Only 40,000 US sales?
If you're mulling over the purchase of a new Windows Phone 7 device, you should know that some issues have cropped up since the platform's launch in October. Today BGR reports that a WiFi bug has been spotted in the Venue Pro. This glitch makes it unable to connect through a secure WiFi network.
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The HTC HD7 may suffer from the same problem. Some chatter hints that hidden WiFi networks may be to blame. The story is still developing, but this glitch is not the first major problem to hit Windows Phone 7. Just yesterday AT&T reps warned customers and employees NOT to install microSD cards on the Samsung Focus.
WP7 treats SD cards as fixed drives, so sudden removal is a bad idea. However, this issue seems to stop the phone from recognizing the card at all. A fix is presumably incoming, but until that happens Focus owners have no recourse for additional storage space.
Bugs like that are a pain in the butt, but they are less annoying than not being able to buy a phone at all. The HTC HD7 has apparently sold out across the United States. That may speak more to a supply issue than it does to WP7's popularity, though.
Early (and possibly quite inaccurate) reports place the opening-day sales for Windows Phone 7 at a mere 40,000. This is after Microsoft apparently spent half a billion on advertising. Again- these numbers are rough and not official.
Sales in Europe are said to be "brisk" and "better than expected", which manages to sound sort-of good and sort-of bad at the same time.