iPhone 5s and Galaxy S4 Canada’s best-selling phones in past six months, BlackBerry popular in Toronto

Ian Hardy

June 10, 2014 8:58 am

Coming across Canadian mobile stats is rare. Occasionally, the CWTA, IDC and comScore all release various reports that show manufacturer and OS market share or adoption rates.

Vancouver-based iQmetrix has come out with a set of statistics that includes a breakdown of the phones sold in the United States and Canada over the past six months, from December 2013 to May 2014. The data was compiled from its retail management software at over 15,000 locations, but unfortunately there is no indication of what the percentage split is Canadian or American.

However, according to their findings, Samsung had the most sales across North America with 39%, followed by Apple at 28%, then BlackBerry in 3rd spot with 6%. The top two phones was the iPhone 5s and the Galaxy S4.

Honing in on Canadian specific numbers, Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal are the cities that see the most smartphone sales. Samsung seems to have a stronghold on market share, followed by Apple. BlackBerry is still incredibly popular in Toronto with 23% of phone sales over the past six months, likely due to the predominance of business professionals in the downtown core.

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Source: iQmetrix

  • alphs22

    I understand many Canadians buy Blackberries because they’re a Canadian company. However I’m very surprised that Blackberry is holding down in 3rd place for North America with 6% of sales. Feel bad for companies like HTC – consistently making great products and still stuck in 5th place with 4% of sales.

    • Stephen_81

      HTC unfortunately is up against Samsung in a direct competition. Samsung outspends every other Android manufacturer combined more than 3:1 on Marketing, Apple used to be the top Marketer. It goes to show that Marketing is what leads device sales the 2 people who spend 80% of all marketing dollars in Mobile own 67% of North American mobile business.

      How does HTC let people know what they have to offer? HTC uses the same firm BlackBerry used to get info to the carriers about their devices and we know how well that worked out for BlackBerry in the past decade.

    • alphs22

      Did not know HTC used the same marketing firm as BB.

    • Stephen_81

      Yes Both used MarketStar for years.

      Neither actually tried to own their Brand and it has hurt both.

    • danbob999

      It’s not only about marketing. It’s about distribution. Samsung is at every carrier and has models in every price range. Yes, the most popular phones are high end devices such as the Galaxy S4, but cheap phones such as the Galaxy Ace IIx also count. The only HTC phone listed by Fido is the Desire.

    • Stephen_81

      I do agree it isn’t ONLY about marketing you need distribution channels, though the majority of people walking into a phone store today walk in knowing the phone they plan to buy, THAT has to do with marketing, Samsung just makes sure you think Samsung and then puts the right devices in front of you at every price point.

    • It’s Me

      I’ve never read that Apple was ever anywhere close to the biggest spender for mobile advertising. Any links that show that?

    • Stephen_81

      Read apples year over year financial statements, as well as the other mobile providers, follow advertising trends for major companies and what product mixes get what percentage of advertising budgets. Samsung now drawfs Apples advertising budget for both their mobile division and most other divisions, but Apple owned the Advertising money spent for mobile products since iPhone inception, they also dominated advertising spending on portable music players when comparing iPod w/ Portable CD, and Portable cassette players combined.

    • It’s Me

      Guess I’ll just take your word for it.

    • Stephen_81

      Why? You spend so much time commenting on mobile why wouldn’t you spend the time to learn about the landscape? you’re talking less than 200 pages of reading per quarter to get a reasonably detailed view of financials for each major player and some minior players.
      BlackBerry, Samsung, HTC, Apple, Qualcomm, Rogers, Bell, Telus, Verizon, AT&T, would be starting points, going back 3ish years of catch up with just the yearly summaries gives lots of detail, though doing due diligence for comparisons with Apple/BlackBerry I suggest going back to 2006.
      Why be half knowledgeable on a subject you clearly like?

    • It’s Me

      It’s simply that I found your comment interesting. I see lots of people saying the same in online forums but no one ever seems to have the information handy. It’s like an Internet urban legend, sometimes. Everyone says it but no one defends it.

      I’m sure Apple spends a lot in marketing overall. I’m sure apple spends a lot marketing the iPhone specifically. I’m sure they even used to out spend Samsung. I’m just not convinced they were ever the number one spender on marketing phones.

