Possible Verizon BlackBerry Storm 9530 release date emerges

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Verizon device training info

With all the information about the BlackBerry Storm 9530 that Verizon continues to push out, it’s a bit surprising that the two things we don’t know about RIM’s first touchscreen BlackBerry: it’s price and release date.

Engadget just got their hands on an Verizon internal training document that indicates employee training on the BlackBerry Storm 9530 will be completed by November 2nd, leading many to think that the earlier rumors of an early November release date are right on the money.

So I guess the big question now is how much it will cost.

  • DavidB

    $199 on a 2 year contract. $99 for those lucky enough (not current owners of a smartphone) to qualify for ADD.

    This 8GB model has to compete with 8GB iPhone head to head, so that HAS to be the target price.

  • DavidB

    $199 on a 2 year contract. $99 for those lucky enough (not current owners of a smartphone) to qualify for ADD.

    This 8GB model has to compete with 8GB iPhone head to head, so that HAS to be the target price.

  • DavidB

    $199 on a 2 year contract. $99 for those lucky enough (not current owners of a smartphone) to qualify for ADD.

    This 8GB model has to compete with 8GB iPhone head to head, so that HAS to be the target price.

  • kongx00

    what about retail price? what if you’re already stuck in a two year plan?

  • kongx00

    what about retail price? what if you’re already stuck in a two year plan?

  • vzwchick

    ADD (Advanced Data Discount) went away about a year ago. They’ve built it in to the price of the phones, it was getting *way* too confusing for consumers. I think the only way people are going to get it for $99 are those lucky enough to have a $100 New Every Two waiting…

  • vzwchick

    ADD (Advanced Data Discount) went away about a year ago. They’ve built it in to the price of the phones, it was getting *way* too confusing for consumers. I think the only way people are going to get it for $99 are those lucky enough to have a $100 New Every Two waiting…

  • vzwchick

    ** and NO, I was just replying to the post above, I still have NO official answer on the price. I’m hoping it’ll be around there, but haven’t seen ANYTHING. grr, lack of internal documents is actually pretty annoying, but I’m glad to not be breaking NDA ;-)

  • vzwchick

    ** and NO, I was just replying to the post above, I still have NO official answer on the price. I’m hoping it’ll be around there, but haven’t seen ANYTHING. grr, lack of internal documents is actually pretty annoying, but I’m glad to not be breaking NDA ;-)

  • st3v3

    if your stuck in a 2 year contract you have a couple options
    hope that someone in your family is due for an upgrade and you just take that if they are willing
    and as for the reatail price, it wont be pretty
    you have to factor that its a brand new phone in high demand, it would be atleast 600 or more
    or just pay the fee to end your contract early

  • st3v3

    if your stuck in a 2 year contract you have a couple options
    hope that someone in your family is due for an upgrade and you just take that if they are willing
    and as for the reatail price, it wont be pretty
    you have to factor that its a brand new phone in high demand, it would be atleast 600 or more
    or just pay the fee to end your contract early

  • sexisag1207

    I personally cannot waite till the BlackBerry Storm comes out! I have a Palm Centro…I love Palm, but I am ready to move up to a B.B.

    However I just got the Palm in July! So what I do not care, I am going to add on a second line just to get the sale price!!! Yes I will have the second line for another two years but if you look at it this way, having a two lines is not going to hurt you! Its only 9.99 extra a month, you dont even see it. And the best part is I’ll be getting a new phone almost every year from having both lines!!!

  • sexisag1207

    I personally cannot waite till the BlackBerry Storm comes out! I have a Palm Centro…I love Palm, but I am ready to move up to a B.B.

    However I just got the Palm in July! So what I do not care, I am going to add on a second line just to get the sale price!!! Yes I will have the second line for another two years but if you look at it this way, having a two lines is not going to hurt you! Its only 9.99 extra a month, you dont even see it. And the best part is I’ll be getting a new phone almost every year from having both lines!!!

