Verizon BlackBerry Storm2 Launching October 28th According to Launch .pdf and Updated Intranet Blog Post

BlackBerry Storm2 Launching October 28th
By Kevin Michaluk on 22 Oct 2009 07:25 pm
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Now this looks promising! In the past few minutes two big things have happened that point to Verizon launching the BlackBerry Storm 9550 on October 28th:

1. Member DonNguyen posted a Verizon BlackBerry Storm2 launch document in the forums, that goes through the device in detail and points to the October 28th date. BE SURE TO CHECK THIS OUT... we're talking Verizon BlackBerry Storm2 stuff in detail. See Forum Post | View .pdf

2. Our pal big-g just sent in the photo above snapped from the ever-popular Verizon intranet blog showing an update to the BlackBerry Storm2 post that also points to the October 28th launch date.

Hopefully this means the BlackBerry Storm2 is back on track to getting announced and will be available for purchase soon.

Topics: News & Rumors

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80 comments

cjones11481

Enjoy-! All who can get it! I have to wait another year... probably better in the long-run though!!!

mwysoczanski@yahoo.com

Haha ya youre prob right I gotta wait too...Storm 3 will be out by then or sumthin

blacktoothberry

how do you know there will be a version 3

joselskipper

Storm2's OS and UI, and Browser are still no good as the first gen iPhone. RIM can't even catch up with UI and Safari on a 2-year old iPhone. Who knows what's cooking in Cupertino, perhaps HD video. How about take a picture of your check deposit and have it posted real-time same day without ever going to the bank...there's an app for that.

And then there's the upcoming Droid a supposedly iPhone-killer which at least closely matches iPhone's functionality and browser.

So why release a Storm2 with same old same old UI and Browser. You have not even fixed the flopped Storm 1.

How many times we have to tell RIM, it's the software stupid!

Freeze Gopher

Is this real or wishful thinking? Place your bets!

grundyman

this is far from being real

KillerTruffle

As much as I want to believe it, I'm not sure I do. The photo on the first page is the Storm, not the Storm2. Most of the pictures through the rest of the document also show the original Storm as well. That kinda ruins my hopes...

NinjaRose

I am looking at the actual web page that is in the photo. We also have email confirmation that this is the release date. Also, the picture is indeed the storm2. You cannot see too well, cus the bottom is cut out, but if you notice on the side, the volume control key is BLACK, not SILVER!!

ddarvish

grrrr i am so conflicted.. storm2 or droid? I have a tour now but want a touchscreen phone again... i think...

I wish vzw made it easy to switch in between phones because then id just get a driod and switch between that and my tour whenever i wanted to...

McCracken

seems like we've heard this before...

sunburned

Did anyone else notice on the .pdf that they have a picture of the Storm 1?? It's got the buttons seperate from the screen, hang up button isn't upside down, and no wi-fi on the screen. Can't Verizon get anything right? Oh yeah, the Droid...

timkenagy

buttons on side are also chrome... storm 2 their black

NinjaRose

the picture is indeed the storm2. You cannot see too well, cus the bottom is cut out, but if you notice on the side, the volume control key is BLACK, not SILVER!!

Uncle Rico

Why won't Verizon officially announce the release date??? So lame!! The iPhone is sounding better and better each day...that's right...I said it!

timkenagy

iphone does sound great... it at&t that doesnt

blacktoothberry

the iphone is all hype it to has had and still does have software issues. Just think about not upgrading your memory and not being able to use a spare battery

The Gift

Is not really that big a deal... in the two years of owning a blackberry, infact in the many years of owning ANY mobile... I have NEVER needed to swap/buy/pack extra batteries.

allpublic26

people are never gonna learn!

Se7enth Sinn

what does price before$100VMIR mean?

RickyRoss10

It's the price before the Mail in rebate

akitchens

The Blackberry 9550 will come out 10/28. The price is $279.99 with a $100 MIR. I work for Verizon and they just advised us of this.

S2wannaB

Anyone heard of the BOGO offer for release?

OME6A

Seriously, I think this price will kill the phone.

