Verizon Reveals BlackBerry Storm Launch Date and Price

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The time for rumors and leaks about the BlackBerry Storm is over; Verizon Wireless has officially announced when this smartphone will be released and what it will cost.

The first touchscreen BlackBerry will be available beginning Nov. 21 in Verizon Stores and at verizonwireless.com.

BlackBerry Storm 9530 for VerizonAs had been rumored, it will sell for $200 after a $50 mail-in rebate and with a new two-year customer agreement.

An Overview of the BlackBerry Storm

Vodafone released its version of the BlackBerry Storm last week, so the launch on Verizon won’t be the world premier.

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, it comes with DataViz Documents to Go, which lets users edit Office files directly on the handset. But it won’t be all business; RIM is also pushing the Storm’s use as a music and video player.

Verizon’s version of this smartphone will have support for this carrier’s EV-DO network and Bluetooth, but not Wi-Fi.

The Storm also has a GPS receiver and a 3.2 MPx camera with flash.

RIM says its 1400 mAh battery will provide approximately six hours of talk time on 3G networks or 15 days of standby time.

The GSM version of this device, the one released by Vodafone, is the Storm 9500. Verizon’s will be the Storm 9530.

For additional details and specifications, visit www.verizonwireless.com/storm.

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