Verizon officially announces BlackBerry Storm2 coming October 28th

October 26, 2009 | By | 1 Comment

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We don’t know what took them so long, but Verizon finally announced the upcoming release of the BlackBerry Storm2 9550. Verizon says the Storm2 will be landing in stores on October 28th for $179.99 with contract, after mail-in rebates. So all is good and all the Storm chasers out there can finally get their hands-on a Verizon Storm2 later this week. Who’s going to grab one??

Here’s a quick rundown of the key features on the new Storm2:

  • 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

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

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(R) 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.

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