The brand new BlackBerry Z10 smartphone is a huge hit, at least that is the case for one Canadian retailer. According to Glentel the new flagship smartphone from BlackBerry is outselling the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy line of smartphones. The retailer claims that interest in the Z10 took off the moment the device was launched.
Glentel sent a note to BlackBerry on Monday in which it claimed the Z10 was its “leading smartphone” at more than 330 retail outlets across Canada.
While Glentel did not release exact numbers the company writes that the Z10 launch was “more than 50 percent better than any other launch day in our history in Canada.”
Glentel Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer David Hartman adds:
“We are delighted with strong customer acceptance and customer experience within our stores of the new BlackBerry Z10 smartphone.”
The company’s report is in direct contradiction to various other analyst findings which have claimed lousy sales for the Z10 smartphone. In one report sales expectations were cut by more than 85 percent.
Sales in Canada could be attributed to a sense of loyalty felt among BlackBerry buyers. Formerly known as Research in Motion, the company is based in Canada and manufacturers its smartphones at Canadian owned facilities.
In the meantime BlackBerry can use any good news it can get. Upon launch of the BlackBerry 10 OS analysts have largely agreed that the Z10 and its Q10 counterpart with a full QWERTY keyboard may be BlackBerry’s last chance at remaining relevant in an Apple iOS and Google Android dominated market.
BlackBerry has been busy cutting staff and closing down facilities in a desperate attempt to once again become cash flow positive. Rumors have circulated that BlackBerry could sell its manufacturing division and focus on software licensing to third party vendors.
Do you think the BlackBerry Z10 can save BlackBerry or is the company headed for dire straights?
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