Verizon Officially Announces the BlackBerry Storm2!

By Kevin Michaluk on 26 Oct 2009 07:01 am EDT
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Verizon BlackBerry Storm2

Here it is Storm2 chasers... the press release we have all been waiting for! And it looks like you won't have to wait long now to pick up a BlackBerry Storm2, with availability scheduled for October 28th - this Wednesday. As previously posted, Verizon Blackberry Storm2 pricing comes in at $179 on a 2yr contract after a mail-in rebate, but there's no mention of a BOGO promotion or upgrade incentive for Storm1 users... at least in the press release (if any of these promotions do exist, could be they'll roll into action in the near future). If you haven't done it yet, be sure to check out our BlackBerry Storm2 Review. Press release below.

As for why the Verizon press release was delayed beyond RIM/Vodafone's announcement of the BlackBerry Storm2, no official reason was stated, but judging by the looks of the press release the official argument might be that they were waiting for the release of OS 5.0 for the Storm 9530, so original Storm owners were taken care of prior to the Storm2's launch.

Press Release

A Powerful New Storm Rolls Onto Verizon Wireless' Network on Oct. 28

New Operating System for Existing BlackBerry Storm Customers

BASKING RIDGE, NEW JERSEY and WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 26, 2009) - Verizon Wireless and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced that the BlackBerry(R) Storm2(TM) smartphone will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications stores, online at www.verizonwireless.com, and through business sales channels beginning Oct. 28. The BlackBerry Storm2 with BlackBerry(R) OS 5.0 evolves the BlackBerry(R) touchscreen platform with hundreds of hardware and software enhancements - including new SurePress(TM) "clickable" display technology and built-in Wi-Fi(R) - delivering the exceptional multimedia experience and communications capabilities customers have come to expect from their BlackBerry smartphones.

Key Features:

  • Smooth design and premium finish with sloped edges, chrome accents, glass lens and stainless steel backplate 
  • Large (3.25"), dazzling high-resolution 480 x 360 display at 184 ppi 
  • Capacitive touchscreen with integrated functions (Send, End, Menu,
  • Escape) and new SurePress technology that makes clicking the display practically effortless 
  • 3G and global connectivity support for making phone calls in more than 220 countries and accessing data in more than 185 countries (with more than 80 destinations in 3G) 
  • Network Connectivity: EV-DO Revision A; UMTS/HSPA (2100 MHz); and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM networks 
  • Supports Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) 
  • 256 MB of Flash memory 
  • 2 GB of onboard media storage and a microSD(TM)/SDHD memory card slot with a 16 GB card included

Software Updates on BlackBerry Storm2:

  • Features BlackBerry OS 5.0, which includes typing accuracy and selection improvements, as well as usability and visual enhancements such as inertial scrolling, spin boxes that make it easier to set dates and times, gradient shading on buttons, and more use of animation 
  • BlackBerry Browser is improved with faster JavaScript and CSS processing as well as support for Gears and BlackBerry Widgets 
  • Customers running BlackBerry(R) Enterprise Server 5.0 will gain the ability to set follow-up flags, manage e-mail folders, access remote files (Windows Shares), forward appointments, view calendar attachments, and more

Additional Features and Specifications:

  • 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus, Image Stabilization (IS), flash and video recording capabilities 
  • Premium and easy-to-access phone features, background noise suppression technology, loud distortion-free speakerphone and face detection (proximity sensor) that prevents accidental clicks and blanks the screen while the customer is on the phone 
  • Media player for videos, pictures and music, plus support for BlackBerry Desktop Manager for both PCs and Macs, and BlackBerry(R) Media Sync, for easily syncing Windows Media(R) Player music with the smartphone(i) 
  • 3.5 mm stereo headset jack and dedicated volume controls 
  • Bluetooth(R) (v2.1) capable with support for Secure Simple Pairing, hands-free headsets, stereo headsets, car kits and other Bluetooth peripherals 
  • Built-in GPS for maps and other location-based applications, as well as photo geotagging; and Verizon Wireless' VZ Navigator(SM) service is pre-loaded 
  • V CAST Music with Rhapsody 
  • Access to BlackBerry App World(TM), featuring a broad and growing catalog of third-party mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones, with categories including games, entertainment, IM and social networking, news, weather, productivity and more Support for Verizon Wireless' Mobile Broadband Connect tethering service
  • Removable, rechargeable 1400 mAhr battery that provides up to 5.5 hours of talk time or up to 11.2 days of standby time

