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Palm Pre and BlackBerry Storm 2 to be for sale at Verizon in 6 months?

Palm Pre and BlackBerry Storm 2 to be for sale at Verizon in 6 months?
Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam told viewers of a webcast that his firm expects to be offering customers the Palm Pre and the BlackBerry Storm 2 within the next 6 months. "Over the next six months or so you will see devices like Palm Pre and a second generation Storm," on the Verizon Wireless networks, McAdam said in a story published by Reuters. Sprint currently has the exclusive rights to sell the Pre in the U.S. although it is expected that the pact with Palm expires at the end of this year. The device will be launched a week from this Saturday amid the heaviest buzz of anticipation seen for a smartphone since the release of the iPhone 3G last year.

Big Red is the exclusive U.S. carrier for the BlackBerry Storm, RIM's first touchscreen device. While the Storm has sold well, the reviews have been lukewarm with most of the problems centered on the handset's clicking touchscreen. Leaked photos of the Storm 2 seem to show that RIM has done away with the SurePress mechanism, although Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis late yesterday said that SurePress was still alive. While some reports had surfaced that the sequel to the Storm would launch as soon as next month, the quote from McAdam appears to put the release of the device on a collision course with the 2009 holiday season

Palm Pre Preliminary Specifications | Hands-on
BlackBerry Storm 2 Preliminary Specifications

source: Reuters via EngadgetMobile

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