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Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 HTC HD7 sells out temporarily online

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Smart phones running Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 operating system arrived in stores Monday. And at least one of the phones has been a sellout, for a few hours at least.

The HTC HD7, sold by T-Mobile, was listed as being out of stock on T-Mobile’s website Monday night, up until early Tuesday morning when the phone was listed again as being in stock. T-Mobile spokeswoman Patty Raz confirmed that the HTC HD7 was, in fact, temporarily out of stock on the carrier’s website, but that the phone was now available again online.

Raz declined to comment on specific sales numbers so far, or say how many HD7 phones T-Mobile had in stock before its website listed the phone as being out of stock.

But, the seemingly high demand for the HTC HD7, which features a 4.3-inch touch-screen display and 16 GB of memory, should be encouraging for Microsoft.

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The tech giant is banking on Windows Phone 7 to boost Microsoft’s presence in the smart-phone market. Over the last few years, the company has lost ground in the smart-phone market to Research in Motion’s BlackBerry, Apple’s iPhone and phones running on Google’s Android operating system.

Microsoft’s share of the smart-phone market in the U.S. was about 9% through the second quarter of this year.

AT&T, the only other carrier selling Windows Phone 7 handsets for now, declined to comment specific sales figures for Windows Phone 7 handsets so far.

‘Some stores may be temporarily out of a particular model, but customers can expect regular shipments of additional inventory every few days,’ said Debbie Rapport, an AT&T spokeswoman. ‘We’re encouraged with the early demand from customers in stores and online.’

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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles

Top photo: A consumer purchases the first Windows Phone 7 at a T-Mobile store in New York on Monday.


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