    • Frederick Edwards

      Proving it on this comment thread will be hard since any comments that link to other websites are permanently moderated. So until that changes, you need to do your own research or take other word for it.

    • It’s Me

      A) posts with links are still visible, they just need to be expanded
      B) could always substitute the dots with [dot]
      C) even a few key words and the article author would make finding the link pretty easy, usually
      D) why would I research someone else’s claim? Shouldn’t the one making the assertion be expected to defend it
      E) I’m not certain the forum policy is the reason

      Note: I’m not questioning Stephens integrity. Just honestly would like to see the position defended.

    • Frederick Edwards

      Responded with URL, but now it looks like my response was moderated into oblivion. You can find the video via search engines, look for “Samsung Vs. Apple in the Battle of Marketing Dollars”. Its a report from Wall Street, via Newsy/AOL

    • Frederick Edwards

      You’re not looking for anything really; You are just waiting for someone else to ‘prove it’ and then disputing what you see. Do you really think any other company spent more than Apple or Samsung on smartphone advertising? Which medium, TV, internet or print did you notice any other company make a similar marketing impact? Go ahead, name one company.

      That AOL/Newsy TV broadcast wasn’t a logic problem for you to dispute by fabricating that some company X *could* have spent more than Apple or Samsung; Apple and Samsung are grabbing the majority of the profit from this smartphone industry and no other company can compete in marketing dollar without the profit or revenue to do so.

    • It’s Me

      See, you are way off base. Did I make a claim? No, so why would I possibly need to defend the statement I didn’t make? That’s just bizarre.

      You obviously want to take a side in the discussion, perhaps you agree with the urban legend. Certainly seems so. But unable to defend that position. That’s disappointing.

    • Frederick Edwards

      “But even if we assume Apple out spent them in the preceding year, that is not, in anyway, confirming that Apple out spent all others on smartphone advertising.” This states that Apple may not have spent more than ANY other smartphone OEM besides Samsung. Yet you fail to back that up with any other OEM that spent more, or even close. You fail to present any facts that support your delusionary beliefs. You are a troll.

    • It’s Me

      I’m not claiming anyone else outspent them. Why would I back that up?

      I could say you are a thief, but without evidence it’s a baseless claim. If someone said the didn’t know if you were a thief and asked me to back it up with evidence, using your genius logic, I could respond “you are saying Fred isn’t a thief then so prove it”.

      A claim was made. I’m asking for evidence. It isn’t forth coming. Asking for evidence isn’t trolling, it’s hoping for mature, intelligent discourse. Obviously that isn’t what you are looking for. You’re looking for a fight but you aren’t bright enough.

      I’m sorry that this upset you so much. Maybe if you’d spend more time in school you’d understand the concept of defending a position. Questioning a position doesn’t demand facts to back up the question.

      This is grade school stuff Fred. Make an assertion, back it up. Attacking someone for asking for evidence is evidence itself that you have nothing to say.

    • Anthony

      Samsung outspent Apple in 2012 as well, this is from WSJ.
      “In 2012, Samsung spent $401 million advertising its phones in the U.S. to Apple’s $333 million, according to ad research and consulting firm Kantar Media.”
      If I had to guess I would say in the modern smartphone era (2008/09 forward) Apple has never outspent Samsung.

    • Stephen_81

      If you read the same report you took your WSJ quote from
      2011 Apple spent $253Million, Samsung spent $78 Million, Apple actually spent more in 2011 than Samsung(78), HTC(124), BlackBerry(39) combined, as they totaled $241 Million, Samsung took over the lead as the number one smartphone maker in the US in 2013 after their top spending year of 2012 in advertising. Apple consistently outspent until 2012.

    • Bryan

      I understand most people are prejudice against BlackBerry because they never used a new one before and think they are the same old company. However I’m very surprised that people could continue to be so ignorant and making comments without actually trying something. BlackBerry makes great phones now with great hardware. Feel bad for people who will never try BlackBerry 10 and continue to think android or ios are the only available options to them.

