The BlackBerry Storm launched late last year, and word of its replacement is just now starting to circulate. According to an unconfirmed report, this device will be introduced later this year and — unlike its predecessor — will have Wi-Fi.
Verizon is the exclusive provider of the Storm in the U.S., and this carrier hasn’t been particularly devoted to Wi-Fi. It generally prefers its customers to use its mobile-broadband service EV-DO. That’s why the original version lacks Wi-Fi.
Verizon and RIM were criticized for this decision, and the follow-up model will supposedly include this short-range wireless networking technology.
Whether there will be any other changes in this upcoming model is not known at this time.
An Overview of the BlackBerry Storm
The Storm is the first BlackBerry with a touchscreen, and this smartphone has a tablet shape with a 3.25-inch, 360-by-480-pixel display. It doesn’t have a built-in keyboard, so all text is entered on the display.
Verizon’s version of this smartphone — the 9530 – has support for this carrier’s EV-DO network, but doesn’t stop there; to allow users to roam around the world, it also has a quad-band GSM and 2100 MHz HSDPA.
In addition, it includes Bluetooth 2.0, a GPS receiver, and a 3.2 MPx camera with flash.