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Oct 14, 2008, 10:00 AM

Problems in the future?

I really, really want to upgrade to the Blackberry Storm (and more than likely, I will). I'm just concerned that the phone may have a few glitches if I get the first ones that are released. I know people that got the first iPhones-some of them had problems with the first ones, then they released the 3G, which made the first ones seem archaic.
Of course with every new handset there will be some kind of glitch or lag, mainly s/w issues. It's a good thing that once s/w issues do arise, they can be easily fixed thru a s/w update. Hardware problems are most rare than s/w problems. If there was ...
There is almost no difference in the iphone and the iphone 3g are u serious.....
I plan on upgrading to the storm as soon as its released, and honestly I'm not worried about any software glitches. One thing I've always liked about verizon is the are meticulous in there testing before they release a new handset, and if you or I hap...

Oct 16, 2008, 6:43 PM

BlackBerry Storm

Looks Great but no Flash! BlackBerry and Verizon lost a sell there because of that. To many things you cant do unless you have flash!!
Take a look at the pics of the phone again...I believe that you're wrong. On the back of the phone you'll see the lens which is to the left of the text that says 3.2mp and the flash is to the right.

Oct 27, 2008, 3:07 PM


does anyone know if it will be avabile on sprint in the future? and a possible release date 4 verzion? 😳

Oct 10, 2008, 4:51 PM

Google Maps??

So with no flash support with the browser means no google maps, Correct? I love that on my curve. oh well.
I believe (not 100% sure) it will support VZ Navigator.

Oct 8, 2008, 8:52 AM


I'm a long time BB fan/user. I actually made the mistake of getting AT&T service so I could enjoy an iPhone, but amazingly [read: predictably] AT&T service sucks! The iPhone is cool enough and I still use it as a very expensive iPod Touch, but VZW's service is unbeatable.

I cannot wait for this phone to be released! My birthday is Nov. 8--I can't think of a better bday present!


You can't really judge AT&T's service with an iPhone. They've had nothing but problems with those things... 🙄
I was at a bb training class today where the bb rep had a working storm. i got to play with it and it is really nice. the keyboard is nice and spaced out the screen looks great. she wouldn't tell me when its coming out but they do have a release date ...
Read on the net today that VZ has a release date of Nov. 10th for the Storm. I'm thinking that might be true since they have been dragging out the release of this phone for over a month.

Oct 8, 2008, 5:13 PM

why does it show a sim card slot?

verizon is cdma not gsm why does the pic show a sim card?
because it is quad band GSM too. When you are traveling overseas just pop in a sim and poof..you are connected...
It's a global phone that also has GSM for roaming overseas. Verizon and Sprint have offered several of these before.
Verizon is offering GSM for World Travle and CDMA for World Travel and for the US.

With this you can use it for GSM GPRS EDGE UMTS & HSDPA internet speeds while traveling.
Right in the statement.
"It's when going abroad that the Storm breaks new ground, though. The Storm supports all major overseas GSM and 3G networks. It's quad-band GSM, which gives you full GSM roaming even in Latin America. It also has HSDPA 2100, ...

Oct 9, 2008, 9:17 AM


What's this thing likely to cost? Okay, the phone is touch screen and filled with radios and comes with a sim card and an eight mb micro SD. The 8830 is $219.99 2yr contract add $79.99 for 8mb card and $39.99 for the Sim an an 8830 would be $340??? What would adding touch screen and all the other features raise the price to?
Funny, the 8830 is $149.99 on a 2 year contract on their website (as of 10/9). I thought SIM cards came with them standard.
The 9530 Storm comes with a standard 8mb card and common sense says the price would be competitive with iphones. Maybe a littl...