  • Jonny

    And reading sexisag1207 above, you wonder why the government is bailing out america. Yes I could afford both phones too, but I’d rather stick the extra $240 on a 2 year contract into an index fund and have it pay for my Porsche when I retire. But I am excited to bail from my Palm Treo 700P to the Blackberry Storm – my contract’s 2 years ends today – but if it’s not priced competitively with the IPhone, then I’ll become an AT&T customer in the Metro DC area.

  • Jonny

    And reading sexisag1207 above, you wonder why the government is bailing out america. Yes I could afford both phones too, but I’d rather stick the extra $240 on a 2 year contract into an index fund and have it pay for my Porsche when I retire. But I am excited to bail from my Palm Treo 700P to the Blackberry Storm – my contract’s 2 years ends today – but if it’s not priced competitively with the IPhone, then I’ll become an AT&T customer in the Metro DC area.

  • sexisag1207

    Reply back to Jonny- Im sorry but your reply had nothing to do what we are all talking about. Personally I can care less about you having a Porsche- no offense! But we all are just speaking in general.

    I THINK the Storm will be kind of cool. Yes its a spin-off of the iphone, but so what! The iphone built up so much hype- and the phone isn’t all that great! (from iphone users I know).

    So basically only time will only tell!!

  • sexisag1207

    Reply back to Jonny- Im sorry but your reply had nothing to do what we are all talking about. Personally I can care less about you having a Porsche- no offense! But we all are just speaking in general.

    I THINK the Storm will be kind of cool. Yes its a spin-off of the iphone, but so what! The iphone built up so much hype- and the phone isn’t all that great! (from iphone users I know).

    So basically only time will only tell!!

  • sexisag1207

    DOES ANYONE KNOW THE RELEASE DATE???

  • sexisag1207

    DOES ANYONE KNOW THE RELEASE DATE???

  • sexisag1207

    DOES ANYONE KNOW THE RELEASE DATE???

  • crazysapp2

    I’m not sure if this spot on, but yesterday while I was on the phone with my personal VW rep talking to him about this phone, he said that he expects the price to be $199 to compete with the Iphone, and to be released on or very near to the 9th of November.

    Hope this helps, Later.

  • crazysapp2

    I’m not sure if this spot on, but yesterday while I was on the phone with my personal VW rep talking to him about this phone, he said that he expects the price to be $199 to compete with the Iphone, and to be released on or very near to the 9th of November.

    Hope this helps, Later.

  • sexisag1207

    Thank you “Crazysapp2″ I cannot waite for the arrival.

  • sexisag1207

    Thank you “Crazysapp2″ I cannot waite for the arrival.

  • sexisag1207

    Thank you “Crazysapp2″ I cannot waite for the arrival.

  • Jamie

    I work for verizon, while I have not figured out any pricing, rumor has it that the release date is the 10th or 14th

    so lets just say the 2nd week in November.

  • Jamie

    I work for verizon, while I have not figured out any pricing, rumor has it that the release date is the 10th or 14th

    so lets just say the 2nd week in November.

  • Jamie Squared

    Awesome! Thanks Jamie! :) When you find out the pricing you should post it up fo sho!

  • Jamie Squared

    Awesome! Thanks Jamie! :) When you find out the pricing you should post it up fo sho!

  • Jamie Squared

    Awesome! Thanks Jamie! :) When you find out the pricing you should post it up fo sho!

  • kongx00

    cool cool… i can’t wait for this thing to come out. hehehe… a buddy of mine said their company tests thems before they release thems and he said its awsome.

  • kongx00

    cool cool… i can’t wait for this thing to come out. hehehe… a buddy of mine said their company tests thems before they release thems and he said its awsome.

  • Tumaz04

    Muah’s NE2 lands on the 14th, gettin pretty stoked here! Can’t wait to get rid of my LG EnV for this beast.

  • Tumaz04

    Muah’s NE2 lands on the 14th, gettin pretty stoked here! Can’t wait to get rid of my LG EnV for this beast.

