BlackBerry Storm 2 due out in September with Wi-Fi?

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BlackBerry Storm 2 due out in September with Wi-Fi?
SlashGear is reporting that someone "close to the issue" has told them that Verizon has given the green light for RIM to release the BlackBerry Storm 2 sometime in September of this year. The follow-up model is expected to be Wi-Fi enabled unlike the initital version. The source made it clear that Wi-Fi was not the only improvement being made to the second version of the Storm which was launched in the U.S. in November, and remains one of Verizon's top selling models. Last week, RIM  reported explosive earnings growth partially due to the introduction of the Storm. Adding Wi-Fi would address one of the chief complaints that users have had about the original model and should make the unit a stronger competitor to Apple's iPhone 3G.

source: SlashGear

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36 Comments

1. T-Money3000 unregistered

nice

2. htsee

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 15, 2009

This should allow alot of vzw users to get access to some of the new bb stuff thats out there that specifically uses wifi... nice...

3. trentsinmypants

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 29, 2009

YES!!!!!! Job sercruity for another two years!!! I mean, with all the problems this unit will most likely have, I can constantly count on customers coming into my store!! SO EXCITED!!!!!

9. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

If you think VZW phones are so shitty, what are you doing selling them? Especially since you've said you use an iphone. I would think you'd sell phones for the company that best falls in with your own personal lines of service/phones/features. It's like an avid smoker lobbying for anti-smoking regulations. Just don't get it.

17. krayziekay06

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 30, 2008

no, you work for the company that hires you and cuts you a check. what phone you have has nothing to do with where you work.

4. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i could care less about wifi but what hardware changes will there be?

5. ddripp

Posts: 63; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

too bad it won't be as good as m IPHONE 3g... try again bb...

22. Dood

Posts: 269; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

BB Storm 2 FTW!!

24. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i dont understand what makes the iphone so good? now that bb has an app store, which is amazing, why is it so much better than the storm?

29. Charlie unregistered

I hated the iPhone/Storm/G1 for the longest time until I bought an iPhone and it's not half bad. I won't bother going to the G1, it's useless at this point. Now the Storm I might go for if the Wi-Fi version (9620?) is released. I'm sorry, but I need Wi-Fi. I'll wait.

34. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Im going to re-post this for the **ddripp** and his "idiotphone 3obvious comment or (iphone 3G as you all know it) Its all about marketing. I don’t think it would be a necessarily "bad" idea to change the name of the Storms successor. If you think about it how stupid was it for iPhone to rename their next phone iPhone "3G", the synonymously OBVIOUS current generation of wireless speed, could you imagine if the names of Verizon’s phones if WE did that...oh here’s the Voyager 3G, and the Dare 3G, and the Alias 3G...or for you old folks the Knack 3G with a slogan "You might be slow but your phone, aint". even if they don’t call it the Storm 2 everyone else will. We could call it the Blackberry Aneurism, and people would say, "yeah, its pretty much the storm 2 if you ask me"...So with that being said it cant really be good or bad whatever they name it, just don’t make it extremely obvious that your desperate for attention...

6. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Oh, so it's okay for Blackberry to make a Storm 2, but people bash Apple for making a 3G version of the iPhone? Hypocrites.

8. VZWEMP

Posts: 158; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

maybe people bashed apple because they released a 3g version a yr later on a network that already had a 3g network established. granted the 3g network on att is not that vast but its still available and realistically the first gen iPhone should have supported 3g. oh and for all the people that jumped ship for the iPhone you will sorely regret it within the next yr. trust me.

11. tflex

Posts: 146; Member since: Oct 24, 2008

spoken like a true fanboy

15. VZWEMP

Posts: 158; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

no spoken like someone who knows what theyre talking about. i love the iPhone. i love a lot of devices not just the ones that are dedicated to one carrier. sorry but i dont really take sides. dont get me wrong, when it comes to networks i work for the best and its been proven. but this isnt about coverage its about phones.

16. tflex

Posts: 146; Member since: Oct 24, 2008

ok i respect that.

30. Charlie unregistered

I haven't seen any proof as to which carrier is the best.

35. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

THANK YOU MUTHA F$#%@! I guess it takes a VZWEMP to understand that putting 3G on the end of your phones marketing scheme, to understand how idiotic your network/phone actually is, and how RIPPED you just got by spending $700 on...oh not one but *2* phones from apple...WOW america, WOW! I guess theyre right the "apple" didnt fall to far from the tree...I think Ill put the word "human" at the end of my name from now on...Jay HUMAN, it has a ring to it...and it will defenatly clarify any confusion consumers might have about my name and what I am. VZW FTW (and I dont mean for the win..)

7. htsee

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 15, 2009

all bb and apple threads attract all the haters and supporters... just because phonearena isnt objective, why cant people be objective... this is a step forward for some potential customers, whichevery carrier is getting this (probably vzw in the states), as well as rim... good products drive the market... when the market is good, theres some good competition... something for everyone...

10. BBBOY

Posts: 18; Member since: Feb 12, 2009

I could not agree more. Well said.

12. mmmsteak4

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 06, 2009

BB should allow current storm owners to automatically get the new storm if it did come out. it is only fair

13. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

So by your logic, if I bought a Corvette last year, when Chevy releases the 2010 I should get one for free? You are a moron. Technology is the worst thing to buy, becuase the second you buy it you are outdated by something new. Did apple let all the consumers who purcahsed Tiger 1 year before Leopard upgrade for free, no. Is windows going to let people who buy Vista computers right now upgrade to Windows 7 for free, NO... If every goods based business let everyone automatically upgrade to the next best thing for free they would never make any money. I just bought the Touch Vogue XV6900 from VZW last May, 5/22 to be exact, and the new touch diamond xv6950 is coming out in two weeks, do you see me whining like a little baby, no. I made a good purchase. Am I going to buy the diamond xv6950? Probably not, because HTC is already working on the Touch Diamond 2. Am I going to go to VZW and cry like you and say it isn't fair that I bought a phone, USED ITS SERVICES FOR NEARLY A YEAR, PAID 399.99 for it, and now I want the new one for free..... People like you make me sick.

23. Dood

Posts: 269; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

While mmmsteak4 has a funny name, it wouldn't be fair to get the Storm 2 for free. BB STORM 2 FTW!!

26. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

LMFAO!!!! Damn! Well Said!

14. cartman

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

they still require users to get a data plan.

18. ICanAffordVZW

Posts: 123; Member since: Dec 15, 2008

...so they can subsidize the price of the phone so you can purchase it for much cheaper than its FULL RETAIL COST

19. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

No, that'd be what a contract is for. You don't have to have a data plan to NOT pay retail price for any non-smartphones. I know almost all carriers require data for smartphones, but don't think that's so you can get a subsidy cause that's BS.

36. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Its still a subsidy...

20. VZW Employee

Posts: 22; Member since: Mar 25, 2009

wow a "storm 2"? i didnt hear of it until now and hopefully blackberry learns from all the bugs the original one had and improve on it. wifi would be a plus for some folks that may need that feature.

21. jgerboc

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 17, 2009

If RIM/VZW is going to forget their loyal customers and go months without device software upgrades when major issues remain like "Storm1," I will be looking to try a phone with better backing. RIM has been built on business use and business people can't afford to wait on fixes like an accelerometer stuck in horizontal. I struggled deciding between Storm and Omnia. VZW sales told me Samsung is excellent at fixing problems. But, RIM had half their company at VZW supporting the launch. Where are they now...4 months after the last upgrade? Coming soon is not a good answer any longer.

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