Storm over: Verizon to stop selling BlackBerry's touchscreen handset?

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Storm over: Verizon to stop selling BlackBerry's touchscreen handset?
Wall Street is buzzing this morning over talk that Verizon has canceled or cut orders with RIM for the BlackBerry Storm.  The report comes from The Street which notes that word of the order cancellation for the Storm is coming from Wall Street analysts. The original version of the phone was launched with quite a buzz as BlackBerry fans were expecting the first touchscreen 'Berry to be as good as-if not better than-the iPhone. Instead, what they got was a device that was buggy with an OS that was not ready for prime time. Still, the first-gen Storm sold very well for Verizon and with updates sent out, and the inclusion of the BlackBerry 5.0 OS, the Storm was the ugly duckling that turned into a swan. Once the new 'Berry operating system was added, the Storm became the phone it should have been at launch. The next generation BlackBerry Storm2 improved on the SurePress clickable screen but the browser, while improved greatly from earlier BlackBerry devices, was still providing surfing experiences nowhere near what was available on other smartphones. Even showing off a new WebKit based browser at the MWC could not help sales. One major problem with the Storm2 was that it happen to launch around the same time that Verizon brought out its first two Android handsets. The heavily advertised Motorola DROID became Big Red's flagship model, taking that title away from the Storm. Now, it looks like with the cancellation of orders for the Storm, Verizon is cutting ties to the touchscreen BlackBerry model that it once had so much hope for. BlackBerry Storm 2008-2010 R.I.P.  According to the The Street, Verizon is planning on offering a couple of new BlackBerry models including one that will be equipped with RIM's new web-centric, app friendly OS. RIM has declined to comment on the report while Verizon has not yet replied.

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source: TheStreet

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25 Comments

1. CODYPHOBIA

Posts: 58; Member since: Jun 21, 2008

couldnt even muster up a tear over our loss

11. Steven58

Posts: 80; Member since: Nov 25, 2009

couldn 't have said it better myself.. kudos to you! ;)

2. numberonenygfan

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

haha ... at this point with all my droid issues im having i wouldnt mind having a storm 2 but.. i gotta say.. i am interested in seeing what rim can muster up to compete with the current android handsets out there.. seems to me though they are going to keep things blackberry, why stray away from what works.. (other then the storm 1 bb has been a great mobile solution over the years for business professionals and is a great smartphone for people who are starting as a first smartphone, great ease of use factor) but this industry is app hungry so well see what they can do!

3. Kappy

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 14, 2009

What droid issues are you encountering? That sucks. I'm sorry to see that!

22. jherz6

Posts: 217; Member since: May 23, 2008

Yes what droid issues, I have the moto droid and have no problems what so ever.

4. ILOVEtechnology unregistered

Blackberry sucks! I rather stay with my iphone or go for a Google phone!

6. JackFace

Posts: 190; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

Had it not been for RIM/Blackberry, you probably wouldn't be enjoying your iPhone or Google Phone... What an ignorant statement to say that Blackberry sucks... their email technology is absolutely amazing, along with a plethora of other technologies they carry. Get a life. Blackberry has been an innovative smartphone leader for years.

7. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

RIM makes some of the most solid phones period. They might not be all flash and glam, bt at least BBerry users don't have to worry about their phone blowing up in their pockets, or the phone itself losing a connection. Serious question: if the iPhone didn't have Safari, what would be so great about it?

10. Legacystar

Posts: 131; Member since: Dec 31, 2009

where would any successful smartphone be without a good browser. if my droid's browser sucked i wouldn't have bought it period. i won't dispute RIM success cause there phones (aside from the storm 1 with launch software) are very fast, they just don't have cappable browsers and thats really whats killing there success with the storm.

23. jherz6

Posts: 217; Member since: May 23, 2008

I completely agree, The problem with the iphone losing its connection is the network its on. AT&T {Cingular} has always had terrible reception. AT&T has the highest dropped calls in the industry. True that it can access the web while making a call but what good is that if the call your on drops.

