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.