Oct 12, 2008, 10:25 AM

Storm Simulator

I've heard a few mentions of a storm simulator that allows you to play with the features that will be available on the storm. Does anybody know where I can find this?
blackberry web site

Oct 14, 2008, 12:28 AM

BlackBerry Messenger

Will the Storm have BlackBerry Messenger on it? I was looking through photos and I can't find BlackBerry Messenger on the phone (under apps, or instant messenger sections).
that would be like making an iphone without a media player.of course it will have blackberry messenger. 🙂

Oct 13, 2008, 11:01 AM

Storm - Very heavy in weight

I think many people have overlooked one con that may be the deal breaker for me. Its the weight. The new storm is going to be 5.5 oz. Thats about 15% heavier than the 8830 (4.6oz). And the size of the Storm is about sliver smaller length and width of the 8830. So why the big increase in weight? For a device that small it will be like a piece of lead. Its even .75 oz heavier than my current Samsung i760.

A 5.5 oz phone is almost as heavy as the HTC6800 5.8oz.

I personally think the HTC Diamond Touch at 4.1 oz is where the new RIM should be at. At least the Storm should be no heavier than 4.6 oz 8830.

Weight=Quality. The Storm has a glass screen and metal backing; that's going to put on a little extra weight, but you still don't have to be a body builder to use something that weighs 5.5 oz. It weighs about as much as a bar of soap.

Oct 13, 2008, 11:30 PM


When is this phone set for launch? Anyone know?

http://www.verizoncrackberry.com »
I saw something on the internet about a November 10th release date for this phone. Not too sure if this is accurate but I wouldn't be surprised if that is the date. VZ has been dragging out releasing this phone.

Oct 8, 2008, 10:40 AM

Will Verizon cripple the GPS on this phone too?

Since Verizon consistently cripples GPS enabled phones to charge an extra $15/month for their crap service are they going to do it to this phone too?
The good news is VZNav is only $9.99 a month and in the time it took you to ask your question you could have done some reading and seen the BB Maps. 😁

Oct 8, 2008, 10:45 AM

WiFi vs 3G -- am I missing something?

I really just don't get this and maybe someone can explain it to me:

The only thing missing is WiFi, but with so much 3G love, this is one of the few times we almost buy Verizon's argument that WiFi would be redundant.

I realize that 3G provides excellent coverage and speed, but I do not understand why people (besides Verizon) believe having WiFi would be redundant. If I'm sitting at home or in a local cafe that has WiFi, why would I want to use 3G and have to pay for the amount I download rather than take advantage of the free WiFi. Like I said, I totally understand Verizon wanting you to use 3G instead so they make money, but how can an outsider say its just as good to use 3G.

Maybe I'm missing something w...
  1. I said "almost". 😉
  2. Most people do use the $20-30 unlimited data plans.
Lack of WiFi is a deal breaker for me. Although I am a VZW fan, I expect a phone of this quality to have built in WiFi. GSM BB's have it but, thanks to Verizon's greed, they have disabled WiFi on all their BB's and their phones. I believe that the Mot...
3G = A very large coverage area for fast data speeds for almost anywhere you are.

Wifi = We're's the nearest coffe shop so i can use this expensive device to see if that cute guy messaged me on myspace?

😁 😁 😁
Since this is a competitor to the iPhone 3G lets take somethings into consideration.

iPhone 3G works it's 3G magic in about 40% of the US Population and you still have to pay the $30 3G data plan not matter how you connect or where you are located....
What you're missing is femtocell. I'll lay down good money that and EVDO femtocell is less then 6 months away from hitting the market on VZW. It makes a lot more sense for the company to market femtocells which improve voice AND data coverage indoor...
I used two iPhone 3Gs and my LG Dare in an area with low signal. I set the iPhones to run WiFi off a 6 Mbps Cable, and the Dare... well, Verizon EVDO. All three phones performed the same. That's right, my little Dare was hammering out the websites jus...

Oct 8, 2008, 4:08 PM

exclusively verizon?

will this phone be exclusively for verizon or will it eventually be released for ATT?
Vodafone and Verizon have an exclusivity contract with RIM. In order to maintain exclusivity they must meet sales goals.
AT&T has US exclusivity on the Bold (whenever that is released).

Verizon has US exclusivity on the Storm

The only phones that are not exclusive beyond a 3-6 month time frame is the New Pearl (Codename Kickstart for GSM and Apex for CDMA) and the...

