Rogers sold its highest volume of BlackBerry smartphones in its history yesterday

Daniel Bader

February 6, 2013 5:08 pm

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Not only did BlackBerry sell its highest volume of Canadian BlackBerry smartphones in its history yesterday, but Rogers has come out to report the same thing. Yesterday was its most successful BlackBerry launch ever, and certainly its most well-publicized phone launch in some time.

Rogers and then-RIM-now-BlackBerry have a long relationship, emerging in the late 90’s with the company’s first communicator devices. It was also the biggest proponent of the company’s consumer line, which peaked with the Bold and Torch series between 2008 and 2011.

We received an email with the specifics:

- Sold more BlackBerry smartphones on February 5th 2013 than any other day in Rogers history (Rogers was the first carrier to launch BlackBerry services in 1999).

– Rogers BlackBerry experts activated thousands of BlackBerry Z10 smartphones yesterday, and provided customers with in depth training and support.

– Some stores have temporarily sold out of the BlackBerry Z10 and additional inventory has been shipped to Rogers retail locations across Canada.

That’s pretty encouraging! Let’s hope BlackBerry keeps the momentum.

  • Hilman

    I heard Rogers sold upwards of 43 phones lol. Until an actual number is released, this is all smoke and mirrors. Larger than any other launch isn’t really a big deal when no one bought any of their previous phones.

    • Herpdingle DerpBerry

      Exactly! This is USELESS!

      Until we get REAL COLD HARD NUMBERS this is all mumbo jumbo from that jackass Nadir and all the other corporate carrier fat cats.

      And I will bet anyone real money that we will NEVER GET real numbers, until *maybe* Blackberry’s next quarterly report, and even then it’s not a guarantee as BB10 sales will be mixed in with BB7 sales.

      They probably don’t want to report the real numbers as they’re probably quite low.

    • yawn

      Smoke and mirrors as you say, just like every other company does.

    • jack

      this might be newsworthy until you think about if previous blackberrys even sold well on their launch days. until concrete numbers are released, its not too impressive.

    • Blas

      “no one bought any of their previous phones”
      This leads me to believe you have a very poor memory, or are an i***t.
      Only a few short years ago “Blackberry” was the thing to have, and was in high demand. Such is why then RIM had such good earnings reports.

    • Sid

      I bought one, I like it a lot. Good job RIM. Great form factor, build quality is great, and software is clean and responsive. Glad to see this device finally out there!

    • Blackberry is THREE DAYS OLD

      You do get it right:
      BLackberry, a company that came to life last MONDAY, has the biggest sales in its history???

      Doh!!This is technically, absolutely right! nothing wrong with it. BB might be brand new but nobody comes close to them when it comes to Spin the news.

  • Dimitri k.

    This can shut up the trolls now. I guess more people want Blackberry now it seems. Wait until Bell & Telus release the same info.

    This can also shut up the blogs / reporters that claim yesterday blackberries never sold.

    • John Doe

      They haven’t even announced any numbers yet, for all we know it’s just all of the people that pre-ordered their blackberries managed to get it on the 5th.

    • Dimitri k.

      Really? Because i am reading different stories over on Crackberry & hearing from most stores that people came by to get the Z10 without pre ordering or anything.

    • pacalis

      Gonna have a big dump if you haven’t taken one in two years.

    • pacalis

      You can vote me down, but the logic is solid. Ha!

  • lukeiphone

    I feel they are hyping up all this. Bell, Rogers and Telus all have Z10s in stock. If the demand would be so high, I am sure the stock should have ran out, like it did with other phones in the past.
    I feel they are just saying all this to keep the hype going and keep pushing sales as much as possible. In reality, it is not always what you are told.

    • Karan

      Mr.Iphone, rogers can’t commit the same mistake that other people do. They cannot afford to release a phone after 2 year wait and then have it sold out or out of stock in a day will be a disaster for them. So logically they will not run out of phones.

    • D Mac

      Sure not all stores sold out, but a lot did. I called 6 stores until I found one that still had some in stock. When I got there I got the very last one. And this was pretty early in the afternoon, so they could have no doubt sold a lot more if they had more stock.

  • Jim Balsillie

    Great news for Canada’s leading wireless cell phone company!

