Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Retailer says BlackBerry Z10 outselling iPhone 5, Galaxy 3 in Canada

A person uses the new Blackberry Z10 device at a Rogers store in Toronto on Feb. 5, 2013. A poll from Forum Research Inc. says that as many as 2.6-million Z10 devices could be sold in Canada over the next year.

MARK BLINCH/REUTERS

A major wireless retailer said Research In Motion Ltd.'s new BlackBerry Z10 smartphone has sold better since its launch than more popular devices such as Apple Inc.'s iPhone 5 and Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S3 devices in Canada.

In a statement released on Monday, Burnaby, B.C.-based Glentel Inc., said the new Z10 model was "the leading smartphone" sold within its 330 Canadian Wirelesswave and Wave sans Fils retail stores since the device's launch on Feb. 5.

RIM's new BlackBerry, of course, is much newer than its best-selling Galaxy S3 and iPhone rivals – which have sold tens of millions since their respective launches – and is one of the only major devices to have launched since the holiday season ended. Since then, there has been a drought of high-end smartphone releases.

Story continues below advertisement

Glentel did not respond to a request for additional comment and did not immediately make available any actual sales numbers.

Since RIM's global launches began rolling out in late January, actual data on sales have been in short supply. Until RIM reports its fourth quarter financial results on March 28 – an analysis that will include sales from early December until March 2 – observers are left with little more than vague figures from RIM and its partners, analyst "channel checks" with retail stores and wireless carriers, and other non-definitive numbers.

RIM has said the full touchscreen Z10 device had a more successful launch out of the gate than any previous BlackBerry, which many had expected given the long wait since the latest BlackBerry 7 devices were launched in August, 2011. A delay to availability in the U.S. led to many analysts cutting sales forecasts, but anecdotal accounts – including the release on Monday of Glentel's statement and reports of lineups in the U.K. – provide some evidence that RIM's Z10 has had at least some sales momentum.

Report an error Licensing Options
Comments

The Globe invites you to share your views. Please stay on topic and be respectful to everyone. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

We’ve made some technical updates to our commenting software. If you are experiencing any issues posting comments, simply log out and log back in.

Discussion loading… ✨

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Thank you!

You are now subscribed to the newsletter at

You can unsubscribe from this newsletter or Globe promotions at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of the newsletter, or by emailing us at privacy@globeandmail.com.