Pricing and Availability:

  • The BlackBerry Storm2 smartphone is available beginning Oct. 28 for $179.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement on a voice plan with an Email and Web feature or an Email and Web for BlackBerry plan. Customers will receive the mail-in rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted. Data plans for the BlackBerry Storm2 smartphone begin at $29.99 when added to any Nationwide voice plan.

New Operating System for Existing BlackBerry Storm Customers

  • Existing BlackBerry Storm customers will be able to update their handsets to the new BlackBerry OS 5.0 software via Web software load (www.blackberry.com/update), BlackBerry Desktop Manager, or from Verizon Wireless' download site (www.verizonwireless.com/storm). The software is available today. 
  • For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com. Business customers can contact their Business Sales Representatives at 1-800-VZW-4BIZ.

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Verizon Officially Announces the BlackBerry Storm2!

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Thanks Kevin. This is great news for Verizon customers. Any info relative to Bell Mobility?

- CB

thanks licoeur, i just called them. what kind of black magic is this there pulling off? they didnt give people time to get things straight. i could of had my current storm on ebay by now

After talking to a Verizon rep myself on Friday, he had stated that all he knew was that the Storm2 would be out "sometime next week." He said they only tell the store reps around 2 days or so before the actual launch date (apparently they don't trust them?). The way he talked, this sounded like somewhat standard practice. Still seems odd tho, because I'm sure I've seen ads for other Verizon phones quite a while before release.

droid or storm2....i love blackberries but the droid looks tempting. i may keep my allegiance to BB though. We'll see. I'll do a hands on.

But there should definitely be an upgrade incentive for Storm1 users. Maybe not a free Storm2, but a reduced price at most.

They should consider it. Anyone have that kind of power on here to shoot them the idea.

Hasn't anyone figured it out yet? VZW just wants this device to go away.... An early morning press release 2 days before the device suppose to launch....Launching the same day as the head people for vzw and motorola having a press conference for the Droid.

Its all making sense now. Announce the device today so no one really talks about it. Launch it on the same day the "device of the year" will be announced and dont mention this device.....

Sorry to say it but the Storm gave VZW a bad rep so it's old news to them....

Nov. 6th is when i'm getting a new device....

you've got it all wrong the reason that VZW did not officially announce the storm 2 until today was they wanted to make sure that all storm 1 owners had the opportunity to upgrade to the 5.0 s/w. So they can reduce the amount of customers with the storm 1 that try and talk there way into a storm 2. VZW hates returns just as much as any other retail store. They loose money on equipment returns no matter what the reason for the return. And they have 2 year contracts on the equipment to help reduce the amount of cost to the customers instead of paying almost $500 for the full retail price.
Because despite the issues with the original .75 S/W and the fact it took 6 months for VZW and Blackberry to get a s/w they could agree on. The original storm really isn't a bad device. I've enjoyed my Storm and I bought it on the first day it was launched. The main problem is customers expectations due to the hype of the original storm. Everyone wanted it to be an iPhone killer but RIM was not designing the Storm to be an iPhone killer they were designing a touch screen blackberry to give people that are a little more multimedia oriented a device that fit there needs.

