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*UPDATED* BlackBerry Storm officially announced by Verizon Wireless

*UPDATED* BlackBerry Storm officially announced by Verizon Wireless
*Update* As it was expected, thanks to the leakage of the press release, Verizon Wireless officially announced the Storm, the first touchscreen BlackBerry. See the link in the end for the official announcement

It looks like Verizon is prepping a press release to be released later today to officially announce the Storm. Of course it hasn't been a secret for a while, but we always love official, high resolution shots and spec sheets! blackberry.com/storm is active with a few demos, and Verizon has their own /storm site as well though it's decidedly less informative right now. One interesting note, GPS and BlackBerry Maps are mentioned in the same sentence so maybe Verizon will allow this to be GPS unlocked (maybe, there are a whole lot of superscripts after it.)
*UPDATED* BlackBerry Storm officially announced by Verizon Wireless
*UPDATED* BlackBerry Storm officially announced by Verizon Wireless

via: BGR

The Storm is a CDMA/EV-DO Rev. A phone for Verizon, which sports quad-band GSM and 2100MHz  HSPA for 3G roaming in Europe. It has a 3.2" 480x360 touchscreen, 3.2MP auto-focus camera, 3.5mm jack and stereo Bluetooth. It also features GPS, fa ull HTML browser and  an onscreen QWERTY keyboard in landscape mode and SureType in portrait view.

source: Verizon Wireless

Engadget and Gizmodo have gotten some their hands on the Storm, and while they they had some gripes (size, browser) they came out impressed.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:42

1. (unregistered)


It's still coming with the 8GB card 1 GB of on board memory storage and 8 GB microSD memory card included in expandable memory card slot Check it out!

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 07:43

18. (unregistered)


Can u read? fanboy??

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 09:58

24. (unregistered)


Sure I can... the original posting stated that Phonearena was unsure whether the phone was coming with an 8GB card... Now go back and post on phonescoop

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 10:23

27. (unregistered)


ur still wrong again can u read....1gb of mem only...fanboy......whats phonescoop? u fanboy

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 12:11

32. (unregistered)


Hey, the 1GB memory refers to ONBOARD memory. U do know what that means right? Onboard memory and extended/expanded memory are 2 different things...!

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 12:14

33. (unregistered)


Easy You 2 ..LOL..

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 12:29

34. (unregistered)


i hate fanboys...its not coming with 8gb card...!

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 13:27

42. (unregistered)


u guys are so lame. granted its cool, its just a phone. wow

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 14:28

45. (unregistered)


umm, hey smart guy, it is coming with an 8 gig memory card included with the phone.

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 16:54

55. (unregistered)


1GB INTERNAL MEMORY *AND* 8GB MICROSDHC CARD (REMOVABLE).

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 19:15

61. (unregistered)


lol thats like the facebook of myspace. Phonescoop should be taken in the back and shot.

posted on 09 Oct 2008, 07:30

66. (unregistered)


isn't facebook better than myspace?

posted on 09 Oct 2008, 14:23

74. (unregistered)


yes it is. i would know...

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 00:22

2. (unregistered)


Awesome. Fanboy fight coming soon. (Apple/AT&T Vs Blackberry/VZW)

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 17:16

57. (unregistered)


Too bad ATT doesn't have a "character" then we could send the VZW test man and the ATT guy on Jerry Springer haha

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 00:57

3. (unregistered)


as long as vzw markets the storm by marketing the phone like att does to all their phones it will be a success. it all starts with marketing. prime example is how att did the razr and iphone ads. im a huge apple fan but i have had vzw service since prime co and dont see myself changing. vzw markets too much of the network and too little of the device. people would run out and buy the iphone or razr even if it started on MetroPCS. The ads are cool and thats what sells. a normal consumer is not going to run out and buy the storm if they get a 2 second glimpse of it and the other 28 seconds of the test man with the network behind them. vzw has had some great phones that they could of had people running to them for but market it wrong, 8700, xv6900, dare, z6tv, all great phones with no ads and no catchy name. just my thoughts....

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 01:18

4. 8lias (unregistered)


When Verizon was still Airtouch, a corporate salesman told me "I am going to give you an advice that will always going to be true, it's always about the service and the network when it comes to mobile communication." Until this day, I still believe that he is right. There are people who wants a reliable network and service and those who wants more out of their hardware and software. iPhone, in my opinion is a fun toy with integrated communication ability. I see people play on their iPhone than communicate with their iPhone. The Storm seem like a nice phone (until a full review of course) and if it's a fun phone to use, perhaps, it is possible to have the best of both world, fun and reliable connection, goodluck RIM, there's a first for everything.

