April Fools: BlackBerry Storm Officially Discontinued!!!

BlackBerry Storm Officially Discontinued?
By Bla1ze on 1 Apr 2009 08:57 am EDT
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* Update from Kevin: Sorrrry Guys. Ya know, we talked about doing up an April Fool's joke a couple weeks back and decided we weren't going to do one. Then this sort of just happened spur of the moment and well... it turned out to be a good one. A little too good maybe?? Be sure to read through the comments for page after page of hilarity and frustrations...and if we nearly gave you a coronary from the original post or caused you grief at your job today (sorry VZW call center peeps), our sincerest apologies... you'll know for next year to read past the headline! We added 'April Fools' to the title (and this update now) so hopefully you're all good to go from here out. Keep Crack'n Storm owners!! *  

Honestly, I can't really say I'm surprised at this one little bit, although the timing really does seem obscene to me. But at the same time maybe not so much. I was kind of curious as to why there were very little applications in the BlackBerry App World designed for the Storm, when one would have thought RIM would be wanting to push as many applications as they could out for their latest and freshest device.

But alas, we got the confirmation not too long ago from Kevin down in Vegas for CTIA who overheard some RIM employees talking about why there are so little apps there. The answer? Basically because well, the Storm will not be around for that much longer. All stores were told to clear out their inventory as soon as possible and the only information given is that device will shortly be discontinued to make way for a new and (hopefully) much improved touch screen BlackBerry, but the Storm will still have support from RIM for at least a few more months. Best yet, K-Dawg managed to snap some photos of the replacement device!!

We got the photos folks to prove it, so hit this link to see for yourselves!!

Topics: News & Rumors

629 comments

arab305

wow the storm discontinued ? i didnt expect that

Mastacator

Yeah, I was just about seriously pissed. Until I realized it was april 1st, then had it confirmed by clicking their picture link. Nice one guys!! The best pranks are the ones that affect our fears.

splintercast

I was ready to take mine back since it is two weeks old. I love it, but didnt want a unsupported phone. Lol. this was a good prank!

KBV1

LOL its past 12pm here in the UK =oP

lhall_ca

Absolutely funny -- thank God!

Anonymous3475345739846

Wow, gullable. Laaaaame one Crackberry.com

raiNokea

I can laff now after changing my bvds..

jeepguy_1980

I'm glad this was a joke, b/c I was about to be really mad.

alengman

My heart dropped when I saw that!! Got me good.

wdfly

this is a bad atheist's holiday joke. the joke would have been better had the link to the replacement phone been a picture of an Iphone.

Wayfarer294

Mmh, /me checks date on his new Storms calender!

arab305

good 1 to say the least

Tifoso

Support for a few more months? WTF!? I think they took advantage of us and they are leaving us to fend for ourselves.

EDIT: BASTARDS! =]

auburn1975

my heart frozen on the link...I was already thinking of my next gen Storm.

palmberry

For any of you who didn't anticipate a joke like this on April Fools.... that is just plain sad.

Good Joke. The sad part is I wouldn't care much if they had. Verizon is on the back nine now and they are playing a crappy round. Unless they are extremely tight lipped I don't see anything at all significant with their phone lineup.

DragonBusta

i knew it!!! I KNEW IT RIGHT FROM THE TITLE!!! LMFAO!!!

sandyscandles

I am a cool 75 years old and love my Storm it has taken me all this time (since it came out) to learn how to use it and I am still learning.

You scared the SH(^*^t out of me!!!!!!!!!

LOL Happy April Fools Day

shah72

Didn't expect that one when I opened Crackberry this morning! My heart sank at first! Got me good!

tmoney1046

my heart jumped that was a good one guys lmao

TDSI

That was awesome. I was already thinking to myself that my Verizon Contract comes up for an upgrade in September and I was ready to look for the new BB!

hailey_618

I was kinda sad at first. That was a good one though.

electro_sound

1st of APRIL!!!!!!

eheheh
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pilotmdw

No unexpected at all.

cleit0042

wow I forgot it was April 1st.....I was halfway to an ATT store....got me good

Maven454

Hilarious if true, only mildly funny as a joke...

--Maven

dean0uga

you got me good you f*cke!

