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.

  • 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.

  • DavidB

    CDMA phones (like Storm) aren’t just unlocked and switched carrier like a GSM phone. Yes it CAN be done but its not as simple as GSM just pop in a SIM card and away you go.

    We heard months ago that Storm (then called Thunder) would be Verizon exclusive as long as some sales goal was met. What is the number is unknown, nor have RIM nor VZW ever publicly confirmed that I’ve seen.

  • DavidB

    CDMA phones (like Storm) aren’t just unlocked and switched carrier like a GSM phone. Yes it CAN be done but its not as simple as GSM just pop in a SIM card and away you go.

    We heard months ago that Storm (then called Thunder) would be Verizon exclusive as long as some sales goal was met. What is the number is unknown, nor have RIM nor VZW ever publicly confirmed that I’ve seen.

  • DMRodgers

    Well I won”t be spending nothing over 299.99 for no phones. I’m going to ATT forget that if that is the case. The iphone is 199.99, not 699.99 or higher it ain’t worth it. Then in about 24-32 weeks it is have price. Cause nobody but a fool would buy it at that price. It loses value. Even at 399.99 is stupid. Well they’re going to lose their exclusive rights watch.

  • DMRodgers

    Well I won”t be spending nothing over 299.99 for no phones. I’m going to ATT forget that if that is the case. The iphone is 199.99, not 699.99 or higher it ain’t worth it. Then in about 24-32 weeks it is have price. Cause nobody but a fool would buy it at that price. It loses value. Even at 399.99 is stupid. Well they’re going to lose their exclusive rights watch.

  • davedsk8r

    personally, my opinion is that at&t sucks & verizon voice & data service is a lot better
    & the blackberry storm is WAY better than the iphone (i would kno cuz I have a samsung i760 & i’ve played with an iphone before & even my phone is better than the iphone (& my phone is a piece of crap)

  • davedsk8r

    personally, my opinion is that at&t sucks & verizon voice & data service is a lot better
    & the blackberry storm is WAY better than the iphone (i would kno cuz I have a samsung i760 & i’ve played with an iphone before & even my phone is better than the iphone (& my phone is a piece of crap)

  • davedsk8r

    personally, my opinion is that at&t sucks & verizon voice & data service is a lot better
    & the blackberry storm is WAY better than the iphone (i would kno cuz I have a samsung i760 & i’ve played with an iphone before & even my phone is better than the iphone (& my phone is a piece of crap)

  • JJack

    FYI. I just visited Verizon’s web site where they are advertising for the “Blackberry Storm Hunt”. They winning prize is valued at $549 which includes a Storm and a $50 wireless gift certificate. Doing the math, the phone is $499.

  • JJack

    FYI. I just visited Verizon’s web site where they are advertising for the “Blackberry Storm Hunt”. They winning prize is valued at $549 which includes a Storm and a $50 wireless gift certificate. Doing the math, the phone is $499.

  • davedsk8r

    well the $499 is more than likely the RETAIL price
    with the new every two it’s probably gonna be $200- $300, especially since the 8 GB iphone is like $250- $300 (can’t remember off the top of my head)

  • davedsk8r

    well the $499 is more than likely the RETAIL price
    with the new every two it’s probably gonna be $200- $300, especially since the 8 GB iphone is like $250- $300 (can’t remember off the top of my head)

  • jess

    to sexisag1207 if you get a second line for the blackberry you cant just pay 9.99 a month. you have to pay for the email and internet that they make you pay. its about $30 or $40 a month. unless this blackberry doesnt require the internet and email service fees.

  • jess

    to sexisag1207 if you get a second line for the blackberry you cant just pay 9.99 a month. you have to pay for the email and internet that they make you pay. its about $30 or $40 a month. unless this blackberry doesnt require the internet and email service fees.

  • JOhnny

    If the Storm is more than $250, I’m getting the Iphone 3g for $200.

  • JOhnny

    If the Storm is more than $250, I’m getting the Iphone 3g for $200.

