Over on “The Next Web” there’s some bold claims being made in respect of the profitability of Windows Phone 7.  You will be forgiven, if like me you struggle to think of anyone with WP7.

Now we move on to the “advocacy” and “good reports” of how everything is wonderful in the wibbly wobbly world of WP7.  In this example the site “The Next Web” uses figures in regards to WP7 app sales which have to be corrected by a commenter claiming to be the dev themselves.  Let me quote the article first:

Other standout independent games included Krashlander, which sold nearly 16,000 units up to the same date.

Unfortunately for Next Web, the dev turns up on the comments section to burst their bubble:

Um, I’m the developer of Krashlander and my sales are NOT 16,000.

I think your numbers represent downloads, not sales. People can downloads the trials for free.

My sales are probably more like 3000 since launch in late October.

-Jeff Weber

Oh dear.  3000 since late October?  Thats not too good.  I wonder how many other figures quoted are based merely on downloads or even just a number plucked out of the air? – Lets move on.

The Next Web also says:

Fruit Ninja has grossed $150,000 on Windows Phone 7, and under $20,000 on Android. The app on WP7 sold more units at three times the price. Make that what you will.

Source: http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2011/02/16/top-windows-phone-7-apps-are-in-the-six-figure-club/

And unfortunately a different user challenges that with:

Fruit ninja was downloaded from 100.000 to 500.000 times on Android. If we want to be conservative, it made at least 99,000$. Don’t know from where that 20.000 came from..

So whats going on?  Who is pimping these figures and whats the truth?  Are these of TNW’s creation or are they merely recycling the claims of others?  I suggest the best way to get a rough idea of how much interest the WP7 invokes is to merely ask yourself “How many people do I actually know with a WP7 phone”, I wonder if the answer is like my experience, none at all.  And who can blame people for not being interested, its a “new” Microsoft product put out against the mature iPhone or Android phones.  Its has more than its share of bad publicity with features missing, update issues, data gobbling.  Ive said before, I think Microsoft are finding that they can’t dictate to people anymore and in the main people are simply not interested in any more Microsoft products if they can avoid them.

I’ll certainly be reading TNW from now on, it’s Microsoft stance is definitely one to keep an eye on.


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