5. hmcougar09

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

iPhone sucks. Are you kidding me? It's so OVERRATED Anyhow, if this does happen, then I don't know what phone I'm going to get next. I just got my Storm2 not too long ago too! :[

8. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

It is a tough life for iPhone killers. The first round of iPhone killers launched by Verizon did not last long Voyager, Dare, and the Storm. The Storm was the best for business users, but the device was disappointing as it wasnt as capable as the iPhone. The Storm II was a huge improvement and I was very surprised by how much better it was. As the article stated the device was launched just before the Droid, which probably had some effect. Blackberry has been very successful crossing over from Business Professionals to everyday ordinary users. However, Blackberry is somewhere in the middle between Android, the iPhone and Windows Mobile. numberonenygfan is right Industry is all about Apps. Sprint is going out of its way to secure 60,000 free apps for its users. Ability to download apps as an add-on is huge money for carriers and developers and huge in creating a great experience for the customer. Blackberry is going to have to make improvements to its app store. Blackberry has the most expensive App store. Android's App Store is 57% free. I believe alll of the android phones support Microsoft Exchange for corporate e-mail (for businesses going through MS exchange is much easier to support and is more cost effective, no need for an additional BB server). Plus MS Office Mobile apps are available through DataViz, Androffice, and Thinkfree. This year I think we are going to see a lot of business users and consumers seek out the consultation of Dr. Drew for their crackberry addiction and make the switch to Android. Who knows how many users are considering a Windows 7 solution. . .

9. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Storm was never a touchscreen it was push screen lol, you had to push in alot of stuff to do some of the main applications

13. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

I think this was one of the major design flaws.

12. rockstar323

Posts: 20; Member since: Jan 15, 2009

They could always be talking about just the 9530(Storm) and not the 9550(Storm2). Which would make sense, it's a year and a half old.

14. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

I didn't think they sold the old storm anymore anyway.

20. ggp unregistered

exactly what I was thinking... no need for storm 1 when storm 2 is around, and lots of people love that phone, it's not going anywhere for a while!

15. DOGIEFRESH

Posts: 316; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

The whole concept of a blackberry with a touch screen was destiny to a failure, Blackberrys got to have a physical keyboard otherwise is something else...!!!!

16. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I wondered why we no longer saw "Storm FTW" from all the VZW fanboys anymore. I wonder if now they will now admit it was NEVER a good phone. I thought the Storm 2 had a chance since they got rid of the stupid "click the screen" thing. Some phones should just always have a real keyboards and BBs are one of them.

21. The Spartan

Posts: 98; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

Well, it's because we've moved on to Droids and other devices. But I carried a storm for a good 12 months, and it was a great device. Sure it had issues, but what device doesn't? Storm FTW asshole. Eat shit.

24. jherz6

Posts: 217; Member since: May 23, 2008

No need to cus. The Droid is the device of choice right now, and even with Apples release of the itablet or whatever you want to call it, or the iphone 3g, it isnt so great either it has a 1ghz processor but so does my droid. So whats the big deal Apple.

17. Iphoneluv

Posts: 59; Member since: Nov 13, 2009

Iphone.....F.E.E.!!

18. allboutverizon

Posts: 66; Member since: May 20, 2009

To bad so sad, not. Now I love Verizon and will go to bat for them. However when that rep sold me the Storm 1, I was madddddd, because of how bugg it was. I went through 5 Blackberry Storms, and the same week I got my Moto Droid I had it replaced because it stopped working. So to me RIM should have put way more time and development into the software of that phone, cause it sucked.

19. theGodpapa

Posts: 181; Member since: Dec 15, 2009

I still have my original Storm and it works like a charm. Sad indeed but D R O I D does!

25. TBONEJF

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 16, 2010

For one theirs NO SUCH THING AS A IPHONE KILLER. iPhone have lots of fan base for their products. Even though I hate to admit and say it. With their widely popularity they will continue to sell now their crappy iPad coming out it too will sell out also and don't think people care bout the price as long they can get their hands on it. For me I could care less bout the iPhone. I'm waiting for a good ANDROID PHONE COMING TO AT&T and I'm so glad I didn't get the crappy iPhone.

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