BlackBerry Buzz — Storm 2, Bold 2 are Coming Soon

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blackberry-buzzIt’s Tuesday and that can only mean it’s time for our weekly feature, BlackBerry Buzz. The Buzz is where you’ll find out what’s been going on in the BlackBerry brambles. You’ll hear about everything that’s worth knowing in the awesome world of the BlackBerry.

RIM’s (s rimm) next version of the Storm without the keyboard is expected to show up before long, and the appearance of accessories for the Storm 2 in Best Buy makes it clear there is not long to wait. Retailers don’t usually put accessories out for sale too long before a phone goes up for sale, so thoughts are that the Storm 2 will be out pretty darn soon. Vodafone Germany is showing the Storm 2 as “coming soon”, too. The Storm 2 is an evolution of the first BlackBerry with a giant touchscreen, and videos on the web show the phone to be very responsive.

Verizon (s vz) is going to fire up its BOGO (buy one get one free) promotion for BlackBerries that was so successful for them in the past. The promotion allows customers to buy any BlackBerry Verizon carries, and get a second one of equal or lesser value free. Interestingly, a promotional flyer has surfaced that clearly shows the Storm 2 is included in the promotion. That backs up the thought that it will be arriving on Verizon’s shelves before long.

T-Mobile has sent out invitations for a press event expected to herald in the launch of the BlackBerry Bold 2 on that network. The event is November 3 in Los Angeles and November 5 in New York City. The invitation teases invitees with promises of a BlackBerry with “Wi-Fi assisted calling.” Sounds like Skype to me.

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I could be wrong but “Wi-Fi assisted calling” on T-Mobile sounds like UMA (routing phones calls over Wi-Fi = no need for clunky femtocells like Sprint and AT&T), not Skype to me.

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