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Verizon's BlackBerry road map is leaked?

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Verizon's BlackBerry road map is leaked?
BGR has been given a document by a tipster that is supposed to be a road map for the next few BlackBerry releases for Verizon, including the Storm 2. Among the most interesting items is that all BlackBerry devices released through Big Red following the Tour will be equipped with Wi-Fi. RIM apparently is giving up on the clicking keyboard and the Storm 2 typing surface will not depress like the SureType function does. The new TruePress could be anything from an iPhone style enlargement of the letter you have pressed to haptic feedback.

Coming very shortly is the release of the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 running over the carrier's EV-DO rev.0 pipes and carrying a 2MP camera. Finally, at the same time the BlackBerry Tour will be released, the  BlackBerry Atlas will be launched. The latter will include a Wi-Fi radio and the former will not. BlackBerry fans using Verizon should be breaking out the calendar and calculator to see when they are eligible for upgrades.

source: BGR

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:43

1. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Why the change???? Because of ALL those returns??? Hmmm.... Good for Verizon though for listening to their customers and finally rolling with Wi-Fi on their BB devices. (and no, it is not because people are cheap(well, some are), but it is because it is incredibly convenient at times)

posted on 15 May 2009, 16:44

2. *HOVA* (Posts: 564; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


I agree but it took WAY too long. They should've been offering this a long time ago, nonetheless, at least they are (supposedly) going to be now. It would also be good if they are getting rid of that terrible SureType on the Storm. If this phone came out with a capacitive touchscreen similar to the iPhone I might even be intrigued to consider it further as GSM isn't very prevelant where I am and travel. But, it's also going to be interesting to see what the new iPhone has to offer...

posted on 15 May 2009, 17:48

3. stilt (Posts: 63; Member since: 13 Jul 2008)


you guys just do not get it. with verizon if you have a smartphone/pda period you have to pay a 29.99 unlimited internet and email package mandatory!!!!!!. so if you have a smartphone/pda with wifi you will still have to pay 29.99 or 44.99 a month because it is a smartphone/pda. i right now have the samsuntg saga wifi capable guess what i pay 29.99 a month data plan. the only thing to me where having wifi on a device that is already equipped to give you fast internet connect. is if you fall behind on your bill and get your service interputted for non payment then you can use the wifi to browse the internet. so having a wifi blackberry is worthless, when you still have to pay 29.99 or 44.99, to give you a certain connection in the united states. as opposed to the wifi maybe you can connect naybe you cant connect who knows its unreliable wifi. i am quite sure you dont have the password to connect to only ( 4 ) wifi connections other than social places??? ---------

posted on 15 May 2009, 18:00

4. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


First off, yelling (capitalizing an entire essay) is worthless. Second, nowhere did I or *HOVA* state anything regarding not having to pay for a Data Plan. I am sure we are all competent enough and aware that if you purchase a PDA/BB that you need to have a Data Plan. Third, I have a PDA and I have a Data Plan, but I use Wi-Fi occasionally because it is faster than any network right now. Fourth, Wi-Fi is incredibly useful over Seas and in other countries if you don't want to pay Data Roaming (using Skype too). Apparently you don't get out much. It's ok if you don't, but don't make a fool out of yourself by saying Wi-Fi is worthless. You don't have a good grasp or understanding of technology and how it is used. Keep using those stilts, and work on your little-man syndrome... May I say, YOU just don't get it, do ya?

posted on 16 May 2009, 00:40

6. bng (Posts: 107; Member since: 12 Feb 2009)


hahaha good come back dued "stilt" got burnd or like how we latinos say it "te cagaron guey!!!!!"

posted on 16 May 2009, 10:17

8. trentsinmypants (Posts: 313; Member since: 29 Jan 2009)


Haha, i thought the same thing when I saw stilt's post. I didnt even bother to read it since it was in CAPS.

posted on 16 May 2009, 11:06

9. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


Wheres Heavybreathing on this one, I will wait to comment....

