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Phone Manufacturers Sold Over 1.5m Windows Phones in the First Six Weeks

“We are pleased that phone manufacturers sold over 1.5 million phones in the first six weeks, which helps build customer momentum and retail presence.” Those words are from Microsoft on their press center touting Windows Phone 7. Let’s note that this is manufacturers sales. I’m not sure if this math means that, for example, HTC shipped 500k phones or end users bought that many phones (and they are on shelves in retail stores). Yes,it’s a distinction, but in any case, that’s a big number and I doubt that there’s so much inventory in stores.

If these numbers hold up then they are faster than the original iPhone but let’s not get carried away. The entire cell market is a multiple today of what it was then.

They also note “We are on a path to begin releasing the first of several updates in the next couple of months, and several more mobile operators around the world will introduce Windows Phone 7 on their network in 2011 and we will have a broader portfolio of devices from phone manufacturers at different price points delivering on our commitment of providing customers choice.”

So what do you make of these numbers?