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.

  • mR742

    Ok, so first day impressions are good.

    Pros:
    *The phone has tons of storage
    *It switches networks seemlessly
    *Resolution is awesome
    *Very user freindly interface

    Cons:
    *It does lag every once in a while (cant think of a smartphone I’ve had that didnt)
    *It keeps telling me the SIM Card has been rejected although it works fine (Verizon had a 35 min hold time last night so I will call back today)
    *Not a whole lot of applications or games; either on the phone or for download (maybe I’m not looking in the right places)

  • mR742

    Ok, so first day impressions are good.

    Pros:
    *The phone has tons of storage
    *It switches networks seemlessly
    *Resolution is awesome
    *Very user freindly interface

    Cons:
    *It does lag every once in a while (cant think of a smartphone I’ve had that didnt)
    *It keeps telling me the SIM Card has been rejected although it works fine (Verizon had a 35 min hold time last night so I will call back today)
    *Not a whole lot of applications or games; either on the phone or for download (maybe I’m not looking in the right places)

  • mR742

    quick question:

    I’ve been playing with the phone and have not found a way of adding a signature when sending text msgs or emails, how do I do this on the storm?

  • mR742

    quick question:

    I’ve been playing with the phone and have not found a way of adding a signature when sending text msgs or emails, how do I do this on the storm?

  • lilnosh

    thee only way u can add signatures on BB’s is if u type up what ever it is u want as ur signature, and the copy it. then when ur replying to messages, u have to paste it every time. and sorry guys for the way i type my words.

  • lilnosh

    thee only way u can add signatures on BB’s is if u type up what ever it is u want as ur signature, and the copy it. then when ur replying to messages, u have to paste it every time. and sorry guys for the way i type my words.

  • lilnosh

    oh and one other thing, for all those who have just got their Storm, if ur OS is 4.7.0.65 or something similar 2 that, ur fone may seem buggy and slow at things. i dont remember the exact website but go to crackberry.com and look for the “leaked” firmware of 4.7.0.75 it speeds up the slower things. it doesn’t fix everything and make the phone perfect but it does help out.

  • lilnosh

    oh and one other thing, for all those who have just got their Storm, if ur OS is 4.7.0.65 or something similar 2 that, ur fone may seem buggy and slow at things. i dont remember the exact website but go to crackberry.com and look for the “leaked” firmware of 4.7.0.75 it speeds up the slower things. it doesn’t fix everything and make the phone perfect but it does help out.

  • Andrew

    Since I have had the phone for over alittle while now and have had time to adjust to the difference. The phone is ok. Not great, not bad but ok. Now once the new OS software comes out which it is if you want a leaked version I might have a different answer. I have had a few problems that are liveable just alittle annoying. It wants to automatically reset from time to time. There is a good amount of lag to and from portrait mode. Apps are alittl slow going in and out of.

    I like the typing but you have to be careful not to type to fast. Overall I like the operating system it just needs the update and I am sure it will be fine. I dont dislike the phone so please dont anyone take any of this the wrong way. It is new technology and it like anything else new will take an update or 2 before it is running smoothly. I like what you can do on the phone and there are some pretty nice applications as well.

    I was actually going to compare the storm to my iphone since I did own the Iphone for over a year. But to be fair and again dont take this the wrong way, right now there is no comparison to the iphone and wouldnt be fair to compare them. The Iphone has been up and running for a couple years now and to try and compare it with “similar” technology that is new. Not fair to BB. Give this phone a year or so and then we can talk.

    Overall the phone is great just need to work out some bugs.

    Thanks
    -Drew

  • Andrew

    Since I have had the phone for over alittle while now and have had time to adjust to the difference. The phone is ok. Not great, not bad but ok. Now once the new OS software comes out which it is if you want a leaked version I might have a different answer. I have had a few problems that are liveable just alittle annoying. It wants to automatically reset from time to time. There is a good amount of lag to and from portrait mode. Apps are alittl slow going in and out of.

    I like the typing but you have to be careful not to type to fast. Overall I like the operating system it just needs the update and I am sure it will be fine. I dont dislike the phone so please dont anyone take any of this the wrong way. It is new technology and it like anything else new will take an update or 2 before it is running smoothly. I like what you can do on the phone and there are some pretty nice applications as well.

