After South Africa, Nigeria is next in line to get the BlackBerry Z3

After South Africa, Nigeria is next in line to get the BlackBerry Z3
Now that we have seen the BlackBerry Z3 launch in Indonesia and in India, the next step for the entry-level handset is a launch in South Africa. The BlackBerry Z3 is the first phone to be manufactured as a result of the partnership between BlackBerry and Foxconn. Under the terms of the five year deal between the two companies, contract manufacturer Foxconn designs and produces entry-level phones for emerging markets, and takes care of the warehousing of them. BlackBerry provides the software and the marketing and splits the profits with Foxconn.

The BlackBerry Z3 will be able to take advantage of the strength of the BlackBerry name in Nigeria, where the phone is expected next after the launch in South Africa during the middle of this month. While the Z3 might be big news in the countries where it is launching, the developed countries are more excited about the flagship BlackBerry Passport that has been touted recently by the company. The Passport is rumored to be released in September.

Meanwhile, if you live in Nigeria, you can pre-order the BlackBerry Z3 for 39,900 Nigerian Naira ($252 USD) from online retailer Konga.com..


source: Konga.com via Crackberry

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38 Comments

1. PK1983

Posts: 215; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

$252 in Nigeria is probably equivalent to the annual salary of many people. The only person in that country rich enough to afford it would be Ambassador John Goodluck, the son of the former Crown Prince of Nigeria. Sadly he is going through some health problems so his attorney Barrister Michael Prince is willing to send you $2,000,000 if you only pay him $100 in transfer fees.

2. alhajiash

Posts: 24; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

This article is simply about the Z3 dude.

7. sipha

Posts: 439; Member since: May 12, 2012

The words "Annual" is taking it too far dude.. Its only R242 geez!! Ignorant people like you just piss me off.. Where are you from??

8. Sire3008

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

U talk trash. Nigeria has no crown prince! We practice presidential system of government. Perhaps you have no idea of how things work other than to troll around. Just so u know, Nigeria has the largest economy in Africa in terms of GDP... We are like the USA of Africa. Go an troll someplace else

10. sipha

Posts: 439; Member since: May 12, 2012

Lol. Hahaha.. Excuse me sir?? "the USA of africa" ...yes, you've just surpassed us(south african) in terms of total GDP, but you blowing things out of porportion now..

25. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

so outside paper u think SA Is richer than Nigeria? I laugh.

15. Cyberchum

Posts: 1011; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I'll take it that you're targeting something or someone with your comment if not I'll advice you to give up on that pot you're smoking

16. Cyberchum

Posts: 1011; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I'll take it that you're targeting something or someone with your comment if not I'll advice you to give up on that pot you're smoking

17. Daboss

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 27, 2013

You are just being silly and ignorant. I am a Nigerian living in nigeria, I am a student and I use a nexus 7 (2013) and a blackberry Q10.

23. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

brother abeg leave this fools alone. kids use S5 here. this bb wont enen sell at all. no one uses bb again. besides z10 is N35k that's about $205 very very cheap

19. mistertimi

Posts: 77; Member since: May 28, 2014

Ah yes, PK1983 has been overcome by Western medias constant portrayal of the whole of Africa as starving kids with no chance in life. It's not his fault, it's the medias. One of the main reasons I hate living in the UK, it's pathetic.

24. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

ive written alot luckily for you.u got the name goodluck he is our president. notin like crown prince. Gold plated iphone 5s was shared at his daughter weeding to ALL guest. im not allowed to post links. google it. u know notin abt my country all what u said is false. with the way ure talking. u cant afford the cheapest hotels in Nigeria. people earn $252 hourly here. we host THE RICHEST BLACK MAN IN THE WORLD. kids use S5 here. please Who does not have a Range Rover? even students ride a range 2013. men ride 2014. the rich men rides Bentley and Chevrolet. I see rolls Royce. everywhere everyday. the only BB that I see is poche design with bb 10 os. I saw the phone with users 2 months before even phonearena declared it on sale. Samsung has the biggest Share here with note 3 and gear. ff by iphone 5s. then S4 and S5. so please shut ur dirty mouth. the schools in ur area are not even good enough to teach you world leaders and history. same for very poor schools here. lets be honest ur life savings plus ur children's life savings cant afford ur grand children to live as "average" in Nigeria. mtseeeew

3. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Keep rolling BlackBerry.. Good job..

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 21325; Member since: May 28, 2014

The BlackBerry Z3 has shaped up to be a great phone for emerging markets. BlackBerry rolling out this phone one market/area at a time in places where the BlackBerry name still holds a decent amount of weight is paying off. Good job, BlackBerry! All the best for a continuous successful roll out of the BlackBerry Z3!

5. ablopez

Posts: 235; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

Nice move. From what I've read, BB has a pretty good market share in Nigeria.

6. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Blackberry isn't as popular as it used to be in Nigeria anymore. We now have cheap android brands (Tecno) and the reason people got BB phones is now available for download on android. So I would say BB is 1 year too late.

13. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

I think bb is NOT late by 1 year, BUT 3 years late...

9. Sire3008

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Nigeria isn't exactly an emerging market Alan. You should ask Android(Samsung) the profit they make from the massive population of Nigeria. I remember when we Nigerians used to be infatuated with BB and there shh*t (products) probably because of the BIS and BBM collabo. But right now, almost everybody has gone the Android or Windows way. Blackberry is 1 year late just like Magnanimus said!

12. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

That's true, BB were too proud of their BB10 OS and become very late in every market. It also the same as in Indonesia. BB used to be the number 2 OS behind nokia in Indonesia, and it's a close second. Indonesian was very enthusiast about bb, but bb failed to deliver. The BB7 product is VERY BAD that it need to reboot every now and then, and it didn't offer the same experience as android/iOS device. Just like that BB died, and got replaced by android. I watch this move from bb/nokia(symbian) to android almost everyday, and in the upper/middle management of lots of company in Indonesia they don't care about bb anymore. They don't care about new bb phone anymore. But new android or iphone might get them excited. Right now mora than 60% web browsing from a phone done by android, and only 6% done by bb.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 21325; Member since: May 28, 2014

For those of you that doubt BlackBerry's strength in Nigeria, and Africa in general, please read this: "Currently, Africa and the Middle East account for 40 percent of BlackBerry’s total revenue. The phone maker owns 48 percent of the mobile market in South Africa and 70 percent of the Smartphone market. Three percent of BlackBerry users worldwide are Nigerian. African markets also offer a huge amount of room in which to expand and dominate. Africa’s mobile adoption is estimated to grow by 85 percent, or 900 million subscribers, over the next three years. According to research by Vodacom, BlackBerry has more customers in Africa than Android and iOS combined. In fact, BlackBerry says its devices account for half the Smartphones in Nigeria. Nokia still leads the pack of phone makers in the African market, albeit with more sales from feature phones. The World Wide Worx’s Mobility 2014 survey, conducted among adult cell phone users living in cities and towns in South Africa (Africa’s second-largest economy), reveals that despite almost vanishing as a force in Western markets, BlackBerry has increased its market share locally from 18 percent to 23 percent thanks to its “continued aspirational appeal in younger markets.” Those excerpts were taken from this article: http://www.ventures-africa.com/2014/05/can-africa-save-blackberry/ Seems to me that not only is BlackBerry big in Africa, but it's share is increasing, thus proving that they are not disappearing there.

18. Daboss

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 27, 2013

Blackberry is still popular here because its internet plan is 5 times cheaper than iPhone and android plans.

20. mistertimi

Posts: 77; Member since: May 28, 2014

The reason is irrelevant. Sales = sales buddy lol.

29. meanestgenius

Posts: 21325; Member since: May 28, 2014

Indeed. A sale is still a sale.

28. SamDroid unregistered

I know the stats say it all but I think that they did not take into account which BB devices users have and when they were bought. I'm pretty sure that the bulk of those BB devices are the old model Bold and Curve. So technically, BB is only selling their old models. As far as I know the Z10, Q10 and Q5 are gathering dust with most store cutting prices by more than half. And they still don't sell. These facts are provided through my own observations.

30. meanestgenius

Posts: 21325; Member since: May 28, 2014

Older BlackBerry are still being sold, that is true. As of this past quarter, however, BlackBerry's running BB10 have outsold devices running BBOS7.x 65% to 35%.

31. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

I think the biggest problem with blackberry handset were the price. BB always put the high price, and after 3-6 month gathering dust, bb will be panic and discount the product. This is bad for bb brand, as their phone is perceive as losing value a lot. What bb need to do is to price their device right in the first place. For example the bb Z3 should not be priced higher than US$ 140. and Z10 should not be priced higher than US$ 200. Q10, the most over priced bb device right now should not be priced more than US$200 too.

33. Sire3008

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

I want a little of what u are drinking mate!! People still use OLD BB because of the cheap internet plan with their restricted to mobile only BIS(No internet sharing). I still use my Torch 2 of 2011 bcos I can easily get 3GB just for 1k(7$) per month on my BIS plan. Why buy a BB10 device with no BIS plan when yhu have better alternatives(Android, iOS, Windows etc). Blackberry ain't selling anything old bb cos people normally get cheaper fairly used one rather than spending on New Old bb phones. Whatsapp have seriously murdered BBM which is now even available to other platforms. I turn to my 2011 Torch 2 for serious browsing but my Lumia 920 and Note 3 are always there for serious phone issues.

36. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

In the last couple of years bb brand is equal to bad/cheap, and only attract cheap user.

38. meanestgenius

Posts: 21325; Member since: May 28, 2014

Says the little boy with a cheap Android phone.

14. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Try selling that in the states and it would just sit on the shelf. People have moved on Blackberry end it!

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