Verizon Wireless BlackBerry Storm2, Now Available

Attention Wireless Verizon customers! Your much-awaited BlackBerry smartphone, dubbed BlackBerry Storm2 is now available for you to buy and own. The BlackBerry Storm2 with BlackBerry OS 5.0 evolves the BlackBerry touch screen platform with hundreds of hardware and software enhancements – including new SurePress “clickable” display technology and built-in Wi-Fi – delivering the exceptional multimedia experience and communications capabilities customers have come to expect from their BlackBerry smartphones.BB_Storm2

Aside from a revamped touch screen and built-in Wi-Fi, the Storm 2 offers EV-DO Revision A. It has a large [3.25-inch], dazzling high-resolution 480 x 360 display at 184 ppi, 3G and global connectivity support for making phone calls in more than 220 countries and accessing data in more than 185 countries [with more than 80 destinations in 3G], 256 MB of flash memory, 2 GB of onboard memory and a microSD/SDHD memory card slot with a 16 GB card included.

Meanwhile, the BlackBerry OS 5.0, according to Verizon, will improve the device’s typing and selection accuracy as well as usability and visual enhancements. It also features more use of animations. The Storm2 also comes with BlackBerry Maps allowing users to access turn-by-turn directions and maps, and to find local businesses.

Other features include 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus, Image Stabilization (IS), flash and video recording capabilities, V CAST Music with Rhapsody, access to BlackBerry App World, removable, rechargeable 1400 mAhr battery that provides up to 5.5 hours of talk time or up to 11.2 days of standby time, media player for videos, pictures and music, plus support for BlackBerry Desktop Manager for both PCs and Macs. It also supports Verizon’s tethering service.

The Storm2 is now available for $179.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate. It might be worth waiting a while before you buy this phone, though – let other people test out the new Storm2. Remember that the original BlackBerry Storm’s touch screen and software annoyances yielded some unhappy customers.

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