Well, you gotta at least give Windows Phone some credit for keeping life interesting. A week after an LG official said that Windows Phone 7 hasn’t performed as well as expected,
Deutsche Telekom says that, in Germany at least, Windows Phone is “ahead of schedule” and “Microsoft is very pleased.”
Meanwhile, TNW calculates that Windows Phone sales are closing in on two million units. How? Through the most dubious of methods, of course: By comparing the number of WP users accessing Facebook through the Facebook app to the number that did so when Microsoft announced that 1.5 million units were sold. This is so unscientific and wrong-headed, I barely want to comment on it. But I’d just add that Microsoft’s sales figures represent sales into the channel and not sales to users, and that comparing that to users doing something with their phones is worse than comparing apples to oranges; at least those things are both fruit. This is a ridiculous claim, sorry. Well-intentioned, I’m sure. But ridiculous.
So. What are we to make of these two claims? Sadly, I can’t draw any reasonable conclusion. For all we know, Deutsche Telekom expected Windows Phone to fail, so being ahead of “schedule” (or ahead of “budget” as one story translated it) doesn’t mean much. And the 2 million units thing is just a fantasy, and pointless. I only discuss it here because I’ll get emails if I don’t.