    • alphs22

      Thing is, most people like me only get to “try” a new cell phone once every 2-3 years. Given the fact, when it comes to getting a phone I’m going to go with whatever is highly regarded at the time. For the last few years, these have been phones from Apple, Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony, etc. – not Blackberries.

      I can’t judge cell phones without using it for 1-2 months for my use, and it takes too much time and effort to try out a bunch of different phones.

      Maybe come next year when I’m upgrading, the phones that BB has out on the market would be up there with the likes of iPhones, Galaxies, and LG’s G-series. Then I would consider them.

    • Stephen_81

      ?? LG, HTC, Sony have had highly regarded phones? ;)

    • alphs22

      LOL. LG I think turned it around in the last year with the G2 and G3, though the one LG phone was so bad I probably won’t buy another anytime soon. HTCs have always been good since the One X in my opinion, and I like what Sony has done with their Xperia line in the last 2 years.

    • Bryan

      Thing is, when the phone has a very high user rating, I think we can both agree it’s high regarded by users. And sales reps for phones or tech sites truly are the most biased and least informed people when it comes to technology that isn’t backed by millions of dollars worth of marketing. If they truly reported what BlackBerry 10 could do, they’d stop receiving support from the fan boy community. Just look at how many hate comments there are each time a new BlackBerry article comes out. If you continue to turn a blind eye on BlackBerry products simply don’t comment on them, or you make yourself drop down to their level.

    • alphs22

      I agree that BB has been unfairly “shunned” by the tech community. It’s easy to pick on the little guy.

      However, BB/RIM -did- shoot themselves in the foot at the end of the Lazaridis/Balsillie era and during the Heinz years. Mediocre devices during a 2-3 year chaotic transition period where they lost a lot of customers. I am a not-so-proud owner of their Playbook, and I would be lying if I said that didn’t leave a bitter taste.

      They have also failed to entice developers over to their platform. This is less of an issue now that you can run Android apps, but they needed to get devs on board to compete with iOS and Android. They never did.

      My last BB phone was a Bold 9000, and that was one hell of a phone. But when it came to upgrade they had nothing that could compete, so I’ve been using Android and iOS since then. I wouldn’t mind switching back to BB – especially now that it’s easy to install Android apps on BB10. However their current offering are still not good enough. I’m one of those people who highly value the secondary functions on a phone – things like a good camera. Blackberry’s cloud functionality also still falls short.

      Hopefully they stay in the game long enough to fully catch up with iPhones and Android phones. I would consider their phones then.

    • Bryan

      I understand as a consumer who has used a product that did not meet your needs would be pretty detrimental to their brand name. However BlackBerry isn’t the same company anymore. Heck the only reason I can say for sure their phone is the one for me is because I tried every phone except windows. From Samsung galaxy s3 to the iPhone 5 to sony z1. After trying them all while I also tried the z10 I knew BlackBerry 10 was for me. The productivity levels of the phone simply made apps pointless for me. Not that I don’t use apps. I use them for entertainment when I have free time. However nothing can truly replace how efficient and productive they made BlackBerry 10 to be. Everyone has their needs. You do not have the same needs of mine. So go for what you need. I didn’t need the millions of apps on my iPhone, nor the millions of viruses and customizations on an Android. And certainly not the 20.7 megapixel camera on my Sony z1. As long as people stop commenting on products they have no clue about except when they want to get to know it more, the Internet would be a much more educational place.

    • marorun1982

      Working at Telus here.
      Used the Z10 for nearly 3 months..
      For me its not user friendly and even alien the way you use the interface so its not for me sadly. But i do sell a lots to buisness.

    • Bryan

      If you truly think BlackBerry 10 isn’t a user friendly phone that is your opinion and that’s fine. But it’s by far the most productive phone on the market which is something that cannot be argued or debated. The only real thing you need to learn from using an iPhone or Android to a BlackBerry 10 is how to use the hub. And simply learning that you increased your productivity levels.

