it looks like you wanted the article to mean something it doesn't -- that's called confirmation bias. here's why i say that:
"In August, Verizon abolished two-year contracts. ..."
august was a few months ago. this had no effect on the sales of msft-powered phones between 2010 and the first 7 mos. of this year. so, while consumers rejected winphones it wasn't because of this.
additionally the plan for iphone users to make 12 payments and then begin financing a new phone is horribly expensive and only applies to folks who ~already~ own one.
it doesn't say how long sprint has been offering the iphone lease but there are no mentions of it before june of this year. see above for how this impacts winphones. (-;
t-mo started leasing them in september.
so, there is 2+2. and it equals 4, not the minus 22 that you came up with.
here is how nadella's planning for phones is going at the moment:
"Microsoft, Reducing Factory Production, Slashes Women’s Jobs"
"The percentage of women working at the Redmond, Wash.-based tech titan decreased in the past year, according to a diversity report the company released Monday. The company’s workforce was 26.8% female as of Sept. 30, 2015, compared with 29% a year earlier.
The decline was due to the restructuring of the company’s phone hardware business. The company reduced its workforce in factories outside the U.S. that produced handsets and hardware, and a higher percentage of those jobs were held by women, Microsoft general manager for global diversity and inclusion Gwen Houston wrote in a blog post."
of course this may only be the factories that are making feature phones. this might be needed because the feature phones are the only ones msft is making money on.
actually we are well past the end and off into fantasy land. (-;
the original post is about how msft signing an exclusive deal with at+t ~might~ (another hypothetical) keep the new lumias from succeeding. the same was said when nokia signed an exclusive deal with at+t when the first lumias came to the u.s.
what this totally ignores is that sales of lumias, and other winphones, in the u.s. were double what they were worldwide -- and that the iphone was an at+t exclusive for ~much~ longer than the lumias.
in a few countries in europe and latin america they sold much better than they did here but they sold so poorly _everywhere_else_ that worldwide market share was much less than u.s. market share.
so the exclusive deal with at+t could just as well be described as a big ~advantage~ and not a limiting factor!
saying "undisclosed leverage" is just another way of trying to dodge the fact that the phones are selling better here than in all but a few other countries and that sales are even worse in places where there are no u.s. carriers nor u.s. consumers.
what this indicates is that no lumias were limited by the actions of u.s. carriers since they sold better here than they did most places. (-;
alluding to hypotheticals. X-D
some possible, but undisclosed, unverified, un-detailed agreement is no more a market force than some alleged jolly fat elf in a sleigh.
this is an even weaker position than saying that the devices won't work.
if the carriers didn't want you buying certain phones they wouldn't allow them on their network. the high rate of returns were the main motivation by sales people to sell non-msft-powered phones. as i pointed out above this is clearly not happening as evidenced by the availability of them for all 4 major carriers. the poor sales of high end lumias and other winphones isn't a conspiracy between manufacturers and carriers; as you pointed out they will sell what consumers will buy. if the sales people don't want their commissions impacted by returns they will try to steer buyer to something they are likely to be satisfied with.
unless you have some source that says these phones won't/can't work on the big 4 carrier networks then it looks like you just made it up (and expected it to go unchallenged.)
you can get a phone that will run on at+t or verizon or t-mobile from the msft store or buy a 635 from Sprint. so, it's not that these phones lack access to carrier networks even if the carriers don't offer every make and model -- you focus on new flagships which just aren't for sale yet, anywhere. generally no carrier has the full range of phones/o.s.es..
on the other hand about 98.3% of ~consumers~ worldwide, not just here in the states, are currently staying away from them and buying phones with other o.s.es. in that regard the number of phones sold is already taking care of itself; they are unwanted.
msft will continue to lose money on them until they can sell around 50 mio. per year. the sales trend will gave to reverse sharply for that to happen within the next 5 years, if ever.
you mean this part where he said it was fixed?
"MSFT has already produced a Fix for WINDOWS and Edge, the Fix installed through Windows update days ago"
even though msft said on the 19th that it was vulnerable?
or did you have a different "he" in mind. (the threading in the msg. board could be better.)
do not count yourself as more than one poster. X-D
voting down the truth is a comment on yourself!
elop killed the meego-based o.s. along with the n9 even though it outsold the msft o.s. phones by a large margin in q4 '10. he said it would take too long to bring to market. (better to risk killing the company ...)
instead they went with the msft o.s. and lost so much money they had to sell the handset division to keep from going bankrupt. and if msft hadn't been forced to buy the handset division -- which had over 90% of msft phone o.s. sales -- then nokia would have had to just shut it down to survive.
pointing out the truth is so unfair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
on nov. 19th (a few days ago in case you are still confused about this being a current issue) msft confirmed that edge and w10 are vulnerable.
is msft lying are are you?
here is the zdnet article where msft confirms the vulnerability as of last thursday:
"Dyre banking malware: Windows 10 and Edge browser now targets
Microsoft confirms the nasty, credential-stealing malware Dyre has been updated to target Windows 10 and its Edge browser.
By Liam Tung | November 19, 2015 -- 13:54 GMT (05:54 PST)"
may be he should spit them out then.
update (from gartner):
msft sold 30,291,000 phones in q3 '15. of those only 5,874,000 were smartphones, i.e. lumias.
that is 6.3% of mobile phone market share and 1.7% of smartphone share.
so you are only correct if "Every body" means less and less people every quarter.
"Windows Phones can lose money for years and MSFT will be fine."
and that's exactly what has been happening. ~--since 2010--~.
not only have they lost money every year since they have lost market share too. what a great strategy!