Eastlink launches second retail location

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Feb 222013

Eastlink launched its wireless network in Nova Scotia and PEI last week along with a single retail store in Halifax. It has now launched a second retail location at the Halifax Shopping Centre.

More locations are scheduled to open “in the weeks to come.” One will be at the Sunnyside Mall in Bedford and Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth. Another seven locations, including some in PEI, are expected to follow within the next 18 months. Eastlink, has in the past, said that it would not rush the deployment of its network. As company CEO Lee Bragg explained, “There’s no first to market advantage for us, we’re not in a big panic. We really want to do this right.”

Eastlink offers a combination of plans without contracts as well as bundles that include other Eastlink services (including TV and Internet). Among the devices it offers are the Sony Xperia T, Samsung Galaxy S III, Google Nexus 4, and the BlackBerry Bold 9900.

Read more: Eastlink (Source: MobileSyrup)

Has Google sold 1 million Nexus 4 smartphones?

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Feb 082013

Google Nexus 4Google Nexus 4 sales may just have topped one million units. The announcement comes not from Google or LG but from xda-developers where some enterprising forum users developed a formula that lets them to estimate how many smartphones have been manufactured based on crowd-sourced IMEI numbers. It so happens that a recent submission suggests that the million unit milestone has been reached. According to forum user draugaz who has been tracking the numbers:

Ladies and gentlemen, we have just reached the millionth device!

(of course just judging by serial number, i.e. minus gaps)

ATURBK 302KPSL999998 20130205 TURKEY

Which means, IMEI prefix 35391805* is now officially complete and the next one will be started.

The same tool has been used to estimate production run totals by month. The results show that from a run of 70,000 in October, LG has ramped production up to 550,000 or more in January.

Considering that the Google Nexus 4 has been sold out more often than available and that it only went on sale just over two months ago, the million unit milestone is pretty impressive. With production volumes catching up to demand and availability being expanded to carriers (Videotron and WIND Mobile now offer it in Canada), we may be hearing about new sales milestones in the near future.

Read more: xda-developers (Source: TechCrunch)

LG Sells One Million LG Optimus G smartphones

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Jan 202013

LG Optimus GLG announced on Friday that sales of its LG Optimus G smartphone have topped one million units since its launch late last year. Currently available in Canada, Japan, South Korea and the United States, LG also plans to offer it in China and several European countries sometime this quarter.

LG has a ways to go to catch up with top players Samsung and Apple but it is moving in the right direction. It sold a record 7 million smartphones in Q3 (compared to its previous record of 6.2 million) with about 2.1 million of those being LTE devices. With rumoured devices such as the LG GK, LG Optimus G Pro, and LG Optimus G2 in the works, LG looks set to grow further.

LG’s reputation also got a shot in the arm when it became Google’s latest partner for a Nexus device, the Google Nexus 4. Unfortunately, a bit of tarnish has followed due to the availability issues faced by Google and LG since it went on sale.

Read more: Yonhap News Agency

Microsoft Surface RT sales only reach 1 million last quarter?

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Jan 142013

Microsoft SurfaceMicrosoft’s tablet business may be off to a slow start. Rumours back in November suggested that Microsoft had reduced its 2012 orders from 4 million to 2 million units. UBS analyst Brent Thill now expects that Microsoft may have only sold about 1 million Surface RT tablets in Q4 2012. Thill cites two reasons for the low sales: “Surface RT is a consumer device with [fourth-quarter] sales suffering from the difficult iPad compare and narrow distribution.”

Such numbers could well justify Samsung’s recent decision not to launch its Windows RT-powered ATIV Tab tablet in the U.S.

Thill expects that Surface sales may improve with the launch of the upcoming Surface with Windows 8 Pro. He describes it as “more promising” as he expects that it will be a credible alternative to the Apple iPad in the enterprise space.

Thill estimates that Microsoft could sell about 2.5 million Surface tablets by the end of June when Microsoft’s fiscal 2013 year ends. Sales could climb to 8 million in FY2014. As a comparison, Apple is expected to have sold over 20 million iPads in the same period.

Read more: CNET

Samsung Galaxy S sales top 100 million units

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Jan 142013

Samsung today announced that cumulative global channel sales of its Galaxy S series devices have now topped 100 million units. The series is made up of the original Samsung Galaxy S which launched in June 2010 as well as its successors, the Galaxy S II and current flagship, the Galaxy S III.

The original Samsung Galaxy S has now shipped over 24 million units to global channels. Its successor, the Samsung Galaxy S II, has now topped shipments of 40 million units. The Samsung Galaxy S III has now passed the mark of 40 million unit channel sales, or average daily sales of 190,000 units.

