Good sign for Windows Phone? Lumia 900 selling out online

If you’re looking to buy a new Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone this week, it might not be as easy as you’d expect.

AT&T’s online store is showing the Nokia Lumia 900 as temporarily out of stock in both colors, and Amazon.com’s wireless store shows the cyan version backordered.

Situations like this are tough to judge, because it’s hard to tell whether they’re caused more by short supply or excessive demand. But last week an AT&T executive told the Wall Street Journal that initial sales of the Lumia 900 had exceeded the company’s expectations, as noted by the Verge.

As long as the supply can be quickly restored, it appears to be a good sign for Microsoft’s attempt to come back in the mobile phone business. The company is counting on the Lumia 900 to start to boost its market share in the U.S. against the iPhone and Android devices.

The Lumia 900 launch hasn’t been entirely smooth. Nokia last week issued a software update and promised a $100 credit to address a problem with the phone that was causing some users to lose their data connections. The company also offered replacement devices as an alternative to the software update. The problem was related to the device’s firmware, not to Windows Phone.

  • Curse

    Because the credit makes it effectively free until 4/21?

    • BeefyDragon

      Yes, 4/21 is the deadline.  You can still pre-order with AT&T and get the credit.  I’ve just ordered two more actually.  However, they did ship out one on Friday for me.  So they may be getting some stock to replenish the warehouse.

  • Guest

    It is also quite possible that the stockout is caused by ATT having the Nokia take the phones back and update the firmware before returning.

  • Guest

    Congratulations to Nokia and Microsoft on creating a winning technology! You know what they say: if at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try, try, try, try, try again.

  • BeefyDragon

    I have a good feeling the stock is definitely out.  But should be replenished quickly.  The Lumia 900 is available with Rogers in Canada also will be available in the UK and several other countries.  It wouldn’t make sense for them to produce only a small quantity because Nokia don’t typically come up with new models like Samsung or HTC.  They make a beautiful phone and hold on to it for at least 6 months.  The next Lumia release in the US for high end Nokia would most likely be running Windows Phone 8 Apollo.  They’ll keep selling the Lumia 900 as it’s one of the best phones around and should stand out to the competitors for quite some time.  :)

  • Dan Goldberg

    Glad I preordered my wife’s! She is very happy now!

  • Mike Mathieu

    Wow! When was the last time you saw a Windows Phone piece on Geekwire where the story and the comments were all positive?!! Could be a good sign for MSFT.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QH25RVNTUIAU7HT6DQ7CONEO2U havasu46

    Either way, reflashing with new software or really sold out, the Lumia 900 has been a very, very successful product launch for AT&T,  Microsoft and Nokia. It gave a bunch of customers, like me, the opportunity to experiemce the hardware and software’s innovation and quality first hand without taking a huge risk. The software glitch also gave AT&T, Microsoft anf Nokia the opportunity to demonstrate real customer service.  I traded in my Nokia 6xxx clamshell on $37 contract for a Lumia 900 on a $70 contract. It was well worth the wait and additional money. I can’t wait to upgarde to a new Nokia Fluid with WP8 and don’t really care if it costs a couple hundred dollars.  

  • http://twitter.com/kforeman1 Kevin Foreman

    FWIW, I did a little first-hand market research at AT&T on Sunday in Issaquah. In my 30 minutes at the store, the Nokia
    Lumia 900 sold 3 devices vs iPhone 4s 2 devices.    Why? “Want something different” is
    what I overheard. 

    BTW, Android and BlackBerry both sold 0 devices. 

    Small test in a MSFT-laden area of the globe, but a data point none the less.

    • tkadrum

      When I was at AT&T in Bellevue Square, and was there for only 15 mins.
      They sold 2 Lumia 900, and it was a slow Monday morning.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SoftwareJunction TheSoftware Junction

    Microsoft has already lost the battle outside the US to Android phones…and we should not forget that the largest mobile markets are China and India and not the US .