posted on 16 May 2009, 13:15

10. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


I dont think anyone really understands what is happening here, it isnt about returns or non working equipment...All the great software and enginuity of the phone was just never released officially from Verizon helping out the Storm, the people that have problems with the phone are people who have no idea what they are doing. technology is a popularity contest, everyone socailly accepts someone who has an expensive phone. Look how many celebrities carry blackberries and Palm Trios, we all know full well Britney Spears and Paris Hilton have no Idea how to reprogram a phone or install new software...they have the phone because it has a big screen and its shiney and expensive. People are buying the storm for the same reason, if anyone here were to go read on blackberry's website or Crackberry, there is a fix for virtually every issue, but you have to know that in order to fully appreciate the device. Do I think RIM should have a less "baby sat" phone meant only for the tech strong? sure, but untill everyone can "afford" these phones and the attention they deserve, and the data they suuport (specially since the Economy, right?) People really sould stick to what they understand, and not get suck an expensive phone or device the requires attention they cant afford to give it. this is just my opinion, but working for Verizon I get a lot of customers that freeze this phone up from lack of memory cleaning or expanded memeory or even having the basic knowledge of working a phone with these capabilities. Please by all means folks you can tell me you agree or disagree but we all know the Storm, RIM in general didnt make any mistakes here...except for marketing to the wrong crowd of people, I say bring back the $300 un-affordable phone, that seperates the knowing from the "UN-Knowing"... (p.s. I apologize for my spelling im not running spell check on this whole thing so live with it)

posted on 16 May 2009, 17:13

11. vzw fanman (Posts: 1972; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


who is trent and why is he in your pants

posted on 16 May 2009, 22:00

12. stilt (Posts: 63; Member since: 13 Jul 2008)


i work for verizon dummy i see first hand the minimum amount of people that use wifi for over seas its is good for that reason. Now honestly name 3 people that you know that goes in and out of the country? you probably dont, i have been working for VZW for two years and sold a global phone for global use about five times. I have the highest sells in my district honestly. i said what i said because people always cry up here that we need wifi here we need wifi there on VZW phones when those people dont evn use the wifi for overseas they are just saying it because they want to have an argument about something. I have the samsung saga (with wifi) I use skyfire with it to me is way faster than the wifi connection that i get on the device. I got the phone myself because it had wifi, after getting it and using it i saw that wifi was useless on a network that had fast pda/smrtphn connection. rarely do people get phone for capabilities they get it cause of looks and status, then while they have the device they see what thay can use it for. I was talking to the normal people and not the phone geeks that are up here. So your reply was worthless. I am yelling now. YOU ARE A GEEK!

posted on 16 May 2009, 22:01

13. stilt (Posts: 63; Member since: 13 Jul 2008)


also like you latinos say " I have no social security can i just get prepay" lol

posted on 16 May 2009, 22:05

14. The Spartan (Posts: 98; Member since: 27 Jan 2009)


...Because of all those returns? Oh yes, thousands of people everyday return their Storm just because it doesn't have WiFi. Duh. You're a loser. There an iPhone app for a brain out there for you to use? EDIT: BTW stilt dude, don't be calling ANYONE on this forum a geek. For real dude, we're all geeks, hence why we're posting on an article about cell phones. Oh, and don't brag to me about your sales in your district dude. You can go lie your heart out some where else, but because you "say" you have the highest sales doesn't make you the most knowledgeable person in VZW. In fact, it may just make you luckiest. (Ya know, if you're actually telling the truth which is highly, highly doubtful. So STFU.)

