Verizon BlackBerry Storm gets firm release date: November 4th?

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UPDATE 4: It’s official! The Verizon BlackBerry Storm will launch for $199 on a 2 year contract November 21st!

It’s official: Verizon BlackBerry Storm launches November 21st, for $199

UPDATE 3: New info suggests a possible November 24th launch date and a $199 price tag after a mail-in rebate.

Verizon BlackBerry Storm to launch November 24th?

UPDATE 2: While we still can’t tell you when the BlackBerry Storm on Verizon will be launched, we can tell you what it might cost: $210 on a 2 year contract. You can find out more by clicking the link below:

Verizon BlackBerry Storm to retail at $220?

UPDATE: Obviously, November 4th has come and gone, and while Americans have a new President, they do not have a new BlackBerry (unless you count the BlackBerry Bold). For the latest in BlackBerry Storm launch dates, please check our continuously updated BlackBerry Storm Launch Roundup Page. You’ll find launch information for Verizon, Vodafone, Telus and Bell.

We’re working pretty hard to confirm this right now, but it’s too exciting not to post, and falls in line with what has been reported recently on the blogs. A friendly tipster has been telling us that Verizon has settled on a firm launch date for the BlackBerry Storm 9530: November 4th. This would put the Storm launch two days after Verizon employees complete their Storm training, and right in line with famed rumor-monger Boy Genius’ ‘first week of November‘ time time line.

This is exciting news! That means the first touchscreen BlackBerry is almost exactly one month away. Too good to be true? We’ll do our best to find out for you.

  • Caprice

    Congrats to all who’ve gotten their phone. I went to my local Verizon after work on Friday, played with their demo Storm and it froze on me two words into a text. Went to Queens Mall on Saturday and played with a demo their and absolutely fell in LOVE with the phone! They expect to get another shipment around December 3rd. I had a much easier time typing on the Storm’s QWERTY mode than I did on my Samsung Blast when I first got it.

    Questions for those of you lucky enough to own this hot piece… How’s the battery life? Does it infact come with 2 batteries? How’s the web browsing? TIA!

  • Caprice

    Also… Does the Storm have a tip calculator? Regular calculator that does percentages (my Blast doesn’t), anyone know if you can open, read and respond to blogs a’ la IMDb, and how’s the camera/video recording and playback? Thanks (again) in advance.

  • Caprice

    Also… Does the Storm have a tip calculator? Regular calculator that does percentages (my Blast doesn’t), anyone know if you can open, read and respond to blogs a’ la IMDb, and how’s the camera/video recording and playback? Thanks (again) in advance.

  • Angela

    Caprice…if you read up the blog you’ll see that I had concerns about the phone freezing and I would have to pull the battery. That happened on the launch date only and I believe it was due to the unexpected overload of activating. My phone works like a dream now and I absolutely love it. I held onto my Curve “just in case” and must say there is no way I would ever switch back.

    I also believe there will be a system update in January to remove any additional glitches…but over all the phones performance and options blow any other out of the water.

  • Angela

    Caprice…if you read up the blog you’ll see that I had concerns about the phone freezing and I would have to pull the battery. That happened on the launch date only and I believe it was due to the unexpected overload of activating. My phone works like a dream now and I absolutely love it. I held onto my Curve “just in case” and must say there is no way I would ever switch back.

    I also believe there will be a system update in January to remove any additional glitches…but over all the phones performance and options blow any other out of the water.

  • mR742

    Ordered mine Friday night at my local Circuit City…they said they can only gurantee that it will be here before the 5th of Dec…sux for me :(

  • mR742

    Ordered mine Friday night at my local Circuit City…they said they can only gurantee that it will be here before the 5th of Dec…sux for me :(

  • mR742

    Edit: I shouldnt have said gurantee; they said they can only tell me that it will be delievered before the 5th.

    I was also told this morning as I was trying to push my luck and get a delievery date that if I would have waited till Sat I would not be rec one until the 15th at the earliest…idk and I do not work for Verizon so I could be wrong.

  • mR742

    Edit: I shouldnt have said gurantee; they said they can only tell me that it will be delievered before the 5th.

    I was also told this morning as I was trying to push my luck and get a delievery date that if I would have waited till Sat I would not be rec one until the 15th at the earliest…idk and I do not work for Verizon so I could be wrong.

