AT&T ordering 8 million Windows Phone 7 devices?

AT&T orders 8 million Microsoft Windows Phone 7
AT&T orders 8 million Microsoft Windows Phone 7

It looks like AT&T is taking a big bet on Microsoft’s upcoming Microsoft Windows Phone 7 smartphone operating system, as noted tech pundit Michael Gartenberg is saying the carrier has ordered 8 million units.

According to his Twitter account:

Interesting e-mail from a trusted source. AT&T has apparently signed up for 8 million #WP7 devices. #notkin

Gartenberg’s an old war horse in the tech space and he’s well-connected, so I don’t doubt the validity of this claim. There’s also no indication about over what period of time that’s over because that’s a lot of units. For comparison’s sake, Apple sold 8.4 million iPhone units last quarter but that included the launch of the Apple iPhone 4, which sold more than 3 million units in less than a month.

No one expects Microsoft Windows Phone 7 devices to have Apple iPhone 4-like numbers out of the gates but that 8 million figure could make sense over a year or so. AT&T will be a launch partner and we already know Microsoft Windows Phone 7 will be on handsets from a variety of manufacturers like LG Electronics, Dell, Samsung, Asus and HTC.

The Microsoft Windows Phone 7 devices could be a big hit with corporations and enterprise users because these handsets will have strong integration with Microsoft’s business software including Office, Exchange and SharePoint. These could immediately be a contender against Research In Motion, although the BlackBerry already has an entrenched base.

On the consumer side, the Microsoft Windows Phone 7 preview indicates the new user interface could be very visually appealing and the Zune multimedia software looks pretty good. On the downside, the Apple iPhone and Android are going to be tough to displace and the lack of cut and paste and true multitasking may hurt Microsoft’s chances.

Do you think AT&T will really sell 8 million Microsoft Windows Phone 7 devices? Check out our hands-on video to give you some more insight on the latest smartphone platform.

[Via Twitter]

  • Mohammed Zayed

    Let’s be honest .. THIS IS A DIFFERENT TYPE OF PHONE .. Remember XBOX Live with GPU Acceleration is there and highly profiled games expected to be there as well.

    Let’s wait and see !

  • @Director4u2c

    I am so loving my WinMo 6.5 on my Tilt 2 and to be honest, am waiting for WinMo 7. I might wait till it is in 2nd Gen, but who knows. Windows Mobile has always been perfect for everything I do. And having the power to decide what technology is implemented at my company I always feel confident deploying Windows Mobile. My handful of Black Berry users are jealous of my Windows Mobile users and have been dropping the black berry steadily for the past year now. And I am so proud of them.

  • zgryfx

    I might wait til Version 2.0 comes out. Lack of Copy/Paste and Multitasking are deal breakers. Doesn't matter that the software is supposed to be able to pick out addresses and phone numbers, because I cut and paste a much greater variety of information than that.

  • Juxtapox

    Thank You, Sir. Just that this kind of journalism is utter BS.

  • Juxtapox

    Thank You, Sir. Just that this kind of journalism is utter BS.

  • Juxtapox

    Thank You, Sir. Just that this kind of journalism is utter BS.

  • Juxtapox

    Thank You, Sir. Just that this kind of journalism is utter BS.

  • Juxtapox

    Thank You, Sir. Just that this kind of journalism is utter BS.

  • Juxtapox

    Thank You, Sir. Just that this kind of journalism is utter BS.

  • Juxtapox

    Thank You, Sir. Just that this kind of journalism is utter BS.

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