Nearly $300 with a two year contract and I've lost all interest in trying to get an upgrade on my Storm 1, especially after the latest OS release.

$199 and I would've went for it, but $279 and I can wait.

EDIT: I see we were both wrong. $179 is a great price. Calling my rep tomorrow!

dbone15

It's not 279. It's 179. 279 is before the 100 mail in rebate.

blacktoothberry

yeah but you still have to come up with $280 upfront and wait 2-4 weeks to get the rebate in the form of a gift card

timkenagy

cheeper than storm 1 @ launch.. it was 299 w/ 100 mir

tattoopunk

Why does it say September in the upper left corner? Isn't this an old post? How reliable is this?

blacktoothberry

do you think they posted this today. its from Verizon's internal internet (called intranet).This was posted on there internal system on Sept 29

NinjaRose

This was originally posted on Sept 28, but has been updated several times since.

Hence the "*UPDATE" in the title.

akitchens

like I said... $279.99.. then you get a mail in rebate for $100. If you place the order online then its a instant rebate.. Online price will be $179

timkenagy

yes, same in store for corporate accounts

cheechoz818

I just can't wait, as much as I should, I'm going in and paying retail for the S2, unless they take my 5 replacements into account which I'm pretty sure they will :-P

cr2886

I'm in the same boat! I'm on my 5th Storm and I've had it since February...When I called to get my 5th one they offered me a Tour for no charge but I declined it knowing the Storm2 was right around the corner. Isn't it true if the equipment is replaced more than 3 times in a year then you have the option to switch devices?

Bigblue5803

My storm crapped out on me again.. Went to VZW store. And the rep was like ill order u one then if that one doesn't work we'll put u in another device .. Lol .. I will be swappin for the storm 2 or that Imagio sounds kinda nice.. And did anybody notice on bestbuy website they are offering the storm free with contract. Lol maybe S2 will be out next week.. Lol

akitchens

if you have multiple issues with your storm 1 and it gets swapped out 2 or more times within 90 days, they will swap for a tour. No word yet if they will swap for a 9550

cr2886

How about if you had your Storm swapped out 5 times and your 5th one is worse than the first one and it has only been about 7 months!?

blacktoothberry

maybe you are just picky. I have two Storm's on my account and have NEVER had an issue with either one

cr2886

I am picky but:
Storm 1 - Reset randomly at least 3 times a day
Storm 2 - Reset randomly at least 4 times a day (I'm not making this up)
Storm 3 - Reset randomly and had a bad LCD (it would flicker and the black had an orange tint)
Storm 4 - People said I sounded like I was under water, no service/dropped calls in my house where my wife's Verizon phone was perfect, the speakerphone would turn on by itself (no I would not press the button with my face) while it was charging if I answered a call
Storm 5 - It has started to randomly reset again, same speakerphone problem while charging, at least once a day I try to use the dial pad to call someone and the screen is unresponsive. I can touch any other button but the numbers and people are starting to tell me they hear like every other word I am saying.

Bottom line, I am picky but come on this is ridiculous and I use to work at Best Buy Mobile for 4 years so I know a lot about phones. My 2 friends are both on their 4th Storms with similar issues. Looks like you got lucky my friend! Congrats!

blacktoothberry

I don't think its luck I have seven friends with them same thing no hardware issues. sounds like software issues

Storm2

you probably should upgrade your phone to the latest bundle before turning it into the store. Resets are almost certainly sw issues. It could even be the 3rd party apps causing them.

BBBBG

does anyone have a storm 1 for sale

blacktoothberry

I will sale you mine for $279

ts1691

I just got off the phone with the sales assistant, and she informed me that this date is highly unlikely because they have yet to receive anything at all concerning the storm 2, except training. That being said i hope the date is right. Also, whats up with the droid? Does it go toe to toe with a blackberry?

blacktoothberry

If you know anything Verizon rep's usually are the last to know about anything concerning devices

McNooberson

if this is pulling my leg like the rest of them, i might not have enough fuel in the tank to have my heart broken again :(

dweasel36

the s2 is comin out the 25th. a sales specialist from verizon who is a crackberry member confirmed this. also a best buy manager in rogers a.rk plus this pdf looks fake.