    • VeryGoodIMO

      @disqus_UbwzIPC0qn:disqus
      “Not user friendly” is a very relative word. I find iPhone not user friendly at all. I have always used Android and some BB10 but recently tried iPhone 4s and found it to be totally not intuitive, may be because I am use to the Android OS. You just have to be open minded to try a change. I think, of all the OSs, BB10 is probably the best OS in terms of usability and flow. Having said that, I think Blackberry is responsible for its current state. They were just too slow to bring there new OS, BB10. Most people don’t like change and they complain and stay for a while but once they move, especially with the bad memories (of horrendous BBOS), it’s hard to get them back.

    • marorun1982

      Well I do use them all I work at a cell shop so sorry I stand by my opinion.

    • thisiscjay

      I work for Telus in DNA. I swear by the Z30…

    • marorun1982

      Well I don’t and none of my colleagues do. Also DNA are far from expert on cellphone they good at network and the backend of the Telus systems like partners… Wait new partners version failed yesterday lol.

      Also same team that’s taken 6 months to solve one of my clients problem in Wich he was charge long distance fee on a unlimited long distance plan.. Or the same team who failed to solve the sonim bug with ptt.. I had to talk to sonim and work with them to finally help DNA solve the problems..

      Sorry but you guys are not expert far from it… Proof one old.colleague from my store work with you guys at DNA and he was far from good always asking the same questions again and again.

      Anyhow no more time to loose on this tread.

      Let’s.just say others had better arguments than you..

    • thisiscjay

      Lol I think you have no idea what you are talking about, aside from your terrible grammar I don’t see any facts or sources. I’m not your “average” techy as I frequent websites such as mobilesyrup. Com BGR. Com AndroidCentral. Com Engadget. Com and CNET… I applaud your “DNA aren’t experts” rhetoric though.

    • thisiscjay

      Curious to know if you’ve tried a BlackBerry Z30 with the latest 10.2.1 OS?

    • marorun1982

      Agreed This is why in the Telus store i work i always give the full picture to all clients.
      I hate when they come in and say i want a Samsung S5..
      They usually leave the store with an HTC M8 , LG 2 or even Sony Z1 instead.

      Because Marketing is not what make a product superior and thats something customer need to learn.

    • VeryGoodIMO

      @alphs22:disqus
      It’s not just about the hardware, the BB10 OS is unique. Just try it in a store and see it for yourself. Although I do feel that the next Blackberry touch screen device will have very competitive hardware specs.

    • thisiscjay

      Human thinking is 95% emotional and 5% rational and as the most social species we are heavily influenced by social emotions such as pride and shame. People tend to begin their evaluations by listening to what ‘most people’ say and then they may adjust their initial evaluation with their own research or they may not. Most of us don’t want to stray too far from the centre of the herd and since we can’t assess everything all the time we take shortcuts just to get us going.

    • danbob999

      What’s Blackberry’s answer to the $350 Nexus 5? To the $150 Moto G?
      To high end phones such as the Galaxy S5, HTC One?

      The $700 Z30 is old and wasn’t as good as the Galaxy S4 released 6 months before.

    • Stephen_81

      BlackBerry can’t answer the $350 Nexus 5, because you can’t buy the $350 nexus 5 through a distribution channel, Online Only and BlackBerry can’t damage their fragile relationship with carriers by bypassing them and undercutting them like Google does.

      The Moto G, BlackBerry has addressed with the Z3, and the Q5, Both being excellent devices but they are in markets that matter more for that price point, BlackBerry doesn’t get to farm user data to sell advertisements like Google to supplement their development costs.

      As for the Z30, while it is long in the tooth now, if most certainly was not “old” when it was compared to the Galaxy S4, While the Spec’s might not have matched/surpassed the OS requires less to accomplish the same tasks, the Z30 speakers, and antenna at their launch were second to no one in the industry, the antenna still has that acclaim.

      But I will agree BlackBerry isn’t making the phones for the consumer masses, And their shift to Enterprise focus is the best move they can do to stem bankruptcy rumours. I spent yesterday showing a user how to use a work issued Samsung galaxy Note 3, His overall sentiment was why couldn’t his work just get him another 9900? the Galaxy did nothing better for his work day than the 9900 did, heck my Q10 I showed him I couldn’t show value over the 9900. There are still many business centric users who don’t buy because of market whims.