    I was actually going to compare the storm to my iphone since I did own the Iphone for over a year. But to be fair and again dont take this the wrong way, right now there is no comparison to the iphone and wouldnt be fair to compare them. The Iphone has been up and running for a couple years now and to try and compare it with “similar” technology that is new. Not fair to BB. Give this phone a year or so and then we can talk.

    Overall the phone is great just need to work out some bugs.

    Thanks
    -Drew

  • Angela

    Andrew:

    So sorry you are having issues. Had the phone since launch date. Day one was a challenge due to the overload of activation but since it’s been fine.

    Every now and then it does freeze and the only way to fix it is to pull the battery but overall I’ve adjusted…moves fast for me.

    Typing was a learning curve…but think with the over 200 emails I’ve received and answered I’ve overcome the challenges.

    I would rate this phone a nine…I’m very happy with it.

    Angie :)

  • Angela

    Andrew:

    So sorry you are having issues. Had the phone since launch date. Day one was a challenge due to the overload of activation but since it’s been fine.

    Every now and then it does freeze and the only way to fix it is to pull the battery but overall I’ve adjusted…moves fast for me.

    Typing was a learning curve…but think with the over 200 emails I’ve received and answered I’ve overcome the challenges.

    I would rate this phone a nine…I’m very happy with it.

    Angie :)

  • Caprice

    Drew, mR, et al, thanks so much for sharing your opinions of the Storm! I’m gonna wait for BB Storm2 which I’ve read is bein’ worked on as we e-speak. I’ve fallen in la-la-Love with the Samsung Behold after test driving both the lg Dare (which is AWESOME save for a couple of bugs) and the G1. By the time my renewed 2-year contract w/ T-Mobile expires, the Storm2 should be out and I’ll get giddy over it just as I got giddy about the Storm.

    Thanks again for sharing!

  • Caprice

    Drew, mR, et al, thanks so much for sharing your opinions of the Storm! I’m gonna wait for BB Storm2 which I’ve read is bein’ worked on as we e-speak. I’ve fallen in la-la-Love with the Samsung Behold after test driving both the lg Dare (which is AWESOME save for a couple of bugs) and the G1. By the time my renewed 2-year contract w/ T-Mobile expires, the Storm2 should be out and I’ll get giddy over it just as I got giddy about the Storm.

    Thanks again for sharing!

  • mR742

    Andrew/Anyone else:

    Im new to the BB world so where would one find Apps for the Storm. I see apps for the other blackberry’s but I am cautious to add them as I dont want a ported app to crash my phone…

  • mR742

    Andrew/Anyone else:

    Im new to the BB world so where would one find Apps for the Storm. I see apps for the other blackberry’s but I am cautious to add them as I dont want a ported app to crash my phone…

  • mR742
  • mR742
  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ P’Od

    Forgetaboutit…after the customer service hassles, glitches, slowness, no wi-fi, and the list goes on…I’ve opted for the Samsung Omnia – see the CNET reviews – the Storm got blown away – sorry.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com P’Od

    Forgetaboutit…after the customer service hassles, glitches, slowness, no wi-fi, and the list goes on…I’ve opted for the Samsung Omnia – see the CNET reviews – the Storm got blown away – sorry.

  • mR742

    Eh, dont get the flashlight ap, it uses the led for light source instead of the camera light…Bartender is cool though

  • mR742

    Eh, dont get the flashlight ap, it uses the led for light source instead of the camera light…Bartender is cool though

  • Angela

    Where is everyone getting their add on applications? Searched and found nothing. Did find a cool docking station.

  • Angela

    Where is everyone getting their add on applications? Searched and found nothing. Did find a cool docking station.

  • Angela

    P’Od…watched CNet on the Omnia. Not too impressive. Guess that’s why Baskin Robbins makes 32 flavors. Phones are a very personal thing. I’m having to adjust to the touch screen of my Storm. Performance wise and overall I am very happy. It’s a toy…just like all the other garbage we have. Some will have fun playing, others will get bored fast.

    Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday.