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 01:25

5. (unregistered)


Looks kind of chunky...hope it's slimmer in person

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 07:22

17. secondcor517 (Posts: 94; Member since: 06 Oct 2008)


it's .55 depth. go look at blackberrys website it shows how thin it is.

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 01:39

6. (unregistered)


why won't verizon add their vcast music with rhapsody, vcast video, and vcast mobile t.v. to smartphones and blackberry. WHY?

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 01:48

7. T-Money3000 (Posts: 244; Member since: 15 Dec 2007)


They are slowly adding more Get It Now programs to Smartphones. ie VZ Nav and VCast Music on Q9M/C

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 07:02

13. vzw fanboy (unregistered)


does it have mobile tv???

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 07:09

15. secondcor517 (Posts: 94; Member since: 06 Oct 2008)


look out soon for a new way to access those items on your smartphone.

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 09:45

23. (unregistered)


The reason they are not on smartphones is because they leave it up to the manufacturer to add them to the phones. As far as I know VZW does not change around a lot of the operating system on smartphones, thats why you don't see the Verizon UI on smartphones. The Blackberry 8830 and Pearl were not capable of VZ Nav at first but it was something they added in later, and when they came out with the upgraded version w/ traffic, weather, and gas prices the smartphones did not get it right away because the manufacturers had to add the program themselves. I read an article on phonescoop a month or two ago that they were going to add vcast video to the smartphones, but i still haven't heard anything else about that

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 11:19

31. (unregistered)


You can utilize Rhapsody on the device

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 12:47

35. T-Money3000 (Posts: 244; Member since: 15 Dec 2007)


No.... Sprint is doing a good job at that. They've got Sprint TV on their Pearl.

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 12:48

37. T-Money3000 (Posts: 244; Member since: 15 Dec 2007)


No.... Sprint is doing a good job at that. They've got Sprint TV on their Pearl.

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 12:49

38. T-Money3000 (Posts: 244; Member since: 15 Dec 2007)


Are you sure about that? Rhapsody can't even be used on all regular phones with the VZW UI.

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 15:47

52. (unregistered)


.....and the Curve, and the Mogul, and the Touch Diamond, and the Centro. Almost all of the Sprint smartphones support TV now.

posted on 09 Oct 2008, 17:54

76. (unregistered)


sprint's tv service is garbage compared to vzw's mobile tv. the resolution is terrible.

posted on 10 Oct 2008, 02:35

79. T-Money3000 (Posts: 244; Member since: 15 Dec 2007)


I agree with that. I tried VZW's Mobile TV in Vegas during the X-Games. Totally cool but NOT something I would pay for month after month....

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 01:49

8. T-Money3000 (Posts: 244; Member since: 15 Dec 2007)


Does anyone know if this phone will be like the RIM BB Bold in the sense that users can edit docs and not just view them?

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 10:19

26. (unregistered)


Yes it will.

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 12:48

36. T-Money3000 (Posts: 244; Member since: 15 Dec 2007)


Are you sure?... It doesnt say that in the specs for the phone but it DOES say that in the specs for the Bold!

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 15:33

49. (unregistered)


It is going to have Documents to Go, which is a reader/editor for BBs. So yes, it will have the ability to edit docs on it

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 03:04

9. Kinda random question... (unregistered)


Y'know how Blackberrys are usually made for gsm networks and they only let you text 160 in an sms? Well Verizon phones let you text well over 160, since it's exclusive for Verizon do you think the storm will let you text more that the usual 160?

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 03:27

10. (unregistered)


That's in an incorrect statement about SMS limitations on GSM. CDMA(verizon's phones) have the same limit. It's the manufacturer that decides how big a txt message can be on their phone(if it's longer than 160 characters, it will simply be extended to a second or more txt message when sent).

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 07:01

12. vzw fanboy (unregistered)


actually, i have the voyager and when i send a text to my buddy more than 160 characters, who has at&t, i get a text message almost instently that says something like "you message has only been sent with the first 160 character". i think its sooo stupid, 160 charcters isnt that much!

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 07:07

14. secondcor517 (Posts: 94; Member since: 06 Oct 2008)


the limit is imposed on messaging between different carriers, but you can text more than 160 characters between the same network.

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 08:05

19. (unregistered)


I had that problem when I had the VX8300 when I had Verizon. That's what you get for getting LG and Verizon.I have at&t and an SGH-i617 (Blackjack II) now and I don't have that problem with sending messages to any carrier.