  • iceman

    @jess

    He will most likely put his palm on the added line for 9.99 a month and put the blackberry as the main phone on the plan thus alieviating the need for the large jump in monthly price for the plan

  • iceman

    @jess

    He will most likely put his palm on the added line for 9.99 a month and put the blackberry as the main phone on the plan thus alieviating the need for the large jump in monthly price for the plan

  • Todd

    I heard a firm date of the 16th-I am calling the middle of this week to reserve a phone, I was told you can do that by my VZW rep. I was more or less told that they will sell for $199 w/ 2 year contract to compete with the iphone, but you never know…

  • Todd

    I heard a firm date of the 16th-I am calling the middle of this week to reserve a phone, I was told you can do that by my VZW rep. I was more or less told that they will sell for $199 w/ 2 year contract to compete with the iphone, but you never know…

  • Tom

    The pricing for the data and email is WAY higher on Verizon that with AT&T… I can get the iphone with unlimited data and 450 minutes for 60.00 a month with my discount… I talked to Verizon, they have no intention of even trying to compete… my Verizon contract ends on 11/25, and I’ll be going straight to the Apple store.

  • Tom

    The pricing for the data and email is WAY higher on Verizon that with AT&T… I can get the iphone with unlimited data and 450 minutes for 60.00 a month with my discount… I talked to Verizon, they have no intention of even trying to compete… my Verizon contract ends on 11/25, and I’ll be going straight to the Apple store.

  • DavidB

    Well Tom, how much is your discount? Unlimited Blackberry data and 450 minutes/month is $70/month on Verizon. I wouldn’t call that WAY higher. Nationwide Basic 450 is $40 and BB email/web is $30. Add another $10/month and you get unlimited text/pix/flix messaging on a camera device like the Storm. ATT’s 450 minute plan is the same price as VZW. Perhaps you should go look around at http://www.myrateplan.com. Plus if you’ve been with VZW for any length of time at all, they WILL do “something” for you if you talk to a rep about leaving to go to another carrier.

  • DavidB

    Well Tom, how much is your discount? Unlimited Blackberry data and 450 minutes/month is $70/month on Verizon. I wouldn’t call that WAY higher. Nationwide Basic 450 is $40 and BB email/web is $30. Add another $10/month and you get unlimited text/pix/flix messaging on a camera device like the Storm. ATT’s 450 minute plan is the same price as VZW. Perhaps you should go look around at http://www.myrateplan.com. Plus if you’ve been with VZW for any length of time at all, they WILL do “something” for you if you talk to a rep about leaving to go to another carrier.

  • K-Stormie

    Unless I’m super mistaken, I believe the $200 ballpark for the Storm would be accurate. Being as it is comparable to the iphone, more or less, and that would be its major competitor, throwing a huge $$$ amount would push away potential customers. As far as the “pre-order for $700″ and things like that, I believe that is because they are seeing that as the “retail” value for the phone, as opposed to the price you’d pay with a 2-3year contract. Like I said, I’m not a VZW rep or anything, but it’d make sense to me. As far as the data plan goes, I do’nt think they can “require” that you carry a data plan, but some of the coolest features on the phone are related to the data plan, so it probably highly recommended. That’s just my nerdette opinion though…

  • K-Stormie

    Unless I’m super mistaken, I believe the $200 ballpark for the Storm would be accurate. Being as it is comparable to the iphone, more or less, and that would be its major competitor, throwing a huge $$$ amount would push away potential customers. As far as the “pre-order for $700″ and things like that, I believe that is because they are seeing that as the “retail” value for the phone, as opposed to the price you’d pay with a 2-3year contract. Like I said, I’m not a VZW rep or anything, but it’d make sense to me. As far as the data plan goes, I do’nt think they can “require” that you carry a data plan, but some of the coolest features on the phone are related to the data plan, so it probably highly recommended. That’s just my nerdette opinion though…

  • Tom

    Well, David- I did talk to quite a few reps (as well as email the government VZ rep, who never bothered to reply, by the way), and they all said that my option was to pay the price that they were asking, or go to antother carrier.. perhaps the reps are more customer-minded in your neck of the woods, but they sure don’t seem to give a crap here in Maryland. Also, I don’t know where you are getting your numbers from, Verizon’s website currently shows BB Email and Web unlimited as 49.99 (http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/store/controller?item=planFirst&action=viewPlanDisplay&planId=32732&typeId=15&orderKey=)… which is WAY HIGHER. And don’t forget- AT&T has roll-over minutes.. is my friendly local VZ rep going to magically grant me that adjustment?