Terrigno

That was a good joke. I was reading that I was like WHAT? Now I have to take this phone and use it as a door stop? hahahhahaah that was a good one though!

culture585

forgot its april fools lol, and i just got my storm too..

Chazmoi

Not only did I fall for it hook, line & sinker, I was ready to fly over to the Verizon Store to put up STORM (pun intended). Thank you for the heart attack, I hope never to be so gullible again. CB you rock!

Valace2

I almost fell for it myself. Jesus that was a good one.

Jvlicce

This got me..even i kno it was april fool today!
cos the app world actually have really little app!

ranbal

You guys had me. No doubt about it. Hook Line and Sinker. Wasn't exactly the best way to wake up in the morning but I must say that this was the best April Fools joke ever played on me.
Whew.... you are fiendish!!!

Guzman

i hate this place sometimes... lol

lostmarine

Wow! I was heated for a few mins and I haven't fully recovered from that one. Good one guys. I WAS P I S S E D!

rob_ashsu

i cant believe i fell for that lol good one

Stromson

Well played B1a1ze, well played.

safemodef8

Got me, forgot about April's Fool

thezman

nicely done ... touché crackberry

tiger3p

holy crap! I was about to throw my phone since it was discontinued... I forgot today's date... damn u all!

Valace2

oh crap here I was gonna rant and rave. Jesus almost looked like an adiot
Thats why I miss this place.

roeod4

Ha Ha HA You had me going for a second there.

PhantomS10

You guys are sick an evil.

Djairman

I was just getting ready to call Verizon when I saw this. I hate April Fools! Thanks for the good laugh though. Cheers P-)

Schoondog

Just plain mean! I need more coffee now almost shot it through my nose when i saw that!

errick78

Holy crap!! I was getting ready to whiz on myself!!!!!!

bbstorm_sciontc

to be expected, didnt fool me at all.

klsmalls1

I was like DAMN, then my mind slapped some sense into me, and I was like aww this a April fools prank, LOL

I was wondering what trickery yall had behind the link LOL

I would have shat my pants if yall said that FB 1.5 dropped and it was a joke, then I'd be ready to fight LOL

educatedathlete

I must admit, reading through the article, my veins began bulging as I was ready to choke out the employees at the nearest verizon wireless. But as I clicked to see the picture, I was like "I bet this is some sick and disgusting April Fools Joke". Mind you as I'm saying it, I didn't believe myself....it was more of me comforting myself, but it worked. Good one. I'm sure plenty of people will read the article and before looking into it, chuck their storm out of the nearest window......GAMEOVER

YourEntreeSolution

Are you kidding!!!! B A S T A R D S!!!!!

bx2md

now is this a april fools joke
or a very good marketing move
or makeing room for the 9630 "niagra"
or is that bad ? poor storm

Jcody

hahahaha i was about go to vzw to give it back.. by the way GO FUCK YOuRSELF hahahaha good one

rj5570

my heart sank! I was about to cry, thanks for the mini heart attack!

jlawler4

That was a great one. You got me. Especially because you can't see comments from the home page.

placeres

After reading the storm was discontinued, I went into a tantrum fit and started to stump on my storm until it was smashed to little pieces. Man, I was pissed!!! It wasn’t until I clicked on the link to find out that this was a joke. Needless to say, I then went bonkers. I now have an improvised Storm wrapped with duck tape with only 10 percent of the display visible. I now use it as a flash light. April Fools, I still have my storm and loving it.

BabiCakes

I knew this was a joke when I read the word discontinued.....lol good one!

Marcus Goldman

Not Cool, need to change my underwear

Ha

HA HA! I knew something like this was going to be on the blog!

It was only a matter of time today!

normdoggy

Now I'm going to have to take another shower

supraman84

You had me all the way!

