AT&T to get 8 million Windows Phone 7 devices; So will 90,000 Microsoft employees

Fun Twitter day for rumors and Windows Phone 7 news as it looks like two big fish have bought into the next generation Microsoft OS.

The first, well, is obvious. Microsoft evidently believes in their new mobile system so much, they are giving all 90,000 employees a free phone. Nothing like that to get your own employees on board, eh?

It's even better news for MS employees, as reportedly their boss will no longer pay for their phone's service plan if it is a non-Microsoft OS (e.g. Blackberry, iPhone, WebOS), at least according to 'Business Insider'. So one hand taketh, the other giveth.

The second is less confirmed, but comes from a trusted source of a trusted source--namely Michael Gartenberg, who is a heavy when it comes to the tech world and writing on it. According to his inside person, AT&T is poised to get "8 million WP7 devices".

What exactly that means is hard to say--long term trend? Single device or multiple? We're going with the obvious and betting that they will have two maybe three Windows Phone 7 launches within a short period and combined, they expect to order 8 million.

Regardless of the details, if true, that is still a heck of a huge number to order. Now, will they sell?

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • At first, I thought "Well the microsoft phone will have to be a success otherwise Microsoft is going to look bad." And then I read the next of the article and i'm shock !
    If this information is confirmed, basically they are forcing the employees to have a microsoft phone, that's a pathetic behaviour !
  • @MachineASous Are you that stupid? This is common business practice; Apple also did the same thing back in 2007 when they first launched the original iPhone. So does RIM, and many others do it also. It is nothing new nor particularly desperate, but business as usual. Some of you people need to think a bit before you open your a'hole.
  • Of course they going to force MS employees to use MS smartphones. Steve B was very upset to see one of his employees carrying an iPhone and berated him about it.
  • The article from Business Insider shows a date of June 2009.
  • My question is how will they accomplish this at the Fargo, ND branch (which is quite large; Great Plains/Dynamics, etc.)? AT&T doesn't offer service here.
  • Probably through another carrier. AT&T isn't the only one to offer WP7 devices.
  • First of all, I doubt it will be just a couple of devices. Probably at least 4 of them. Second, of course they will sell. How long it takes only depends on how much promotion MS and AT&T do for the "new" platform. Why don't they send me one? I don't mind doing some free promotion. :-)
  • I wonder which manufacturer will get the order.
  • If they sell that many WP7 phones then they may finally have perfected an OS. I bet they don't pre order that many though.
  • AT&T are you kidding me? Verizon could not see the KIN, so how do they expect to sell a new smartphone on the WORST carrier in the World - AT&T. There is a smell in the air of FRESH DUG GRAVE!
  • You people really need to research before you talk, anyone who knows anything about this phone knows that its launching on all the major service providers in not only america, but 11 other countries, if this phone fails it wont be from lack of service providers.
  • kin failed because verizon was slapping the $30 mandatory fee for data on top of a tween phone. A smart parent would not pay that extra fee for a tween phone.. think before typing! that was the only device/os MS put out that failed them on mobile devices. it's funny how you MS haters just point out that 1 but you don't point out the many failures of google and apple. simply amazing.. it makes me think you guys invented android and ios.. did you?
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