Report: BlackBerry Q10 smartphone selling well in UK

While the launch of the touchscreen-only BlackBerry Z10 has come and gone with little notice in terms of sales, the launch of the QWERTY keyboard-based BlackBerry Q10 looks like it might be seeing a better reception from the public.

The smartphone, powered by the BlackBerry 10 operating system, went on sale in Canada and the U.K. this weekend. Today, the UK-based Guardian reports that Selfridges, the exclusive retailer for the smartphone in that country, claims that the BlackBerry Q10 is their fastest-selling consumer electronics product ever.

While the retailer did not give out specific sales numbers, the story claims that other sources have reported that they have seen "dozens" of the devices being sold at once. The customers are apparently of two types: corporate IT buyers and people looking to export the device.

This would seem to suggest that business customers who are already used to the older QWERTY BlackBerry smartphones have been waiting for the new BlackBerry Q10 to come out, rather than buy the touchscreen-only BlackBerry Z10, which was launched in the U.K. in late January. US residents will have to wait until the end of May to get the BlackBerry Q10 from the top four wireless carriers, which plan to charge $249 for the smartphone with a two-year contract.

Source: The Guardian | Image via BlackBerry

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Yeah, I'm curious to know why Selfridges would get exclusivity over this phone ahead of the likes of the more traditional and pervasive mobile carrier outlets. If BB10 is to be successful, surely you get it into as many retail outlets as possible, as soon as possible, right?

The cynic in me suggests that it would be much, MUCH, easier to generate technically 'truthful' headlines that include the words "fastest", "best selling", "selling by the dozens" when you're collaborating with the store which has exactly 4 UK locations and doesn't have a pedigree in selling mobile phones in vast quantities. It's more than a little misleading.

If I were in the market for a BBQ10 and I went into my local O2, Vodafone or Orange/T-Mobile store only to be told I'd have to travel to London or Manchester to see/try out one of these and have to pay full retail price, I'd simply get something else. (admittedly it is also on sale on Selfridges' website)

at 579.99 pounds a pop I don't think they are selling thousands per hour or even selling 20 per person. This article is very suspect to say the least. This is existing business users that are replacing handsets that are already BB and exporters that want to try make a quick buck before release. I don't think the actual consumer number(the public) will be that high for a device like this.

Edited by korupt_one, Apr 30 2013, 12:01am :

Well, lets just wait and see what our Carriers have to say about the sales of them. Selfridges sell the device what, for 2 days? I doubt they have much to compare it too.

SammTracey said,
Well, lets just wait and see what our Carriers have to say about the sales of them. Selfridges sell the device what, for 2 days? I doubt they have much to compare it too.

its exclusive to Selfridges,so they are the only ones selling them. if the devices were spread around, then blackberry couldn't generate this misleading press now could they? remember how the z10 was supposedly selling out everywhere yet in the end the numbers looked grim?

They said the same thing about Z10. We'll see. I'm a fan of RIM but I haven't really enjoyed Blackberry OS very much, if ever. Good luck!

"claims that the BlackBerry Q10 is their fastest-selling consumer electronics product ever" in combination with selfridges - a joke

The only company right now that needs to be concerned about a BB revival is MS. They need to cement themselves as #3. Not looking good so far, but it is still early on BB.