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Uh-oh: BlackBerry shipped just 2.7M BB10 devices last quarter

Only 40 percent of the 6.8 million total BlackBerrys sold in the period run on the next-gen platform. That's a number that most on Wall Street regard as disappointing.

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BlackBerry sold a humbling 2.7 million BlackBerry 10 devices in its fiscal first quarter.

The company disclosed on a conference call Friday that 40 percent of the 6.8 million total BlackBerrys it sold in the period, which ended June 1, ran on its much-ballyhooed next-generation platform.

That's a number that most on Wall Street regarded as disappointing. Sanford Bernstein analyst Pierre Ferragu, for instance, had expected sales of 3 million units.

The sales figure likely represents the number of units sold to carriers, or the "ship in" figure. It's unclear what the "sell through" figure was -- that is, how many units were actually sold to consumers.

BlackBerry did not break out sales between the touch screen-equipped BlackBerry Z10 and Q10, which comes with the physical keyboard the company's phones have long been known for.

The results are just part of an overall disappointing quarter for BlackBerry, which during the conference call elicited many pointed questions about its state of being. The company also disclosed on the call that it had 72 million subscribers, down 4 million from its fiscal fourth quarter.