Over 3,000 Windows Phone 7 devices in the wild; jealous yet?

While we know a lot of developer units for Windows Phone 7 would be sent out in the last few weeks, we didn't know exactly how many.

Turns out it's just above 3,000. That's a lot of non-production prototypes if you think about it. Then again, it's a drop in the bucket in terms of developers who still want a device and who are needed to beat back the Android craze.

The number comes by looking at the official Windows Phone 7 Facebook app that comes with the device. The logic being that 3,000+ users have installed this app on their phones, hence the correlation.

Then there's probably the ten or twelve people like myself who don't have Facebook, natch. So more like 3,088.

[iStartedSomething via Crenk.com]

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • Could also be people hard-resetting/re-flashing their device, and once you login to Facebook via the mobile app it records another active user...
  • I don't think so because it would still be linked to the same person's facebook account, and thus you sould still be counded as 1 active montly user (per graphic in post).
  • Nope. Windows Phone 7 sucks because Windows Mobile 6.5 is already ahead. All that Windows Phone 7 has is Xbox LIVE and Zune support. Woopie! lol. I'm happy with my Touch Pro 2 with Windows Mobile 6.5 :) JA
  • A.K.a cherry-picking. 6.5 isn't "ahead" in much of anything besides things that don't matter much to a wider market Microsoft is aiming at, and Wp7's limitations will be addressed via ota updates. But I'm sure 6.5 has had things like ota updates. It certainly doesn't have much of anything if oems have been largely ignoring it and will carpet bomb the market with Wp7 devices instead. Love your 6.5 device all you want, but don't say Wp7 "sucks" as if you're guilty with buyer's remorse or you've actually tried Wp7 after it's released. Use what you like and try to let people use what they like.
  • Buyer's remorse. You're funny. Call me when WP7 can actually compete with iOS and Android. I doubt that day will come. Microsoft has shown that it doesn't care for its current Windows Mobile user base and instead decided to create a new platform from scratch. The problems I see with WP7 is it looks more flashy than functional. I agree Windows Mobile had its ugly areas but it was fast (when optimized) and it worked. These transitions and flashy UI just wastes time. WP7 looks like its aimed more at teenagers than adults. That's sad when the smartphone market becomes the new dumbphone market because people buy products based on looks than on usability and customization. I wonder how many people cursed out Microsoft when Microsoft stated they would not bring WP7 enhancements to the Zune HD. All I see for the future of WP7 is disappointment just like the Zune HD, expensive app store and overpriced Xbox LIVE mobile apps (if the current Xbox Arcade is any model to follow). Enjoy your locked down "Smartphone OS". I'll be using a real Smartphone.
  • Why are you trying so hard to show how you hate something if you don't care about it in the first place? I don't care about iOS and Android but I don't go visiting and posting how shit I think they are on their respective tech websites out there. If sales are there, and it's competeing just fine, can we all get your phone number so we can call you on your "real" smartphone?
  • Not jealous at all. I'm glad they are the ones working out the bugs and maybe since a lot of them of MS employees (and power users hopefully) they'll put some pressure on the Windows Phone team to make the OS more power user friendly. Consider that a lot of them, not old timey WM junkies, are just now discovering they can't do a lot of things that are really common place on iPhone and Android. Plus, I never envy anybody breaking in 1.0 product. lol.
  • Yes, I'm jealous. I like trying new things. I've got a Droid X that will get me by until WP7 comes out. Don't get me wrong, the Droid X is a pretty sweet phone, but I'm a Windows guy.. I want a Windows phone. I grew tired of the Imagio and Touch Slow 2.. Fun + tight Exchange support is what I need.