Was the storm 1 everything that everyone expected it to be. no not for everyone. Is the storm or storm 2 designed for everyone defiantly not. Not everyone needs/or can get comfortable with a full touch screen Blackberry. And I'm sure the Droid will have the same issues. People will buy the device because of all of the hype and then find out after they buy it that this really wasn't the best device for them.

if that were he case, this 5.0 software couldve been released back on Oct. 18th and then the original release date of the 21st would be the date the storm2 wouldve came out. it's all marketing and just trying to please all of the bb fanatics with this device but still keep the hype on the Droid. im not saying the Droid wont have any problems, im speaking from a marketing perspective. they just want the device out and move on. since when has vzw released a device 2 days after it was announced? the storm by far was a disappointment from what i wanted it to do that i can do on my Tour. All im saying is Vzw has taken their eggs outta the basket of the storm series and is moving on. the theory of waiting for the os to be released why its coming out the same day they are going to announce the Droid is foolish!

if they were moving on why did they come out with the second model?? ummmm when you move on doesn't that mean you don't invest anymore time in it?? But you sound like a know it all so no need to reply..

If the 5.0 OS were ready earlier for the Storm 1 I am farily confident that's when it would have been released. Verizon wanted a good 5.0 build for the Storm 1 prior to Storm 2 launch. My guess is that the initial delay from an October 14th Storm 2 launch is because that was assuming that the Storm 1 OS 5.0 would be ready around October 1st, giving them about two weeks to get Storm 1 owners installed, comfortable, and significantly happier. Some would be less salty for an "upgrade" before they were due, and others would be so excited with the OS they would be energized to buy the Storm 2. Regardless, by the time the Storm 2 launched, the word of mouth from current Storm 1 owners would be considerably better than it would have been had the Storm 2 launched before or at the same time as the Storm 1 owners getting OS 5.0.

Word of mouth needs to be good before they launch version 2, otherwise the product isn't going to do very well. But if all those previous Storm 1 owners are happier, then less new people will be hesitant to buy the Storm 2. At least, that's my take on it.

Will the wi-fi addition to Storm2 help me? I couldn't hold signal and dropped calls on original Storm. Will calls be made via wi-fi, which I have?

the Wi-Fi is really only for data use. Now I'm not sure if you had Skype or vonage you could download there programs to use a VoIP.

The 5.0 S/W on my storm 1 seems to improved my 1XEV signal so I would try that first

Droid or Storm 2? I'm honestly perfectly happy with my original Storm with the 5.0 software. I think the Droid is going to be VERY tempting to get me away from RIM. Not sure what I would do with BBM though!

Give it time, nothing has been announced for Canada just yet...but as Canadians, looking back at the Storm 1 release...we won't be getting the phone until late November or early December. Correct me if I'm wrong but Storm 1 released on December 10th 2008 for Canada.

Rogers never had the Storm 1 (and it's ok) but what about the 2, Bell and Telus will but only interested in Rogers's point of view in this matter (GSM with Rogers 3G)

How many units does each verizon store get? I.e. what place in line do i need to be to get this phone?

Now that it's out im a bit torn, but the DROID is just really hard on the eyes... i really dont like the looks of it. I know that looks are not everything but if im carrying it around all the time it better be awesome inside and out.

I think the strorm2 may just meet the challenge this time.

I spoke with a verizon employee this morning. They are not expecting a line for this phone. So as long as you get there when it opens you should be golden. Expecting more sales after phone is released by word of mouth that it is MUCH better from the original.

I've never bought a phone on launch day but am excited about the Storm 2. If it is available online also-which is the best way to get it if you don't necessarily want to wait in line. Is it much slower through internet order? Is it a better deal than online? If they run short on stock, do the online orders take a back seat to in store customers? Just a lot of questions. Some of you have did this before and know the ropes-maybe you can help me out with your experiences.

Thanks

The way I read the pricing is it is $279. before the rebate. So the initial cost will be $379.00 and then we will get $100. in a rebate card. Did I read it wrong or did I miss something?

The BlackBerry Storm2 smartphone is available beginning Oct. 28 for $179.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement on a voice plan with an Email and Web feature or an Email and Web for BlackBerry plan.