  • Tom

    Well, David- I did talk to quite a few reps (as well as email the government VZ rep, who never bothered to reply, by the way), and they all said that my option was to pay the price that they were asking, or go to antother carrier.. perhaps the reps are more customer-minded in your neck of the woods, but they sure don’t seem to give a crap here in Maryland. Also, I don’t know where you are getting your numbers from, Verizon’s website currently shows BB Email and Web unlimited as 49.99 (http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/store/controller?item=planFirst&action=viewPlanDisplay&planId=32732&typeId=15&orderKey=)… which is WAY HIGHER. And don’t forget- AT&T has roll-over minutes.. is my friendly local VZ rep going to magically grant me that adjustment?

  • DavidB

    Tom, that’s the plan if you want Verizon hosted BES. The $30 is just as “unlimited” and all you need if you don’t require BES (which iPhone can’t offer you anyway) or are on a company-run BES. If its gov’t, why do you care how much, if they are paying for it? You don’t use a personal Blackberry for gov’t hosted BES do you? And why can’t you get your “discount” with Verizon too?

  • DavidB

    Tom, that’s the plan if you want Verizon hosted BES. The $30 is just as “unlimited” and all you need if you don’t require BES (which iPhone can’t offer you anyway) or are on a company-run BES. If its gov’t, why do you care how much, if they are paying for it? You don’t use a personal Blackberry for gov’t hosted BES do you? And why can’t you get your “discount” with Verizon too?

  • MichaelB

    DavidB…you seem familiar with Verizon. My company has a BES. Do I need the $49 plan for data or the $30 plan? If I use my company’s BES, do they have access to all of the emails sent to me (including POP3) and the websites I’m on?

    Thanks in advance.

  • MichaelB

    DavidB…you seem familiar with Verizon. My company has a BES. Do I need the $49 plan for data or the $30 plan? If I use my company’s BES, do they have access to all of the emails sent to me (including POP3) and the websites I’m on?

    Thanks in advance.

  • Tom

    David- I get a discount because I am a gov’t employee, but I pay my own bill. I do get a discount with Verizon now, but with the discount, the iPhone plan will be cheaper. I specifically asked the verizon reps in the VZ Store about the available data plans for the BB, and they never mentioned anything but the $50 plan. IF the price you say is true (which I still don’t see it anywhere on the VZ website), then yes, it is a bit closer in price, but the Storm still seems to lack a lot of the features that make an iPhone an iPhone. Also, I have read some review where ppl (beta testers, I assume) stated that they really didn’t like the Haptic Touch interface… I would have to see one and play around with it to be sold on it.

  • Tom

    David- I get a discount because I am a gov’t employee, but I pay my own bill. I do get a discount with Verizon now, but with the discount, the iPhone plan will be cheaper. I specifically asked the verizon reps in the VZ Store about the available data plans for the BB, and they never mentioned anything but the $50 plan. IF the price you say is true (which I still don’t see it anywhere on the VZ website), then yes, it is a bit closer in price, but the Storm still seems to lack a lot of the features that make an iPhone an iPhone. Also, I have read some review where ppl (beta testers, I assume) stated that they really didn’t like the Haptic Touch interface… I would have to see one and play around with it to be sold on it.

  • DavidB

    The $30 rate plan is right there on the Verizon web site. Not sure why you don’t see it, when I pick any Blackberry and then go to plans there are two data plans $30 (the BIS only plan) and $50 (the BES hosted Exchange plan) and one must be selected to continue.

    But anyway, if YOU think an iPhone is a serious device for business/gov’t use, nothing I can say about plan prices is going to change your mind. You have already decided you want an iPhone, and are just looking for justifications.

    You can easily locate as many negative (from a business use perspective) reviews of the iPhone as you can find people complaining about Storm’s screen (before device released ha!). And any reviewer that talks about “Haptic Touch” referring to Storm clearly has no clue and I’d disregard anything they say. The Storm is not a haptic screen.

    IPhone is a cool device, no doubt. It would be great for my wife. But for me, having to get WORK done with my device, I’d take ANY Blackberry on anyone’s network before I’d take a iPhone! A lowly 7100i on Nextel is a better business tool than any iPhone. IMHO.

  • DavidB

    The $30 rate plan is right there on the Verizon web site. Not sure why you don’t see it, when I pick any Blackberry and then go to plans there are two data plans $30 (the BIS only plan) and $50 (the BES hosted Exchange plan) and one must be selected to continue.