Michael Hepples

Wow, I honestly didn't expect ANYBODY to fall for this......Figured there would be 50 comments saying "nice try", but instead find that over half are people getting mad! LOL

Art Student

i think i almost died when i read that.

dreadfulwater

nice one.. happy April 1st

s.ferrari

wow i was texting all my friends with the storm to tell them about this. Good prank but just plain wrong.

johurt720

LOL! You got me! I was a little worried there!

johnson.cale

I'm so glad that was a joke... What's worse is i believed it though.

numbthumb

Happy April first. I feel so alive now after recovering from what I thought for sure was both a stroke or heart attack at the same time. You got me. I hope everyone else is OK.

kboogie

lol, lol, lol you guys are sick and wrong lol, lol, lol

KurtisBertolami

so is it an April Fool's joke just about the pics of the new blackberry or was the whole joke about the storm being discontinued haha?

Anonymous1gal

Ha-ha...not funny!!! LOL

(April Fools joke)

I was about to get heated up with Verizon and tell them to get me another phone! LMAO!!!!!

Though...I am having issues with my Storm....
1. from portrait to landscape...it's slow
2. have to litterally "bang" not "press hard" on the screen when typing
3. Not enough apps!
4. OMG!!! It REBOOTS itself like 8 times a day!!
(Don't worrry- going to see Verizon..TODAY!)
5. I heard that the Storm DOES ACTUALLY have 'bugs' in its system! (NOT GOOD AT ALL!!)

If it can't be fixed...the above problems...may have to find another smart phone. :O(

blackberryitalian

so... today is 1 APRIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KurtisBertolami

I was actually happy to see this, i guess the joke is its not discontinued :(

sundance5

BUSTED! Thanks for the early morning laugh!

K C

I actually figured this one out, but my curiosity led me to click the link anyway!!

danesy

I almost had a heart attack. I was going to call Verizon like a raving lunatic. Considering I am on my 3rd one ... when I saw "support for a few more months" I almost lost my mind.

That being said ... Good work guys ... :)

Midnight Q

You guys went for the lowest hanging fruit on this day of fools... and I saw some guy in the forums going ape 'sheet' over the discontinuation.

If you had gone "no more OS builds"... I probably would have gotten reeled in.

jporter80

You just made me crap my pants

asylvia

there are going to be sites all over the internet broadcasting this ruomer due to people not clicking on the link, lol

GetOnMahLevel

hahahahahahaha.. DUDE.. you dont know how pissed i got when i read that..

that's really messed up.. i cant believe i fell for that..

just for the record.. i hate you.com

not really.. but sitll.. that's eff'd up

Fbrn

I had my hopes up that it was true!!!

mshawn11

MY HEART SANK WHEN I SAW THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahaha good one crackberry!!

bandit_colls

I was about to throw the fucker against the wall

mattingly26

im an aide for a teacher in my school and one of the students saw the picture and it started a class frenzy. thanks you guys

CCR601

That was a good one!! You guys almost gave me a heart attack! LOL

digg#CB

Dude.. that is wrong on so many different levels. N I C E ! ! !

Dave Merida

What immediately comes to mind is Farva from Super Troopers

"Ohhh I got you good you f#cker!"

Good one guys...good one...

tinmannick

I for one was fooled! Good job CB!!!

djricorich#IM

Yo i swear my heart skipped a beat!!!!

Flying_Hellfish

Sick burn. Honestly it was a good one and a good laugh. Kudos crackberry!

BlondeMammie

Ok, You had me worried.....hahahaha. So glad it's not true........Crackberry Stinkers!!!! ;o)

cbanks_80

wow! I have to say you got me. I was like wtf!

fcortese

I am wondering how many did not click on the link (I did!!) and think this is for real!! Bla1ze, you definitely April fooled me!

Everlast04x

i wasnt sure if this or the app world was the april fools joke

good one though lol

blumberg

At least one CB'er clutched their chest and fell to the ground after seeing that. Very good April Fool's joke.

gwtiff54

I got up for my morning bathroom trip. I carried my lap top in to read the latest on crackberry. When I saw this I lost 5 pounds. I was getting ready to go to the local VZW store and have a talk with them.

ownzy

you got me!! Now go sh!t in a Hat!!!

Ace01

You got me good with this one!!!!!!!!!!!

greengo

Berry Funny! I was one of those idiots that waited in line for hours for the storm. Little did i know i had to wait much longer for the freaking thing to work. The apps store is said to be available today....hoping that the new OS will be also!

jlamb30

First in ... good one!