It will be 179 w rebate

Much luck to all who are awaiting the S2. I have such a bad taste in my mouth over the S1, I wouldn't bite on this phone if it were free.

In any event........Hope it's a hit!!

VZW has a BOGO offer going right now till Nov. 6th. So I would think if they start selling the Storm2 on Oct 28th, then the bogo should apply

Some of the "leaked" information referenced the BOGO offer for the Storm2. I am hoping this is the case and they haven't rethought the idea. If I can't get the Storm2 on the BOGO deal I think I will go to the Tour. I do prefer the size of the QWERTY keyboard on the Storm2 in horizontal mode, though.

Never had a problem with the storm 1, you just got to know how to use it. And now with the new release of OS 5.0.0.328 for the BlackBerry Storm 9530, it feels like a new phone.

As a user of the Storm, I use it to control my Bang & Olufsen home theater sytem with my AV/shadow app from Unify4Life. Can't wait to upgrade to the Storm 2 on the 28th!

Thanks BlackBerry for continuously work hard to make are lives easier!

So I am eligible for a new every two upgrade. Does that mean I would get an additional discount or just the same $100.00 rebate for a new customer?

By the way - my Storm1 running the new 5.0 is so much better than the original. Almost like a completely different phone. This will help Verizon keep many of the Storm1 owners happy for sure.

I was wondering the same thing regarding the "New Every Two" deal. I would think it will be $100 off the phone when you purchase it and an additional $100 with the rebate. That would make the price $79 for the phone. Now, if you can also get the BOGO that would be a VERY sweet deal!

The New Every Two deal is now only $50. So, in addition to the MIR, that should put the final price for upgrades at $129.99.
I had already purchased the Storm for "free", and I'm still within my 30 day eval period. So I'll be faced with an additional $35 ($164.99 total) in order to trade up to the Storm2.
The upgrade in the display interface alone (piezoelectric sensors vs. The Button) may be worth it for me. I don't know; I'll have to play with it in the store to make a final decision.
I agree with many others: the Storm 5.0 upgrade has brought new life to the device.

I'd totally forgotten about the extra New Every Two discount. That makes me happy. heh Basically $100 for a new phone isn't bad at all. Particularly since I delayed my upgrade more than two months to wait for this thing.

I would have delayed further, too -- I was already @yr 3! However, my old LG was on its last leg after a few recent/accidental drops. It was so touch-and-go, the tech had difficulty getting all my contacts off of the old phone and onto my current Storm.

I upgraded last october. I wasn't due for an upgrade until april 2010. I got a mail offer a month ago saying I could upgrade early with $100 until the end of October. I just called them and they said they can do the upgrade on Wednesday and acknowledged the 28th release! and that they will call ME on wed at ten am for the upgrade! SWEET! I'll be in line waiting with my friend while he get his Storm2 in person while I'm on the phone ordering mine! I love my Blackberry, Crackberry, and my big red buddy!

does anyone know if this will be available at best buy on wed? if so, I heard best buy gives you the MIR right on the spot. Is that true? can anyone confirm?

thanks!

I just left a lil something in my pants... :) I'll be retiring my Storm1 to Mommy and getting the Storm2!!

Edit* She takes all my old devices after I update. Its a nice trade up program for her. But now I'll be doing a BB training for her shortly...

Best Buy will give you the instant MIR for the phone, so you only spend the $179 there instead of waiting for the rebate.. I work there...

thx man!! now will i be able to use my new-every-2 100 dollar credit towards it at best buy?
thanks again!

Yessir, you should. I work there as well, and everything is tied through each phone vendor they support. Any employee trained to do so has access to look up upgrade availability right then and there at any time and can let you know prices. Good stuff!

after I talked to numerous verizon stores, i feared it would come out late november after what i was told.
my upgrade is november 10th and i've been waiting and checking back since i found out.
and question,
wifi can connect to a existing wireless network (like at home or from a coffee shop), or am i wrong?