    But anyway, if YOU think an iPhone is a serious device for business/gov’t use, nothing I can say about plan prices is going to change your mind. You have already decided you want an iPhone, and are just looking for justifications.

    You can easily locate as many negative (from a business use perspective) reviews of the iPhone as you can find people complaining about Storm’s screen (before device released ha!). And any reviewer that talks about “Haptic Touch” referring to Storm clearly has no clue and I’d disregard anything they say. The Storm is not a haptic screen.

    IPhone is a cool device, no doubt. It would be great for my wife. But for me, having to get WORK done with my device, I’d take ANY Blackberry on anyone’s network before I’d take a iPhone! A lowly 7100i on Nextel is a better business tool than any iPhone. IMHO.

  • Phillip

    Watz up peepz. I’m with Tmobile via Suncom and a lot of the reps had’nt even heard of the Storm lol! I’m searchin for a ‘good’ aftermarket retailer that will have the Storm. I’m aiming 4 an $400 price range :) I’ll post anything I find….its a blackberry world!

  • Phillip

    Watz up peepz. I’m with Tmobile via Suncom and a lot of the reps had’nt even heard of the Storm lol! I’m searchin for a ‘good’ aftermarket retailer that will have the Storm. I’m aiming 4 an $400 price range :) I’ll post anything I find….its a blackberry world!

  • Diggs

    THE OFFICAL RELEASE DATE IS NOV 24TH THATS WHEN IT WILL BE GOING ON SHELVES READ IT FOR YOUSELFS HERE”S THE URL BELOW

    http://www.wirelessandmobilenews.com/2008/11/blackberry_storm_release_november_2425_pre-launch_nov_20.html

  • Diggs

    THE OFFICAL RELEASE DATE IS NOV 24TH THATS WHEN IT WILL BE GOING ON SHELVES READ IT FOR YOUSELFS HERE”S THE URL BELOW

    http://www.wirelessandmobilenews.com/2008/11/blackberry_storm_release_november_2425_pre-launch_nov_20.html

  • Nesto512

    I went to Best Buy today and they had mentioned something about Nov.15…I got my Pre-Order form and at the bottom of it it has an expiration date of 11/22/08. Could it be that maybe it will come out in that Nov.15-22??? I sure do hope so.

  • Nesto512

    I went to Best Buy today and they had mentioned something about Nov.15…I got my Pre-Order form and at the bottom of it it has an expiration date of 11/22/08. Could it be that maybe it will come out in that Nov.15-22??? I sure do hope so.

  • http://VerizonWireless.com/ DIGGS

    THE NEW OFFICAL RELEASE DATE IS NOVEMEBER 21ST VERIZON HAS POSTED THE RELEASE DATE ON THERE WEBSITE SO FINALLY EVERYBODY KNOW”S THE DATE AND I CANT WAIT ONLY ONE WEEK AWAY

  • http://VerizonWireless.com DIGGS

    THE NEW OFFICAL RELEASE DATE IS NOVEMEBER 21ST VERIZON HAS POSTED THE RELEASE DATE ON THERE WEBSITE SO FINALLY EVERYBODY KNOW”S THE DATE AND I CANT WAIT ONLY ONE WEEK AWAY

  • Nesto512

    Me too can’t wait. I hope i get a phone call one day early…

  • Nesto512

    Me too can’t wait. I hope i get a phone call one day early…

  • Phillip

    Peeps, I feel guilty but i’m leaving Tmobile for Verizon. I’m a loyal person but they lost me coming out with a (google)phone and have no idea when they would make the Carolinas 3G capable. Their gonna send me the storm…no deposit….total $276 next day.

  • Phillip

    Peeps, I feel guilty but i’m leaving Tmobile for Verizon. I’m a loyal person but they lost me coming out with a (google)phone and have no idea when they would make the Carolinas 3G capable. Their gonna send me the storm…no deposit….total $276 next day.

  • Tom

    Verizon’s site is showing release date of 11/21, and a price of 249.00 (then you get a 50.00 mail in rebate). This is listed as the 2 yr contract price with Nationwide Email plan. I’m gonna try go to the VZ store to get the exact details.

  • Tom

    Verizon’s site is showing release date of 11/21, and a price of 249.00 (then you get a 50.00 mail in rebate). This is listed as the 2 yr contract price with Nationwide Email plan. I’m gonna try go to the VZ store to get the exact details.