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    The Storm 2 Forecast: Will hit Verizon Wireless' Network on Oct. 28!

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    Press release: Verizon Wireless and Research In Motion today announced that the BlackBerry Storm2 smartphone will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications stores, online at www.verizonwireless.com, and through business sales channels beginning Oct. 28. The BlackBerry Storm2 with BlackBerry OS 5.0 evolves the BlackBerry touchscreen platform with hundreds of hardware and software enhancements - including new SurePress "clickable" display technology and built-in Wi-Fi - delivering the exceptional multimedia experience and communications capabilities customers have come to expect from their BlackBerry smartphones.

    Key Features:
    - Smooth design and premium finish with sloped edges, chrome accents,
    glass lens and stainless steel backplate
    - Large (3.25"), dazzling high-resolution 480 x 360 display at 184 ppi
    - Capacitive touchscreen with integrated functions (Send, End, Menu,
    Escape) and new SurePress technology that makes clicking the display
    practically effortless
    - 3G and global connectivity support for making phone calls in more than
    220 countries and accessing data in more than 185 countries (with more
    than 80 destinations in 3G)
    - Network Connectivity: EV-DO Revision A; UMTS/HSPA (2100 MHz); and
    quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM networks
    - Supports Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g)
    - 256 MB of Flash memory
    - 2 GB of onboard media storage and a microSD(TM)/SDHD memory card slot
    with a 16 GB card included

    Software Updates on BlackBerry Storm2:
    - Features BlackBerry OS 5.0, which includes typing accuracy and selection
    improvements, as well as usability and visual enhancements such as
    inertial scrolling, spin boxes that make it easier to set dates and
    times, gradient shading on buttons, and more use of animation
    - BlackBerry(R) Browser is improved with faster JavaScript and CSS
    processing as well as support for Gears and BlackBerry Widgets
    - Customers running BlackBerry(R) Enterprise Server 5.0 will gain the
    ability to set follow-up flags, manage e-mail folders, access remote
    files (Windows Shares), forward appointments, view calendar attachments,
    and more

    Additional Features and Specifications:
    - 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus, Image Stabilization (IS), flash and
    video recording capabilities
    - Premium and easy-to-access phone features, background noise suppression
    technology, loud distortion-free speakerphone and face detection
    (proximity sensor) that prevents accidental clicks and blanks the screen
    while the customer is on the phone
    - Media player for videos, pictures and music, plus support for BlackBerry
    Desktop Manager for both PCs and Macs, and BlackBerry(R) Media Sync, for
    easily syncing Windows Media(R) Player music with the smartphone(i)
    - 3.5 mm stereo headset jack and dedicated volume controls
    - Bluetooth(R) (v2.1) capable with support for Secure Simple Pairing,
    hands-free headsets, stereo headsets, car kits and other Bluetooth
    peripherals
    - Built-in GPS for maps and other location-based applications, as well as
    photo geotagging; and Verizon Wireless' VZ Navigator(SM) service is
    pre-loaded
    - V CAST Music with Rhapsody
    - Access to BlackBerry App World(TM), featuring a broad and growing
    catalog of third-party mobile applications developed specifically for
    BlackBerry smartphones, with categories including games, entertainment,
    IM and social networking, news, weather, productivity and more
    - Support for Verizon Wireless' Mobile Broadband Connect tethering service
    - Removable, rechargeable 1400 mAhr battery that provides up to 5.5 hours
    of talk time or up to 11.2 days of standby time

    Pricing and Availability:
    - The BlackBerry Storm2 smartphone is available beginning Oct. 28 for
    $179.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer
    agreement on a voice plan with an Email and Web feature or an Email and
    Web for BlackBerry plan. Customers will receive the mail-in rebate in
    the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as
    cash anywhere debit cards are accepted. Data plans for the BlackBerry
    Storm2 smartphone begin at $29.99 when added to any Nationwide voice
    plan.

    New Operating System for Existing BlackBerry Storm Customers
    - Existing BlackBerry Storm customers will be able to update their
    handsets to the new BlackBerry OS 5.0 software via Web software load
    (www.blackberry.com/update), BlackBerry Desktop Manager, or from Verizon
    Wireless' download site (www.verizonwireless.com/storm). The software is
    available today.
    - For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services,
    visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or
    go to www.verizonwireless.com. Business customers can contact their
    Business Sales Representatives at 1-800-VZW-4BIZ.

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    Press Releases are always exciting for those waiting. It's finally here.

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    ...and then there are those who no matter how many times there hear "it's coming! it's coming!" they still never evacuate. Sorry got carried away with the "Storm" aspect lol. The official press release title is: "A Powerful New Storm Rolls Onto Verizon Wireless' Network on Oct. 28" Sounds ominous no? Lets hope this Storm hits harder than its predecessor. It does sound more powerful than the last Storm thus far.

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    Pretty impressive package. Hope it's everything it should've been from the start.

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    I dont know if the improved hardware is enough for someone that already has the storm 1 to upgrade. Especially if you are under contract, which you would be given that its only been a year since it came out. You get 90% of the functionality with the official verizon 5.0 update...

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    I don't remember the specs on the old Storm, does this one have more flash memory and/or a faster processor?
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    I think the new screen technology and Wi-Fi support are the biggest improvements compared to Storm 1. The clumsy touchscreen and slow OS were the deal breaker on the first Storm.

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    Looks like I will be sporting a new Storm soon. I plan on ordering first thing Wednesday and if I am not happy withing the first few days I may end up with an Android or WM Device. I am hoping however with the slight new look and the new OS as well as Wifi this will be where I stay. I already love the 5.0 on my Other Storm so I am thinking I will be pretty happy with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hayden View Post
    ...and then there are those who no matter how many times there hear "it's coming! it's coming!" they still never evacuate. Sorry got carried away with the "Storm" aspect lol. The official press release title is: "A Powerful New Storm Rolls Onto Verizon Wireless' Network on Oct. 28" Sounds ominous no? Lets hope this Storm hits harder than its predecessor. It does sound more powerful than the last Storm thus far.
    Funny Hayden...
    Looks like the new Storm has some teeth this time, which is very good to see. im wondering how Verizon is going to do their upgrade thing. I know this summer was somewhat of a fiasco w/ apple's upgrade process. The second gen Storm looks like what it should have been 12 months ago but better late than never....

    i'd love to hear feedback from those who are purchasing this one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by taynepope View Post
    Funny Hayden...
    Looks like the new Storm has some teeth this time, which is very good to see. im wondering how Verizon is going to do their upgrade thing. I know this summer was somewhat of a fiasco w/ apple's upgrade process. The second gen Storm looks like what it should have been 12 months ago but better late than never....

    i'd love to hear feedback from those who are purchasing this one...
    If it hits Wednesday I will have mine by Friday and let everyone know.

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    I'm taking my 8330 back to Best Buy on Thursday but I think I'm going to get the tour. I doubt they'll have the Storm2.

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