Windows Phone 7: Only 40,000 sold at launch?

US first day figures look bleak for the Big M

Market research claims WP7 hasn't made big impact across the pond.

Windows Phone 7 finally hit US shelves on Monday, but it seems things didn’t quite go to plan for Microsoft. The Street reports that a market research source, specialising in tracking phone sales, is saying only 40,000 handsets were sold on day one.

Being from market research, this number should be taken with a truckload of salt, but it will no doubt create plenty of cause for concern at Redmond. Analysts are already claiming that Microsoft is offering too many phones at launch, confusing potential buyers.

Still, when you compare this meagre figure to Apple’s 1.5 million iPhone 4 sales on its first day and Android’s 200,000 daily activations, you get an idea of the mountain Microsoft needs to climb.

However, with Christmas looming and big sales in US stores forthcoming, Microsoft should be able to get itself back on track, say insiders. Whether it can eke out a position from which it can bring down the might of Google and Apple, however, remains to be seen.

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Via The Street