    • danbob999

      The Q5 competes against the Nexus 5, not the Moto G. They are both $350. As a custommer, why wouldn’t I choose the superior phone at that price point? I don’t care if I have to buy online.

      Also, OS is a matter of preference. But even most business now prefer Android over Blackberry.

    • Stephen_81

      You’re making up your own stats to say most businesses prefer Android over BlackBerry. of Canadian businesses iPhone and BlackBerry are by far the most dominate from MDM stats and Enterprise training contracts.

      As for the Q5, Fido and Koodo both sold the Q5 at $150 making it a Moto G competitor. And the difference between buying online and not buying online when purchasing your phone is the same as buying a TV online or clothing online you want to know you like it and you might not want to wait.

      I have never purchased a required item online, only items that are frivolous because it just isn’t worth it not being able to control the purchase decisions.

      I agree OS is a matter of preference, and people pay for what they want, which is why iOS doesn’t really address the low off contract market.

    • danbob999

      The Q5 is $350 at Fido. It is true that it is $150 at Koodo however.
      Blackberry still has market share in Canada but worldwide it is now within the error margin and that includes businesses. With no new flagship they will continue to loose sales.

    • Stephen_81

      The Q5 has returned to $350 then, but if a user is an online buyer who wants a Q5, 1 they aren’t in the market for a Nexus because that is like saying someone shopping for a minivan is comparing motorcycles in their buying decisions, and 2 they can buy Koodo and have it unlocked for less than $240 taxes and shipping included.

      BlackBerry US marketshare is most certainly a margin of error, but in countries like Indonesia, India, south Africa who have large and growing mobile markets with lower saturation than North American markets BlackBerry brand has been growing, which unfortunately for me being in Canada means that devices are being designed with those users in mind, hence the Z3.

      I can’t disagree BlackBerry wont see increased sales without a new flagship, and while I personally can’t wait for the BlackBerry Classic, it is not going to be a market leader in the consumer flagship sector so people who only gauge their business on that will see them dying.

      Lucky BlackBerry is both the #1 and #2 global EMM provider with BES5 and BES10 by a huge margin so they have the ability to focus less on consumer and more on keeping their expanding lead in that space.

    • marorun1982

      Working at Telus here.
      Did you know over 90% of company dont use MDM and dont do enterprise training contracts?

      Over 80% of company has less than 10 cellphone.
      Your number are not much better Stephen..

      Half my sell to buisness are Iphone.( still cant understand why as its less productive for work than both Android and Blackberry )
      The reste is more like this :
      30% android
      10% blackberry
      10% basic flip phones

    • Stephen_81

      Do they buy them for business? or buy them for personal/business blend? My father has a cellphone “for business” he drives taxi to get out of the house and has a cellphone so my mother can reach him.

      I do agree that more SME don’t use MDM or get training, but to say Android is the more popular for business doesn’t have anything to back it up, I didn’t give a number I stated BlackBerry and iPhone are most popular via MDM and training programs and iPhone sales also help paint the picture that Android isn’t the dominate business phone. It is the dominate consumer phone.

    • marorun1982

      No i was talking about my sales to business only this mean the boss or the one in charge is making the choice based on the company needs
      And they do get much more android and iphone than BB.

    • Stephen_81

      I will concede then, the businesses I call, and consult are very much more worried about device control and identity protection and Android suggestions usually get put down by IT.

    • Tootall

      I have friends that went to iPhone for work..now they are coming back to Black!

    • Bryan

      What makes a phone superior is relative. Specs I’d only an android phones game simply because of the fragmentation and viruses. Every os has its benefits, and businesses definitely would be more suited with BlackBerry 10 that android will ever be.

    • VeryGoodIMO

      You can get Z30 for $499 and Q5 for $150. Yo are still living in 2013.

    • marorun1982

      Well if you dont match the same hardware then lower the price to match it against device with similar hardware.

      Blackberry is not BMW they cant sell mid end phone at high end price they got to learn this.

    • Stephen_81

      I very much agree with this on the touchscreen front!
      BlackBerry needs to price touchscreen devices at the mid/midhigh price point, they can’t be pricing them at the high pricepoint because they wont outspec Android, and they wont out mindshare Samsung/Apple so they can’t get the price premium.

