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BlackBerry Q10 is the fastest selling consumer electronics product ever at U.K. retailer Selfridges

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BlackBerry Q10 is the fastest selling consumer electronics product ever at U.K. retailer Selfridges
We've made it clear on occasion that BlackBerry might have done itself a disservice by launching the all-touch BlackBerry Z10 first instead of the QWERTY equipped BlackBerry Q10. Some real evidence of this might have come this weekend at retailer Selfridges. The latter is an outlet of Carphone Warehouse and was the only place in the U.K. where one could buy the BlackBerry Q10 over the weekend.

Selfridges said that it sold thousands of units of the phone per hour, mostly to corporations that sucked up the handset at such a rate that the company had sold out of its initial stock within the first two hours that it was on sale. New inventory was sent every hour to replenish the store's shelves. Selfbridges called the BlackBerry Q10 its fastest selling consumer electronics product ever.

The BlackBerry Q10

The BlackBerry Q10

BlackBerry has refused to release actual sales numbers for the QWERTY equipped phone, but a former Hedge Fund manager who was at the store when the phone launched said that exporters were buying them in lots of 20. While positive early reports from the U.K. after the release of the BlackBerry Z10 were disputed, most of those challenging the numbers were brokerage houses that have been bearish on BlackBerry going back to before the launch of BlackBerry 10. Those analysts said that stores in the U.K. were given such a low volume of phones to sell, that a sellout for the BlackBerry Z10 was all but assured.

But this time, things are different. With eye-witness reports watching as 2,200 Q10 units sold in the first 90 minutes after being launched, it looks like there is quite a bit of pent up demand for a BlackBerry 10 model equipped with the well regarded BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard. We wouldn't be surprised to see the same heavy demand for the phone in the U.S.

source: SeekingAlpha via The Guardian

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posted on 29 Apr 2013, 03:36 14

1. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Good.
BB still has a shot if they go all out with marketing, development of hardware and the fantastic software potential they have at hand

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 07:22

13. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


You must be crazy!

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 13:54 7

39. donfem (Posts: 526; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Guess you described yourself best

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 11:06

50. Borrells (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Apr 2013)


.....What a trollllllllllllll

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 03:39

2. MultiYouTroll (Posts: 29; Member since: 19 Apr 2013)


I am quiet surprised by this

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 09:45 4

28. cdgoin (Posts: 367; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


Why..? Problem has been SUPPLY NOT demand.. NO ONE has sold a High Quality QWERTY with a modern Smartphone OS since the Dell Venue Pro, and that was so badly handled (Only sold at Dells' website) that no one knew it existed. BB hasnt had a high end QWERTY release in somethign like two years. Android hasn't had many at all (Most not sold in the US, i.e.: Samsung Galaxy Chat (and it was labeled an ENTRY level phone.. not a High End) Other Android Portrait QWERTYS ( NOTE: ALL NOT SOLD IN THE US) Micromax A78, Plum Velocity, NIU TEK Q.. and thats it and none are high quality either all are entry. As for NOkia they sell a ton of Ashas (and just released the newest 210) BUt again NONE sold in the US. It's a market that has been abandoned for no reason than some perception no one wants QWERTY Phones. Search the forums, boards, etc.. and you will find I am not the only one wanting a QWERTY phone.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 23:09

48. MultiYouTroll (Posts: 29; Member since: 19 Apr 2013)


Ermahged.. This is how people react to my comment saying that I am surprised with the outcome..

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 03:44 10

3. Darkerm (Posts: 130; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


WoW! Good Luck BB ^_^

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 03:46 3

4. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Fake and Gay

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 04:45 19

9. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


Thanks for telling me about you.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 03:52 7

5. Emily1985 (Posts: 123; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)


Nice :)

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 04:07 11

6. decent4u (Posts: 73; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


As expected blackberry Q10 is better than Z10(blackberry is the best at making qwerty phone)

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 13:37 1

51. Armor (Posts: 49; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


The onscreen keyboard on the Z10 is by far the best touch typing experience today. Now they have the best of both worlds.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 04:24 2

7. wendygarett (unregistered)


False news recently...

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 04:43 2

8. dangchitrung (Posts: 57; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


Best joke ever heard

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 04:46 5

10. StreetNerd (Posts: 705; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


see theres Nikolasoliver again.... mongoloid kid

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 05:53 5

11. Hemlocke (unregistered)


They need to hurry up and get the Aristo on the market. I love my One, but BB10 wipes the floor with every other mobile OS, and the marriage of BB10 and high-end hardware will be amazing. The hardware was all that kept me from staying with the Z10, and I could never consider the QWERTY Q10, because I prefer full touchscreens.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 07:21

12. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


Someone got paid for this report. There is no way. Blackberry is a failing product!

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 13:55 1

40. donfem (Posts: 526; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Just like you.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 08:30

15. fuhrer (Posts: 13; Member since: 29 Apr 2013)


I like ancient phone

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 09:36 3

26. cdgoin (Posts: 367; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


iPhone user then apparently

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 08:37 2

16. shammont (Posts: 27; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


I am not buying it! Don't believe a word of it.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 13:57 4

41. donfem (Posts: 526; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


And that makes you what? If you don't buy it, does it mean millions of others will not? Stop being a dim-wit and accept there are choices which people around the world will appreciate.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 07:10

49. shammont (Posts: 27; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


when i say i am not buying it, i mean i am not buying the story. blackberry is not a bad device. i just don't believe the story. you can believe it if you want. dim-wit? no need for name calling.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 09:15 1

21. Lboogey6 (Posts: 266; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


Really.... qwerty physical keyboard are still in high demand?

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 09:36 2

25. cdgoin (Posts: 367; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


Yep.. problem is supply NOT demand.. NO ONE has sold a High Quality QWERTY with a modern Smartphone OS since the Dell Venue Pro, and that was so badly handled (Only sold at Dells' website) that no one knew it existed.

Now a REAL High end QWERTY Exists.. maybe everyone will realize the market was there, it was the supply that wasnt.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 09:39 2

27. StreetNerd (Posts: 705; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


not much, but there alot of people who are still rockin' it.
ive never ownd a qwerty phone but i would like to try the BB Q10
coz all i need is mail, whatsapp, FB, camera, browsing and a banking app.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 09:49

30. cdgoin (Posts: 367; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


Actually your the kind of person that might go for a Asha 210.. unfortunately Nokia isn't selling them in the US.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 09:51 2

31. StreetNerd (Posts: 705; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


haha no asha 210 is crap -_-
need high end tho, currently owning a lumia 920 not gonna downgrade myself :P

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 09:34 4

23. cdgoin (Posts: 367; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


Hopefully a rush of Q10 sales.. pushing it into the top 5 of phone sales over any Lumia will prove to Nokia and MS that WP needs a QWERTY Phone.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 13:58 1

42. donfem (Posts: 526; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Probably

posted on 19 May 2013, 10:06

52. pegasso (Posts: 140; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


i hope they will make WP Phone with slide-out QWERTY keyboard

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 15:14 2

43. TheMan (Posts: 402; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


This is but one data point. It's a hopeful sign (for BB, mostly), but the results of one vendor for one weekend can never spell success -- or doom, for that matter. .

I'm one of those who believe that the BB10 series is a niche product. I've written often that business use remains its strength. They should have launched the Q10 first, given the holdouts I see almost daily with their ageing, decepit Curve or Bold models.

As a consumer, I wish BB well. Competition only benefits us.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 22:11

47. Xtasy (Posts: 270; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


To find out which phone is gonna be the most popular soon. Check the link out...

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CRVTBTB

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