Verizon Wireless has dropped the cost of the BlackBerry Storm by 50%. This isn’t a special, but is the new price for this model.
The Storm launched late last year at $200, but it is available on Verizon’s website for $100.
No reason has been given for this price drop, but this model launched 9 months ago, so a price cut at this point isn’t unusual. In addition, the follow-up model, the Storm 2, is expected to hit the market in the near future, and Verizon may be trying to reduce its inventory of the current model.
An Overview of the BlackBerry Storm
This smartphone has a tablet shape with a 3.25-inch, 360-by-480-pixel display, with both landscape and portrait support. It doesn’t have a built-in keyboard, so all text is entered on the display.
The screen supports multi-touches, taps, slides and other gestures, allowing users to highlight, scroll, pan, and zoom. A built-in accelerometer allows users to switch between modes by rotating the device.
As always, RIM is emphasizing the email capabilities of this BlackBerry, plus it comes with DataViz Documents to Go, which lets users edit Office files directly on the handset. But it isn’t all business; RIM is also pushing the Storm’s use as a music and video player.
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.
The Storm has 1 GB of internal Storage and a microSD/SDHC memory card slot. It comes with an 8 GB card.
RIM says its 1400 mAh battery will provide approximately six hours of talk time on 3G networks or 15 days of standby time.
Source: Verizon Wireless