ts1691

All of this makes no sense we have not seen a single add yet. Regardless of the crackberry hype verizon wants people to know about what they have. Plus no one has said anything about if the storm passed the technical acceptance yet.

blacktoothberry

watch for commercials two or three days prior to its release

and do you think every little piece of info is leaked be real

ts1691

Clearly me saying that this is wrong means i think it's real. Think about it your the lead man in an advertising group for a huge product. How are you gonna market it, oh i got it three days before it comes out lets put out a commercial. While the droid's commercial is out a month before it's release. Wow black you really know the advertising business thank you for your wise insight.

blacktoothberry

It doesn't have to make sense to you or me but all involved know it will sell either way. And not everything has to have a commercial months prior to its release .

sdmeltz1979

i spoke to verizon on the phone and they told me the phone has passed the technical test. that is why when u ask they will tell u it is in the coming soon stage

Viralstrain

I just got an email from my VZW Business rep saying that it'll be released on Oct. 28th!!

Headshrink

Let me know, how the Storm part 2 works out. I refuse to get all hyped up unlike the first go around. I wont be making that mistake twice. I am on this fence between this and the Droid.

Manny707

I talked to the Verizon rep today and he said that it will come out next week around the end of the week. The rep also told me that they aren't getting trained on the phone.

BiggPhil

don't listen to any verizon rep who isnt a berry addict, most are temps and have no clue what they are talking about, just got off the phone with tier 3 tech support due to an open trouble ticket, he not only validated that the document is accurate he is providing me with a mutli exchange... so i get 3 storm2's at no charge no contract extention. only prob is i can only get one exhange in store the rest will be mailed... oh well!

blacktoothberry

my rep is full time employee

S3QU3NC3

and the price! Damn! im starting to second guess the storm and thinking the Droid....

* Bummed... :( *

312

I've lost all interest in the Storm already. :(

jwhit719

That is the first day of the World Series. I have been saying all along that they would use that to promote the phone.

cr2886

I agree! I've been telling my people that it would come out during the MLB Playoffs/World Series especially since BlackBerry is sponsoring the post season and have been showing that commercial without any phones, it seemed too coincidental. This could be a great day (the 28th): Get a Storm2 and the Phillies trying to repeat!!!!

mezmryz03

The night before I purchased my Tour, I saw alot of posts about Best Buy giving the rebate out instantly and at a lower price. Called the next morning at opening and they were, told them to hold one, and I had a new tour for $149.99 as an upgrade. That's $50 off the normal cost plus $70 off instantly. Good odds they'll do it again.

tlnemo

Why does the first page of the .pdf file posted here show the Storm 9530 picture? Is this an accident or a fake? I'll believe it when I see it anyway. The October 21st date was a let down. Should have seen it coming anyway. : (

When VZ says it's here, it's here. : D

timkenagy

someone wants to trick all of us so bad they made a 29 page pdf file?

Unicorn56

Yes, I know, 1XEV is 3G, what I'm saying is they are apparently changing the way the phone shows it. This would certainly stop the hundreds of "My phone won't get 3G" questions on CrackBerry ;-)

germster

that sucks strom was out last year in Nov. not even a year.

chriscook.sv

I see that it says you will be able to talk and get data at the same time when your connected via wifi. This is prob. a stupid question, but what does that really mean and whats the advantage to that, i mean, while you ate talking aren't you just talking... why would you need to also be able to get data?

any help would be awesome! Tanks!

Meinbeast19

All signs are pointing to this release date, as I mentioned earlier this week when the plastic dummies came out, this WILL launch the 28th

KillerTruffle

I still think there are a handful of signs pointing to early-mid November. I'd *love* an Oct. 28 release date. Heck, I'd love a TODAY release date. But at this point my skepticism is telling me sometime in Nov.

chriscook.sv

another week.... :: sigh:: it's worth it if the product works right out of the gate i guess...

bblankenship78

I just called into Verizon VIP about a button on my Storm 1 not working. They confirmed I could wait until Wednesday and they would ship me the Storm2!

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