Oct 13, 2008, 12:21 PM

Exchange support

I see that the Storm will support 'enterprise email systems'. Will it provide exchange push email like iPhone or Windows mobile phones without?
It works like every other Blackberry, if you have a question, ask your IT Department.

It works with Blackberry Enterprise Servers, Outlook OWA, POP3, IMAP, or an Outlook Redirector program can be installed on your computer. The OWA, POP3 and IMAP j...

Oct 8, 2008, 10:11 AM

Just get a browser to work!!!!

Being a former iPhone crackhead I came away from this review extremely impressed, except for the damn browser again. No matter what service or phone I look at, no one can beat the iPhone browser. But looking at every other option, this might be the phone to challenge the iPhone. Good luck Blackberry!

P.S. Amazing review as always guys!
Mozilla is working on releasing their Firefox Browser for the Mobile platform. Maybe if we're lucky it will run on Blackberries and ease our browser problems.

Oct 8, 2008, 5:15 PM

Switching from iPhone to this device and Verizon

Sorry, but I had the iphone 2.0 without too many issues then I switched to iphone 3G. Big mistake. I have had it with this phone and service is lousy. I have always wanted a cool phone on the best network in the states. Now it will work on GSM too? I can travel without any worries. This will hurt ATT and the lousy iphone. I could care less about the few features my iphone has over the Storm. Now I get a better camera, text messages again!! with video and pics, etc etc etc... Waiting patiently... Glad I can get enough on ebay for my iphone to pay for the phone and canceling my service...
Um, ok, thanks for telling us. But my service w/ ATT is way better than with Verizon and Verizon's rates stink and they are a crappy company so sorry VZW no business.

Oct 10, 2008, 11:23 PM

awesome goodness ..

this will be my first blackberry and i am super excited! before reading the review, my only skepticism about the storm stemmed from it not having a true keypad but i'm convinced it won't take much getting used to .. and adding a data plan should be an easy adjustment, too. i remember being this stoked about the fantastic voyage(r) last year. i absolutely love my voyager [except when the speaker started going bad a couple of months ago, but i took it to the vzw store and they gave me another one] and i'm totally prepared to love my blackberry storm just as much, if not more! i wonder if the storm will be made available for pre-order like the phones in last year's 'holiday line-up' .. i'm so looking forward to attacking the fed ex guy again ...

Oct 10, 2008, 5:04 PM

Gonna need a new phone soon, advice please....

After reading this article, it seems the storm is a very impressive phone. The other phone I was looking into was the LG Dare...

The thing is I am in professional school and will be scheduling patients, making appointments, and needing to access my email on my phone

Bottom line I guess I need a more "grown up" phone than my current enV #1, which was an awesome phone.

Just looking for some advice on the Storm vs Dare vs waiting for a better phone to come out, if there is one on the horizon ( I am probably like most on this board wanting/looking for the next best thing 😁 )
Nothing will come close to approaching the Storm for any use whatsoever. It is the culmination of what anyone could ever want in a phone.

To be more specific, it combines the user-friendliness of an iPhone with the functionality of both a tradition...
Do you need a Data Plan? Because all Blackberries require a data plan. If not and you want a PDA with a touchscreen, the Samsung i910 Omnia is coming out. All touchscreen windows mobile. You can sync it with your calendar and you dont need a data plan...
cell guy jamie

Oct 8, 2008, 9:26 AM

Does any one else see the ROGERS MALL on the first picture !!!

I was looking at my new drug of choice "THE STORM" and on the very first picture. What do i see?

whats with that. . .

A full GSM edition to come?
I'm still in shock about this picture.
I check a couple other pic's of the phone that were posted. Its is really on the unit shown at three angles.

For a little background knowledge:
Rogers is a Full GSM company in Canada, much like AT&T for y...
It's actually "Rogers Mail", and it's a user-created shortcut to someone's web mail. Since RIM is a Canadian company, that was simply the PR person's link to her personal email.

Like the iPhone, the Storm lets you re-arrange the touch buttons on th...


It could be a Fav. saved for a Web Site, or anything!


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