We saw the BlackBerry Q10 launch in the U.K. on Friday 26th April 2013 and while it was only available exclusively from Carphone Warehouse within Selfridges in London there was huge demand. We saw queues of people lining up to get their hands on one and also reported that stock had run out within 90 minutes of the doors opening -- a record it seems for Selfridges.
Following the huge sell out of the BlackBerry Q10, Carphone Warehouse have said that they will be bringing in extra stock to cater to the demand of the latest BlackBerry smartphone. Today is the last day of the Selfridges exclusivity. All Carphone Warehouse stores should have the BlackBerry Q10 available from tomorrow, April 30th.
Like most places Carphone Warehouse has the BlackBerry Q10 available SIM free for £579.95 or available from all the major networks starting from £33 a month on contract. From their website it seems they only have the black one available right now with the white one coming into stock around May 6th. Phones 4U and Vodafone still have it showing as pre-order, with a delivery date of April 30th. So, it should also be available from them on April 30th. Both Phones 4U and Vodafone will have it available in black and white. O2 UK are showing it as available on their website with up to 3 days delivery. Buying on Pay and Go from O2 is also a bit cheaper at £529. Other U.K. networks have yet to set a date or even have it on their coming soon pages.
It certainly is nice to see the BlackBerry Q10 fly off the shelves that quickly and while the BlackBerry Z10 is an awesome device, catering to those who were longing for full touchscreen device, it's clear to see that many more were holding out for the physical keyboard BlackBerry 10 model. It certainly has me torn as it was nice being able to type on a physical keyboard and have keyboard shortcuts but the bigger screen does makes browsing and media viewing a pleasure.
LONDON, 29th April, 2013 – Carphone Warehouse predicts that the BlackBerry® Q10 smartphone will be a sell-out following the bumper sales this weekend and confirms that it has brought in extra stock to satisfy anticipated demand. Selfridges sold record numbers of the smartphone over the weekend via its in-store Carphone Warehouse concession ahead of the smartphone going on general release across all of Carphone Warehouse’s 800 stores tomorrow.
Sir Charles Dunstone, Chairman and Co-Founder of Carphone Warehouse, says,
The exclusive launch of the BlackBerry Q10 at our store within Selfridges over the weekend was an amazing success. We have never seen any product sell that amount of volume in such a short space of time - it was incredible.
The new user experience is fantastic and with its trademark BlackBerry keyboard, we think it will appeal to both BlackBerry loyalists and new users alike. We are expecting the nationwide launch of the BlackBerry Q10 to be huge for both BlackBerry and Carphone Warehouse
Rob Orr, Managing Director, UK and Ireland, BlackBerry, comments, “This increased support from Carphone Warehouse following the Selfridges sell-out reinforces the strong demand for a high-end BlackBerry 10 smartphone with a full-QWERTY physical keyboard.”
The BlackBerry Q10 will be available at Carphone Warehouse stores nationwide from tomorrow, Tuesday 30th April, or online at http://www.carphonewarehouse.com/mobiles/mobile-phones/BLACKBERRY_Q10.
The highly-anticipated new handset will be available on O2, Orange, T-Mobile, Three, EE and TalkMobile, free from £33 per month* and £579.95 SIM-free.