Aerial Telephones claims BlackBerry sales spike

More BlackBerrys connected in first six months of this year than whole of 2010 as it also exceeds its O2 Centre of Excellence target

O2 Centre of Excellence (CoE) partner Aerial Telephones said it had connected as many BlackBerry smartphones in the first six months of this year than it did in the whole of 2010.

The Portsmouth-based dealer said the sales increase has resulted in it exceeding its annual O2 target within the CoE programme within the first six months, and is also on target to achieve a sub-five per cent churn level.

Aerial has also appointed Nathan Ashton to its sales team. He will take charge of existing customers and new business in Bournemouth and Poole. He joined from Vodafone platinum partner Cortel, where he had been sales manager since April 2008.

Aerial Telephones general manager David Hall said: “Our performance in the first six months of 2011 has been tremendous, so we’re very upbeat.

“Nathan’s appointment is another significant step forward for us, due to his experience with another well-respected dealer. These are areas we need to focus on more so the second half of this year looks even more promising.”

In addition, Aerial is to host an event for housing associations across the south-east in the autumn, to educate them on the benefits of having a single supplier for all their telecom needs.

The event will include presentations from handset manufacturers including RIM, as well as Aerial’s partners Crystal Ball, Sitex Orbis and Destiny Wireless. Google has also been approached to attend, according to Aerial.

Hall added: “We may not win their mobile business immediately, but we can show that there is so much more to a mobile than voice and data, and we can provide that to them with the help of our partners.”

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