BlackBerry receives purchase order of 1 million smartphones

BlackBerry receives purchase order of 1 million smartphones 	Washington: Canadian mobile maker BlackBerry has said that it has received an order for one million of its new smartphones, the largest ever single purchase in the firm’s history.

The company, which lost its cachet following the release of smartphones from rival firm Apple and Samsung, is relying on the redesigned BlackBerry to fuel a comeback.

Blackberry unveiled the new BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 in late January.

According to CBS News, the company did not disclose who placed the order, but said Wednesday that it came from one of its established partners.

Shipments will begin immediately, the report said.

Blackberry issued the statement just ahead of its quarterly earnings report on March 28.

The company's shares jumped 77 cents on the news, or more than 5 percent, to 15.24 dollars in late trading Wednesday.

ANI