Verizon Launches BlackBerry Storm 2 This Week; OS 5.0 for Storm Today


BlackBerry Storm 2Verizon (s vz) isn’t just teasing us with Droid material, they are launching the BlackBerry Storm 2 this week. The new Storm hits on October 28, and the refreshed phone has Wi-Fi, making it much better than the original Storm. Owners of the original Storm needn’t fret, as Verizon has released the next major version of the BlackBerry OS today for that phone. OS 5.0 has a big list of improvements and changes, and the browser performs much better in particular. Storm owners should see the new OS version available in the Blackberry Desktop Software.

Full Storm 2 press release after the jump.


New Operating System for Existing BlackBerry Storm Customers

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and WATERLOO, Ontario – Verizon Wireless and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced that the BlackBerry® Storm2™ smartphone will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications stores, online at, 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™/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® Browser is improved with faster JavaScript and CSS processing as well as support for Gears and BlackBerry Widgets
· Customers running BlackBerry® 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® Media Sync, for easily syncing Windows Media® Player music with the smartphone*
· 3.5 mm stereo headset jack and dedicated volume controls
· Bluetooth® (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 NavigatorSM service is pre-loaded
· V CAST Music with Rhapsody
· Access to BlackBerry App World™, 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 (, BlackBerry Desktop Manager, or from Verizon Wireless’ download site ( 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 Business customers can contact their Business Sales Representatives at 1-800-VZW-4BIZ.



I got the Storm last wed. I had heard about a new OS coming out sometime soon. And from the time I used the phone with 4.7 it was what it was, but I really hated the SMS texting since it was not threaded texting. I came from the LG enV Touch–and that phone was the reason why I wanted it SO bad because it had threaded texting. It makes it a WHOLE LOT easier and faster to view texts….but what I love most about the Storms new threaded text, is that it is that like the BBMessenger.

Overall the OS on Storm1 is just faster, smoother, sexier…kinda like Windows 7 :-)

Adam Jansen

I just updated my storm to OS 5.0 and an very pleased! I started the update last night then fell asleep and when I woke up it was like it has been switched out with a brand new (and better) phone. I especially like how the texts are now in conversations instead of mixed all together in one screen. And they finally gave the phone’s scrolling some inertia! and the pictures load so much faster. Its just all really smooth. Overall I have always been happy with the phone and now its a whole lot better!


I have been Verizon Wireless subscriber for many years. I had been AT&T Cellular customer previously before their change to GSM. I have been a very satisfied customer with Verizon Wireless. Their services and customer service have been superior. I have read there are unsatisfied customers with Verizon also. I believe that the percentage is less than with AT&T. I have been Blackberry user since the Pearl, Curve and now Storm. I have just updated the operating system to 5.0 yesterday. I am very pleased to experience the new and improved features. I experience the “smoothness” in many operating procedures. I believe that the voice ,the coverage and customer service with Verizon Wireless have surpassed AT&T. There is not a “perfect” company either in telecommunication or any industry.


I wonder if it will have the same success the first generation had.
From what I’ve read the specs are pretty good,except the built in memory. Hope I’ll get to buy one.

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