Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Please click for more information, or scroll down to pass the ad, or Close Ad.
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Eliminate costly downtime!
Find out how with Free White Paper
& enter to win a Samsung Galaxy Note

www.apc.com
Mobile Tech
24/7/365 Network Uptime
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
BlackBerry Z10
BlackBerry Z10's Initial Sales Appear Strong

By Barry Levine
February 6, 2013 2:19PM

    Bookmark and Share
Investment bank Canaccord Genuity said the Z10 has "closed the gap" between BlackBerry and its iPhone or Android rivals, but there were "limited differentiating features" and the training needed for demonstrations by store personnel led to a lack of enthusiasm by some store managers in Canada. The firm, however, described U.K. sales as being solid.
 



BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins might be humming "O, Canada" throughout Wednesday. That expression of affection for the company's home country could be understandable, following the CEO's declaration that the new BlackBerry 10-based Z10 smartphone had its best launch day there ever.

Heins said in a statement Wednesday that "yesterday was the best day ever for the first day of a launch of a new BlackBerry smartphone" in Canada. In fact, he said, it was 50 percent "better than any other launch day in our history" in that country. Even better, he described the sales in the U.K. as "close to three times our best performance ever for the first week of sales for a BlackBerry smartphone."

The company has not released specific sales numbers, but, according to retail channel checks conducted by investment firm Jefferies & Co., preorders in Canada and the United Arab Emirates were "solid." The phone went on sale in Canada on Tuesday, and it goes on sale in the UAE on Feb. 10 and in the U.S. in mid-March. BlackBerry has said the delay in launching the device in the important U.S. market is due to testing by carriers.

Sold Out or 'Underwhelming'?

Jeffries also reported lines outside of U.K. stores selling the Z10, and said some retailers sold out of supplies, including the large Carphone Warehouse chain. The white model was reportedly selling faster than the black one.

However, other analysts have dampened the enthusiasm of some of the early reports. Investment bank Canaccord Genuity, for instance, has noted that most stores actually received fewer than 15 units, which were sold out over a two- to three-day period. It said reports of sellouts were due more to limited early supply than because of demand.

Additionally, a report in The New York Times said the line at a Bell Canada store in an upscale Ottawa shopping mall had only five customers when the Z10 went on sale. The Times described the reception in Ottawa as "underwhelming," and said the same scene "was repeated not just later at competing outlets in the mall but throughout BlackBerry's homeland."

Q10 by May or June

Canaccord Genuity said the Z10 has "closed the gap" between BlackBerry and its iPhone or Android rivals, but there were "limited differentiating features" and the training needed for demonstrations by store personnel led to a lack of enthusiasm by some store managers in Canada. The firm has, however, described U.K. sales as being solid.

In any case, some BlackBerry watchers have cautioned that strong early sales do not necessarily mean a continuing stream of buyers, and that the U.K. and Canada are among BlackBerry's strongest markets.

The Z10 and Q10 models, and the new BlackBerry 10 platform, were formally unveiled last week. At the launch, the company said the Q10, which has a physical QWERTY keyboard, would be available by April, but Heins indicated this week that the Q10 would not be available in the U.S. until mid-May or early June.

Since BB10's launch last week, there have been generally positive reviews of the new models and platform. The New York Times' David Pogue, for instance, described the Z10 as "lovely, fast and efficient, bristling with fresh, useful ideas." The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg praised the company's "radical reinvention," and said it gave them a chance of getting "back into the game."
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



APC has an established a reputation for solid products that virtually pay for themselves upon installation. Who has time to spend worrying about system downtime? APC makes it easy for you to focus on business growth instead of business downtime with reliable data center systems and IT solutions. Learn more here.


 Mobile Tech
1.   Android Gets Chrome Remote Desktop
2.   Amazon 3D Smartphone Pics Leaked
3.   Zebra Buys Motorola Enterprise Biz
4.   CTIA Caves, Offers Kill Switch Plan
5.   Report: Amazon Phone To Feature 3D


advertisement
BlackBerry Drops T-Mobile After Spat
Moving on to other carriers after snub.
Average Rating:
Zebra Buys Motorola Enterprise Biz
Pays $3.45B in all-cash deal.
Average Rating:
CTIA Caves, Offers Kill Switch Plan
But leaves control up to users.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Google's Street View Software Unravels CAPTCHAs
The latest software Google uses for its Street View cars to read street numbers in images for Google Maps works so well that it also solves CAPTCHAs, those puzzles designed to defeat bots.
 
Canadian Teen Arrested for Heartbleed Hack
One week after the OpenSSL Heartbleed vulnerability was unveiled, Canadian authorities have made the first arrest -- a London, Ontario teenager -- connected to exploiting the security hole.
 
IBM Offers Security, Disaster Recovery as SoftLayer Service
New disaster recovery and security services for SoftLayer clients are being added by IBM. Big Blue said the new capabilities will speed cloud adoption by alleviating concern over business continuity.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Vaio Fit 11A Battery Danger Forces Recall by Sony
Using a Sony Vaio Fit 11A laptop? It's time to send it back to Sony. In fact, Sony is encouraging people to stop using the laptop after several reports of its Panasonic battery overheating.
 
Continued Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows
Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the global slump in PC demand may be easing, with a considerable slowdown from last year's drops.
 
Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
Google Glass may find its first markets in verticals in which hands-free access to data is a boon. Medicine is among the most prominent of those, as seen in a number of Glass experiments under way.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Google Releases Chrome Remote Desktop App for Android
You're out on a sales call, and use your Android mobile device to grab a file you have back at the office on your desktop. That's a bit easier now with Google's Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android.
 
Amazon 3D Smartphone Pics Leaked
E-commerce giant Amazon is reportedly set to launch a smartphone after years of development. Photos of the phone, which may feature a unique 3D interface, were leaked by tech pub BGR.
 
Zebra Tech Buys Motorola Enterprise for $3.45B
Weeks after Lenovo bought Motorola Mobility’s assets from Google for $2.91 billion, Zebra Technologies is throwing down $3.45 billion for Motorola’s Enterprise business in an all-cash deal.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | Small Business | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.