Google "OTR Global BlackBerry Z10 Continental Europe"
You may have to be a member of OTR Global to get the full report unless you can find it stashed away somewhere else on the web.
Germany and the rest of Northern Europe have shown very little retail interest in the Blackberry Z10. Italy, which has been a stronghold for Blackberry is showing less demand than expected.
Germany is not a typical BB market but it´s big enough and here´s enough money to become a profitable country for BB.
And be sure - the coup with the government awaked a lot of public interest.
Security and seriousness are good arguments for germans - so BB10 will speach for itself.
At Amazon are already 49 ratings and this 2 weeks after the launch - the absolutely most are very excited and postive - compare: the iphone 5 has 45 ratings - not in the slightest so positive like for the Z10!
Simply no way does the CEO comment that sales are robust and the company is increasing production by 2 to 3x. Anyone who reads into this any other way is a fool. Don't know what the numbers will be but you'd be an idiot to think the CEO is putting himself on the line pwersonally by suggesting VERY strong ramp up. Not giving guidance is one thing, making suggestive comments that are directionally incorrect is another issue all together. A few weeks will tell but from what's been reported I have to believe the sales numbers will be stellar. And I believe US demand for the Z10 but even more so for the Q10 and the keyboard so many old timers prefer will be equally stellar. The yound generation doesn't want a keyboard style but in my opinion many of enterprise users do and I believe the Q10 demand will bear that out.
gotta love rimtards always coming out with the invariable "who cares about [enter location/client]" every time any piece of negative news shows what we all know, that sales aren't going to stop bleeding, in spite of BB10.
LOL @ you dismissing europe's strongest economy.
(Reuters) - BlackBerry (BB.TO) has gotten its new touchscreen mobile device on store shelves in more than 20 countries and is very encouraged by the traction that the smartphone is gaining, Chief Executive Thorsten Heins said on Thursday.
The company's Z10, the first in a line of smartphones powered by the new BlackBerry 10 operating system, is on sale in the UK, Canada, Germany, Indonesia, India, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa, among other countries. Launches in other countries are coming soon, said Heins.
A U.S. launch is due later this month.
"The feedback is very encouraging," Heins said at the Communitech Tech Leadership Conference in the company's hometown of Kitchener-Waterloo. "What has been a real surprise for us is that BlackBerry 10 as a platform and product is attracting users that are currently on other platforms."
"We are just five weeks into this. We have just one product out in 21 countries, so it is early indications, but we are encouraged by what we see and hear from our carrier partners," he told an audience of leaders of local technology start-ups.
Heins declined to give figures on Z10 sales, as the company is in a quiet period ahead of the March 28 release of its fourth-quarter results.
He said the high-end Z10 had surpassed BlackBerry's expectations in emerging markets like India, where cheaper entry-level devices are typically popular.
"I was surprised when we launched in India how well the Z10, which is a high-end device, sold," said Heins. "We shipped into the channel product that we thought would have been good for at least five days and I got an emergency call from our manager in India, saying that they were sold out in two days,"
"Now we are scrambling to re-load that channel."
"We are just five weeks into this. We have just one product out in 21 countries, so it is early indications, but we are encouraged by what we see and hear from our carrier partners," he told an audience of leaders of local technology start-ups."
It's interesting that there hasn't been the usual ambiguous sales announcements for the Z10 coming about the launch in Continental Europe. No "50% better than previous one day record in Germany". No "30% of customers in Italy have come over from other platforms"
The EU is a huge market with over 500 million consumers. If I was long I'd be concerned about the lack of success proclamations coming out of Europe.
“We physically checked six stores in London and Edinburgh on our recent marketing trip for signs of excess inventory or wavering Z10 demand,” Jefferies analyst Peter Misek wrote in a note to clients. ”We found neither. All of the stores we visited had only a few devices in stock and sellthrough appeared fine.”
He continued, “We asked if any of the sales associates and managers had heard of too much inventory and the answer was consistently no. Additionally, they did know of two stores in their network that were sold out. So contrary to some reports the Z10 continues to sell steadily.”
As for the recent reports of Z10 price cuts across several retailers in the UK, Misek calls this “standard practice for new flagship phones.”
“We asked about price cuts and if this indicated waning demand or issues. Again this was deemed standard practice and brought the Z10 inline with the iPhone 5,” the analyst wrote. ”We asked how quickly the iPhone 5 price fell and we were told one month or so.”
Misek maintains a Buy rating on BlackBerry shares with a $19.50 price target