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Storm gets spec'd, ditches Thunder name in UK, coming GSM only?

0. phoneArena 23 Sep 2008, 08:57 posted on

The final specs of the Verizon Storm have leaked, along with information about a GSM-only variant...

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:42

1. (unregistered)


i'm in love!

posted on 23 Sep 2008, 09:31

2. (unregistered)


Any news on other carriers getting the Storm?

posted on 23 Sep 2008, 10:59

13. (unregistered)


VZW exclusive

posted on 23 Sep 2008, 09:56

3. Crackberry85 (unregistered)


When is the phon expected to be released????

posted on 23 Sep 2008, 12:59

19. JDubReno (unregistered)


november 1st!!!

posted on 28 Sep 2008, 08:46

46. phoneguy (unregistered)


i heard that it will arrive on the 2nd

posted on 23 Sep 2008, 10:06

4. likeabite (unregistered)


I can't wait for this phone. Now if only i can track down free blackberry apps I'll be good to go

posted on 23 Sep 2008, 17:12

29. chapablo (unregistered)


There's apps a-plenty. It just depends on whatb you want to do. I like the new google app for my curve (mail, maps w/some gps, and rss reader). But I also have all my news and sport from the main sites as shortcuts.

posted on 23 Sep 2008, 10:07

5. (unregistered)


dissaponting..no wifi...no gps....im goin to att...this is the biggest let down ever for a phone..its a moto q with a touch screen...

posted on 23 Sep 2008, 10:33

7. eat it (unregistered)


you are a retard.... blackberry requires the blackberry package why would you need wifi?? idiot... it will have gps just not the enhanced version but what that really means in comparison to the new version of vz nav im not sure... and if you know anything about the q its a windows mobile phone and the blackberry os is completly different... and as far as going to att, youre clearly an att fan boy... and the iphone requires the $35 data package compared to the $30 unlimited web and email package for blackberry... as long as this touchscreen is comparable to the iphone's, then apple has there work cut out for them...

posted on 23 Sep 2008, 10:34

8. Anomalies (Posts: 61; Member since: 08 Jun 2008)


Haha, RIM is the highest rated manufacturer in the US, don't compare them to Motorola. Apples and oranges my friend. Anyways go to AT&T, see you back in 30 days

posted on 23 Sep 2008, 10:34

9. (unregistered)


The Storm does have GPS, it just looks like someone left it out of the specs they wrote up on the website. If you look back at the article on 9/16/08 there is a Verizon faqs sheet that says the Storm is capable of Audible Turn by Turn Navigation. I'm sure it matches what the GSM verison has, but someone forgot to list it. Besides, RIM just upgraded the VZ Navigator program on Blackberrys to version 4.0 (traffic, weather, gas prices, movie times, etc.), so why would they leave it out of the biggest phone they've made to date?

posted on 23 Sep 2008, 10:36

10. primewax (unregistered)


Wi-fi is basically useless. GPS I agree, but wi-fi would never be a deal breaker for me.

posted on 23 Sep 2008, 10:39

12. (unregistered)


Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. You'll be back soon.

posted on 23 Sep 2008, 13:45

21. (unregistered)


I had verizon and I went to att I didnt come back in 30 days.

posted on 23 Sep 2008, 13:54

22. Anomalies (Posts: 61; Member since: 08 Jun 2008)


Congrats, want a cookie?

posted on 23 Sep 2008, 20:47

34. (unregistered)


That because you're on a family plan with your mom and dad....you NOOB!

posted on 24 Sep 2008, 03:42

37. Pavan (unregistered)


Dude, Try Wi-fi on Apple iPhone, its good. It is USEFULL. When a phone can come with GPRS and Browser Support. Its not a big deal for the manufacturer to add Wi-Fi Stuff on the board.

posted on 24 Sep 2008, 09:50

39. (unregistered)


I understand that some people like using WIFI because there may be times when it would be better to use WIFI rather than EVDO. I would bet the reason RIM is leaving WIFI out is because it is not a necessary feature when you can get high speed EVDO data almost anywhere you go. Its also a way to keep the price lower on an already expensive phone. It may also be because of the problems the iPhone 3G is having with connectivity. Some of the articles I read have said that the problems may be caused by having so may antennas (edge, 3G, bluetooth, wifi, gps, etc.) built into such a slim phone that they may be causing interference with each other. RIM may have just decided to not use WIFI so they do not encounter the same type of problems the iPhone is having, which is perfectly fine with me.

posted on 23 Sep 2008, 10:23

6. (unregistered)


this will probably make its way to AT&T because it does not have T-mobile's band of HSPDA

posted on 23 Sep 2008, 10:38

11. (unregistered)


as long as the iphone is a att exclusive then verizon will keep the storm locked down...

posted on 23 Sep 2008, 11:48

15. Anomalies (Posts: 61; Member since: 08 Jun 2008)


"You're not going to let anyone use YOUR phone, so WE won't let anyone use ours" Yeah that doesn't make sense, try again.

posted on 23 Sep 2008, 12:50

18. d (unregistered)


this is only exclusive to verizon for a few months and then if they are not meeeting sales quotas the exclusivity will go away!!

posted on 23 Sep 2008, 13:02

20. (unregistered)


How doesn't that make sense? It's just smart business. If att is keeping the iphone for the themselves why wouldn't their biggest competition keep the storm for themselves? Both phone will be hugely popular.

