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The Storm 2 Forecast: Will hit Verizon Wireless' Network on Oct. 28!
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.
- 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
- 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
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,
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
- Built-in GPS for maps and other location-based applications, as well as
photo geotagging; and Verizon Wireless' VZ Navigator(SM) service is
- 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
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
- 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.
Press Releases are always exciting for those waiting. It's finally here.
...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.
Pretty impressive package. Hope it's everything it should've been from the start.
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...
I don't remember the specs on the old Storm, does this one have more flash memory and/or a faster processor?
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.
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.
Originally Posted by 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.
Originally Posted by taynepope
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.