Blackberry Storm to hit Verizon in November


Blackberry_storm_h4webI have been in conversations with Verizon about the newest addition to the Blackberry family, the Storm, and today they officially released the Storm out of the bag.  The Storm is the first Blackberry without a hardware keyboard, packing a full-screen touch interface instead.  The touchscreen is multi-touch enabled and provides haptic feedback when buttons are pressed on the screen.  It packs 1 GB of internal memory and can be extended with up to 16 GB via memory card.  The Storm has a 3.2 MP camera and a full set of features:

  • BlackBerry® Internet Service, BlackBerry® Unite!, BlackBerry® Professional Software and BlackBerry® Enterprise Server support
  • Preloaded DataViz® Documents to Go®  allows users to edit Microsoft® Word, Excel and PowerPoint files directly on the handset
  • 3.2megapixel camera with variable zoom, auto focus and a powerful flashthat also provides continuous lighting when recording video
  • Built-in GPS supports location-based applications and services, as well as geotagging of photos
  • 1 GB of onboard memory storage and a microSD™/SDHD memory card slot that supports up to 16 GB of additional storage
  • Mediaplayer that can play movies smoothly in full-screen mode, displaypictures and slideshows quickly and manage an entire music collection;playlists can be created directly on the handset and there’s anequalizer with 11 preset filters – including “Lounge,” “Jazz” and “HipHop” – for customized audio ranges when using wired headphones orexternal speakers
  • A 3.5 mm stereo headset jack, support for Bluetooth® stereo audio profile (A2DP/AVRCP) and dedicated volume controls
  • Sleek,elegant design with contoured corners, stainless steel back and chromeaccents surrounding its large (3.25") glass lens; its exceptional 480 x360 resolution at 184 ppi is crisp and bright with eye-pleasing clarity
  • Anambient light sensor that automatically adjusts backlighting for idealscreen viewing and an accelerometer that allows customers to viewapplications in either portrait or landscape mode by simply rotatingthe handset
  • Removable and rechargeable 1400 mAhr battery thatprovides approximately six hours of talk time on 3G networks and 15days of standby time

I should have one of these babies in my hands soon and frankly can’t wait.  I have been using a Blackberry on the Verizon service for over a year and it’s been a nice experience.  It will be awesome to add a touch phone to the mix to shake things up.

(press release)


Patrick Steele

I’m assuming the built-in GPS will be disabled like Verizon does on all of it’s phones… (unless you plunk down $10 extra per month for their NZ Navigator service)

Will Ginn

I checked with my Verizon contact this morning, and he said the roll out is November 9th, in store units also available then.


So, with quadband EDGE, EV-DO and UMTS 2100, is it “unlocked” for use on AT&T on EDGE?

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