posted on 23 Sep 2008, 14:13

23. Anomalies (Posts: 61; Member since: 08 Jun 2008)


No it doesn't make sense, for one, AT&T is GSM and VerizonWireless are CDMA You do know that right? They're two different technologies...cell phone basics, are you following me so far? So, you can't use a GSM phone on a CDMA network and vice versa. So with VerizonWireless and Sprint being CDMA, you can't use their phones with T-mobile or AT&T. And in reverse, AT&T and T-mobile are GSM, so you can't use them with Sprint or VerizonWireless. Sorry I know I'm repeating things, but I just want to make sure you understand 100% and there isn't any confusion. So now that we have that out of the way... You mean to tell me you believe that VerizonWireless won't unlock their phone(The Storm) to be used on incompatible networks until the competition allows their phone(The iPhone) to be purchased unlocked, which would only be compatible with T-Mobile after that anyways? So once again, no that doesn't make sense, since VerizonWireless is uncompatable with the iPhone and AT&T is uncompatable with the CDMA version of the Storm. They won't wait for each other to unlock the phones. Now I don't even want to speculate on whether Vodafone will have their GSM version unlocked, but if so you would purchase the phone, from Europe, at quite a high price. Hope this clears any confusion.

posted on 23 Sep 2008, 14:15

24. Anomalies (Posts: 61; Member since: 08 Jun 2008)


P.S., in regards to my last post, yes I know the Verizon version is both CDMA/GSM because it is world edition, but that still doesn't mean they'll unlock it to work on GSM networks. None of our other CDMA/GSM world edition phones are unlocked that way either. Sozz sozz

posted on 23 Sep 2008, 15:05

27. (unregistered)


Verizon didnt want the iphone... it was offered to them before at&t

posted on 23 Sep 2008, 15:43

28. Chapablo (unregistered)


Blackberry has a new strategy for their nex gen of devices: ATT will have the Bold as its exclusicve phone. T-Mobile will have the Pearl Flip VZW will have the Storm It seems that this way they will not have to compete with themselves when selling phones, like they do now with the Curve and Pearl on different carriers. Each unique model highlights something appealing about their carrier. The Bold works with ATT's EDGE (*suck*) network. T-Mob will have the more economic and--perhaps--durable flip Pearl, and the Storm will be the feature powerhouse for VZW smartphones with GPS and streaming Video. Excited!? I am!

posted on 24 Sep 2008, 10:01

40. (unregistered)


But if you pay any attention to what phone manufacturers do, they make a GSM and CDMA variant of popular models. AT&T and Apple have an exclusive contract for the iPhone. So more than likely VZW will try to keep an exclusive contract with RIM for the US.

posted on 23 Sep 2008, 11:15

14. MSME (unregistered)


I am confused if the storm is GSM how does Verizon carry it, arent they CDMA or does this article mean that the 9500 is going to be GSM only!?

posted on 23 Sep 2008, 11:51

16. Anomalies (Posts: 61; Member since: 08 Jun 2008)


There's this thing called reading; you do it when they post an article. Now the error here is you only read part of the article, so read the entire thing or ctrl + F to find: "Lastly is a juicy tidbit that there will be a GSM-only variant, the 9500"

posted on 23 Sep 2008, 11:57

17. (unregistered)


i imagine this variant will be used in the GSM only countries like the UK.

posted on 23 Sep 2008, 14:24

25. (unregistered)


It appears the GPS wont be "crippled" as it says support for blackberry maps under GPS in the pictures from engadget

posted on 23 Sep 2008, 14:44

26. (unregistered)


yes, the verizon version is a "World Phone". it is both cdma and gsm

posted on 23 Sep 2008, 17:37

30. nacho (unregistered)


NO Wi-fi ?

posted on 23 Sep 2008, 18:33

32. (unregistered)


what is with you people...all blackberries require a data plan on verizon's network, which means unlimited email and web access. THERES IS NO NEED FOR WI-FI...common sense.

posted on 23 Sep 2008, 18:15

31. (unregistered)


i think i'd rather have VZ NAV rather than blackberry maps seriously some one tell me how accurate BB maps is???? not to say that VZ nav is perfect just that its definitely a banging app for my LG VX 8300 (i know ive been wanting to upgrade forever lol) and i dont want to have a slower or less accurate GPS system on a way nicer phone...i do sugest people wait though at least until they play with the phone in the store

posted on 23 Sep 2008, 18:46

33. (unregistered)


Do you think verizon will get the bold anytime soon? :|

posted on 23 Sep 2008, 20:48

35. Jole855 (unregistered)


RE: 42 Yes you are required to have a data plan with any blackberry phone on verizon. No wi-fi support is a sad to hear, but will not stop me from buying this phone.

posted on 24 Sep 2008, 01:25

36. (unregistered)


youre an idiot...you obviously know that a data plan is required for any blackberry with verizon yet you still seem to think lack of wi-fi is a deal breaker. with that data plan you know you get unlimited web access...........right?

posted on 24 Sep 2008, 09:46

38. (unregistered)


I really don't think some people get that concept! Where the web package on the BB doesn't get service, suprise, you won't be able to get WiFi!!!

posted on 24 Sep 2008, 10:05

41. (unregistered)


I think people are upset that they don't have the option to use wi-fi in poor VZW coverage areas. And yes... I did say POOR coverage areas, VZW isn't perfect!

posted on 24 Sep 2008, 10:58

42. (unregistered)


when will it come out for Sprint??? Since I love the simply everything plan I have stayed with Sprint. But I want this phone. Verizon is too expensive. You have to pay for everything separate. So is there any news on when this will be availble for Sprint???

posted on 24 Sep 2008, 12:40

43. (unregistered)


It's not coming to Sprint. VZW exclusive!!!!!!!!!!!11

posted on 24 Sep 2008, 12:44

44. (unregistered)


Pretty sure the screen is gonna sink this phone like the Titanic. Kind of like the Dare, lots of features but worthless touchscreen. I'm not holding my breath on this one.

posted on 27 Sep 2008, 17:18

45. (unregistered)


cant wait for the samsung omnia cmda version, who cares for bb os, its all about windows

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