Yes, the wifi can connect to an existing wireless network, but it's solely for data transfers. Voice will still rely on the existing CDMA network... that is until Verizon rolls out LTE http://bit.ly/p8e7d ...but I digress.

With Droid and WinMo phones pushing the camera/camcorder up to 5MB, RIM needs to give us better camera resolution.

Still, very nice BlackBerry.

its been around a year right since the storm came out? and already storm two which should work like the storm should have. this really grinds my gears. i would love wi-fi capability. it would convenience me greatly due to my location with very spotty coverage. it there anyway absolutely possible to get a wi-fi chip or something that i can put into the original storm?

VZW didn't want to release Storm 2 until they could unload as many Storm 1's as possible (which they had in their inventory) and not eat the inventory cost.

Can I get your source please? I can't find anything on Verizon or Blackberry.com that announces it's release...

Oh what a great morning this is! Finally acknowledgement from Big Red!!! I've never had a BB, but I am SO looking forward to giving Odin a long awaited spin! My NE2 has been 1-1/2 years overdue!!! Here I come S2!

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as much as i enjoyed having the storm one for awhile i'm REALLY looking forward to getting this one!!! i'm still going to wait a few months just until everything as began to work itself out!!!

I'll be a crackberry newbie this weekend!!! I've already ordered a ton of Storm accessories and Wednesday I'll be online ordering the phone!! Finally! I've been waiting since the end of June to use my NE2!

You know what in life everything has its issues. Ya at times i did get frustrated with my storm one. but I still never would have traded it for a classic blackberry. If you took the time to really know how to use it your problems would be reduced immensely. I bet if you asked iphone users had issues from first models to current. I look so forward to Wednesday and my NEW STORM2!!!

Spoke with a VZW rep who said they have no stock in-store, but suspects they will get a drop-shipment Tuesday so they can start selling them Wednesday morning. Hope he's right...

just in time when my track ball craps out on my 8330, so if i do have an upgrade i get an extra $50 off so it will be $229 up front? im lost.

The New Every Two upgrade will give you an instant $50 discount, which would lower it to $229. Then with the $100 MIR, the end price will be $129.

I've been holding on to my NE2 upgrade for a while, waiting on this phone. I can finally use it!!! My bro is mad that I'm buy a phone for me on his b-day, instead of getting him a gift.

Wo0t. I have been scouring the web and internal Best Buy sites/inventory systems for a while trying to get information on this phone. The Storm1 was the first BlackBerry I was actually excited about, but I did not have the money to get it when my upgrade rolled around. Now that the 2 is finally appearing, when my 1 yr rolls around in January I will jump on this thing with all of both of my thumbs for awesomeness. I am tired of being stuck with phones running the carrier's proprietary OS... time for a smart phone that lets you have more than 10 contacts per one single group! Working in a data center for my main job almost requires a smart phone... it'll make life so much nicer! (That and I can browse sites blocked by work while at work!)

Is anyone else having probs with an error "JVM Error 523" that completely locks up the phone after the updgrade to 5.0? I need help.

to a point with new upgrade on my storm 1 that i am happy.... this phone still looks awesome though and who knows maybe I will jump ship. Pobs to RIM for creating this awesome world of blackberry.

Can't wait to test one out and compare it to the Droid. Question though, will the Droid require the additional $30 monthly data plan, because that may make up my mind for me as to which phone to get.

Please enough already, I honestly thin BB did it right with this phone. And I hope all of you who get it are pleased. But, it seems every thing else in the blackberry world is like the poor relative! The 9700 is around the corner, I hear very little about it. Please, some love for us who are not on Bell, VZW and Vodafone!

For the record I have a Storm 9500 which I stopped using after 2 weeks, given that it was unbelievably useless because of lag and poor keyboard sensitivity & accuracy.

