Verizon Getting the Touchscreen-Based BlackBerry Storm

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New information has emerged on what will be the first BlackBerry smartphone with a touchscreen, including its official name.

RIM has yet to officially announce this device, but rumors of it by the code-name BlackBerry Thunder have been around for much of this year.

BlackBerry ThunderThe latest report comes in the form of an image of this products packaging, which was leaked to Engadget.

This helps confirm the earlier reports that this model will be offered by Verizon, but it also reveals for the first time what this carrier will call it: the BlackBerry Storm.

CDMA and GSM?

This leaked image shows that this smartphone will offer support for Verizon’s CDMA network for use in the U.S., and also be able to connect to GSM networks when the user in in Europe, Asia, etc.

The Storm will apparently come with a SIM slot and a travel charger with international adapters.

The packaging makes no mention of 3G support, either EV-DO or HSPA. It also makes no references to Wi-Fi or GPS. 

It does say Verizon will bundle an 8 GB microSD card with it.

Don’t Give Up the Thunder

The rumors on this smartphone don’t stop there. Engadget also has an unconfirmed report that both Europe’s Vodafone and Canada’s Rogers will be offering a GSM version of this device, which they will call the BlackBerry Thunder.

There’s no word on when this will happen, but Verizon is expected to introduce the Storm before the end of this year.

More about the BlackBerry Thunder/Storm

According to various leaks and rumors, including the picture above, this model will have a tablet shape with a relatively large display.

It will supposedly depend almost entirely on its touchscreen for input. There’ll be no hardware keyboard, not even a sliding one, nor a trackball. There will be, however, a full collection of standard control buttons.

RIM has been breaking itself out of its old ruts recently. In addition to its first model with a touchscreen, it’s also bringing out the first clamshell BlackBerries.

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