Something strange is going on with Microsoft and its first-party Windows phone offerings. Or is it? Many speculations as to what exactly is happening are already crowding news headlines.
We may know why
It all started when reports were released stating Verizon had become the only first-party seller still offering an activated Windows phone – the Lumia 735, to wireless customers.
While Windows mobile devices can still be purchased from the Windows storefront from other manufacturers like Acer and Alcatel, questioning around the move to gradually take the Lumia out of its offerings is on the rise.
As the industry monitors Window phone offerings from the company’s online store, they noticed earlier this week that the company had also removed its listing for the Lumia 735 handset from its online store.
With the removal of the Lumia 735, that would leave the last company (Verizon) offering an Windows handset to buyers soon to also be crossed off the list. You might still find remaining stock in physical locations.
Microsoft phone revenues crumbling
The move shouldn’t come as a total shock. Microsoft did tell investors during its earnings call back in April, that revenue for the phones were crumbling and that it would be discontinuing all first party phone hardware this summer.
What’s causing everyone to wonder what might be happening is the fact that listings for the Lumia 735 went from an “out of stock” message one day, to “not available” and at the time of this post, completely gone from its products page.
New concepts of the much anticipated Windows Surface phone are being released and it’s only a matter of time before Microsoft starts giving us clues as to how this phone will look and when it will be available. Removing the Lumia from its online listings might be the first step.