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 08:40

20. (unregistered)


Yea it's so you spend more money on more texts... It's all about the benjamins baby

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 08:54

21. (unregistered)


If you have that much to text you could simply send a MMS without a picture.. i believe that will let you have 1000 characters... Of course this cost more than a standard text unless you have some sort of picture message package. Anyhow just another idea to throw out there.

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 11:11

29. vzw fanboy (unregistered)


yea well my friend has the iphone and when i send him pictures it says he has to have a username and password, so he writes it down from my message and then goes to gayt&t's site, its very time consuming so he doesnt bother doing it.

posted on 09 Oct 2008, 04:12

64. (unregistered)


one would think that the purpose of the text message is to send a message not an essay.... I would believe that it's titled text message and not text essay or paragraph...btw the vogayer does suck

posted on 09 Oct 2008, 06:50

65. vzw fanboy (unregistered)


160 texts goes fast, it doesnt have to really be that long! lol it does not suck because the voyager is one of vz's hottest phone.

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 05:45

11. (unregistered)


Did anyone see the commercial for it? It was on adult swim last night .. It was some guy looking at the back of it .. and then he goes .. "hey is that the new blackberry?" "Geez whats all the fuss about..?" .. then he picks it up to turn it over and the screen goes black, and it says BLAckBERRY STORM *Thunder* .. Coming soon, VZW

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 07:17

16. secondcor517 (Posts: 94; Member since: 06 Oct 2008)


To answer several of the questions asked about memory card storage and editing of documents, here is a chunk of the press release from Verizon Wireless. The BlackBerry Storm smartphone, available from Verizon Wireless and Vodafone, also includes the following features and functions: * 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 * 3.2 megapixel camera with variable zoom, auto focus and a powerful flash that 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

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 09:41

22. (unregistered)


I wonder why no wi-fi? I also wonder how many people will not purchase it because it doesn't have that. I own a Treo now, and at work I can play with a iPhone, and I can say that even though i'd probably never buy an iPhone, I can say that it is nice with wi-fi. I hit safari, and it loads and I browse some sites when I am bored, then put it back. The reason wi-fi I believe is valuable is because it will allow you to access the net when you DONT have data access, or just dont want to worry about data from the cell towers. It's all about being able to be flexible. I had a Treo 800w for a short period of time, and when I had it, it was nice having the wi-fi. This may not be a determining factor for some, but since there are so many other phones with it now, and will be, I just cant see why they didnt include it. The HTC Diamond and Pro (coming soon) both have it. I guess we'll just wait and see.

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 10:02

25. (unregistered)


wifi + gsp = crackable free internet...

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 10:25

28. (unregistered)


if you get data with the blackberry on verizons network i really don't see the need to have wifi. i live in buffalo and have never been in an area when i did not get the 3G speed. i see what your saying...obviously wifi would probably be faster, but if your not living in the country and you "got the network behind you" lol, i dont see a need for it. the iphone NEEDS wifi, cuz their 3g network is trash....thats just my opinion of course. i know they have the best global coverage not going to argue that....but US coverage...doubtful....my roomate has a 3g iphone and i have a lg voyager and he wont get internet when hes standing right next to me....true story

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 11:13

30. vzw fanboy (unregistered)


lol haha ive heard a story similar to that :-J. i love my voyager

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 12:51

39. T-Money3000 (Posts: 244; Member since: 15 Dec 2007)


GSP? George Sainte Pierre?.... UFC????

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 13:03

41. (unregistered)


Sure it has GSP, but does it have BJ Penn?

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 13:38

43. secondcor517 (Posts: 94; Member since: 06 Oct 2008)


you don't need wi-fi w/ the 3g coverage.

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 14:47

46. vzw fanboy (unregistered)


unfortunately :-(...there are places in this country where there isnt 3g coverage and since wifi is a bit faster, and if i were sitting in a doctors office or college dorm room or somewhere boring i would use any available wifi over 3g. if a phone has wifi tho, doesn't it drain battery life even more?

posted on 09 Oct 2008, 08:02

67. (unregistered)


Also, note that Verizon has a licensing agreement on all Blackberry's sold by them mandating internet/email service on the device - you can call or go in to any store and they will tell you. Therefore, it would be redundant to have mandatory internet service AND wi-fi. That will do nothing but drive up cost on the device for no reason other than to say "Ooohh, it has wi-fi!"

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 12:57

40. (unregistered)


let's go us cellular!

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 14:04

44. (unregistered)


Hooray for Cricket!!

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 14:48

47. vzw fanboy (unregistered)


isnt cricket like baseball? lol

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 15:37

50. (unregistered)


Cricket was invented first so to be fair, I guess baseball is like cricket. It's also a crappy regional carrier.

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