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

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.

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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52 Comments

1. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 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

13. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

You must be crazy!

39. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Guess you described yourself best

50. Borrells

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 27, 2013

.....What a trollllllllllllll

2. MultiYouTroll

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 19, 2013

I am quiet surprised by this

28. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 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.

48. MultiYouTroll

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 19, 2013

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

3. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

WoW! Good Luck BB ^_^

4. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Fake and Gay

9. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

Thanks for telling me about you.

5. Emily1985

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

Nice :)

6. decent4u

Posts: 75; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

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

51. Armor

Posts: 52; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

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

7. wendygarett unregistered

False news recently...

8. dangchitrung

Posts: 89; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

Best joke ever heard

10. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

see theres Nikolasoliver again.... mongoloid kid

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.

12. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

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

40. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Just like you.

15. fuhrer

Posts: 39; Member since: Apr 29, 2013

I like ancient phone

26. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

iPhone user then apparently

16. shammont

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

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

41. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 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.

49. shammont

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 22, 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.

21. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

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

25. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 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.

27. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 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.

30. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

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

31. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

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

23. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 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.

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