In an article published in the Globe and Mail today, John Chen states that Passport demand has exceeded expectations. Of course, we already knew that given how difficult it’s been for people to get their hands on it.
“It’s a good thing that some people can’t buy BlackBerry Ltd.’s Passport phone, Chief Executive Officer John Chen said. That means it’s popular.”
“I’m glad to have inventory issues. It shows that people want the phone.”
The Passport is the first device released in John Chen era and things are looking up. For anyone who follows the mobile tech industry, its easy to see that the Passport is the most innovative and unique device to come along in years. BlackBerry has just shaken the market and I would be willing to bet has left some scrambling to “innovate”/”patent”, their own square design…..with rounded corners of course.
The article does go on to discuss first day sales.
“The Passport sold 200,000 units in the first two days, selling out in six hours on BlackBerry’s website and within 10 hours on Amazon.com. The square-shaped smartphone is designed for business users who write e-mails, study spreadsheets and read documents on their phones.”
There seems to be some confusion as to whether these sales figures are accurate. It’s clear by the article and what John Chen has stated thus far, that these figures are certainly true and continue to rise.
So as frustrating as it is for those who haven’t been able to get their hands on a Passport, its great news for BlackBerry. There is however, one other way you could grab a shiny new Passport here. Go ahead, throw your name in the hat.