      But on the keyboard phone, they can take up to the cleaners, as a keyboard aficionado I have no options but BlackBerry, heck Lenovo has a solid 2yr dominance over laptop keyboards so one had no choice but to buy Lenovo for the best keyboard, and pricing reflected that.

    • Bryan

      I laughed at this comment when I saw it, because I was driving my bmw with my phone alongside me. But I agree a BlackBerry isn’t a bmw. They don’t charge people 800 dollars like iphone or premium android phones to buy out. The z30 started at 500 dollars on release with competitive specs, while the z10 is still a competitive priced phone compared to iPhone 5.

    • Bryan

      An os smooth as silk like the iPhone. With almost all the apps you want (98% of android apps except Google service ones), and the security to keep your peace of mind while doing mobile banking or anything else. And the z10 is 300 dollars buyout (200 dollars a while back promotion) and the z30 phablet is 500 dollars buy out, while the newest budget phone z5 is 200 dollars. BlackBerry 10 doesn’t need to talk to android with specs due to their more efficient os. BlackBerry 10 doesn’t need to be compared with iphones because of their productivity levels. If you use your phone just to be a wall hugger because you watch videos and play games 24/7 then please don’t talk about phones. Those are toys.

    • marorun1982

      Blackberry is not BMW you cant put your phone at 700$ pricepoint with underwhelming hardware end of the story!

    • Bryan

      They aren’t 700. Z30 started at 500 buy out.

    • marorun1982

      They started at 600$ and got lowered start of may you know no need to lie. You can also get better hardware for this price point screen size do not justify 600$ no wonder they lowered the price!

      The z10 came out at 600$ too btw.

      They overpriced phone.

      720p 5 inch screen? Dual core cpu? (sure the OS take less power to run but you know we all use applications and they run very slow on BB10)

      Crappy camera.
      Not much native apps and Android apps don’t run that’s well on it.

      Worth 450$ max and is about the same as a samsung s4 mini at 400$ full price. At least the s4 mini take not bad picture.

    • Bryan

      Ah yes my bad I bought my phone a while back and the price escaped me. However since you said 700 which was also 100 above I guess it makes us even. And I been talking about the new BlackBerry with John chen at the lead, so I been thinking about the z30 not the z10. My bad for not clarifying. And in no way shape or form is BlackBerry phones inferior in any sense. If you really wanted to talk about over pricing an inferior phone. Look at iphones, smallest battery and renamed old hardware for the price of 800. BlackBerry provides us with an efficient os that makes a highly spec android phone seem Slow. Yet they provide us with high enough hardware to make iphone users envy us. Bigger battery with efficient os made my 2880 battery on the z30 beat my 3000 battery on the sony z1. Dual antenna allowed me to make calls where my android and iPhone friends could not. And the feel of the phone itself speaks of premium unlike my Samsung galaxy3.

    • marorun1982

      On samsung part I fully agree worst build quality ever.

      As for iPhone again fully agree worst price ever.

      Still Blackberry 10 where all overpriced when they came out ( 600$ z30, 650/700$ z10, almost 750 Q10.. Only the Q5 looked like priced right)

      As for battery life I am currently using the Z1 and I used both z10 and z30 and the z30 with my usage do not have longer battery life but I do a mix of work and personal stuff that’s may be the difference.)

      As for the reception the Z1 give me the same as the z30 but speaker quality on the z30 rock compared but the Htc m8 is better on both call quality and speakers.

      Anyhow it’s fun to have some real arguments for a change in here.

      Usually it’s end with insult about my bad English instead :)

    • Bryan

      I agree with you where the products before the z30 were priced terribly, but since the z30 and z5 the pricing seems to be quite competitive and good.
      I never used a HTC m8 so I couldn’t comment on the speakers, I am quite happy with the z30 speakers though. But I’m definitely giving the call quality to BlackBerry z30 because of dual antenna and my personal experience of being in a zone where no other phone could connect but mine. And technically it only makes sense because the z30 has two antennas which is a first for any smart phone. Personally I use my phone more for browsing and answering emails, text etc. So my z30 last me two days without recharging :)
      Don’t worry about English and grammar when there is a logical debate between subjects. Nit picking spelling only shows they have no real argument against you.

