BlackBerry Z10 enjoys brisk sales starting outside the US
Early sales data indicates the BlackBerry Z10 is having a promising start outside the U.S., where the phone is shipping now or within days.
In the U.S., the BlackBerry Z10 is not expected to arrive until at least mid-March and carriers have yet to name a release date for the device. However, the Z10 is already rolling out in the U.K., Canada, and United Arab Emirates, where analysts at Jefferies & Co say the phone is up to a “solid” start, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
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In the U.K., one of BlackBerry's biggest markets, some retailers sold out of the Z10 just days after its announcement last week. The white version proved most sought, although the black model is relatively hard to find as well. Currently, U.K. carriers are selling the Z10 free with a two-year contract and a monthly plan of $57, which is a similar deal to the iPhone 5 in the country. Pre-orders in Canada and United Arab Emirates have been strong too, the analysts reported.
Corroborating analyst reports, one U.K. resident wrote on the CrackBerry forums: “I have been searching to buy an unlocked Z10 in London shops, online, etc. for the last 48 hours and counting… so far unsuccessful. Z10 is hot right now in the U.K.! The power of the positive word of mouth about BB10 is incredible!”
Indonesia is the third market for BlackBerry after the U.S. and U.K., as the firm accounted for nearly half of the smartphone shipments in the country in 2012. But analysts told The Guardian they are unsure how the Z10 will be received there, as it’s considerably more expensive than previous BlackBerry devices.
Meanwhile, with the U.S. release of the Z10 a couple of months away, the phone has been snapped up for up to $1700 on eBay by eager fans of the brand. However, it’s unclear why people have been paying so much for an unlocked Z10, which will be available for $199 with a contract from Verizon later this spring.