  • Sam

    Tarheels:
    http://www.tessco.com/products/bmd/listItemsForSelectedCategory.do?bmdTypeId=007_20&mfgName=007_20_BLACKBERRY&modelId=411592&groupSubgroupId=SHOW_ALL
    mR742:
    If you were waiting for the storm on Friday Morning and you ordered it in store you will receive it on 24-26 Nov
    During the day on Friday you will receive it on 28th-03rd DEC.
    After Friday is TBA

  • Sam

    Tarheels:
    http://www.tessco.com/products/bmd/listItemsForSelectedCategory.do?bmdTypeId=007_20&mfgName=007_20_BLACKBERRY&modelId=411592&groupSubgroupId=SHOW_ALL
    mR742:
    If you were waiting for the storm on Friday Morning and you ordered it in store you will receive it on 24-26 Nov
    During the day on Friday you will receive it on 28th-03rd DEC.
    After Friday is TBA

  • Caprice

    Angela:

    Thanks! You had to pull the battery to reboot it, yes? But, I was talkin’ about battery life. Does a full battery get you through a full day of usage (checkin’ e-mails, games, tunes, calls, etc.) or do you have to charge it again or put in the extra battery mid-day…? Does it even COME WITH an extra battery as I’d read somewhere prior to the phone’s release? Can you watch You Tube videos on it? I just have so many questions! Thanks for you patience.

  • Caprice

    Angela:

    Thanks! You had to pull the battery to reboot it, yes? But, I was talkin’ about battery life. Does a full battery get you through a full day of usage (checkin’ e-mails, games, tunes, calls, etc.) or do you have to charge it again or put in the extra battery mid-day…? Does it even COME WITH an extra battery as I’d read somewhere prior to the phone’s release? Can you watch You Tube videos on it? I just have so many questions! Thanks for you patience.

  • mR742

    I think we all do Caprice… I feel like a kid waiting for xmas

  • mR742

    I think we all do Caprice… I feel like a kid waiting for xmas

  • Andrew

    Yep I orered mine friday morning from customer service and it has already shipped and I will be recieveing it the 26th. I have a tracking number and everything. The customer service lady told me that if you did not get it ordered before 1pm on friday then you won’t get it till december. That is just what I was told, doesn’t mean it is correct. Glad you all like your phones. My dad and brother got one on launch day and I have played with it and like it. Only one time did it freeze up on my brother all weekend and he was on it 24/7. My dads has not done it at all.

    Thanks
    -drew

  • Andrew

    Yep I orered mine friday morning from customer service and it has already shipped and I will be recieveing it the 26th. I have a tracking number and everything. The customer service lady told me that if you did not get it ordered before 1pm on friday then you won’t get it till december. That is just what I was told, doesn’t mean it is correct. Glad you all like your phones. My dad and brother got one on launch day and I have played with it and like it. Only one time did it freeze up on my brother all weekend and he was on it 24/7. My dads has not done it at all.

    Thanks
    -drew

  • mR742

    Andrew:

    Did the CS rep give you the tracking number or did you get it via email?

  • mR742

    Andrew:

    Did the CS rep give you the tracking number or did you get it via email?

  • Andrew

    mR742-

    I was sent an email with a tracking number for fedex and I looked it up and saw the delievery date there, Then from fedex you can track it city by city if you choose. It takes a day or 2 from the time they place the order for a tracking number to be available. The actual item has to be picked up from Fedex and scanned into there system before there can be a tracking number. Hope this helps :)

    -drew

  • Andrew

    mR742-

    I was sent an email with a tracking number for fedex and I looked it up and saw the delievery date there, Then from fedex you can track it city by city if you choose. It takes a day or 2 from the time they place the order for a tracking number to be available. The actual item has to be picked up from Fedex and scanned into there system before there can be a tracking number. Hope this helps :)

    -drew

  • Andrew

    I am sorry I forgot to mention, Verizon will send you the email once it has been shipped…

  • Andrew

    I am sorry I forgot to mention, Verizon will send you the email once it has been shipped…

  • mR742

    Dammit man…still no email, sucks for me, maybe next week…

  • mR742

    Dammit man…still no email, sucks for me, maybe next week…

  • Caprice

    mR742, yup! Like a kid at Christmas. That sums it up perfectly. I hope you get your phone soon! I have my own selfish reasons (at least I’m honest!)… I’m hoping that you leave some feedback on this thread. Since I don’t have my phone (yet), I’m just enjoying reading on different sites what other people have to say about theirs. Most of the people who were ticked off were mad at how Verizon/Blackberry handled it. BB didn’t manufacture that many phones to begin with, I don’t think. Each store seemed to only have a handful. Several VZW customers walked away sans Storm and ticked off! But the folks who do have their phones seem generally happy. I hope that when you DO get your phone, it’s running on the new, quicker OS that I keep reading about.

