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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. Hd7_new_web

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.

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

Bottom photo: HTC HD7. Credit: Microsoft Corp.

 
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