More evidence of October 21st BlackBerry Storm2 9550 Verizon launch

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More evidence of October 21st BlackBerry Storm2 9550 Verizon launch
More evidence of October 21st BlackBerry Storm2 9550 Verizon launch
As we pointed out to you yesterday, plenty of promotional material for the BlackBerry Storm2 9550 was streaming into Verizon stores, including a poster for a BlackBerry BOGO promo. Well, the fun never stops around here as Crackberry was able to grab up some photos of the Storm2 9550 dummy model. It seems like just yesterday when the first-gen Storm dummy was found in Verizon stores as we all oogled the photo of the hand holding the non-working model of RIM's fiorst touchscreen phone. Now, almost a year later, the stakes are higher. All of the competitors have been bringing their "A" game. Android now has a strong distribution partner in Verizon, Windows Mobile 6.5 is now out with its Windows Marketplace for Mobile and more finger friendly design, Nokia has called upon Linux based Maemo 5 to run multimedia centric handsets, and Apple has upgraded the iPhone OS to 3.1.2 to remove some bugs and add some features. The Storm2 will be powered by a Blackberry 5.0 OS and based on today's evidence, it looks like October 21st will be the launch date for Big Red.

Not only is the dummy model being shipped to Verizon stores, an act that usually occurs within a week or two of a product launch, but Crackberry was also able to snag a screenshot of some Verizon internal email which indicates an October 21st 2009 launch date for the phone. By the way, if you want to know how to distinguish a picture of the original Storm 9530 with the sequel 9550, take a look at the 4 buttons just underneath the screen. On the first-gen model, the phone, memo, back and end buttons are distinct from the screen. On the new version, those 4 keys are actually flat and are part of the bottom of the screen.

RIM BlackBerry Storm2 9550 Preliminary Specifications | Preview

source: Crackberry (Verizon email), Crackberry (Verizon Storm2 dummy)

More evidence of October 21st BlackBerry Storm2 9550 Verizon launch

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18 Comments

1. VZW_Phone_Whore

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 11, 2009

I was told by a VZW rep on online purchasing, that the storm will be available for preorder on saturday. dont know how credible that is but thats what the rep told me to wait till sat. so i can order it online.

2. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

haha nice username.

3. Illyich

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

The storm looks pretty interesting... but I don't know, the iPhone has more apps... it's a hard decision, but I think the iPhone may have to win out here.

4. Striker13084

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 30, 2009

yeah more apps! more then half of witch are either useless like a lighter or chug a beer. that statment would have more impact if they developed more apps that did somthing use.ful

5. Illyich

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Well, the applications are developed by third parties, and I think the massive response to the app store is a great thing! As with any open project, there's bound to be tons and tons of garbage, but there are some great gems out there -- games, educational tools, even small music notation applications! A lot of them are very great. I think most people have a very negative view of the iPhone, which is really sad... it seems that they hate the iPhone either because it's an Apple product or because so many people use it. I was the same way. Then, I entered adulthood and stopped being a tool and started using one! Have a nice day!

6. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

haha i hate the iphone for those reasons you mentioned. and with crackberry, handango, the app world, blackberrys have many many apps.

7. Illyich

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

You hate the iPhone because a lot of the applications are very great, and because most people have a very negative view of it?

8. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i hate it because it's an apple product and because so many people have it. :-).

10. Illyich

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

That seems like an odd reason to hate something. I don't like Wagner as a person, but his music is great, regardless of him being such a popular composer.

11. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

@ VZW_Phone_Whore: Thanks for the post! It's always nice to info like this from consumers like you and I. Nice to know.

12. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

who is wagner?

13. Illyich

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Really?

14. Iphoneisthesuck

Posts: 59; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

you listen to Kenny G dont you

15. Illyich

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

DUDE KENNY G ROCKS

17. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

whos kenny g?

9. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

Those are the same reasons I dislike, not hate, Verizon with the smug and sometimes superior attitude of thier subs and most employees is a close second to those prices

16. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

SurePress = epic fail One of the only things I see holding this phone back is the LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAME Surepress. The capactive part of the screen works amazingly, but then you have to smash the screen to get it to do everything. When it comes to hammering out long texts and e-mails??? What a PITA!!!!!!!! Get rid of SurePress and they've got a winner on their hands.

18. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i use the surepress just fine. and i press the buttons lighter on my storm than i did on my old voyager, which is better on my fingers. :-). i just don't see the issues everyone else has with their storms. :-?

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