posted on 17 May 2009, 18:28

17. Whateverman (Posts: 3231; Member since: 17 May 2009)


stilt, I have managed to stay out of the forums for the last 2 years, and as a fellow Verizon Wireless employee, at times it has been hard to read some of the criticisms that many of the customers, former customers and even the experts have had to say about VZW. But it was your very offensive comment about Latinos that prompted me to finally after two years register for a login. Fanboys Suck did a wonderful job ripping you a new one, so if you don't mind, I'll use the same format so that your small mind has a Little consistency between rippings! First, whether a customer is on contract or on a prepaid plan, Latino, African American, Asian or whatever has absolutely nothing to do with fact that VZW decided to offer Wi-Fi with Blackberry devices! So with that one comment, you have proven yourself to be a stupid, ignorant, pompous, racist idiot who is worthless both as a VZW employee and as a human being. So believe me, if there is any way possible to find out who you are and what store you work at, I will present your racist comments for a formal feedback. You can't represent VZW in one sentence, then go on to make stupid statements like that. WTF! Second, people use Wi-Fi for different reasons. I work in the call center, which means I'm the guy who fixes your screw-ups, and I also talk to average users, international travelers, IT specialist and CEOs. So I know how important Wi-Fi can be for some of our customers. It can be used not only in those very small pockets of the USA that have VZW coverage, but around the globe to avoid hefty data roaming fees. But when some "Top Sales Rep" like yourself decide for the customer that Wi-Fi wasn't necessary, customers call to tell me how stupid you are and need to be better trained. Just because your idea of traveling is going to the Super Wal-Mart in the next town, doesn't mean that our customers are going to have the same experience. Third, with RIM's announcement of mobile TV (that will be transmitted via guess what...WI-FI), VZW would see a definite increase in customers going to other carriers who already offer Wi-Fi on the same phones we offer, ex the Curve. (Same phones, less features is not an endearing quality). Can you imagine how our customers would feel when they find out that their friends with other carriers are able to get this new mobile TV service all because of feature that the great and mighty "stilt" has deemed "USELESS". Fourth and finally, our customers want it! And we listened. Isn't that just plain good business? No, we can't honor every customer request, but this one was a no brainer. Well, I guess not for those who have a brain, right "stilt" So as one of the other member suggested, go and brush up on you knowledge before you go spouting off your stupid opinions or your outdated racist views.

posted on 15 May 2009, 22:28

5. Galen20K (Posts: 517; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)


Bravo RIM and Verizon!!!

posted on 16 May 2009, 00:41

7. bng (Posts: 107; Member since: 12 Feb 2009)


yes bravo i knew verizon was going to come back this year with better phones

posted on 17 May 2009, 16:30

15. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


Wow Spartain, I would think a customer would know if the phone had Wifi on it before they dumped 200$ on a phone? And if they didnt know it didnt have WiFi then they probably dont know alot of other things about the phone, and if thats the case maybe that entire paragragh I waisted my time writing so people like you could still show your ignorance, was pointless...But then again I think everyone else in here with an IQ probably appreciated it...Ill repost it for you again... read it slow itll be like old times on the short bus... AND STILT IS RIGHT WITH EVDO WHO NEEDS WIFI? WHO USES WIFI ON THEIR CELL PHONE? NOT YOU! Statistically people who travel is about 1 in every 10 people that call and they only go 1 or 2 times...Like STILT i have probably sold maybe 10 phones in my 4 years with VZ that was strictly for global capabilities... P.S. No one uses Duh anymore...atleast not after we grew up.

posted on 17 May 2009, 16:32

16. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


I dont think anyone really understands what is happening here, it isnt about returns or non working equipment...All the great software and enginuity of the phone was just never released officially from Verizon helping out the Storm, the people that have problems with the phone are people who have no idea what they are doing. technology is a popularity contest, everyone socailly accepts someone who has an expensive phone. Look how many celebrities carry blackberries and Palm Trios, we all know full well Britney Spears and Paris Hilton have no Idea how to reprogram a phone or install new software...they have the phone because it has a big screen and its shiney and expensive. People are buying the storm for the same reason, if anyone here were to go read on blackberry's website or Crackberry, there is a fix for virtually every issue, but you have to know that in order to fully appreciate the device. Do I think RIM should have a less "baby sat" phone meant only for the tech strong? sure, but untill everyone can "afford" these phones and the attention they deserve, and the data they suuport (specially since the Economy, right?) People really sould stick to what they understand, and not get suck an expensive phone or device the requires attention they cant afford to give it. this is just my opinion, but working for Verizon I get a lot of customers that freeze this phone up from lack of memory cleaning or expanded memeory or even having the basic knowledge of working a phone with these capabilities. Please by all means folks you can tell me you agree or disagree but we all know the Storm, RIM in general didnt make any mistakes here...except for marketing to the wrong crowd of people, I say bring back the $300 un-affordable phone, that seperates the knowing from the "UN-Knowing"... (p.s. I apologize for my spelling im not running spell check on this whole thing so live with it)

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