Microsoft Windows Phone 7 story updated with comment from T-Mobile and stock movement.
Even with a glitzy media intro last month hosted by champion inside-seller and company chief Steve Ballmer, Microsoft, which spent a reported $100 million on the phone's advertising campaign, sold a mere 40,000 Windows 7 phones Monday, according to a market research source who tracks phone sales.
The anemic sales number does not include the 89,000 Microsoft employees that will be given free Windows 7 phones.Microsoft reps declined to comment. A T-Mobile spokeswoman did not offer a number of phones sold, but said Tuesday that the Win7 phone was "already receiving strong interest from our customers right out of the gate." Trounced by Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and the rise of Google's (GOOG) Android phones, Microsoft ditched its Windows Mobile software and engineered Windows Phone 7 to get a crucial restart in the mobile market. Windows Phone 7 is a make-or-break moment in smartphones as the leaders threaten to run off with the market. So how does 40,000 Window 7 phones measure up? Google said last month that it was selling 200,000 Android phones a day. And Apple has said that its iPhone sales rate was 270,000 a day.
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