Verizon Taking BlackBerry Storm Advertising Seriously

Verizon BlackBerry Storm
By Kevin Michaluk on 22 Sep 2008 12:00 pm EDT
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Look what the mailman just dropped off.. it seems following up with the newsletter/email sent out to people who registered for updates, Verizon Wireless is now sending out physical postcards to Verizon subscribers. The envelope says "Inside: Exclusive Invitation for Select Customers" (back side says "What will it feel like?" and within is the postcard photographed above. More images after the jump.

Is anybody else starting to find it funny that Verizon is all over the BlackBerry Storm while Research in Motion itself has yet to issue any sort of formal release or announcement???

Verizon BlackBerry Storm

Verizon BlackBerry Storm

Topics: News & Rumors

21 comments

Queen4111

I wish this BB phone was released in the BEGINNING of Fall 2008!!!

abinne

Is it illegal to marry a BlackBerry?

Jedi_Blackberry

I don't believe BBP (Blackberry Polygamy) is on the law lists of do's or don'ts.

As long as the multiple BB's involved don't mind I think you should be good!

abinne

I know my Pearl is just as anxious as I am!

mahen915

Fall officially starts today :D Maybe Verizon and RIM might do something special to "officially" kick off the season. Maybe an official announcement on the eve of Tmo and Google's G1 announcement/party tomorrow? :D

roninksb

Seems clear that Verizon is making a real effort to steal thunder from the AT&T Bold (and get some revenge on the iPhone, too?). They are definitely trying to take advantage of AT&T focus on the iPhone to the detriment of its other high-end phones. So now, it looks like Verizon has the next hot thing and not AT&T with the Bold despite its eminent release.

Rob B

I kind of feel that with all of this advertising they're doing, the phone is coming out sooner than November. I mean, verizonwireless.com/storm, the emails, the postcard, the ad banners throughout the website...

This is probably just wishful thinking, but I think the original prediction of Oct. 13 looks pretty right to me.

Anonymous

are there any special offers in the mailing for those who are not eligible for a new every 2 upgrade??

BBonMyMind

I think Nov 1st (or around the time of..) is the expected date. Rob B mentioned it may come out earlier, but I think this is just the beginning of the marketing. Word has it that VZW is spending a lot of money on their marketing compaign for this phone. Furthermore, RIM has yet to officially announce the BB. So an Oct 13 date would be a little premature, dont you think? Wishful thinking... as I am one of the many people that has been salivating over this phone since CB reported it.

Lets just hope Blackberry doesnt disappoint us.

Rob B

I suppose it might be a little premature. But if the story about the Storm in the UK is at all true, then supposedly RIM will be announcing the phone at the beginning of October. Again, I completely agree that this is wishful thinking, but it would be just lovely for them to come out and say something like, "I'm sure by now you've all heard of our touchscreen Storm. This will be in Verizon stores on Monday, October 13"

....Sometimes dreams do come true... =) ...sometimes....

Anonymous

I think it's part of their deal, where verizon just does all the advertising in the states.....

d_1000

I've seen a couple of rumors about pricing...any new info?

Stonewall

Well keep in mind, Kevin is going to be attending the 1st RIM Developers Conference in Cali next month. I believe it starts on Oct 12th. So is a 13 October release date possible? If RIM follow's suit with an Apple type of announcement, maybe we will hear Lazardis say - "BOOM and it's available NOW" statement!!!

aeldes1

"Is anybody else starting to find it funny that Verizon is all over the BlackBerry Storm while Research in Motion itself has yet to issue any sort of formal release or announcement???"

Maybe it's in the contract for exclusivity that they must spend x amount in marketing. Or maybe RIM and Verizon marketing departments are working closely with each other..

saulman59

Has anybody heard if when Alltel merges with Verizon will alltel customers be able to buy the Storm, I love my pearl but the storm would be awesome.

c4v3man

Hopefully we'll get confirmation soon that the 9500 is the same device as the 9530 storm, and we can get all of this "I wonder when (insert non-verizon US carrier here) will get the Thunder" bull. Maybe we can get some details on the "exclusive" timeline as well...

Mulvey

I got the same card in the mail today! Looks serious!!

Can't Wait!

I wrote to customer service and asked when it would be available and if my New Every 2 would cover the cost of the phone. This was the reply:

"Good evening, my name is Christopher, and I welcome the opportunity to assist you regarding the Blackberry Storm.

Currently, Verizon Wireless does not offer the Blackberry Storm. I am unable to provide information regarding which equipment is being considered or approximate release dates, as this may raise expectations that may not be met.

Although we do not have the handset you are looking for at this time, I invite you to view our current phone selection as a possible alternative. To view available equipment, please click on the following link, which will direct you the "Products" page of our website:

www.verizonwireless.com/products

You may also receive free e-mail updates as to when new products and services are available. To receive your free e-mail update please click on the following link, to view the "E-mail Updates" page of our website:

http://email.vzwshop.com/servlet/website/ResponseForm?OSPEJNlmhtLk_.2ef

There are several wireless phones being tested for functionality and reliability with our network. Verizon Wireless will not offer a product or service unless it meets the high standards our customers have come to expect. Verizon Wireless is constantly improving the services, features, and wireless phones we offer to our customers for their communication needs.

We appreciate your business and thank you for using Verizon Wireless products and services. Should you have additional questions or concerns, please reply to this e-mail.

Sincerely,

Christopher
Verizon Wireless
Customer Service"

Anonymous

i am so anxious for this phone i just hope it really lives up to all the hype. my contract is up and im ready for a new phone. i am patiently waiting for the storm and i will be very upset if i wait for it to come out and am disappointed. im just sketchy about the clicky touch screen, since its never been done before i dont know what to think

anonymous24

I an Tired of waiting!!

youthminister103

Just tried to post and it didn't work. Sorry if this appears twice. I'm on the Storm e-mail list (I signed up twice just in case) and did receive an e-mail from Verizon a couple days ago. I haven't received the latest "Coming Fall 2008" ad. Is it legit? Did any of you actually receive it? I can't wait for the storm and I really hope I stay in the loop!