Verizon Officially Announces BlackBerry Storm2

Verizon Officially Announces BlackBerry Storm2

Verizon has finally announced the Storm2. Finally everyone looking to get this device will get their hands on it in 2 day!

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.

Read more after break….

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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