Mr.Miagi

Haha good one, all I was thinking was I better get an updated model for free!!!

lang007

Very funny. Thank God I have a BOLD

duck383

llllllllllllllllooooooooooooooollllllllllllll

killingwthasmile

You got me! That was a good ont!

DistrictDon19

Wow my heart dropped. What a day to start the morning with a REAL good April Fools joke. The Gmail Autoreply goof made me chuckle and those are the only kinds of jokes I can take nowadays =)

fish2find

Good Start for this fun day man!! Got me good!!

ROFL ... GD!! LOL

Projectile

Son of B*tches, you got Me!!!!!!!

03taylorc

i was so p****d then, then i clicked the link and was even more p****d! but now im laughing at myself for being so stupid

gravalic

for completely taking the bait and breaking out the flame thrower over in the forums based on this joke. Something...anything to ease my humilation.

cebenninghoff

Good one guys!!! Got me this morning!!!

ldf89

YOU GOT ME!!!! LOL

phareone21

I was over here gearing up for the trash talking that was to inevitably insue at the hands of my iphone friends. i will say this, i was fully prepared to defend the storm to the death.

phareone21

I was over here gearing up for the trash talking that was to inevitably insue at the hands of my iphone friends. i will say this, i was fully prepared to defend the storm to the death.

SHIITodd

That was f****d up!!!

aghanam

i actually fell for it. I just bought a storm too ha ha

kazmi

I cannot believe I fell for that!!!! you guys nearly gave me a heart attack!!!!!

FooLsKi

Ok, that made me look stoopid in front of my colleagues...

jelp2

That's just not funny!!!!!!!!! :}

kash311

i was actually really sad.

i almost didn't click on the pics.

nice job guys!

Sicksurfr88

HAHAH April fools mofos......prank your friends immediately

Leo.brazuca

I was so mad to see that my phone was Discontinued!!!

LOL IT WAS A GOOD ONE

boatincpt

That was a good one....had me believing it......Damn do i feel dumb now.

Beagles Rule

OK So I took the bait hook line and sinker!!! Awesome April Fools gag!!

Anonymously

Great joke...for a 12-year-old, but for a site such as this? Lame and sad.

9530newbie

As I was reading, I thought this is a April fools joke. But then you had a link to the picture of the new phone and thought oh crap! Thanks for the laugh.

Emiliano81

Yeah, I wish this was true... :)

QuiltyUK

Hahahahahahhahahahahaha brilliant

Savagegui

Got me!! Nice one guys...

karalinagirl

you got me good Crackberry gods....ahhhh.

OHvzwGuy

Very Funny.... ha ha ha.

Adam Carriere

Nice you had me fooled good one lol

Sammy78

I fell for this, hook line and sinker!, nice one, made my little BB heart stop!

wcihlu

ahh hahaha u guys got me goood!! very very nice prank!

DJ G.MAC

I sent out texts and everything BEFORE I clicked to the joke!! Now I have to resend my daggone texts!! LOLOLOLOLOL!!!

bigboyhat35

Nice one...... Had me going for a minute.

kgoody

I was all ready to pick up a cheap storm and actually drooled a little for the new....squall?

XCalibration17

When I seen this I was like wtf?? Because I just got my storm a couple days ago, I would of been upset, but thank god its not true, but great april fools joke!!!!!

gio54

LMAO YOU GUYS GOT ME..

joe boo

you guys are jerks lol

hapishyguy

I was thinking of buying storm but when i saw its discontinued i was so happy. but you guys caught me on the link!!!!! nice!!!

bubbatech

You nailed me with that one!
I just about hit the roof. Whaaaaaaaaat! Those Bastaaaaaaaards!

crumyee

I got a good chuckle when I read the heading. good one.