  • Tumaz04

    Muah’s NE2 lands on the 14th, gettin pretty stoked here! Can’t wait to get rid of my LG EnV for this beast.

  • Gmen122

    so this $200 estimated price is only for those who are due for an upgrade? What if i am not due for one is the price going to be jacked up?

  • Gmen122

    so this $200 estimated price is only for those who are due for an upgrade? What if i am not due for one is the price going to be jacked up?

  • DavidB

    “Jacked up”? You mean “not discounted”, right? Carriers have to pay RIM for the phone, and we’ve seen reports pegging cost to manufacture at something like $165, so I would imagine the only way for Verizon and RIM to profit is sell it much higher than that, and discount it if you’re willing to sign a long term contract. That’s just the way it works ya know? Neither are in this business to LOSE money! Look at what Bold sells for off contract around the world. Look at what Verizon (and all the other USA carriers) sells Blackberry smartphones for without a contract. Wouldn’t surprise me to see a off contract price pushing $500-600! Nobody likes prices like that, but hey, these cutting edge devices aren’t free to develop or build or support.

  • DavidB

    “Jacked up”? You mean “not discounted”, right? Carriers have to pay RIM for the phone, and we’ve seen reports pegging cost to manufacture at something like $165, so I would imagine the only way for Verizon and RIM to profit is sell it much higher than that, and discount it if you’re willing to sign a long term contract. That’s just the way it works ya know? Neither are in this business to LOSE money! Look at what Bold sells for off contract around the world. Look at what Verizon (and all the other USA carriers) sells Blackberry smartphones for without a contract. Wouldn’t surprise me to see a off contract price pushing $500-600! Nobody likes prices like that, but hey, these cutting edge devices aren’t free to develop or build or support.

  • Joesph

    I have to agree with David. There are several sites, especially based in the U.K. (since the storm is also sold by VodaPhone), that allow you to pre order the phone, and all the sites place it at a range of 6 to 8 hundred dollars. Still, just think about it as buying a voyager full price, but getting a storm, sounds like a good deal to me.

  • Joesph

    I have to agree with David. There are several sites, especially based in the U.K. (since the storm is also sold by VodaPhone), that allow you to pre order the phone, and all the sites place it at a range of 6 to 8 hundred dollars. Still, just think about it as buying a voyager full price, but getting a storm, sounds like a good deal to me.

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  • Mouse

    Verizon Wireless has pushed release date back to Nov 16th. Managers did not receive the devices on yesterday like company said they would. All Verizon stores had Jam Sessions on today for the training and pricing on the device. Release date is Nov 16th and pricing is $399.99 on a 2yr agreement.

  • Mouse

    Verizon Wireless has pushed release date back to Nov 16th. Managers did not receive the devices on yesterday like company said they would. All Verizon stores had Jam Sessions on today for the training and pricing on the device. Release date is Nov 16th and pricing is $399.99 on a 2yr agreement.

  • kongx00

    dang… 399.99 for 2yr agreement? so retail would be in the ball park of 699.99-799.99???

  • kongx00

    dang… 399.99 for 2yr agreement? so retail would be in the ball park of 699.99-799.99???

  • Jake

    Does anyone know if it is going to be released to any other store besides Verizon, and if so when would this be? I have sprint and I want that phone, but I’m not sure when it will be available through us.

  • Jake

    Does anyone know if it is going to be released to any other store besides Verizon, and if so when would this be? I have sprint and I want that phone, but I’m not sure when it will be available through us.

  • kongx00

    Jake I believe it is said that it’s going to be EXCLUSIVE with only verizon. But I’m sure you could get it unlocked for Sprint. But as to when and if any other carriers would be carrying this phone. I am not sure due to that supposedly RIM and Verizon have a contract simular to what Apple and AT&T has. But I’m pretty sure that if sales goals are not met RIM will be offering it to other carriers.