    • MDRam

      And even greater news for that wired cell phone company…:D

  • yoda

    Phone is awesome. Haters are missing out.

  • Collin

    now will they be able to keep up with a new phone every year like the competition. doubtful

    • Nothin but RIM

      Well considering they are launching six devices this year alone I don’t think that’ll be a problem

    • jack

      we’re talking about high end phones here. not this year’s version of the 9300, 9790.

    • Don

      From what I’ve been reading, they have quite a few phones planned for this year. Between 4 and 6 I think is what I had heard.

  • Sgt.Romanov

    Alot of apple sheep here im glad you support communist china , I will support BB alot of ios and android users are in denial becuase this is the best system out there , im sorry you support a deficient system and sweat shops of china

  • Paul

    Why should BB release numbers? If they did the same people would say they were wrong and the same people would say they were great. So really why would they release numbers.

    • ehoustoun

      I don’t think people are necessarily saying the claim is untrue, I think the issue is that the statement doesn’t hold any meaning without context. This being the most popular blackberry on opening day doesn’t mean a whole lot if it doesn’t come close to the kinds of numbers samsung or apple pull on one of their big launches.

      If they want to instill confidence, they need to be able to say ‘we’re going toe to toe with the big guys and we’re holding our own.’ This press release doesn’t actually say that, it may imply it but without actually proving it it’s all just spin.

    • Stupid

      ehous ^

      Not sure where you and everyone else are getting the “must meet” lofty goals from, like competing with Samsung.
      I’d say all they have to do is beat WP8 numbers which I’m sure they can do by the way things have been going. That will be a Very good start for a new OS. Then they can fine tune from there.

  • Anonymous

    I work for Rogers. We sold out about 30 units in 3 hours.

  • Beyonce

    We’re not going to get official numbers, until weeks down the road. It hasn’t even launched in the US either so why would they release numbers for one country?! No company has done this, so why would BB do so?

    Legitimately this thread is just filled with anti-BB’s who are going to spin anything to fit their agenda. I’m glad BB’s are selling out, and wish them the best of luck. Even though I have a S3, I’m super excited for another competitor (BB) on the scene, and hope future phones from everyone gets better and better.

    • ShadowCruiserNB

      I agree with both of your answers. As long as BlackBerry makes products that work well for the user, I will always buy their products. If I am going to pay out $650, I know buying a BlackBerry product will employ many Canadians and better our country than some other country. I will not support some other company’s ambitions of paying some Chinese worker almost nothing and still expect me to pay the same price and rake in huge profits. That is just excessively greedy. I will not be part of such a scheme. Remember, if everyone buys non North American products, we are all going to be out of work and money.

  • beerecaros

    Hi Jim

    So proud to be a blackberry user. So many doubtful ppl out there still. I’m trying hard to work at blackberry. Glad to see your support

  • Relax.

    @Sgt.Romanov , That is a pretty naive and ignorant comment…and you think the production of blackberry phones are different because whY?…and not saying that iOS or Android is worse or better…but BB10 is the best because why?….so haven’t backed up anything you’ve said with facts. There is no “best” OS…but only an OS that works best for you. Open your mind.

  • chillwiston

    In the Ottawa area I know of three Rogers locations sold out and two Best Buys. Now we wait till the end of the quarter or until people start making up numbers to find out what the real story is until then no one knows.

  • Relevant84

    I also work at a Rogers, we sold out of 32 phones in 4 hours. Would have gone faster but for limited manpower and computers. Most of the stores in my area are out of BB10 phones.

    • .

      As someone who worked at Rogers, lets just compare when my store got 16 Galaxy Nexus’… 3 months later we still had 14 from the original shipment..

    • Tom

      To be fair, Google never intended the Nexus devices to appeal to the mass market (developer phones after all), so there was very little marketing and hype compared to BB10, galaxy S devices, iPhones, etc. A lot of less tech savvy people had not even heard of the galaxy nexus months after its release, but almost everyone knows that an iPhone 5 or the Galaxy S3 is the latest and greatest, because you simply can’t escape the omnipresent advertising.

  • spyderwraith

    So based on “sold the highest volume of BB devices ever” even if in 1999 the number was 1000 (to make a point) they could have sold 1001 and it would still be higher then ever before. So Give us concrete numbers.