RyBerryStorm

You bastages!!!! My jaw just about dropped to the ground and I was picking up my phone to call Verizon to summon up the biggest scream session I could muster as I read this message. This was probably the best April fools joke that I have ever been taken by. Funny stuff!

froehlet48

Too bad they hadn't really abandoned this project. Storm is such a POS! Can't wait for December so I can trade it in for a device that actually works.

larz

I honestly was about to get furious and start writing hate mail to RIM demanding I get my money back! :)

I thought it was weird seeing I just heard a commercial on the radio on the way into work!

madisonlyn

holy crap that was a good one you really had me going for a sec and what really made it believeable is verizions bogo offer like they are trying to get rid of them

southnam

Okay so it was funny after I realized it was an april fools joke. Up until that point... wow was I pissed for about a few minutes. Was trying to think of ways to break my storm in a few months to get whatever new one they had lol.

mad-scientis

Are you f-ing kidding me? Do you know how long it is going to take for my blood pressure to return to normal?

Hschil44

well done. I should have expected that but you still got me. happy april!

Cancunlover

I was this close to selling my Storm on eBay! You guys made me pissed for few minutes, but now I can laugh about it. ;-)

jjcool

i bit that hook, line, sinker and part of the pole. Good one guys.

raventhegreat2000

you guys scared the crap out of me nice one

darkcide

AAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
you sons of ------ u got me, u guys suck! I was about to go off!!!!! lol

jhcollier

You got me... jerk. LOL.

J.

deke09

That made too much sense for me to question and link it to what day it is. Good morning, and good job. I totally fell for it...

Sirhill

You had me foold the whole time. I was about to start freaking out and jumping for joy all at the same time.

tritongreek#CB

awesome gag guys had me going for a second

Gawain

Got me good, for about two seconds...but what a two secs!! *L* Nice one!

cameronmangast

I have to say that, as I was reading this, I could feel my blood pressure rise. I love this phone, and I was about to jump out a window.

Why to get my morning started!!!

HAHA

LR7

I wonder how many folks were typing bitter messages before they realized this! LMFAO!!!!

yenkomuscle

Well done Crackberry. I really dont think any april fools jokes wil live up to this one. I almost started throwing things.

Linsey

I'm 25 and years of emotional April Fool's abuse from my mother (anyone else's mom go out to mow the lawn and come in with a bloody rag yelling CALL 911, I CUT MY HAND ON THE BLADE when they were 12?), I came into work ready for someone to pull a prank. No fake spiders on my chair, no fake mice in my desk...but my beloved Crackberry??? You got me and I was pissed! I've only had my Storm for a month and am literally 1 day over on being able to exchange it... Oh man you got me...

But I will make sure to forward this to my non-Crackberry addicted fiance who got his Storm at the same time.

Carmel8130

ah hahahaha you guys got me. I died a little inside there for a moment.

Twitchp7

Just for the fragment of a second you got me... but then I remembered todays date.

big vlad

I did my routine morning dose of crackberry, looking for the latest new OS rumor and I get this punch in the gut! LOL!

likeabite

I was about to cry...like why would u do that CB?! Hey reminded me to start punkin ppl tho. Thanks lol

Martinisloth

Well played Sir, well played....

t_d_harvey31

What an awful trick to wake up to!!! Made my morning even better though!! :)

deps

D'uh !!! the first guy to fall for it !! guess it counts for something.....

smithwicky

That was excellent. I am reading this right as I get out of bed so you caught me off guard.

Godzfavrt

NOW THAT WAS GOOD!!!!!
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
MY HEART JUST SUNK MAN!!!!

jojo123

nice one, you guys got me so good, im acctually editing my old post at which i had written and angry comment about this rubbish. lol i didnt finish reading the story before i replied, then seen everyones post and thought..you crackberry fools did it again, thanks alot! i bought my storm off of craigslist! i was sad!

keoki619

I'm one of those people that worry about everything and when I read the headline, my heart sort of dropped. I immediately thought about how will I afford a new phone - - of the same caliber, about how I had a hard time selecting the Storm - - I tried the Omnia first and didn't like the tiny QWERTY keyboard on the screen. I thought about all the problems the Storms had, the learning curve I had and how amazingly I stuck it out and still like the phone ;-) I thought about what a shame it was that they abandoned the phone so quickly. Anyway, you get the idea ... all of these thoughts went racing through my head as I quickly scanned the article. When I clicked the link and the only thought in my head was SCREW YOU! After my anxiety level came down a bit, I had to admit I fell for it hook, line and sinker. One of the first comments had it right when they said the best pranks are ones that play on your fears. Good one, but in the future, be nice to the worry warts out there.

chad1008

...AWESOME!!!!

