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Blackberry 10 Canadian Launch

By aidemzo_adanac ·
Well it seems that the Berry 10 was an awaited launch in Canada, for starters.

"While there weren't the long lineups typical of an Apple launch, both Rogers and Bell reported strong demand for the phone, with 50 per cent of pre-orders coming from non-BlackBerry users, according to independent technology analyst Chris Umiastowski."

"We're hearing that pre-order sales have exceeded iPhone sales for the last three months," Umiastowski told CBC News.

"lackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins told CBC Radio's The Current that the company's fall has been exaggerated.

"We're still selling seven million units by the quarter, so there still is a very loyal audience.

"What also happened is that we went global," Heins said, pointing to growth in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. "We're rocking in those markets."

As expected, foreign markets are big on Berry, I remember a while back when users in the Middle East spoke out to press about how much they didn't find the iPhone more than a web toy and wasn't a viable candidate in the Enterprise market. I suppose with the Berry sales there, it rings true.

It seems that sales in Canada are still low as far as cornering the SmartPhone market but really, iPhones fit most casual users and those who do not use for business also. If I didn't need a phone for business, I'd probably use an iPhone more often. I have an iPhone, provided by the company but it's absolute garbage for work so I use my own Berry most of the time. I use my iPhone mainly for VoIP because I can transfer calls to extensions on our unified messaging system with 3 digits and send email within the company. Of course I can do that with my Berry too but the company uses iPhones, bought mine and provide the data, plus it uses apps that they install by default.

It's handy at the track for looking up past performance PDF's too. Why data on my own dime?

I think a lot of Berry users are also holding out for the keyboard model too, touch screen keyboards are a good reason MANY people stuck with Blackberry over iPhones. With only a touch screen Berry available for now, many will hold out for that nice, tactile Berry board, I REALLY prefer mine to the on screen keyboard on the iPhone. It looks like the QWERTY Berry board will be available in April.

So perhaps there's still life in RIM and Blackberry after all, perhaps it really IS a long awaited device.

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