Originally Posted by Macguy59
I was going to link to that . . . an interesting point was made about the launch being on a Monday instead of Friday or Saturday. Jason, what do your contacts say about this ?
I haven't heard anything official yet - but, no joke, I've been trying to get my hands on a Samsung Focus since yesterday morning and can't. No Rogers wireless store (my carrier) has it, and the online salespeople can't access it either. It's not available as an upgrade for me yet, and it seems unless I'm a new customer, I can't order it. If anyone else is like me and trying to buy one, they're probably having the same problem.
I have no idea what things are like in the US, but I've heard several reports of them being sold at out carrier stores - makes me wonder if the carriers underestimated the demand?
Also, let's not forget that no pre-orders were taken, so there's no ability to gauge pent-up demand. I'd have pre-ordered one for sure!
Last point: up here at least, I've seen zero carrier ads for WP7. Not sure if the carriers in the US are advertising - I've only seen the Microsoft commercial on US TV stations. And those commercials don't mention make/model of the phones, or who's carrying them. So from that perspective, it's a bit hard to figure out how you'd buy one.
I wasn't expecting to see iPhone-like demand...let's face it, Apple products bring a lot of hype and demand with them...but I think 40K with limited availability and no pre-orders, it's not such a bad start.
Let's give it three months and see.