90 seconds of angst and frustration that instantly gave way to an entire day of hilarity and humiliation.

Got me. Got me good... It was a sick, twisted, awful joke to play on a person and I loved every second of it :) (forwarding the link to every Storm owner I know)

PRC

I hate you guys! I was seriously worried and pissed, then looked over to my phone while listening to TCPJ podcast and realized the date. Damn you! : )!

icebox93

ha ha ha. This is too transparent. Try harder next year.

porterhouse24

I never dreamed I would find an April fools joke on Crackberry FRONTPAGE!!!! Happy April Fools Day.

stormywaters

good thing I am still in the 30 day verizon trial window. Nice one!

kylemcdonald87

AHHAHAHHAHAHA that's great! LOL

oooooohhhhhh!!! that got me soooo mad!! whhheeeww! so glad it's not true! love my storm!

SAVJR

I am not surprised I fell for it though...

jbonnot03

Got me!!! I should have thought about that. This is my daughter's favorite day. Way to go Bla1ze!!!!

mbr

thats not nice. I had EMS on the way for my heart attack. but it was funny

Racer38

Good thing I clicked the link .. I was loading up to head down to the local Verizon .. I have plenty of ammo ..

robotmarv12

LMAO that was a good joke i give it to you guys

beagleberry

I saw this hit my inbox via Yatca from Crackberry's Twitter feed. It took me about 10 seconds to realize what day it was. You got me Bla1ze!

berry_nice

hahahahahaha! i totally fell for it! glad it's not true! love my storm!

the subterfuge

eff you, LOLS...my heart skipped a beat...i was seriously considering canceling my service with verizon...that was before i clicked on the link...

njsimons13

I woke up this morning knowing that App World went live last night and hoping that there would be official release for the storm OS but i saw DISCONTINUED instead. I almost died. Good one though you got me.

potus2016

You guys are jerks... I started having heart palpitations when I read this post. I guess it was kind of funny in a sick demented way

metalmancpa

YOU SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Actually, the joke worked as my heart dropped upon 1st look at the "headline". It took my brain a little time to catch up and realize the date.

Thanks a lot :-)

JD Romero

OMG.... I ALMOST CRIED WHEN I SAW THIS

Krisgt30

A$$hole!!! LMAO had me.... Someone should rick roll kevin.

franke2008

This was my first BB and now my last.

Hello iPhone.

Dsnyder

Ha!!! you got me!! Shame on you!! (actually, shame on me!!)

zkmavz

and obviously need a calendar

Dedrick M

lmao wooooow you guys really suck. I was like shocked because the scenerio really did add up. So half of me is like WTF but the other half is like "YES I can get the Bold!!" Damn it lol. But, on the real, I love my phone to death and im glad this is false. LOl good one Crackberry, thats why I love this site and recomend it to all my customers who purchases a blackberry.

rvv2002

I almost died. Had already opened up craigslist to ditch my phone. On the verge of crying. Ridiculous. You guys are sick.

Props.

My friend sent this to me.... I can't believe i fall for this crap every year. Nice one Crackberry.. I am a Fool..lol..

BrianW2007

Bravo B1aze.. Bravo!
I wasn't doubting your for a second ;-)

qbnlykwhoa

Had me going for a sec...

BasPilot

I was mad too, not that the storm was going bye bye, but that I'd have to come up with something to convince my wife to buy yet another blackberry!

cwalk10

I actually thought it was funny that this phone was discontinued because of how popular it is and I really want this phone. Then I clicked on the link...I had forgotten that it was April Fool's Day...you got me good.

busybia

Lol you got me! First facebook.. Now you guys.. Nice! I was so ready to be really pissed off XD

jeep

Fell for it hook-line-and-sinker

derekflint

I was just building up the rage for my next visit to Vodafone, didn't actually work it out until I clicked on the link - 'new device eh?'. Just before it came up I was crossing my fingers for Rick Astley. Not done that before.
Thanks a bunch, CB.

Tigerkitty

Ahhh, that was great. My first fool of the day!! =)

ps2widow

Jerks!!! lol got me good!

ps2widow

Jerks!!! lol got me good!

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