First Looks: Verizon Storm Accessories

Verizon BlackBerry Storm Accessories
By Kevin Michaluk on 4 Nov 2008 02:32 pm EST
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The big red Verizon engine is firing on all cylinders as they get set for the official release of the BlackBerry Storm. We've seen launch parties, contests and Storm hunts and now we have a first look at BlackBerry Storm accessories in Verizon packaging. The Storm's hardware is ready... now we just need the OS to pass through Technical Acceptance and get provisioned onto the devices (hundreds of thousands of them!) and make their way to retailers around the country. Getting Excited yet?

Speaking of accessories, we'll be ramping up our inventory for the Storm as they become available. But what we have in stock right now though are a TON of accessories for the Bold! So if you're one of those AT&T customers who picked up their shiny new precious today, you'll want to visit ShopCrackBerry.com and check our BlackBerry Bold accessories and pick a nice gift up for your Bold. Something real nice - maybe a spare battery, some skins, a charging pod or protective case!

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i'm still rockin a 7130e friends... not really trying to one-up people here but i think that takes the cake as far as old bb models go. can't wait to try this out.

Just called verizon again, rep told me that it is expected this month. No date damn it. I had told her that I was going to jump to ATT and get the bold (thought maybe that might get a less scripted response), didn't get me anything but the "we value you... blah blah blah".

sounds like the week of the 23rd now to me...

fingeres are crossed for sooner, but the 23rd should be safe (that's a sunday, so think following week).

So you threaten the rep that you are going to jump ship if the rep doesnt give you a date? Yeah, Im sure they were thinking "OMG, Im gonna lose an idiot who calls for the storm, but is gonna leave VZW for an ATT bold if I dont give them an exact date!". Just lame tactics.

Just lame tactics? Really? I always thought it worked well. I guess I was wrong, guess that the three different phones I have purchased over the last 13 months were just dumb luck. I know that between the VIP program and the discounted phones it is totally normal to get 3 new every two discounts in just over a year. But it was not just a tactic, it was the truth. I am tired of having phones that just don't live up to the expectations I have. If you don't want to complain, great don't. But don't knock what works. Oh and each upgrade has NOT extended my contract.

But your right it's lame. Thanks for the feedback.

FYI... Verizon release dates are most always a Sunday in order to get "new product" circulars in the Sunday paper. Their 'computers' (i.e. new account signup, billing, etc.) all start the beginning of a new week which is Sunday. My wife works for VZW so this is pretty reliable info. Unfortunately, she is not high enough in the food chain to get her (or more importantly, my...) hands on a Storm.

i heard the 23rd too. also, i went to see if i could get any of my accessories early today and they didnt even have the device or anything in their D-FILL.

The reps here said they had hands on time with the device last week and said the keyboard was excellent but the software (pre-release) was buggy.

just waiting now.........

Anyday now Verizon!

man i hella want the phone even more. that phone i think is better then the damn iphone. i can hella text like normal , movies look great, sound is loud, the click screen i do like. sorry for women with nails. i cant wait. nice size, not heavy at all. let me jus say i think everyone will be happy with it. i could go on and on about it but i cant.

The accessory I really want is the dock & any protector that doesn't interfere with me using the dock.

so i went into a local verizon store in brooklyn today, and asked the rep and he told me that they were told it would be available on the 16th. just thought i'd share the info =)

I POSTED THE PIC. THE ITEMS ARE ON SALE ALONG WITH DIFFERENT COLOR SILICONE COLORS (PINK,CLEAR,PURPLE)

WHATS NOT AVAILABLE YET IS:
CHROME USB DOCK, RUBBERIZED HOLSTER, POUCH WITH CLIP, LEATHER SLEEVE, HARD TOUCH COLORDED CASES (CLEAR, METALIC AND SOME OTHER COLORS)