    • marorun1982

      When I have client who get reception problem I always recommend them to get a blackberry as they always had better reception.

      As for dual antenna I don’t think it’s make a real difference the Samsung s5 has dual antenna and reception is the same as an iPhone (not really good)

      My Z1 got almost as good reception and data speed.thanks to dual cell hspa and a good antenna but because of water proof the ear speaker don’t sound perfect but its still more than enuf if compare to samsung and iphones.

      Anyhow good discussion!

    • Tootall

      I paid $699 to buy my Z30 out and it was worth every penny. Great hardware and smooth productive OS makes it easy to communicate. BlackBerry also threw in a great battery.

    • marorun1982

      Great os is a question of taste and need. The hardware is nothing special beside the dual antenna

    • VeryGoodIMO

      You can buy Z10 at FutureShop, prepaid at $199. That’s the best value you can get for any smartphone.

    • Anthony

      I’ve owned a Z10 and it wasn’t a bad phone it just wasn’t in no way a great phone. Had the Z10 or even Q10 for that matter come out in 2009 or 2010 it would’ve been able to compete with other flagships. Don’t feel bad for the people not trying BB feel bad for BB because of the sad company they’ve become. One of the only ways I could’ve seen them have a chance would’ve been enterprise customers but now with byod and companies just opting for iOS and in so e cases android I can’t see how they’ll survive. I guess as a niche player in developing countries selling 3 yr old phones.

    • Bryan

      Apparently you didn’t realize BlackBerry has more than just phones to offer.
      BBM/QNX/Enterprise/Phones

      And let me tell you QNX /Enterprise are doing VERY well, while BBM is picking up steam. Hardware is the only questionable part right now.

    • frayer

      lol bb is dead

    • Bryan

      And this is the greatest example of ignorance is bliss. And of course a troll who has no benefit to society when they only try to make mind numbing statements that add nothing to the article or comments.

    • AppleBerrySandwich

      A lot of corporations are still all Blackberry. Our bank is still almost 100% Blackberry.

    • xBURK

      Yes, that surprised me also. Many people of the United States think BlackBerry is gone. I don’t blame them though. The turbulence of the old management team and a for sale sign in late 2013 would make anyone think this. At least Mr. Chen and the new executive team are producing some positive headlines lately.

    • alphs22

      If you combine all Android phone manufacturers BB would still be third, after Android and iOS.

      You cant slice and dice the data to fit a narrative.

  • Guest

    Interesting that Apple is 2nd or 3rd in Vancouver and Montreal and LAST place in Toronto, the way Apple Fan Boys go on about it, and how “it’s the number 1 sold phone” … LoL

    • alphs22

      I don’t think you understand the difference between a phone model and a phone manufacturer.

    • marorun1982

      I dont think we care.

      Its Apple choice to only have one or two model so if they dont sell its there own problem!

      For me its ios vs android and not manufacturer vs manufacturer.
      Its like Windows vs MAC.

      Some ppl need to stop searching excuses to downgrade others brand..

    • alphs22

      His post mocks fanboys who say the iPhone is the best selling phone – which makes no sense, because it is indeed the best selling phone.

      “Its Apple choice to only have one or two model so if they dont sell its there own problem!”

      Apple sells a lot of phones.

    • Stephen_81

      To be fair, Apple does make the #1 selling phone, they just aren’t the #1 selling Brand.
      Samsung has at any given time 6 different models available running Android at each Carrier, BlackBerry has 4 at any given time at each Carrier. Apple has 3 at any given time, and until very recently each model was just an updated version of the previous model so they sold old stock and new together.
      It wasn’t until the iPhone 5c/5s that they actually started making 2 phone models, though I’m sure many fan boys will argue they are the same phone because they say iPhone, but then someone could argue the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 3 are the same because they are both Galaxy.

    • danbob999

      They aren’t last in Toronto they are third. Which means ahead of LG, HTC, Nokia, Sony, Moto

  • graze81

    I’m in the 3.9% with my HTC M8! Time to get a t-shirt made.

  • Steve Rodrigue

    Where’s Nokia?