  • Caprice

    mR742, yup! Like a kid at Christmas. That sums it up perfectly. I hope you get your phone soon! I have my own selfish reasons (at least I’m honest!)… I’m hoping that you leave some feedback on this thread. Since I don’t have my phone (yet), I’m just enjoying reading on different sites what other people have to say about theirs. Most of the people who were ticked off were mad at how Verizon/Blackberry handled it. BB didn’t manufacture that many phones to begin with, I don’t think. Each store seemed to only have a handful. Several VZW customers walked away sans Storm and ticked off! But the folks who do have their phones seem generally happy. I hope that when you DO get your phone, it’s running on the new, quicker OS that I keep reading about.

  • Caprice

    mR742, yup! Like a kid at Christmas. That sums it up perfectly. I hope you get your phone soon! I have my own selfish reasons (at least I’m honest!)… I’m hoping that you leave some feedback on this thread. Since I don’t have my phone (yet), I’m just enjoying reading on different sites what other people have to say about theirs. Most of the people who were ticked off were mad at how Verizon/Blackberry handled it. BB didn’t manufacture that many phones to begin with, I don’t think. Each store seemed to only have a handful. Several VZW customers walked away sans Storm and ticked off! But the folks who do have their phones seem generally happy. I hope that when you DO get your phone, it’s running on the new, quicker OS that I keep reading about.

  • mR742

    HAHA, ya me too Caprice and I will give some insight into my feelings on the phone when I do rec it. Happy Hollidays all!

  • mR742

    HAHA, ya me too Caprice and I will give some insight into my feelings on the phone when I do rec it. Happy Hollidays all!

  • Sam

    mR742:
    If you want give me the location you got the phone ordered from and I can tell you when they will have their next shipment

  • Sam

    mR742:
    If you want give me the location you got the phone ordered from and I can tell you when they will have their next shipment

  • mR742

    SAM:

    I bought it in San Jose, CA

    Receipt – http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p22/mR742/reciept001.jpg

    I was originally told it would be recieved by the 5th at latest but as of today I was told by the 9th… :(

    I am really hoping I will get it sometime next week as I cant see having to wait almost three weeks to get it.

    To the folks that have already recieved their phones or got them on day 1 how are they, I noticed the post on this particular thread dropped dramatically…

    Andrew:

    Did you in fact rec yours today? How do you like it?

  • mR742

    SAM:

    I bought it in San Jose, CA

    Receipt – http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p22/mR742/reciept001.jpg

    I was originally told it would be recieved by the 5th at latest but as of today I was told by the 9th… :(

    I am really hoping I will get it sometime next week as I cant see having to wait almost three weeks to get it.

    To the folks that have already recieved their phones or got them on day 1 how are they, I noticed the post on this particular thread dropped dramatically…

    Andrew:

    Did you in fact rec yours today? How do you like it?

  • Sam

    you should of received your phone by now…

  • Sam

    you should of received your phone by now…

  • mR742

    LOL, well so far I dont even have a delivery notification stating that it has been shipped. I dont blame Verizon, I blame my wife because I was one click away from ordering the phone online at 6am my time when she said a sales person was holding one for her…I should have known

  • mR742

    LOL, well so far I dont even have a delivery notification stating that it has been shipped. I dont blame Verizon, I blame my wife because I was one click away from ordering the phone online at 6am my time when she said a sales person was holding one for her…I should have known

  • mR742

    Come to think of the last post by “Sam”

    It doesnt seem like a real “Sam” post; the verbage and grammer are off…

  • mR742

    Come to think of the last post by “Sam”

    It doesnt seem like a real “Sam” post; the verbage and grammer are off…

  • Angela

    So sorry everyone. I’ve had my phone since the launch date. Was 7th in line and received one of ten phones in stock. Those that did not get the phone ordered it that morning and were given an instant $50.00 rebate for the inconvenience and were promised delivery before Thanksgiving. Don’t know if that happened because I didn’t know any of the people.

    First day was a train wreck because Verizon was flooded with activations and major overload. Since, it’s been a dream. Still every now and then the phone may freeze…pop out battery and all is well. I understand they will have a system update in January to iron out some last tweaks. I can remember having issues every now and then with my Curve…so nothing new!

    Took a couple of days to text quickly. Buttons light up but if you are too quick you’ll hit the one next to it…not any different than my challenges with my Curve.

    Overall, the quality of the music, videos and photos (camera) are more than I expected. The demo video is a trailer and will knock your socks off if you watch it with headsets..the sound is amazing and the video quality is crystal clear.

    I truly hope Verizon does not release any new phones for a while, I think I’m in love…hated to divorce my Curve but happily remarried again to my Storm!

  • Angela

    So sorry everyone. I’ve had my phone since the launch date. Was 7th in line and received one of ten phones in stock. Those that did not get the phone ordered it that morning and were given an instant $50.00 rebate for the inconvenience and were promised delivery before Thanksgiving. Don’t know if that happened because I didn’t know any of the people.