So today I dropped in at my local Vodafone store and was surprised when an eager staff member brought out a Storm 2 for me to explore.

I was impressed with the fast user interface - which proved to be quick at loading anything I selected.

I was impressed with the body - it is much improved, especially the back plate.

I was completely put off by the suppposedly improved screen. Sure it is imovable when the Storm 2 is switched off, but when it is on the screen has noticeable play which makes the tactile experience of the phone not exactly great. I did not find the typing experience much better than that provided by the original Storm.

Face it - there remains something "wrong" about having a screen that moves inward when pressed. I did not like the sensation and it did not feel very different from the original Storm even though the mechanism used on Storm 2 is technically very different.

It's like someone claiming they have improved the design of the wheel (Mobile Phones), and it turns out that this improved wheel (The Storm) is not round but square. Logic tells you it can't roll along smoothly, and it didn't.

So back to the drawing board for RIM and BB. Behold a revised wheel is announced (Storm 2). And after the hype we find that all they have done is turn the square into an octagon... Sadly, it still won't roll smoothly, and I suspect it won't.

The staff member said that he would be waiting for some of the forthcoming BB phones - and that was a very telling admission on his part.

I have a Bold 9000 these days, and it looks as though I will be staying with the good old traditional keyboard for a while yet.

Besides, it's nearly winter, and you can't use a Storm if you are wearing woolly gloves. Something ironic about that if you think about it. Storm, Woolly Gloves, SurePress, Spongy Keyboard. Need I go on?

I certainly don't expect it to be perfect, but honestly, my big problems with the original Storm had mostly to do with how slow and unresponsive it was, and how it would sometimes freeze. I have typed quite a lot on the Storm, and from the beginning I never found it bad. I never even minded the clickable screen. I get the impression that many of the people who disliked the typing maybe had preconceptions on how it should be. I personally prefer typing on a touchscreen over physical keys when it comes to a phone, but that's me, and obviously I'm in a minority there.

As for not being able to use it properly in Winter, that's a problem with any capacitive screen, including the iPhone. I'll live with that too.

I thank you for your comments about the screen, but what phone can you use with gloves on?! okay, maybe my grandma's jitterbug - you can have that one.

I am still debating between storm 2 and the droid. Seems like I am not alone...

whatever dude droids is ugly sorrie to say, get the storm2 and play with a lil if you dont like it return it and get ur droid whatever call it, so yea ppl waiting for this for awhile dont ruinin it for them. Keep it to yourself.

trying out the storm2 tomorrow before next week when verizon offers the droid.

I have had my trusy pearl for 2 years, and the BB before that, so BB user for 4 years. Winmo before BB.

I realize that if I want a reliable phone with perfect email and messenger then the storm2 is for me, however, I really am intriqued by the android os, so much so that I am really leaning that way. Plus, I believe the Moto Droid will have better multimedia, camera, browser...

Last time I checked though, I live in the US where speech is still free. So I am free to express my opinion, and you can take it as just that, my opinion.

I must admit that last week I was waiting for the release of the Storm 2. I loved my Storm but was unhappy with its sluggishness. Sunday night I loaded OS 5.0 (official release), and except for a few minor irritants, I have decided to keep the Storm 1. The difference is amazing. It is now what I expected when I first got it.

I will now wait for my free (or somewhat free) upgrade when the time comes.

Had Verizon waited another week for the OS upgrade, I would be getting the Storm 2 tomorrow. For once Verizon actually saved me money, probably a mistake on their part.

Why is it every time I update to a "new improved operating system" my phone goes to shit? I lose apps, contacts, phone ringtones, etc. I spent over two hours on the phone with Verizon last night and still have a piece of crap. I hate this Storm.

Went by two stores today and Verizon has generally no idea when they will be getting in the 9550. Either the basic employees don't have an idea, they were giving me a run around, or Verizon has pulled a fast one and the Storm2 will not be showing up for a little longer. Anyone else heard anything?