Samsung Galaxy S sales top 100 million units

The company named the Galaxy S II as the “driving force behind Samsung Electronics’ rise to the top on the global smartphone market.”

Impressive numbers all around!

Read more: Samsung Tomorrow

Microsoft Surface RT supply chain orders cut by half?

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Nov 292012

Microsoft SurfaceFollowing rumours that Surface RT sales were not meeting Microsoft’s own sales forecasts comes word that supply chain orders for Microsoft’s tablet have been cut in half. Citing its usual “sources from the upstream supply chain,” Digitimes indicates that Microsoft has reduced its 2012 orders from 4 million to 2 million units. Prospects for the upcoming quarter may not be any better.

And there is more bad news for Microsoft. Lower than expected Windows RT tablet sales do not apppear to be limited to Microsoft. The report adds that Asustek Computer, Samsung Electronics and Dell are also seeing weak demand.

The report closes by suggesting that Microsoft may bump up the launch of its Surface with Windows 8 Pro or reduce its price. That seems unlikely given Microsoft’s announcement earlier today.

Read more: Digitimes

Samsung Galaxy Note II sales top 5 million in first two months (Updated)

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Nov 252012

Samsung Galaxy Note IIIt only took Samsung 37 days to sell its first 3 million Samsung Galaxy Note IIs [product information]. Now barely two months after going on sale, it appears that sales of Samsung’s latest phablet have now topped 5 million units.

The numbers come from SammyHub rather than Samsung directly. You can be sure that Samsung will announce its latest milestone shortly if the numbers are in fact accurate.

Much as we have seen with the Galaxy S III, sales of the Galaxy Note II are eclipsing those of its predecessor. It took the original Galaxy Note five months to top the same milestone. It has now sold in excess of 10 million units.

In Canada, the Samsung Galaxy Note II is available from Bell Mobility, Mobilicity, Rogers, SaskTel, TELUS, Vidéotron, and WIND Mobile.

Update: As expected, Samsung today confirmed that it has surpassed the 5 million sales mark for its Galaxy Note II.

Read more: SammyHub and (in Korean) [Google translation]

Surface RT tablet sales to fall short of Microsoft forecasts?

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Nov 142012

Microsoft SurfaceSales of the Surface tablet may not meet Microsoft’s own sales forecasts if a report by Digitimes is accurate. Citing “sources from upstream component suppliers,”, the report suggests that sales started slowly and may only reach about 60% of Microsoft’s forecast by year’s end.

Microsoft is expected to continue to face challenging conditions over the holiday shopping season. Two reasons are provided for this: The first is a lack of a competitive edge in pricing and performance. The second is that the Surface lacks supporting software as previous Windows software is not compatible and relies instead on new software available from the Windows Store.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer recently described initial sales of the Surface RT as “modest” but pointed out that reception to the tablet had been “fantastic.” He expected sales to improve as availability improved.

The report concludes that Windows 8-based tablet sales may benefit from the slower than expected Windows RT uptake.

For its part, Microsoft has yet to provide any official Windows RT sales numbers.

Read more: Digitimes

Microsoft Surface RT sales off to a “modest” start

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Nov 122012

Microsoft SurfaceMicrosoft has yet to reveal any Surface for Windows RT tablet sales numbers but but CEO Steve Ballmer may have given us our best hint so far how things are going. In an interview with French-language Le Parisien, Ballmer described initial sales as “modest” but did not provide specific numbers.

Ballmer went on to explain that this modest start is due to the Surface’s limited availability. It is currently only available online from Microsoft and through a limited number of stores in the U.S (and Canada). Microsoft has also faced some supply challenges (something Ballmer described as a “good sign” and is working hard to address those as well. Sales should improve as it becomes available in more stores and more countries in the near future. Talking about sales numbers might make more sense then, added Ballmer. He also pointed out that reception to the tablet has been “fantastic.”

Ballmer also reiterated that Microsoft will launch a second Surface tablet, the Surface for Windows 8 Pro powered by an Intel processor, in early 2013.

Read more: Le Parisien (in French) [Google translation] (Source: Reuters

Apple sells 3 million new iPads in first three days

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Nov 052012

Apple iPad miniApple began selling both the iPad 4 and iPad mini this past Friday. Not surprisingly, their debut weekend was strong with three million iPads being sold over the past three days. A breakout of how many iPad minis were sold was not provided though.

“Customers around the world love the new iPad mini and fourth generation iPad,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We set a new launch weekend record and practically sold out of iPad minis. We’re working hard to build more quickly to meet the incredible demand.”

