The phone hit store shelves on Easter Sunday, when pretty much every storefront was closed for business. Despite that wacky blunder, Ma Bell appears to have sold out of its entire Lumia inventory just one week later. AT&T's online store lists both the black and cyan-faced models as "temporarily out of stock."
Spot checks around my neck of the woods also failed to turn up a Lumia 900 in the wild. Store clerks told me that the initial inventory sold out quickly, and that the very small second batch was gone within minutes of hitting the shelves. Of course, nobody wanted to talk about unit volumes, but we're clearly looking at a hot commodity here.
So there's a ton of things we don't know about the Lumia 900's first week. We don't have any hard numbers, no press releases about a blowout premiere, no statements from a blushing company representative.
But you can't build pre-launch hype like that and then leave stores with thin and light inventories of the "hero phone." I think it's fair to say that Nokia has its first smartphone success on American soil here. That also counts as a hit for Microsoft
Apple and the Android gang had better take the Lumia line seriously. Nokia and Microsoft want their share of the trillion-dollar mobile pie, and they're coming to get it.
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