While Apple gains ground in India, BlackBerry is struggling with fast dipping sales. Between July- September, the Canadian smartphone maker sold under 70,000 units or less than half of what it sold in the previous quarter.
BlackBerry sold about 68,000 units in the quarter as compared to 1.5 lakh units in the previous quarter and 1.52 lakh in the corresponding quarter last year, according to the latest release by IDC which tracks smartphone shipments. (Source)
The company has disputed IDC numbers as factually incorrect. BlackBerry had only high end devices like Z10 and Q10 selling in India during the quarter, said a spokesperson. While the cheaper BlackBerry Q5 was launched in July, the BlackBerry 9720 was launched in September in India.
Meanwhile, the new iPhone 5S and 5C by Apple, is flying off the shelf. Reliance Communications, which came up with a bundling offer to sell the phone (2 year contract locked) for no upfront costs, said that it sold 3,500 units in the first 4 days.
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