Interestingly, Apple found itself in the rare position of being “practically sold out of iPad minis” rather than fully sold out as it more traditionally has been with other product launches. Was demand more muted than it expected or was it able to get more supply out in time for the launch?

One thing is for sure: Apple can claim yet another successful product launch!

Read more: Apple

Samsung reconfirms 30 million Samsung Galaxy S III units sold

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Nov 052012

It would appear that Samsung Poland simply let the cat out the bag a bit too early. After announcing that sales of the Samsung Galaxy S III had topped 30 million units, the Facebook and Twitter messages vanished. An official confirmation of the milestone has now been released by Samsung. JK Shin, President and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division, said:

The Galaxy S III continues to be a runaway favorite with customers around the world. Meeting this sales milestone in five months set another record for Samsung, and we are extremely proud and yet motivated to continue to provide our customers with products that they love. On behalf of Samsung Mobile, appreciate millions of customers aroudn the world that have chosen the Samsung Galaxy S III.

Samsung Galaxy S III - 30 million sold infographic

It took about 157 days (about 5 months) for the Samsung Galaxy S III to hit the 30 million mark. In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S II sold “only” 10 million units in the same time frame back in 2011. A Galaxy S III is sold every 0.45 seconds!

Read more: Samsung Tomorrow

Sales of Samsung Galaxy S III top 30 million (Updated)

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Nov 022012

Not satisfied with announcing that sales of its Galaxy Note II had topped three million units in the first 37 days of availability, Samsung today also announced that sales of its Galaxy S III flagship smartphone have now topped 30 million units. That number includes all variants, including the I9300 international version as well as carrier-specific ones.

We have already sold 30 000 000 Samsung Galaxy S III in the world! Have you already had a chance to test its features?

Samsung tops sales of 30 million Samsung Galaxy S III

The Samsung Galaxy S III first hit the market about five months ago. It topped sales of 20 million units in September.

Update: Samsung Poland has pulled down both the Facebook post and a tweet with a similar message. Were the celebrations a bit premature or is Samsung HQ looking to make its own announcement to mark the milestone?

Read more: Samsung Poland [via Facebook] (Source: GSMArena)

Samsung Galaxy Note II sales top 3 million in 37 days

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Nov 022012

Samsung Galaxy Note IISales of the Samsung Galaxy Note II [specifications], the successor to the original Galaxy Note phablet, are off to a brisk start. Samsung today revealed that sales of the smartphone/tablet hybrid had topped 3 million units in the first 37 days it was available.

As it had predicted, it is selling at a faster rate than the original Galaxy Note. Samsung expects to sell 20 million by the end of the year.

It first launched in South Korea, Hong Kong, Indonesia, South Africa, China, and the United States but distribution is now widening. Sales in Canada have been hampered by supply issues. A number of carriers are planning to offer the Galaxy Note but most are still showing it as coming soon.

Read more: Samsung Tomorrow (in Korean) [Google translation] (Source: Engadget)

Google Nexus 7 sales closing in on 1 million tablets per month

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Oct 312012

Google Nexus 7ASUS, the manufacturer behind the Google Nexus 7 tablet, today revealed the first actual sales figures since the tablet launched this past summer. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Chief Financial Officer David Chang, revealed that sales have been steadily climbing. “At the beginning, it was, for instance, 500K units a month, then maybe 600, 700K. This latest month, it was close to 1 million,” he said.

ASUS expects that its fourth quarter tablet shipments could reach 2.6 million and could hit 10 million in 2013. While the launch this week of the new 32GB Google Nexus 7 is likely to help those figures, competition in the 7-inch tablet space is also going to be a bit tougher with the arrival of Apple’s new iPad mini.

Google still has a ways to go to catch up with Apple. It announced sales of 14 million iPads in its last quarter alone.

Read more: The Wall Street Journal

Apple iPhone 5 sales top 5 million in debut weekend

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Sep 242012

Apple iPhone 5Apple today announced that it had sold over 5 million iPhone 5 smartphones over its debut weekend. It went on sale on Friday morning with the usual customer lineups.

“Demand for iPhone 5 has been incredible and we are working hard to get an iPhone 5 into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “While we have sold out of our initial supply, stores continue to receive iPhone 5 shipments regularly and customers can continue to order online and receive an estimated delivery date. We appreciate everyone’s patience and are working hard to build enough iPhone 5s for everyone.”

Apple’s iPhone 5 debut weekend surpassed that of the iPhone 4S which saw sales of 4 million devices about a year ago. Its pre-orders had already surpassed those of the iPhone 4S a week earlier.

Apple also announced that more than than 100 million iOS devices have already been updated with iOS 6. That amounts to roughly 25% of all iOS devices sold to date.

Read more: Apple