  • screamer

    First they gonna come up with 2 mio shipped and not sold. Than when they sell 2 mio world wide they say 3 mio shipped. Always the same story. They also won’t count the phones that people bring back after a day because it’s to complicate. So numbers are only numbers. They are never the right once.

  • arber

    They sold thousands, not tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands. So its less than 10,000. But still this is probably a great day for BlackBerry. They might be able to get back up

    • chillwiston

      Who said they sold thousands? And not 10’s of thousands? Or are you just throwing Shit against the wall and seeing what happens?

  • hfx_nick

    They sold a lot AND they have lots of stock. Not every company has problems forecasting sales and managing supply chains. Maybe they just nailed the execution? After all – they had lots of time to prepare.

    • John_hates_blackberry

      So you think blackberry can forecast sales? Come on! There have been law suits filed against them for their overblown forecasts in the past. It reached a point where they stopped even giving guidance publically. If you think they’re able to forecast now all of a sudden you’re living in lala land.

  • YSM

    they sold out cause most stores carried around 100 devices at max! this is bull! however i still want one! fido in ottawa had 2 devices, same as virgin and telus…bell has the most and that number was 300! so blackberry and rogers should not lie and say this! the fact is they arent putting out enough devices!

  • chillwiston

    They won’t release numbers. No company releases numbers the day after launch per country. You have to wait until the end of the quarter. Get over the numbers. Any thing you hear is going to some analyst making a best guess or initial carrier reports like above. No one will know until blackberry releases the numbers.

    • Sgt.Romanov

      Exactly chillwiston

    • thatshipislonggone

      @Sgt.Romanov : so how much do u guys gets these days for doing what ur doing ?

    • chillwinston

      How much do I get? Dude I’m testing out this awesome browser and freaking insane keyboard.

      But seriously I don’t think that somebody needs to be paid to point out something that should be simple to figure out. Just saying.

      That said let me tell you about this peak and flow business.

      Ps: to anyone from blackberry I take cash.

    • ShadowCruiserNB

      Agreed. Anyone involved in stock investing would know this.

  • thatshipislonggone

    :) why not give us a number :D

    BB is too late in releasing a usable OS and too late in these ambiguity statements.

    I kept hearing same news for all lumias and surface and saw their dismal numbers in their quarterly announcements.

  • thenatural

    Blackberry’s CEO said they sold 50% more phones yesterday than any previous launch. Whatever the actual number, that has to be a good sign.

  • Jordan

    Blackberry launches have typically been nothing to get excited about anyhow… BBs were more of a long-term success story than a launch-day blitz.

    This is pretty meaningless. Hopefully they do well, but I’ll stick with my Android for now.

    • thatshipislonggone

      @r3viswan :
      “If BlackBerry can provide a unique value proposition to the end user, then why would a user not switch to it. ”

      Which is ? what is this “unique value ” that BB10 is giving to end user.

      You have not given me one reason why a typical smartphone user would pick BB10 device over Android or iOS.

      When iPhone came out with App store in 2009 , there was NO mobile app store for iOS to compete with. That is totally not the case for BB today. In 2009 iOS practically has no competition in smartphone market, that is not the case for BB today.

      Now gestures, how long do you think it is going to take google/samsung/some custom rom guy to bring that feature to android ? This is the same as how MSFT evangelists spoke about tiles. You simply have to see the similarity. Windows Phone has been a fail till today, tiles did not revolutionize the industry, if it did, android will have that in a flash. (i think there are launchers that already do that). Something like gestures or tiles are too little to disrupt the market.

      Again to ur 2007 argument, smartphone market was in its infancy in 2007, the “features” that ios has now, sure it didnt have in 2007. BB is competing with iOS 6.0 and Android 4.2.1 in 2013 not with iOS 1.0 and Android 1.0. Can i build a simple OS using Rasberry Pi and claim i am competing with Windows and compare my OS with windows 3.1 ? If i am a customer looking to spend 600$ on a phone, which i am planning on using for next 2 years why would i pick BB10 over a 600$ android phone or an iPhone 5 ?