    • Stephen_81

      Colorado Springs

  • thedesmodes

    I’m surprised that Huawei is ahead of Sony, I didn’t think that Huawei was that popular especially since the US stopped the sale of them because of possible “spying risks”, and I didn’t really think that people in Canada bought them.

  • BB BB

    What’s killing HTC One is that camera in the M8 when put up directly against the S5 heck even an S4 which is now $0 is much better camera wise.

  • Jerry S

    Galaxy S4 was released 6 months prior to the dates of this survey taking place. Most people would have waited for the Galaxy S5 to be announced/released.

  • VeryGoodIMO

    BB10 is awesome, no wonder its gaining some traction again. Once you get use to the gestures, iPhones and droids feel archaic. I am glad Blackberry is coming back. Blackberry security alone should be a good enough factor for anyone doing financial transactions on the phone to switch to BB10. Both iOS and Android suck big time in security. Don’t confuse BB10 with the old BBOS. BB10 is the most modern OS, with fastest browser on any OS ever. The whole ecosystem stuff came because iOS had the most lousy browser.

  • SpikedLemon

    Would Google direct purchases of Nexus devices be counted?

    • Stephen_81

      No.

  • Tuan Bui

    Honestly, I’ve had bb before and never tried the bb10, was their own fault to be honest. Never kept up with the market, getting very complacent and apple just swept them away. Waited to long to adopt touch screen and Apps was their downfall. Don’t even mention the blackberry storm, or their first attempt at blackberry world.. Was a tragedy. Also delaying the z10 and no update to the playbook was bad. Nothing appealing about blackberry anymore to be honest. Android has caught up with no stutters or lag anymore, Apple is refined and has loyal followers. Until blackberry releases something groundbreaking or something the market hasn’t seen, I don’t see them sticking around with hardware much longer.

    • Stephen_81

      While I agree it was BlackBerry’s own fault it was any easy thing to miss.
      in 2007 mobile internet was 2G, speeds were terrible data plans were tiny and by comparison to today’s plans they cost a fortune. BlackBerry was seeing record growth for their company quarter of quarter all the way into 2009, even 2010 they were still growing as a company. BlackBerry had a system designed for a different time, Advancement in 3G and mobile adoption grew faster than any other industry ever. BlackBerry had to scramble in 2009 when the whole industry started playing a new game, They tried to make BlackBerry OS better by buying Torch and improving the browser in OS6, it proved that BBOS couldn’t grow to meet the demands of modern users so BlackBerry purchased QNX in 2010 and developed BB10 launching in 2013, Now some might say why did it take so long, WELL if you look at Apple, they started Project Purple in secrecy in 2005, Project purple turned into the iPhone in 2007, BlackBerry under the scrutiny of the public had to maintain their existing user base, exiting infrastructure, WHILE also developing an entirely new platform which became BlackBerry 10, and they did it in the same time frame Apple did the iPhone in, but comparing BlackBerry 10 to iOS1, BlackBerry 10 as an OS met the major OS’s feature for feature, iOS did not meet the OS’s of the time feature for feature and truly iOS wasn’t refined or good until iOS4. So BlackBerry while yes they could have tried to see the future past their successes didn’t completely blow it.

      The PlayBook is a boondoggle I could write far more extensively on Marketing should have never had input.

      As for BlackBerry sticking around, To meet the needs of their regulated clients they’ll still make hardware, but I think we wont see as many devices, or any flash in the pan features from them you’ll have to go out looking for a BlackBerry vs seeing them at FS/BB/Carrierstores.

  • Jim Pauls

    I bought a Nokia Windows Phone so that makes me… the 1%. But seriously loving the Nokia Lumia 1520 with Windows Phone 8.1!

    • gwydionjhr

      And if you got a 1520 it wasn’t from somewhere in Canada. How many months has that phone been out and no sign that it is coming to this market? (720, 820, 1320, 930, 2520, the list is long)
      I think it’s time MS tried something different in Canada and just sold all of the WP models direct on the web, unlocked with no contract. The Canadian carriers have absolutely no interest in giving WP a fair shake, in store staff know nothing about the OS; it’s pathetic.