AS FOR A RELEASE DATE REPS DONT ACTUALLY HAVE ONE YET AS INTERNALLY AND EXTERNALLY THERE IS NOT ONE

We have been told internally the launch date will be the 16th. But that is weird bcuz in our area we get shipment on Friday. Which means......the stores will have them on the 14th. MOST managers will sell it to you if they have it in stock, UNLESS it is totally blocked out in our system to sell. Meaning...IF you try to sell the device prior to actual launch date it would ring out @ $9,999.99. It's happened with a few phones but not usually. And ABSOLUTELY NO manager will discount that much no matter how much you whine and moan and threaten to go to AT&T. (Their bonuses are paid off discounts above and beyond normal sale prices)

Most store managers(smartly), will not let you walk out of the store. Unless of course they have already taken people down on lists and loaded them into the system...meaning all of their stock is spoken for.

Speaking from an insiders point of view....I would go into a store, create a relationship with a rep (Don't just ask when the storm will be there, they will look at you as if you have three heads because that is the twenty-seventh time they have been asked that today, and tell you they don't know), store reps are creating databases of customers that are interested in the device. They have the power to hold one for you (at least for 24 hours).

That is your BEST opp to get one right off the bat! I will tell you this...these reps make commission...so if you're not eligible to upgrade forget about it. The manager won't discount it just cuz you want one and ur curve just isn't good enough anymore. And the sales rep won't make a commission so don't expect them to go out of their way to hold one for you.

Good news is that they told VZW employees that we should be able to purchase them rather quickly, which can only mean that inventory will be stable. (Enough to go around!!!) We are only allowed to purchase devices @ discount when VZW customers are satisfied with the quantity being shipped to stores.

everythign thing person said is true. i am another insider. the inventory for these r full. but if store sell out they can order it for u. u should pay the 9 bucks for overnight. i can honestly till u that if any come into the store early no manager will sell it early. these r being tracked like no other. its funny because people walk in am ask to see it , and we tell them we dont have it and they walk out. they dont even give us a chance to tell the about the database list. i do hope people who can upgrade know fasho that they can because if you cant no go at all, unless u get a new line or buy it full price. o yeah jus a fyi u must get the data plan if u dont know already!

I live in New York City and I go to the verizon store around the block about once a week to see the updated on the storm (very excited!!) I agree that if you build up a relationship with the sales reps and managers, rather than demanding release dates, it will help you in the long run. This is what I have been told, the phone will ship to their verizon store on the 14th (a friday), because of a good relationship with them, they have the power to hold and reserve a phone for you for 24 hrs. On saturday the 15th, their store will open one hour earlier in anticipation of the long lines and rush. So, I have been told I can go anytime withint 24 hrs (Saturday the 15th and pick it up, lets hope this works out as planned)

Also, I was worried about the verizon curve I have now and what I will do with 2 blackberry's, the rep told me that verizon will have/does have a blackberry buy back plan if you get the storm and you get some money back for your berry (he told me abt $136 for the curve) not great money, but better than nothing.

This is what I have been told and I have a good relationship with the people there, anyone else have have similar experiences?

haha.. threatened my friend who happens to be a vzw reagional team manager that i was going with at&t and getting the iphone... he got me a 20% discoutn on my monthly access and lets me in on all the info about the storm htat he has... just told me today that it will be out on the 23rd..software issues. It pays to have good relationships!

p.s. I threatend him initially because I can be added to my gf's att acct for 10 bucks and just to have to pay 30 for the data plan(which would make my bill significantly cheaper than what I am paying now) Thats when he released the storm info to me and I've been hooked ever since!

haha.. threatened my friend who happens to be a vzw reagional team manager that i was going with at&t and getting the iphone... he got me a 20% discoutn on my monthly access and lets me in on all the info about the storm htat he has... just told me today that it will be out on the 23rd..software issues. It pays to have good relationships!

p.s. I threatend him initially because I can be added to my gf's att acct for 10 bucks and just to have to pay 30 for the data plan(which would make my bill significantly cheaper than what I am paying now) Thats when he released the storm info to me and I've been hooked ever since!