      Just compare wat you are telling to what MSFT evangelists were telling when Windows Phone 7 was launched. Here is my usual comment

      saw what happend with wind 7 phone , lumia , wind 8 phones , surface , playbook. Take some time to reason, why they failed. And then you will see why BB10 will fail.

  • r3viswan

    BlackBerry doesn’t need to outsell Samsung and iOS to be considered successful. Returning to profitability is the first step. Even if they sell only 1 million units for this quarter, that’s a great starting point from which they can grow the ecosystem. I don’t know why everyone says that a platform is successful only if it beats the incumbent. By that logic, iPhone was a failure till 2009 and Samsung was a failure till 6 months ago. BlackBerry doesn’t need to go toe-to-toe with Apple and Samsung. They just have to sell enough units and establish a market for themselves as a legitimate third choice. From there, they can expand to become something bigger and better. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither are successful companies.

    • COBwiggy

      That was very well said, R3viswan.

    • thatshipislonggone

      yeaaaaaa completely different context.

      be it ios or android they were able to disrupt the market. can BB10 do that ? if you think it can, please tell me why.

      most corporates have moved on and started supporting ios , android. so BB does not have the monopoly it once has in enterprise. same story with nokia, they had a huge market in asia/europe, but the minute android disrupted their market it was a free flow.

      ask yourself, why would a SGS3 user or iPhone 5 user pick this phone ? (dont give the fanboyish reply like “gestures” , “the os is sooo cool”)

      A real user uses his phone for music , navigation , emails , browser , games , fb , and other apps. Tell me how BB10 is better than android or ios in these.

    • r3viswan

      There was almost universal belief that iPhone would fail at making a phone when they launched.. I don’t know if you remember the famous quote “$400 for a phone? good luck selling that..” by a certain CEO from Seattle. iPhone disrupted the industry almost 2 years after the launch of the iPhone not at launch. Remember there was no app store, maps had no turn by turn direction, no app switching (let alone multitasking).. They OS evolved with time to disrupt the market.. And there’s universal agreement that BB10 has the potential to disrupt the market even if it doesn’t do it on day 1.. much like iOS had the potential at launch to disrupt the market which it did.. Saying that a user’s loyalty to a platform won’t change is flawed because former BlackBerry is proof that users will leave when they see something better.

      If BlackBerry can provide a unique value proposition to the end user, then why would a user not switch to it. Forgetting fanboyism, if the primary use case for a user is facebook, twitter, email, phone, browsing, SMS, then why would they not choose BB10 considering it does these things better than the rest. Not every person is a power user and one-size-fits-all isn’t always a recipe for success..

      Remember that when the iPhone launched, the single button was a revolutionary thing. So why can’t you say the same about gestures or peek or flow or the hub? They’re different from what’s out there and they do those things better than anyone else..

      Again, they don’t need to get every SGS3 user or an iPhone5 user to switch today. They need to get enough users to build an ecosystem which they can grow. Maybe all they need to do is get every Lumia user or older BB users for starters.. and the next generation OS will address everything you are pointing as flaws to get the SGS3 and iPhone5 users.. The thing is that they’re now “in the conversation”.. which in itself is an achievement..

    • thatshipislonggone

      @r3viswan :
      “If BlackBerry can provide a unique value proposition to the end user, then why would a user not switch to it. ”

      Which is ? what is this “unique value ” that BB10 is giving to end user.

      You have not given me one reason why a typical smartphone user would pick BB10 device over Android or iOS.

      When iPhone came out with App store in 2009 , there was NO mobile app store for iOS to compete with. That is totally not the case for BB today. In 2009 iOS practically has no competition in smartphone market, that is not the case for BB today.

      Now gestures, how long do you think it is going to take google/samsung/some custom rom guy to bring that feature to android ? This is the same as how MSFT evangelists spoke about tiles. You simply have to see the similarity. Windows Phone has been a fail till today, tiles did not revolutionize the industry, if it did, android will have that in a flash. (i think there are launchers that already do that). Something like gestures or tiles are too little to disrupt the market.

      Again to ur 2007 argument, smartphone market was in its infancy in 2007, the “features” that ios has now, sure it didnt have in 2007. BB is competing with iOS 6.0 and Android 4.2.1 in 2013 not with iOS 1.0 and Android 1.0. Can i build a simple OS using Rasberry Pi and claim i am competing with Windows and compare my OS with windows 3.1 ? If i am a customer looking to spend 600$ on a phone, which i am planning on using for next 2 years why would i pick BB10 over a 600$ android phone or an iPhone 5 ?

