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Windows flop 7?

We were pinning our hopes on the Windows Phone 7 trumping the dastardly iPhone, with its sleek operating system and huge backing from massive Microsoft. But we’ve got some bad news for anyone who was thinking the same thing; their handsets have only sold a paltry 40,000 units since launch.

This can’t come a great new for Microsoft, who spent over $100million on the advertising campaign, an apparently spent $2,500 development costs per phone. Ouch. However, it’s not all bad news; analysts think that it could recover from the initial balls ups, like launching on a Monday and offering way too many handsets.

‘Mondays aren't great launch days,’ said Michael Cote, an industry strategist with the Cote Collaborative. ‘They poured all that cash into it but they lost track of the fact that Fridays or Saturdays are the best launch days. In the phone world, our surveys show that there should be a choice between A or B. For example, (they should) offer one phone with a keyboard and another with no keyboard.’

‘It's early in the game,’ said Nielsen telecom analyst Roger Entner. ‘Not every product surges right out of the starting blocks. The first Android phone was not a big seller at T-Mobile. We'll see what happens with Black Friday sales. They'll probably cut prices like everyone else does. It's the nature of the beast. The only one that doesn't do promotions is Apple.’

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