot an Lg Optimus 7 with a 40% discount - dito every other wp7 phone has already come down... So,
either the phones were selling better than previously assumed, in which case the price cuts would be odd. Or the price cuts would account for an increase in sales, but this 'study' says sales are plateauing... Maybe Bill & Mindy bought one to give to every African child they provide with vaccines? Surely we would have heard about that?

JanSt / MOD  May. 23, 2011 at 15:37

PS 3.7 milllion would put WP7 on par with sales of Nokia's N8 or the Galaxy S for the same period. If the figure was correct, MS would be beating us senseless with that 'success story'. Instead they are shtum? Pah...

bilbob  May. 24, 2011 at 12:02

Let's also not forget that since launch, no new phones have come out, as all manufacturers are waiting on Mango... no wonder sales are flatenning or even declining. In the mobile phone market, the phones are comparatively old tech now... bargains, but still old tech.


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