      Just compare wat you are telling to what MSFT evangelists were telling when Windows Phone 7 was launched. Here is my usual comment

      saw what happend with wind 7 phone , lumia , wind 8 phones , surface , playbook. Take some time to reason, why they failed. And then you will see why BB10 will fail.

    • r3viswan

      @thatshipislonggone – you didn’t read my post. If you did, you would have seen what the unique value proposition was. No phone out there does messaging (be it email, facebook, twitter, text, chat) better than Z10.. I think there’s universal agreement on that. Unless you ONLY use gmail and no other mail clients, and only gtalk and no other chat protocol, and only google+ and no other social network, android doesn’t and hasn’t matched that level of integration with messaging. Every facebook msg, every tweet, every chat, every bbm, all neatly organized in one place is a value. (maybe not to you but not everyone is you and not everyone values the same things you do..)

      There’s incredible value in BlackBerry balance to enterprise customers.. Every major bank, every single gov’t agency, a very large majority of fortune 500 companies are all still on BlackBerry. For these users, the cost to migrate to a new platform that is unproven in the enterprise space is huge. Not to mention, not one other platform is FIPS certified for classified gov’t use. There are still tons of users who are carrying two phones. One for work (BB) and one personal. (Android or iOS). These people will value the use of a single phone to replace two. I can give you a number of examples where there is a value to security and a value to combine two phones to one. Just because they’re not valuable to you, doesn’t mean they’re not valuable to others.

      I can say that some people don’t want the closed ecosystem that is Apple NOR the COMPLETELY OPEN ecosystem that is Android. They may want something inbetween. A phone that lets you tweak things somewhat but still protects you.. And some people may not want the 4.8″ size of an SGS3 or the NFC-less iPhone.. Again, the value proposition is a personal decision to many..

      These are just some of the features..

      As for your point that they didn’t have to compete with others, iPhones did have to compete with blackberry at the time. They just offered something different that lured these people away slowly but surely.. They were willing to bet that people would pay 400 dollars for a phone when everyone else was selling phones for 200-300 dollars.. There was and always will be competition.. If what you offer is valuable to enough people, you will be successful and that is the point of BlackBerry 10.

      There’s also universal acceptance that BlackBerry 10 is on par with iOS and Android in most features. It’s a competitive OS with competitive features. You keep harping on “why would a user on Android or iOS switch” and i’ve said this 3 times.. they don’t have to switch today.. there just needs to be enough users who value what BB10 offers for it to grow.. And some of those values are outlined above.. if there are people that value these, then they will buy the phone. And if enough of them buy, BlackBerry will be profitable and grow to add more and more features that make it more and more competitive with iOS and Android.. at which point, more diehard users such as urself might be willing to consider it as well.. It’s as simple as that..

    • StephenBB81

      @thatshipislonggone
      BlackBerry10 doesn’t need to disrupt the whole market like iOS and Android did, What BlackBerry10 must do is restore a balance.

      Both Android and iOS are consumer oriented trying to facilitate business, BlackBerry10 needs to bring back a competitive Business focused device that facilitates consumers. That very much seems to be the direction BlackBerry 10 is trying to go.
      That market is smaller but it is a market in need.

      BlackBerry7 is still better at total mailbox management than iOS and Android. and BlackBerry10 is building upon that.

      While I agree most corporations have started supporting iOS, BlackBerryCo is addressing that with BES10, which faciliates the use of iOS and Android via BYOD policies, but BlackBerry10 devices provide a better work/life balance with BlackBerry Balance than the container approach found on iOS and Android both with BES10, and with competing MDM solutions.
      BlackBerry might not have the device monopoly, but they will have the lead in the device management market keeping them a relevant player.
      BlackBerry is the only provider of end to end mobile, which CIO’s will appreciate as employees stop giving away their time to employers for free.

