MS to sell 30 million Windows Phone 7 handsets by 2011?

By on May 28, 2010, 2:30 PM
Say what you will about Microsoft's previous mobile efforts, but there's no denying the company is firing on all thrusters with Windows Phone 7. During a presentation at ReMIX in France, Redmond cited IDC data suggesting it will ship 30 million WP7 handsets by the end of 2011. For comparison, the company only shipped 3.7 million Windows Mobile phones last winter, according to Gartner.

Microsoft plans to meet that ambitious goal by riding the mounting wave of people adopting smartphones. It's expected that 40% of the handsets sold next year will be smartphones, which compares to an estimated 14% this year. Of course, Microsoft's competitors undoubtedly have the same intentions.

Android phones are gaining serious traction and Apple has managed to carve out a healthy chunk of the mobile arena since the launch of its iPhone in 2007, shipping upwards of 50 million units. With a new model due next month and the potential arrival of CDMA iterations, the iPhone isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

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Timonius Timonius said:

Well, if they can really compete with all the options out there then I'd say their goal might be realistic.

Jesse Jesse said:

When is that phone pictured above going to be available through retailers?

treeski treeski said:

prismatics said:

When is that phone pictured above going to be available through retailers?

The phone pictured is a mock phone that will never come into existence. However, several phones from several different manufacturers (Dell, Motorola, HTC, etc) will be releasing phones with the Windows Mobile 7 OS as soon as the Christmas season of this year.

I'm hoping to be a future owner of one such phone

Guest said:

are there really 30 million people that would by a windows phone or is this some sort of numbers game where they count the number of phones sitting in all the stores that carry them? I could see them sell that many if they sold them for a dollar and that included the 2 year service for free!

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