Verizon has announced that it is going to introduce the next-generation BlackBerry Storm on Wednesday, but hasn’t yet revealed the cost. Fortunately for those who are interested by this upcoming touchscreen-oriented smartphone, the price has leaked out of this carrier.
Those who are look for less of a commitment will have other options. This smartphone will reportedly be available for $250 with a one-year contract or $440 without a contract. Both these prices require a $100 mail-in rebate.
UPDATE: Verizon has just confirmed this report, so this pricing information is now official.
As mentioned earlier, this BlackBerry is going to be released on Wednesday, October 28, about two weeks after it was unveiled by its designer and manufacturer, Research in Motion (RIM).
An Overview of the BlackBerry Storm2
The next-generation Storm will greatly resemble its predecessor, but with a change in the way the touchscreen works, the inclusion of Wi-Fi, and more internal storage.
Like its predecessor, it will have a 3.2-inch, 480-by-360-pixel display. It will be exactly the same size as the current model, and weigh just slightly more.
The original version of this smartphone uses a system in which the entire screen moves slightly on a pivot point when an on-screen button is pushed. This set up wasn’t popular, and has been modified in the new model. The screen will still move slightly when pressed on, but on a system of activators behind the display.
The first BlackBerry Storm has support for mobile broadband but not Wi-Fi. The follow-up model will remedy this, and include both Verizon’s EV-DO Rev. A and Wi-Fi. And from now on this will be the rule, not the exception — RIM promises that all its future CDMA devices will have Wi-Fi.
It will be a world phone, with support for both CDMA networks and GSM ones when roaming outside of the U.S., including the 3G standard HSDPA.
In addition, the Storm2 will include 2 GB of storage, while its predecessor has just 1 GB.
There will also be a number of other smaller changes. For example, the buttons on the front are now part of the touchscreen.
This smartphone will ship with BlackBerry OS 5.0, and include a suite of productivity and entertainment applications. Naturally, this includes RIM’s Push e-mail system, a web browser, and video and music apps.
It will also have a 3.2-megapixel camera, GPS receiver, and a microSD card slot.
Not Just Verizon
Unlike Verizon, Vodafone has officially announced that it will release this model in seven European countries as well as South Africa. It will be coming soon to the U.K., Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain. It will also be available in France, Italy, and South Africa in time for Christmas.