      Why would iPhone or Samsung users choose the Z10?
      from the iPhone side of things it could be they are looking for a more robust email system, they are looking for an Superior typing experience, or they just are bored with the in/out of iOS.
      Leaving the SG3 it could be the desire to not be tied to the Google system, I myself have been investigating over the last 6 months how to migrate myself from Google Apps to Office365, for my hosted email/document storage. Android pretty much forces some Google dependencies. I also was not a fan of the SG3 size, I really enjoyed my Note2, but it wasn’t a phone it was a mini tablet for me

      A “real user” uses his phone for Music, Navigation, emails, browser, games, FB and other apps as you say, I’ve been a real smartphone user since 2002, and at most do I use my phones for navigation 3 times each device.
      The BlackBerry10 device CAN be used for Navigation if one so chooses, though I really don’t understand why people don’t have dedicated GPS units for their cars.
      BlackBerryWorld has 20million songs available, iTunes boasts 22million songs, so Music is handled very nicely on BlackBerry10,
      Email… well this is BlackBerrys strong suit.
      The BlackBerry10 browser is best in class for HTML5 and CSS and it is still in its infancy.
      FaceBook I don’t use but those who’ve moved to BlackBerry10 Facebook from older BlackBerry’s and Androids like the SG2 have very much enjoyed the current FaceBook on BB10, I enjoy LinkedIN on BB10 more so than on iOS and Previous BlackBerrys.

      Now some apps ARE still missing, and if your life requires them move on. but BlackBerry10 is still a very viable platform and is seeing some traction which should help bring more apps for those that need them.

    • Tom

      Finally someone who realizes that success doesn’t have to mean majority market share.

      An analogy is video games. The FPS call of duty made by a giant American conglomerate rakes in half a billion in the first week every single year (despite being the same rehashed thing all the time). A more innovative FPS game like Metro 2033 made by a relatively small Ukrainian developer rakes in less than 5% of that in the first month. By that logic Metro 2033 is a failure and everyone should buy Call of Duty and ignore Metro.

  • T1MB1T

    More hofo lies!

    Remember their initial plans at launch? $15 – 100 minutes province wide. $35 for unlimited province wide, $45 for unlimited nation wide and then data was a $35 add-on?

    The initial business plan for 1.5 million subscribers in 3 years plus the original prices of the rate plans would have had the average ARPU aimed to bring in… about $44 – $48. That was their initial projection. This would have insured a very quick pay-down of the debt plus a ROI with in the first 4-5 years of operations.

    As we all know, this didn’t happen. But their optimism was set for a ROI in the short run, and there was hope. No one predicted how poorly the market would perceive the WIND brand… and how horrible the negative reviews with high expectations would make things very difficult for them to grow their user base.

    Also what really sucked too, was right from the start, WIND allowed the first month free of service with out paying for any pro-rated monthly rate plan. Combine this with free sims, people got away with free service for months simply activating a new number every month. They attracted very low-end bottom feeder clients at the start. This in turn forced them to take measures and offer plans that were setting them up for an even difficult business-case in the future. Mobilicity wasn’t helping much either…

    So maybe there was never a chance or hope in hind-sight.

  • chillwiston

    @thatshipislonggone How much do I get? Dude I’m just testing out this insanely fast browser and freaking awesome keyboard…

    But Seriously I don’t think you need to be paid by somebody to point out what should be simple to figure out. Just my thoughts.

    …and boy let me tell you about this peak and flow business.

    ps anyone from blackberry I do take cash.

  • Darcy Allen

    BlackBerry 10 will become a very important platform. Canadians are buying the new Z10 smartphones in droves. It is expected because it is very high quality and comes packed with new benefits and features. It’s an even smarter smartphone :)

  • DrParanoid

    Very good stuff for BB and Canadians no doubt. Coming from a household a BB users including myself. My brother ditched his laggy Torch, picked one up yesterday because he’s always trusted the Blackberry brand to help him run his company and he’s been playing with it the past 24 hours non-stop, doing very little work I’ll add lol. I’ve dabbled with it briefly myself and I can say it’s a solid device. The app situation is something BB has to get on but otherwise the phone is excellent. Would take one of these before an iPhone most defiantly… Signed, a very happy S3 owner.

  • QuoteTheRaven

    I went to purchase one, I tried at 3 stores in Hamilton. They were mostly sold out for Virgin Mobile at least, it seems that it is going ok.

