Christmas bust threatens Windows Phone i

December 05 [Wed], 2012, 18:51
Windows Phones are facing an icy December in America.() new Windows flagship is stumbling badly at leading web retailers like() and(), and Best Buy has just given a chilling new shipping estimate for the Nokia 920: Guaranteed Christmas Delivery. Get it by Dec 24.() ATIV S shipments are delayed until late December in North America and Europe. Demand may be out there but supply is not.

A cautiously optimisticHowever, Canaccord repeated the point that keeps popping up: .() stores may be getting Lumia shipments but Web retailers are not. And visits to three independent mobile phone stores in Manhattan last week showed zero supply of theand a promise of new units in the first week of December.

A brief glance at the leading U.S. phone retail websites gives some context to the supply issue. At Amazon Wireless,() Lumia 920 is still pinned with a Usually ships in 1-2 weeks note, which it gained within 72 hours of its November launch. Several Lumia 920 models visited Amazon Wireless top-three list on the day they launched. But as soon as the shipment quote slipped from 24 hours to 1-2 weeks, the 920 dropped out of top-10.

The black 920 has now bobbed back to No.10 position, though. This makes it the best-selling AT&T device at Amazon, narrowly ahead of the Samsung , but were not seeing the performance that the 920 could have had if the supply was there.

Interestingly, the HTCis a complete disaster at Amazon Wireless. It tanked to No.47 just days after its launch, even though it ships within 24 hours. Canaccord believes that HTCs leading Windows model is outselling Nokia at() andstores. But at Amazon, the 8X still lags far behind Lumia 920. I find this fascinating because HTC had a particularly strong presence at Amazon in 2010 and 2011 its Verizon and AT&T models routinely parked themselves in top-five for months on end. For some reason, HTC seems to have lost its grip on Amazon customers.

Incidentally, the HTC Windows Phone 8X is at No.43 on the Best Buy list of mobile phones with plans. Unlike Amazon Wireless, Best Buy lists various iPhone models with the rest of the handsets. But its rather striking that HTCs lead Windows Phone model fails to crack the top-40 of either one of the leading handset retail sites in the United States in the first week of December the heart of the biggest handset sales season of the year.

The upshot here is that HTCs Windows Phone 8X is available, but seems to fail to connect with shoppers at least those who shop with the leading web retailers. Nokias Lumia 920 still has a two-week shipment warning at Amazon. Samsungs ATIV S is being delayed until the end of December. Perhaps Lumia supply is stronger in Europe, but America is now drifting towards a Christmas bust when it comes to Windows Phone sales volume.

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