The BlackBerry Z10 could be selling better than Apple's iPhone 5 and Samsung's Galaxy S3 in Canada.
Major Canadian retailer Glentel, which owns Wirelesswave, says the Z10 has been its top-selling device since it launched earlier this month. Given that there are well over 300 such stores across the country, the remark is meaningful.
“We are delighted with strong customer acceptance and customer experience within our stores of the new BlackBerry Z10 smartphone,” said David Hartman, chief operating officer of the Wirelesswave Group.
“We are thrilled with the launch success of the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone in Canada,” added Andrew MacLeod, managing director of Canada for BlackBerry. “In fact, it was more than 50% better than any other launch day in our history in Canada."
This definitely counters everything we've been hearing from analysts lately.
Of course, two factors may be impacting the Z10's success. First, there haven't been many high-end smartphone releases in recent months. The Galaxy S3 is almost a year old, and the iPhone 5 launched well before the holidays. They've both already sold tens of millions units. If a new iPhone shipped tomorrow, would the Z10 still be the bestseller?
The second factor is that we're talking about the Canadian market here. Canadians, however critical they may be of BlackBerry, do support local technology. It was last evidenced when the PlayBook, a tablet that flopped around the world, managed to fare pretty damn well in Canada.
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Oh, and there is another notion not to be overlooked: Wirelesswave is but one retailer. There are many other retailers in Canada selling this device, and we don't yet know how the Z10 is performing at them. For all we know, the Wirelesswave sales could be an anomaly.
Still, it's a glimmer of hope that BlackBerry fans will eagerly cling to.
BlackBerry shares are down 2% in trading today.
Photo: Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press