Talk Up a Storm #3: Connected at Home & Abroad

Talk Up a Storm!
By Kevin Michaluk on 2 Oct 2008 03:50 pm EDT
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Here's the contents of this week's edition of Talk Up a Storm. This is the internal mailer that is going out every Wednesday to Verizon employees to get them hyped up about the BlackBerry Storm...

Talk Up a Storm - Connected at Home & Abroad

When we say the BlackBerry Storm will take the world by storm, we mean it. Storm is our newest global phone. Combined with our Global Services, the Storm will enable our customers to easily stay connected in the U.S. and around the globe. Here are five need-to-know facts about the Storm's global features:

1. With the Blackberry Storm customers can enjoy the nation's most reliable wireless network at home and have access to more than 205 voice and 150 data destinations worldwide.

2. With the inclusion of quad band capability, customers will benefit from expanded global coverage, adding more than 10 destinations across South America and the Caribbean, including voice and data service in Argentina, Chile and Colombia and data service in the Bahamas.

3. With the inclusion of UMTS capability, voice and data service will be available in Japan. High speed data service will also be available in major travel destinations such as the United Kingdom, France, Spain, and Italy.

4. The BlackBerry Storm features Network Auto Selection which allows customers to experience seamless use in all supported destinations, regardless of network type. The BlackBerry Storm also offers Assisted Dialing, which will help take the guess work out of calling internationally. Customers simply select a name from their contact list and the Storm will automatically apply the proper exit code and dialing string.

5. All Blackberry Storm devices will come pre-installed with a SIM card and include our Global Literature Kit - it's never been easier to activate a global customer!

To learn more about our International Services, go to www.verizonwireless.com/vzglobal

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Talk Up a Storm #3: Connected at Home & Abroad

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I bet the guys writing up these wednesday talk points were telling themselves how lame and boring this week's was.

Maybe that's why it took a day to leak...
"If I release this... no one will care..."

Yippee, I leave the USA maybe once every decade! But i'm sure for the traveling international business men this is good. But I think most Verizonites stay put in the USA.

....and love my 8830 for that but will love the Storm more =). 8830, c ya, its been nice knowing you.

at least it is coming with the sim card rather than the sales rep forgetting it or being out of stock. i had to get a card after the purchase of my 8830 once and it was a huge pain to from a retail location

could've waited til next week for that. Maybe it should be a bi-weekly announcement so it will have more substance.

I travel aboard quite a bit and maybe this is the device I have looking for. I am still the qwerty keyboard type, but what the hell, I'll give her a ride.

So what's the big black thing to the left of the device? Like a special "VZW Exclusive" case or something? Or is it like a case that you can carry your charger and whatnot all in?

For many business users, Global use is key. That's the only reason I have AT&T for my BB because they work globally. I want one carrier for both phone and BB and was glad to see the STorm meets that need. Hope the Bold is a global phone as well and I may hold out.

Verizon failed miserably with these weekly "leaks". From what it seems, they were attempting to control the information that is leaked into the "blogosphere" by staggering these weekly info snippits. Epic Fail.

They weren't attempting to control the information... they were attempting to get and keep the blogs talking about them in the lead up to the release. Mission accomplished. This phone has more coverage right now than any other device released or in the pipeline.

the black squre box i believe was for a teaser video of live footage that verizon was going to show. However they new that RIM/Vodafone was showing a promo video of the storm for Vodafhone they did not put it up. They will put a live video footage of the storm come Oct. 9th after Verizon/RIM announcement. well thats what i think.

just to tell you as someone that worked for vzw not that long ago. there is no way that VZW will let a unlocked phone come out on there network, they say why the GPS is locked on there BB's is do to "network security" what BS. VZW thinks people on there network dont know what the phones can do from other carriers. VZW is the most junk from any wireless carrier in the state's

The fact that there's no sign of this phone coming to any other carrier than verizon really sucks. I would buy it for sure, but my friend that works for verizon said they have it locked down for 2 yrs. Bad decision I think

The fact that there's no sign of this phone coming to any other carrier than verizon really sucks. I would buy it for sure, but my friend that works for verizon said they have it locked down for 2 yrs. Bad decision I think

I call BS to your "friends" info. I too work for Verizon and none of that information has been released, we do not know. Unless your friend is Lowell McAdam you have no idea what you are saying. This phone is going to be great for the Retail/Business side of my company and the fact that it is global is HUGE. Yes, the 8830 is global but it has no camera and that is actually a big problem for about 75% of customers now-a-days. Some people actually need it for their line of work....I have a Curve now and im still on the fence about no qwerty keyboard but from the looks of this thing, im going to give it a try.

Yes it will because the new Blackberry OS supports html email...Even older blackberrys that have the updated Blackberry OS ( ver 4.5, I believe ) can view HTML email.

this is perfect! my boyfriend is based in alaska and he just went over to iraq. i was going to just get him the blackberry world but this phone sounds so much better! i can't wait for this thing to come out! :)

For those of us on other wireless carriers, will there be an unlocked version, either Verizon or Vodaphone??? I think we all would like to get our hands on it but what's the point if it's isolated. Where are the Techs at?

Is this only going to be on Verizon? What about Sprint? I hat it when device makers do this (i.e. iPhone - not that I'd switch to the iPhone...love my Blackberry). But why not release it on other carriers as well. It seems like Sprint is always left out in the cold when it comes to the newer devices. C'mon Sprint.

I have never had good luck with Verizon hence going on to T-Mobile about 6 years ago since I travel a lot out of the country. I am really upset that this will be a Verizon exclusive only. Blackberry needs to release it to more carriers. I am getting frustrated with "exclusive" offers with phones that I would love to own!

I have never had good luck with Verizon hence going on to T-Mobile about 6 years ago since I travel a lot out of the country. I am really upset that this will be a Verizon exclusive only. Blackberry needs to release it to more carriers. I am getting frustrated with "exclusive" offers with phones that I would love to own!

All I hear is news about all the capabilities and the network it is on. I haven't heard anything about its functionality. Iphone is by far the best touch screen phone as far as ease of use and precision. I don't think anyone will come close at least any time soon.

I can't believe this phone! I do alot of traveling for job, Japan mostly but sometimes into Europe as well. This phone is what I have been waiting for. They even include the SIM card! I just hope it will take the 16gb micro SD for the long flights.

(message from http://gizmodo.com/5047720/touchscreen-blackberry-storm-caught-on-video)
BlackBerry Storm / Thunder, which should be coming to Verizon sometime in November for $199, has finally been caught on video! At roughly 2:55, BREW Ninja whips out the touchscreen-y smartphone and shows off some of its apparently underwhelming (to him, at least) features—an accelerometer, a screen that functions as a button, and an ugly-as-sin on-screen keyboard. Watch the entire video for more info on the HTC Coke (which seems to be taking a couple of design cues from the Diamond) and LG's fashion clamshell for Sprint, the Lotus. [BREW Ninja via CrackBerry]

still speculative... no official word from VZW... and why are you even referring back to that awful video?