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Verizon preparing Blackberry Storm 9530 for release

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Today, we have more evidence that Verizon is preparing for late September or early October release of the Blackberry Storm. Engadget Mobile has a photo of the packaging for the Storm. For those of you wondering what Blackberry Storm is, it also goes by the name of Blackberry Thunder. The Thunder name is being reserved for Canada and European launch. From the packaging, it appears that the Storm will be usable worldwide and will come with 8GB microSD card preinstalled.


Written by dvdand

August 28, 2008 at 7:19 am

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  1. […] 4, 2008 Just a few days back we reported that Verizon was preparing to launch the Blackberry Storm, aka Thunder. Today, BoyGenius Report is indicating that Verizon has delayed […]

  2. […] much there but you can read the review here, watch the video here and here, look at the packaging here and look at some photos […]

  3. just heard they are pushing back until november 26th, the busiest shopping day of the year. coincidence?

    Andrew Paul Wischmann

    November 5, 2008 at 4:17 pm

  4. Just heard that the BB Storm is not only going to utilize built in SIM for GSM and CDMA, but will also work in Japan as well. Can anybody confirm that? Thanks
    Andrew Paul Wischmann

    Andrew Paul Wischmann

    November 11, 2008 at 7:35 am

  5. Andrew,
    BB Storm is designed to be a World Edition phone, ie, it works worldwide. Hence, Verizon announced a global roaming package for the BB Storm which will work in Japan too. (You can read about it in my recent blog post titled Verizon’s un-helpful press release). Having said that, you will need the GSM SIM card installed on your Storm and a valid contract to work in Japan.

    Hope this helps.


    November 11, 2008 at 9:16 am

  6. Thanks dvdand,

    one other question: I have the 8830 with global SIM and it “supposed” to work globally, however, on a recent trip to Chili, it wouldn’t work at all. Also had problems in Argentina. So, even though it’s touted as a “World” phone, or Global phone, is it still dependant on the counrties’ network in which you use it?

    Thank you.

    Andrew Paul Wischmann

    November 12, 2008 at 1:53 pm


    I am extremely disappointed, frustrated, and shocked at today’s (11/21/08) highly publicized “big release” of the new Blackberry Storm phone.

    I don’t even know where to begin in explaining today’s circumstances so I’ll just try to summarize the details…

    None of the store’s phone recording’s mentioned the “promotional” store opening, so needless to say when I called a few minutes before what I expected was the opening at 9a.m., all of the Storms were already sold out!

    3 of the stores in my area had less than 100 units?! (5, 20, & 75)

    On the phone, I was lied to by 2 different store representative’s: 1 saying they were receiving another shipment later in the day so to come on by; the other saying if I came by they’d waive the overnight shipping fee and I’d have the phone by tomorrow a.m., plus there was “nobody in line” so I could place the order right away…

    After going to the store, (5 mins. away) there were about 10 people in line and 20 or so already in queue or in the store!

    After waiting about 30 mins. or so, still nowhere nearing being helped or getting any answers, the word from the store reps. was that now everything is on back order and it could take up to 5 days to ship if I ordered it today.

    The whole scene was a mess and everyone had a different answer so I eventually left to go home and figured I’d just order it online…

    Of course, that led me nowhere because the icing on the cake was that your website was down!

    For a nationally-publicized, long-running ad campaign, high-profile product release, blogs all over the place about the hype…
    What in the world happened today???

    Didn’t anyone learn from the iPhone releases that there is a huge demand out here for these devices?

    It’s hard to believe that it appears Verizon was not prepared for today’s release in even the slightest degree.

    I do not even know what else to say but this is absolutely ridiculous.


    November 21, 2008 at 2:59 pm

  8. […] leave a comment » Verizon Wireless and RIM had promised there would be ample Blackberry Storm devices for all customers. However, that was not the case. This morning I went to get the phone at 6:30 am to wait in queue. I was about the 25th in queue. Shortly, before 7 am the store manager was out with a writing pad informing people after about the 15th person or so that they were not going to have enough on hand, another shipment was on its way and he would take down the customers’ phone numbers and call them when it was in. Even then you were not guaranteed the phone. You had to make it out to the store within 15 minutes of receiving the phone call otherwise you were out of luck. So, what gives? Well, Boy Genius Report had some early information yesterday saying that Verizon would not be able to meet the demand. Apparently, according to Verizon, it was RIM’s fault that they were not able to ship enough devices. To me, that just is the Big Red pointing a finger at the manufacturer for its inability to estimate the demand and not having a strategy in place to meet the rush for the device. I have been with Verizon for a while, but  right now, I am really pissed at them for bungling perhaps their best opportunity to take on AT&T and Apple iPhone. No matter what success the Storm has, I think, this experience will forever be associated with the launch and perhaps hard to live down for Verizon Wireless and RIM to a degree. And I thought I had it bad, until I read the plight of one of our reader who was lied to twice and is very annoyed at Verizon right now. You can read about his encounter here. […]

  9. Make sure you have the latest OS version on your Storm. goto options > advanced options > all the way to the bottom wireless upgrade > next > check for upgrades. The newest software
    If you don’t have that version, click next and download it. makes the phone work a lot better.

    Andrew Paul Wischmann

    December 10, 2008 at 6:40 pm

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