    As Canadians I don’t think that anyone should discredit or try to downplay Blackberry’s products.

    They employ a lot of people, if you don’t like their phone that is fine but don’t be hating on them. The more competition in a market segment, the more the manufacturers will step their game up.

    Quote the Raven, Nevermore.

  • M

    Rise little stock, rise. Bought in at 7$, what’s up!

  • Wayne Omand

    Bought an SIII in October. Great phone but wish I had of waited to buy Canadian. Thought RIM was on it’s way out. Hope they stick around for my next phone!

  • Rainman

    As I heard that Rogers only had between 4 and 5 thousand Z10’s, and they didn’t sell out at all locations, I can’t say that I’m impressed with the numbers (although I suspect that the Q10 will do better).

  • Rainman

    Heard that Rogers only got 4500 units, and some stores didn’t sell out, so not too impressive.

    I do, however, think that the Q10 will do better.

  • Rainman

    Not impressed.

  • gone fishin

    everybody’s a know it all. we’ll see what comes out in the wash. BB is an excellent company selling excellent products!

  • Captain Obvious

    Amazing that Canadians still have no idea that they are over-paying for an inferior network when they choose Rogers. Get with the times, folks.

  • Happyboy

    Too bad Rogers wireless is trash I had Rogers befor and there network is Horrible that’s way I have telus now at lest a know with telus my phone will work Rogers is only good in Ontario and Ontario only but out west it’s telus all the way

  • pete

    Selling a total of 1 device per store isn’t a huge success LMAO LOL. Lots of retail stores only had 1-2 in stock,

  • WC

    As an Android user, I view this as a great addition to the mobile industry. I don’t understand why there is so much bashing and negativity. How is more choices ever a bad thing? Not to mention this is a CANADIAN company. If they do well, it benefits us all. This is not simply a BB vs. Android vs. iOS competition. If you think so then you’re very short-sighted. I hope that BB can become #3 soon so that they can push other mobile OS’s to innovate and become better.

    As it stands currently, Androis vs iOS is just a one-horse race for Android, in terms of innovation.

  • pete

    then turn around and say we sold out of all our stock in the first hour. To make it look like its a huge success. A fact stock shortage isn’t a huge success

  • pete

    then turn around and say we sold out of all our st@ck in the first hour. To make it look like its a huge success. A f@ct st@ck shortage isn’t a huge success

  • pete

    And how many people are returning the ones they bought yesterday, because of battery issues, google syncing issues, calendar issues, and being laggy.

  • kotoula01

    Is it true that BB hand sets are NOT made in Chinese sweatshops? If so I’d switch just for that reason. And to support a Canadian company. After 4 disappointing devices from Apple I switched to Samsung and am adapting to my S3. I’d switch again to support a device not made with slave labor.

  • WC

    Apparently, BB handsets are NOT made in Chinese sweatshops.

    • Tom

      It probably contains smaller components that were made in China. Also, a sweatshop is a sweatshop no matter where it exists. Mexico and Brazil make a lot of Blackberries. On paper they’re democratic and respect human rights, but in practice, there’s just as much corruption and poverty, if not more than, in China. Not that I support China of course, just saying that at the end of the day, investors seek profits and if the government is incapable of enforcing squat, they’ll take advantage of that. I’m guessing the only reason BB has avoided assembly in China is security.

  • Mathieu

    This is really good news. Hope my galaxy nexus dies soon. And that the price goes down… Right…

  • Kelly

    BlackBerry is Made in Mexico. A few are Made in Canada and Hungary.

  • Gill

    Im sorry but the z10 is garbage…..

    • WirelessBoy

      Care to expand on that comment? Have you used one? Or even held one? If not then your comments mean NOTHING

  • graene

    Since when did windows phone 8 fail?

    • Porilaisten

      Before it’s release.

  • OU182

    I cannot believe why people here think such negatives even when blackberry is obviously doing well no matter the responses. This is such pettiness on an xtreme level it boarders on mental dysfunction. Doesn’t matter if it’s 100’s of 10’s of thousands. One cannot deny the positive responses bb10 is getting no matter how u spin it. They may never meet numbers like andriod or apple @ the moment but can’t deny consumers are responding to the Z10. I’m all for competition and I hope they do well in the long run.

