Windows Phone 7 – Being given away free already?

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A short snippet for today which had me chuckling:

I know many of you have been waiting for the perfect time to pick up your new Windows Phone. AT&T just sweetened the pot a bit for the holiday shopping season with the announcement of a buy one get one free deal for the HTC Surround, LG Quantum and Samsung Focus.

Source: Windowssteamblog

I don’t know exactly who these “many” people are, but we will skip over that part and merely look at the “sweeting of the pot” AT&T are doing with this deal.  Is Windows Phone 7 already going the way of the Kin? Is this the only way they can think of to generate interest in WP7? But more importantly who knows anyone waiting for the right time to purchase a Windows Phone 7?  Last time I looked people wanted to buy Android phones or Apples iPhone.

This “deal” also raises an important question, will the “two for one” deals count as two sales so that Microsoft can boost their figures?  I’ll let you decide.

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. Mark says:

    “Last time I looked people wanted to buy Android phones or Apples iPhone.”. Last time you looked, Windows Phone 7 did not exist, so people had no choice but to buy Android phones or iPhones. AT&T is selling Android phones for $0, no other purchase necessary ( a much lower price than their two WP7 phones for $199 deal, so what does that say about the demand for Android phones vs WP7 phones?

    1. openbytes says:

      Yes, but its not me claiming that many people are waiting to get one. Like I say, last time I looked, they wanted android or Apple.

      Please try to keep up.

  2. Apopas says:

    WP7 sales are weak. Too weak since the begining. That’s what matters. WP7, for now at least, seem to be a big, fat flop. Offerings like these one so early proves additionally that the demand for WP7 phones is rather low.

    1. openbytes says:

      Agreed, for what other reason would there be a buy one get one free offer. Years ago I purchased two winmob mda mails……thats a horror story I shared here many times before.

  3. Robert says:

    Heh, that would not surprise me if that were their thinking with the 2 for one deal. The local paper company here delivers a free paper several times a week to boost their readership numbers.

    1. openbytes says:

      How about that for a quick reply? Im about to record the next Techbytes show so saw your comment come in!

      I wonder if they will bring Oprah in on the Windows 7 Phone….she’s already promoted 360 and Bing…. Afterall WP7 can use all the help it can get…..Maybe Oprah will be able to give them away to her studio audience? that will boost the “sales” figures by a couple of hundred.

      Kind regards

      Tim.

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