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Canadian retailer: Z10 outselling iPhone, Samsung

updated 08:54 pm EST, Mon February 25, 2013

Z10 reportedly sees strong sales at Glentel

BlackBerry could have a winner on its hands with its new Z10 smartphone. At least, that's the story according to the owner of one smartphone retailer in Canada, where the Z10 is available for purchase. The new flagship BlackBerry model is said to be seeing stronger sales than both Apple's iPhone 5 and Samsung's Galaxy phones.

In a note to BlackBerry on Monday, Canadian retailer Glentel said that the Z10 has since its launch been the "leading smartphone" in its more than 330 retail outlets across Canada. Glentel did not specify how well the devices were selling, but the note stated that the Z10's launch was "more than 50 percent better than any other launch day in our history in Canada."

"We are delighted with strong customer acceptance and customer experience within our stores of the new BlackBerry Z10 smartphone," said Glentel Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer David Hartman.

Reporting on the note, The Globe and Mail classified Burnaby, B.C.-based Glentel as a major Canadian wireless retailer, operating the Wireless Wave reseller stores. The company's pronouncement runs counter to earlier analyst estimates, which saw demand for BlackBerry's handset dropping off after initial interest.

The common wisdom among tech observers holds that the Z10 and the QWERTY keyboard-packing Q10 constitute the company's last chance to claw back market share in a smartphone industry it once stood atop. The rise of iOS and Android-powered handsets has left BlackBerry in dire straits, cutting staff and slashing product lines in attempts to stem financial losses.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly described Glentel as a Canadian wireless carrier. Electronista regrets the error.



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  1. noibs

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    Ha...Ha...Ha...Ha...

    No please...can't stop laughing...ha ha ha ha...it hurts but I can't stop...ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha....best joke I've heard in long time.

  1. Dr. Fyzziks

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    Glentel is not a carrier.

    Glentel is not a major Canadian carrier. In fact, they aren't a carrier at all. They're a mobile phone reseller. Here's their website:

    http://glentel.com/en/

    That kind of changes this story - while Glentel does have a lot of retail stores they don't have the same presence / importance as the major Canadian carriers: Bell, Telus and Rogers. I'd be curious to know how the Blackberry is selling there.

  1. Geoduck

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    Bizarre

    This is a very dubious report. First as Dr. Fyzziks pointed out, Glentel is not a carrier. I've been here for a number of years and can't remember seeing an ad or a store, ever. Secondly the headline may say out selling but deeper in the story it says that the Z10's launch was "more than 50 percent better than any other launch day in our history in Canada." Launch day stats mean nothing.There's always a rush on the first day. Even Apple quotes first weekend or first week stats. Lastly this is IN CANADA. Canadians have a large degree of loyalty to BlackBerrys.

    This report only means that Canadians bought a lot of Z10s on the first day at one off brand store. Means nothing. I still don't think BlackBerry will be around in three years.

  1. Charles Martin

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    Originally Posted by GeoduckView Post

    First as Dr. Fyzziks pointed out, Glentel is not a carrier. I've been here for a number of years and can't remember seeing an ad or a store, ever.



    As is noted in the article, Glentel = better known as Wireless Wave. 330 stores.

    Launch day stats mean nothing.There's always a rush on the first day. Even Apple quotes first weekend or first week stats. Lastly this is IN CANADA. Canadians have a large degree of loyalty to BlackBerrys.

    This is all true, but at least it indicates that there is still some room in the market for BB to sell phones. They may end up doing better than MS/Nokia with the Windows Phone, hard to say. Depends on future improvements and the pace of those improvements.

    I still don't think BlackBerry will be around in three years.

    My guess would be that they will get bought out. Always seems to happen with Canadian tech companies.

  1. QRM

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    Glentel...

    ...runs under three different names in Canada: Wirelesswave, Tbooth Wireless, and WIRELESS etc. Visit any of those sites on the Web and try to buy a phone...only three OSs from which to choose: Android, Blackberry, Windows...

    You get the idea...

  1. SergioRS

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    UK Sales

    UK Sales would seem to indicate otherwise. Security analysts are radically downgrading projected sales, anecdotal Canadian data notwithstanding. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/02/22/blackberry_z10_sales_modest_say_analysts/

  1. Spheric Harlot

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    Not too many Blackberry employees in the UK, eh?

  1. pairof9s

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    It makes sense

    Considering both the iPhone 5 and Galaxy were released months ago and saw their strongest sales over the holiday season, this is an expected current result for a product line whose customers have been waiting for nearly a year the Z10's release....chalk it to pent up demand. Let's check back in 5 months.

  1. aristotles

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    I don't think you guys are getting it

    That retailer only offers Android, Blackberry and windows phone devices. So of course, the Blackberry phone is outselling the iphone since they don't even offer it online.

    This is as silly as an AWS carrier that does not carry the iPhone saying that Android phones are outselling iPhones.

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