    First day was a train wreck because Verizon was flooded with activations and major overload. Since, it’s been a dream. Still every now and then the phone may freeze…pop out battery and all is well. I understand they will have a system update in January to iron out some last tweaks. I can remember having issues every now and then with my Curve…so nothing new!

    Took a couple of days to text quickly. Buttons light up but if you are too quick you’ll hit the one next to it…not any different than my challenges with my Curve.

    Overall, the quality of the music, videos and photos (camera) are more than I expected. The demo video is a trailer and will knock your socks off if you watch it with headsets..the sound is amazing and the video quality is crystal clear.

    I truly hope Verizon does not release any new phones for a while, I think I’m in love…hated to divorce my Curve but happily remarried again to my Storm!

  • Caprice

    Angela, thanks for the update. Glad you’re loving your phone! I’m test driving phones right now. Just returned an lg Dare to Verizon cos the screen would go black and unresponsive as soon as I’d dial a number so I never even got a chance to try out the speaker. Went to my currrent provider, T-Mobile to compare the Samsung Behold and the G1. Left with the G1 n’ am happy with it so far…but it’s only been one day. Not even a full day yet, lol. I’m typing on it now. It’s mildly challenging getting around the Jay Leno chin on this thing. But it’s web abilities more than make up for that. If the battery doesn’t get me through a full day, I’ll try the Behold or go back and get another Dare. Preferrably a glitch-free one. The battery life on that thing is phenominal!!!

  • Caprice

    Angela, thanks for the update. Glad you’re loving your phone! I’m test driving phones right now. Just returned an lg Dare to Verizon cos the screen would go black and unresponsive as soon as I’d dial a number so I never even got a chance to try out the speaker. Went to my currrent provider, T-Mobile to compare the Samsung Behold and the G1. Left with the G1 n’ am happy with it so far…but it’s only been one day. Not even a full day yet, lol. I’m typing on it now. It’s mildly challenging getting around the Jay Leno chin on this thing. But it’s web abilities more than make up for that. If the battery doesn’t get me through a full day, I’ll try the Behold or go back and get another Dare. Preferrably a glitch-free one. The battery life on that thing is phenominal!!!

  • mR742

    Nice, I just saw a commercial that Best Buy is giving away blue tooths with the purchase of the storm, yet I cant even get mine and my delivery date is pushed back to the 11th now….

  • mR742

    Nice, I just saw a commercial that Best Buy is giving away blue tooths with the purchase of the storm, yet I cant even get mine and my delivery date is pushed back to the 11th now….

  • Caprice

    mR742, I hope that when you do get your phone, it’s worth all of the waiting. From the good reviews that I’ve been seein’ re: the Storm, it will be and you’re gonna love your phone! I hope you get it soon. I’m takin’ the G1 back today. Battery life SUX ROYALLY! Battery drained 2ce in one day! Yes, I was checkin’ out the G1′s features and on the web for hours, but ya know what? I was on the Dare even longer and didn’t have to recharge ONCE (after turning it on, fully charged in the morning). The Dare’s battery was challenging me to drain it! I lost that battle. The G1 was fully charged when I turned it on at 9am and the battery was drained by 6:30pm after about three hours of actual usage (web, phone and a few texts). Fully charged it once again and 5 hours later, the battery display was flashing! In Storm related news, BlackBerry’s already workin’ on the 2nd generation of the Storm and are in the early stages of a 3rd gen!

  • Caprice

    mR742, I hope that when you do get your phone, it’s worth all of the waiting. From the good reviews that I’ve been seein’ re: the Storm, it will be and you’re gonna love your phone! I hope you get it soon. I’m takin’ the G1 back today. Battery life SUX ROYALLY! Battery drained 2ce in one day! Yes, I was checkin’ out the G1′s features and on the web for hours, but ya know what? I was on the Dare even longer and didn’t have to recharge ONCE (after turning it on, fully charged in the morning). The Dare’s battery was challenging me to drain it! I lost that battle. The G1 was fully charged when I turned it on at 9am and the battery was drained by 6:30pm after about three hours of actual usage (web, phone and a few texts). Fully charged it once again and 5 hours later, the battery display was flashing! In Storm related news, BlackBerry’s already workin’ on the 2nd generation of the Storm and are in the early stages of a 3rd gen!

  • mR742

    Phone came today; someone must love me :)

    Still unsure why the folks at the 800 number kept moving the delivery date out further everytime I called…but I have the phone in my hands and I love it…will get back to you all tomorrow on my first date impressions of the phone

  • mR742

    Phone came today; someone must love me :)

    Still unsure why the folks at the 800 number kept moving the delivery date out further everytime I called…but I have the phone in my hands and I love it…will get back to you all tomorrow on my first date impressions of the phone