Android out-runs Windows Phone 7 on price comparison site
A lazy fortnight
Figures from comparison service Mobiles Please show Windows Phone 7 being outsold by Android more than 15 times over and by Symbian three times.
The figures cover the last two weeks, and show Android accounting for almost 30 per cent of sales. The next-most-popular platform, BlackBerry, accounts for 20 per cent.
iOS and Symbian devices are level pegging at just under seven per cent, but Windows Phone 7 devices can't even manage two per cent of the fortnight's sales.
Mobiles Please is a price comparison site, where shoppers can compare the freebies they'd like bundled with their mobile phone contract. Those freebies might include a 50-inch TV, or an X-Box with Kinect, if you're prepared to pay enough for your contract: just like buying on the never-never, only with a mobile phone thrown in.
So the figures, which were shared with El Reg, may not be typical: smartphones make up more than 70 per cent of the sales generated by Mobile Please, so most of those using the site are looking for a decent subsidy on a high-end handset, just the kind of people Microsoft needs to attract.
There have been rumours of poor sales before, and in the USA T-Mobile is already offering a free HTC HD7 with every one sold: hardly indicative of a top-selling product.
Such a lot of the industry, and the industry press, is desperate for Microsoft to fail that one has to be careful with rumours and hearsay. These figures are the first hard data we've seen showing just how Windows Phone 7 is selling, and even if it is into a specific demographic, it could be very troubling to Microsoft. ®
2 for 1
The 2 for 1 deal looks good - I wonder if they can be flashed with Android
You guys and your be nice/fair...
to Microsoft. I have to ask why? They have proven to be untrustworthy, convicted even, but have enough economic clout to buy most of the outcomes they want. And people praising Bill G should remember he was the one, main one, to develop MSs corporate culture, very early on.I ask are you that young or is your memory really short? MS has continually produced software that was sub-standard and non-standard and have had some very short product lives or removed good functionality from products for no reason that is consumer friendly. So, again, why give MS the benefit of the doubt?
The funny thing about breaking MS up is that it could very well have caused the three likely units to have become stronger and more responsive.
An ever growing segment of the population neither needs or cares about MS and that trend will continue.
Microsoft the new IBM
Each product has to be hobbled to prevent it competing with that of another division. If Phone 7 was too good it would make Win7 starter look bad so it had to have some good stuff hacked out of it. This is exactly what IBM did in the 80's and it nearly killed them.
I'm a socially awkward nerd and Windows Phone 7 was my idea.
I think the main problem Microsoft have now (bar completely missing the boat on this one and turning up at least a year late) is that, while Apple have marketed themselves into being the coolest kid on the block, Microsoft have successfully managed to market themselves as the socially awkward spotty nerd with no friends. All others sit comfortably in between, with perhaps Google encroaching on Apple.
I think the best Microsoft can do now is firstly; fire their entire marketing department responsible for some of the most dire and cringe worthy advertising ever seen ever. Then to recover from that, create another brand with no mention of the words ‘Microsoft’ or ‘Windows’ in it or linked to it in any whatsoever.
Noone wants the same phone as everyone else...
...unless it's an iPhone.