  • Extra Steve

    Bought one at retail price, initial impressions: this is the hardware/software combo I thought HP was going to go with when they bought Palm, HP was making solid iPaqs and BB10 reminds me of what was good with WebOS.

    Nice phone. Switch out of my iPhone 5 permanently? I don’t know. There just isn’t the apps yet. I’m definitely not gonna rebuy my media to use on this platform after investing hundreds of dollars in apps and iTunes music/shows.

    Also, you commenters are like the NeoGAF of cell phones. Very childish.

    • GoDeep

      What you’re saying is, you won’t leave iPhone because it’s a better phone but because you are too cheap to spend money to rebuy your tunes and apps. See, that’s the problem with POS iPhone. You can’t even transfer your damn songs to another player even though you paid hard earned money for them. You think that’s right or fair? At least with Android, you can play your music on any media player. Even Android apps can be used on Z10. POS iPhone is crap.

    • Oh Hi!!

      actually with their new BlackBerry Link program that replaces the desktop manager you just plug your Android or iOS device to your computer and it will transfer your music and contacts over. It would be just the apps that you cant take over for the iOS as you can side load the Android apps into the BBZ10.

  • Clearlynot

    I’m also working in a Rogers Retail store and we sold no blackberry Z10 at all. By sayins that ”ALOT” of people bought it you must mean 1 or 2 customers per day. I’m pretty sure that they are boosting the numbers just to help BlackBerry to make a good comeback in the industry. I can hardly beleive that you guys sold that much. The phone isn’t good at all… (Sorry for that negative feedback :/)

  • Bubble Snake!

    Reminds me of snakes and ladders. One one side you have snakes, on the other side, ladders. Or something like that, never really played the game.

    There’s drinking involved too I think.

  • jas

    rogers sales representative suggest me to get iphone5 , galaxy s3 or nokia lumia 920..lol

  • Fox

    This is Canada. It’s impressive for Canada, but BB has to be successful globally. I’m sure Nokia Lumias did quite well in Finland for instance, but they haven’t really been cleaning up in North America. Contrast that to the iphone or Galaxy SIII which are huge in larger markets.

  • GoDeep

    Man, so many people angry Blackberry is selling well. Hey, don’t be mad at Blackberry because you got roped into POS iPhone or one of million different Android models. Lol.

  • Omega Jimes

    Went to a mall nearby yesterday. Booth, Bell, Rogers, Telus, Koodo, and Fido were all sold out of the Z10. Wireless Wave and Best Buy Mobile had “A few” left. I’m told they all had more than they thought they would sell. I don’t know how many that is exactly though, but demand is high.

  • jas

    and guys please don’t drop z10.. it doesn’t come with with the luxury and durability of gorilla glass..

    • GoDeep

      Don”t worry, jas, Z10 has a luxurious textured back so the phone stays in your hand and not slipped out like a soap. I heard that was a problem with certain other phones.

  • Sick of Morons

    Why do all you moronic f@#ks on here care if the numbers are or are not smoke and mirrors?? What is it to you and your small a$$ brains that a company does well?? YOu like Apple, You like Samsung, who gives a sh!t. Wake up and realize competition is good i****s. If you had any sense you would realize Blackberry doing well is a GOOD thing. I don’t even like BB phones but I don’t have my head so far up my a$$ that I can’t see that BB doing well will benefit the consumer. Your precious APPLE and Samsung will not be going away because a few BB phones are sold. You guys on here are either 12 year olds(most likely) or just complete asinine individuals.

  • rogers

    I work at a rogers store and the bb10 was sold out in the first day. The bb launch was much more successful than the S3 launch at my store. Obviously doesnt compare to iphone 5 where our systems crashed within 10 mins of opening the store.

  • Silivia

    Got one haven’t really used it a lot today but so far it is fantastic wow

  • WirelessBoy

    Wow, you can really tell who the Wind/Mobi fanboys are, they are just mad because their carriers still has “Coming Soon…” for the BB10…don’t be haters, just join a REAL network if you want the best phones right away and no BS about “New Customers Only…”

  • Oh gosh

    I think people keep forgetting that this is a completely new OS. It does not share one line of coding with the previous OS version. So it’s a great thing to be selling more than the previous version with an entirely new OS.

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