AT&T CEO disappointed by Windows Phone 7 sales but confident about Mango

Speaking at the D9 conference, AT&T’s CEO Ralph De La Vega noted that Windows Phone 7 devices haven’t sold as well as Microsoft and the carriers expected (I wonder why…crappy marketing maybe?). Fortunately for Microsoft, De La Vega quickly followed up by saying that the Nokia partnership could help the platform’s adoption if the Finnish mobile manufacturer can bring compelling products to the market (on time ?).

Mango’s new services and additional features are also something that the carriers CEO sees as good thing for the future of the platform.

I think they are going to make it a lot better. Giving customers more application choices, having a bigger app store with more functionality on the phone, I think that is all that it needs.

I personally don’t think “that is all that it needs”. A great product with lackluster marketing and PR still isn’t going to sell…

source: AllthingsD

  • SpokaneDJ

    Maybe he should secret shop a couple corporate stores and listent to the utterly-stupid sales people deter people from buying WP7.  The stories are countless on the internet of people (including myself) that ask about WP7 and the sales people try and talk you into an Android or iPhone.

  • http://twitter.com/thewayneward Wayne Alexander Ward

    Not to mention the elephant in the room that is Microsoft can’t market water in the desert.

  • Anonymous

    This phenomenon is particularly prevalent at T-Mobile stores.  A few months after I bought my HD7 I went into a store to pick up some screen protectors.  The rep asked me how I liked my HD7 and I told him that I loved it.  This guy then tells me how a lot of people don’t like it and that I should get an Android.  WTF?!?  T-Mo reps are like freakin’ cult members.

  • Anon

    Kinda makes me wonder if Mango isn’t going to be the “make or break” update for WP7. And tbh, if it’s all riding on Mango, I think we’ve already lost. Don’t get me wrong, Mango is an awesome update, but what truly WOW features does it bring to the device? I don’t think there’s anything that would make a customer (or carrier) say to themselves, “Now *that* is something I can get behind.” I’ve already started thinking about what I should switch to when WP7 curls up into a ball and dies….

  • Anon

    Kinda makes me wonder if Mango isn’t going to be the “make or break” update for WP7. And tbh, if it’s all riding on Mango, I think we’ve already lost. Don’t get me wrong, Mango is an awesome update, but what truly WOW features does it bring to the device? I don’t think there’s anything that would make a customer (or carrier) say to themselves, “Now *that* is something I can get behind.” I’ve already started thinking about what I should switch to when WP7 curls up into a ball and dies….