Rogers to Get the BlackBerry Storm By Christmas????

By Kevin Michaluk on 16 Oct 2008 01:20 pm EDT
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Rogers to get the BlackBerry Storm by Christmas?

* Update: We figured and posted as much, and Rogers went ahead and confirmed word with Doug that there will not be a Rogers Storm in their holiday line-up:

Hi Douglas,
Regarding the ‘Storm' posting... Apologies for any confusion, our customer service representative made an error on our holiday device lineup. While we won't divulge the holiday lineup in advance, I can confirm it will not include the BlackBerry Storm. 

The only thing to do now is cross our fingers that a touchscreen BB is hopefully in the works that'll come to Rogers in 2009 (something a little faster and optimized for the Rogers network would be nice!). And while I'm updating this post, might as well drop a link to my former employer (the guys responsible for giving me my first BlackBerry!)... it's always good to see that the Financial Post is staying on top of CrackBerry.com along with the BB situation North of the Border!! *

So here's the deal... yesterday a blog rumor started out here (based on a recorded conversation with a customer service rep) that a touchscreen BlackBerry would be available before Christmas (the Storm) on Rogers. The rumor spread, and also got shot down a bit.

I'm late posting on this, because... well... I wanted to do some more digging first before I weighed in on the subject (short answer: shot down). Back on July 4th I posted a Rogers Roadmap that showed the BlackBerry smartphones Rogers would be getting before Christmas along with their approximate targeted launch dates. The devices listed on this roadmap were the Bold, KickStart (Pearl 8220 Flip) and Javelin (Curve 8900). No Storm. (lots more after the jump)

Now since that post went up, over the past couple of months I have, like others, heard some "chatter" that a touchscreen BlackBerry would hopefully be coming to Rogers (which most assumed would be a version of the Storm). Now whether this device would actually come to Rogers in the form of the Storm 9500, or a slightly different version (perhaps supporting HSDPA, and who knows, maybe even carrying different branding and sporting a slightly different look than the Storm...), I have yet to see concrete proof of. From what I can tell, Rogers was looking to put the Storm on the roadmap, dropped it, and is probably now looking again/working hard to get a touchscreen BB out in the hopefully near future (and if they're not, they should!!).

But does that mean we'll see one before Christmas? I wouldn't hold my breath. From what I've dug up it's not yet slated on Rogers Q4 list of devices to launch, and even if it entered carrier testing today (which it hasn't and doesn't sound like it's going too anytime soon - post in the comments if you know otherwise), it would be a miracle at this point to get it certified and rolled out before Christmas. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to be wrong here and see it happen, but at this point just don't think it will.

Take a look back at the Rogers Q3 hardware lineup. They still have to get the Pearl 8220 out for sale! Rogers had this slated for a mid-September launch (remember those Back to School promotional pricing details that leaked out) but it's now mid-October (into Rogers Q4) now and the flip still isn't available. The reasoning I'm hearing here is that after Rogers certified the still-shaky OS that initially launched on the Bold, they decided to take their time in giving final certification to the 8220's OS and pushed the launch back just to make sure things were perfect. The 8220's OS has since been certified, so look for the new Pearl to become available on Rogers any day now. As for the 8900 Curve, that was on the Rogers roadmap for a Q4 launch (and hopefully still will be here for the holiday season), but after seeing T-Mobile Germany put the 8900 Curve up on their website and quickly yank it down, I'm not quite sure what the full story behind the 8900 is (part of me thinks it may get pushed back to early 2009 (at least in North America), but I'm still hoping for November).

So that's where I'm at. Apologies for the long-windedness. I just hate writing posts like this... cause I know any of the RIM or Rogers folk who may just happen to read this (and of course know all the truth behind blogosphere rumormongering) are likely laughing their a$$es off).

Final Takeway: I want to see a touchscreen BlackBerry come to Rogers in time for Christmas, but just don't see it happening based on my digging. But I've been wrong before, so if you're on Rogers and you're hoping for it, keep your fingers crossed.

Keeping me Honest: Spur of the moment idea as I type this... call me crazy, but how about this: If I'm wrong... and we DO see a Rogers BlackBerry Storm before Christmas, I'll personally run to the local Rogers store the day it comes out, buy one, and put it up for grabs here in the blogs and give it away to one lucky Canadian reader. It'll mean less presents for my family and friends this holiday season, but that's something I'm willing to risk for CrackBerry Nation :-)

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Rogers to Get the BlackBerry Storm By Christmas????

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Hi everyone

Sorry to announce you that, but Rogers will not carry the storm, i'm actually working for Rogers and here's a copy/Paste of a letter i've received yesterday night.

News Flash - RIM Announces Planned Launch of BlackBerry "Storm”
Research in Motion has announced they plan to launch the BlackBerry Storm, a new touch screen handset that will operate on CDMA networks.

This handset will NOT be carried by Rogers at this time.
Positioning:
If customers inquire regarding why Rogers will not be carrying the device, please let them know:
"Our customers are currently very well served with a smartphone line-up that features leading edge 3G devices including the BlackBerry Bold and i-Phone 3G, with its best-in-class touchscreen functionality, all operating on Canada's fastest and most reliable network."

"If this device should become available for our customers, we will communicate at that time"
If the customer requires more information about the Storm, please direct them to rim.com.

So i don't know where you've picked your infos, but if it's from Rogers customer service, the guy had not read his e-mail carefully.

Sorry to break your dream.

Since you work for Rogers, any iota of info whether Rogers will carry the Javelin / BB 8900? Hopefully before Christmas?! Thanks.

Take this for what it is but the rumours of Rogers actaully getting the touch screen BlackBerry might be true. It will be similar to the storm, expect it will have a slide out QWERTY keyboard (something like the HTC G1). This BB will most likely be called the BlackBerry Thuder, putting a rest to all the Storm/Thunder confusion.

I doubt Rogers (or ATT or TMO) would release a late-breaking device like this without full compatibility with their respective 3G networks, and neither the 9500 or 9530 qualify. I call shenanigans, at least for now.

Makes sense it won't be out on Rogers for a while, since the initial design is CMDA with Eurpoean GSM frequencies. Since they have been manufacturing the CDMA version, I would guess it will be a while until they create the North American GSM version.

sau because i work for Rogers let me laugh a little,

There is absolutely no BB with a slider in progress at RIM, and Storm/Thunder is the same phone it's just that his codename had changed.

I've spoke to RIM representative in a conference i had, Telus will have the Storm first in Canada first and have exclusivity on the model for one years so it's impossible to get it before that.

He also told me that the touch screen is not really good for now and that it is not fast and responsive as they want it.

(basicly Telus will get the crappy version and when it will be better Rogers will have it ;-) )

And one thing to remember, HTC was designing Blackberry back in time, but Blackberry is now on his own.

bgr just confirmed from the main customer relation person at rogers that the storm will not be coming to rogers.

CB atleast did some investigating.

All these other sites who linked to it and posted it on their sites without even listening to the audio clip of the supposed "confirmation" would have known that this was just a PATHETIC attempt from BBCool to try and drum up some traffic to their site.

EPIC FAIL and now BBCool (along with every other site that posted this as "a matter of fact") have lost my respect.

It's like the damn NY Times turning into the Enquirer.

Just got off the phone with a Rogers wireless CSR and she claimed that the storm will be coming.... "soon". I said I had read differently but she should know if anyone does to which she replied "One would think so"