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BlackBerry Storm 2 to show this week?

updated 03:10 pm EDT, Mon October 12, 2009

Storm 2 at Vodafone first, then Verizon

The BlackBerry Storm 2 should finally appear this week and represent RIM's best hope for challenging the iPhone, leaks claim today. British newspaper The Guardian states as a matter of fact that the touchscreen BlackBerry is due to launch this week first through Vodafone as the 9520 and that it will be priced with a plan inexpensive enough to lure iPhone users, as it will only need a 30 ($47) monthly plan to use versus 34 ($54) for Apple's handsets.

Verizon's model, the 9550, is rumored to be showing up significantly later and, according to a Phone Arena insider, won't involve training until November 7th. Since training is normally held a week or two before the actual release, this puts an actual ship date on the 14th or 21st of next month. The month-long delay is suspected of being a reaction to the flawed launch of the original Storm last year, where bug-laden software damaged the reputation of the phone until it was patched two weeks later.

The Storm 2 is expected to be a subtle but in many ways major improvement that addresses obvious criticisms; in particular, it replaces the often-criticized mechanical click-down touchscreen with a piezoelectric system that generates physical response but which may still allow basic multi-touch and speed up typing. It will also add Wi-Fi, a feature that had been stripped out when Verizon hoped to push customers towards using its paid services over 3G.

Verizon has had a muted commentary on the Storm since launch. Although eager to report selling a million units weeks after release, it has since remained silent and has instead been heavily discounting the phone to as little as $50 on a contract months ahead of the Storm 2's release.

A video of the near-final phone (seen below) has also been posted this weekend.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. Alfiejr

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    Where's the Hype?

    gee, wasn't the Storm 1 supposed to be RIM's iPhone "killer"? i remember all the hype, including here at Electronista. ah well, didn't quite happen (fail). but now we have Son of Storm! let the hype begin!!

  1. Bearcat

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    As close as Verizon will get

    This is as close to the iPhone that Verizon will likely get. I can upgrade phones in August next year and I'll probably end up getting the Storm 2. I won't switch to AT&T since their coverage stinks where I am so this Blackberry is about the only option out there. Unless Palm pulls their head out of their butt and does an iTunes sync program the right way like BlackBerry has. Then possibly the Pre would be a good choice.

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