    Angie :)

  • Angela

    P’Od…watched CNet on the Omnia. Not too impressive. Guess that’s why Baskin Robbins makes 32 flavors. Phones are a very personal thing. I’m having to adjust to the touch screen of my Storm. Performance wise and overall I am very happy. It’s a toy…just like all the other garbage we have. Some will have fun playing, others will get bored fast.

    Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday.

    Angie :)

  • mR742

    Angela:

    I broke down and bought the two for $10 from crackberry… I would like to know where there are some free apps available as I feel this is lacking with the phone… The ones I bought said they were for the Storm although you can absolutely tell they are ported versions as they dont respond well to the touch and you basically have to touch and scroll to select options. The dont require a device PIN so I guess I might be kind enough to share with a couple of you…

  • mR742

    Angela:

    I broke down and bought the two for $10 from crackberry… I would like to know where there are some free apps available as I feel this is lacking with the phone… The ones I bought said they were for the Storm although you can absolutely tell they are ported versions as they dont respond well to the touch and you basically have to touch and scroll to select options. The dont require a device PIN so I guess I might be kind enough to share with a couple of you…

  • Angela

    Good Morning All:

    This morning woke up to a system update icon. I was told this would happen but expected it in mid January. Followed the path. Said it would take about 2 hours to complete but finished in a little over a half hour. This was expected and I welcomed it. Be sure to look for your update icon on your desktop.

    Happy Wednesday all.

    Angie :)

  • Angela

    Good Morning All:

    This morning woke up to a system update icon. I was told this would happen but expected it in mid January. Followed the path. Said it would take about 2 hours to complete but finished in a little over a half hour. This was expected and I welcomed it. Be sure to look for your update icon on your desktop.

    Happy Wednesday all.

    Angie :)

  • mR742

    You are correct Angie, Second update so far…they really are trying to get these bugs worked out as fast as possible, great job so far RIM

  • mR742

    You are correct Angie, Second update so far…they really are trying to get these bugs worked out as fast as possible, great job so far RIM

  • mR742

    Im a little curious to know; the iPhone tells you when your connected to 3G but all my Storm ever says is 1Xev or 1XEV, what the difference and is either the actual 3G network or am I way out of the ballpark on this one and ALWAYS connected to 3g????

  • mR742

    Im a little curious to know; the iPhone tells you when your connected to 3G but all my Storm ever says is 1Xev or 1XEV, what the difference and is either the actual 3G network or am I way out of the ballpark on this one and ALWAYS connected to 3g????

  • mR742

    Im a little curious to know; the iPhone tells you when your connected to 3G but all my Storm ever says is 1Xev or 1XEV, what the difference and is either the actual 3G network or am I way out of the ballpark on this one and ALWAYS connected to 3g????

  • NA

    @Angie:
    What is the update to your OS? I haven’t heard of any update going around?

  • NA

    @Angie:
    What is the update to your OS? I haven’t heard of any update going around?

  • mR742

    Hmm, mine took all of about 30seconds but it did say there was an update for multiple programs on the phone…

  • mR742

    Hmm, mine took all of about 30seconds but it did say there was an update for multiple programs on the phone…

  • mR742

    Ok I have an annoyance with this phone finally:

    Ive been listening to music all day on it – when you select the shuffle option and the playlist shifts artist the volume JUMPS up and get really loud

  • mR742

    Ok I have an annoyance with this phone finally:

    Ive been listening to music all day on it – when you select the shuffle option and the playlist shifts artist the volume JUMPS up and get really loud

  • mR742

    Ok I have an annoyance with this phone finally:

    Ive been listening to music all day on it – when you select the shuffle option and the playlist shifts artist the volume JUMPS up and get really loud

  • mR742

    anyone know how to get the headset volume up to a louder level, seems very low even after the “warning” about exceeding reccomended levels

  • mR742

    anyone know how to get the headset volume up to a louder level, seems very low even after the “warning” about exceeding reccomended levels

  • Angela

    mr742:

    Seems like the internal volume is good. May be your headsets. When I use my Skully headsets (inner ear noise cancelling) can’t use full volume because it does get way too loud. When I use my Nike (over the ear) have to pump it all the way up.

    I have 1802 songs on my 8GB card. Going to get a 16GB…with Rhapsody no reason not to!

    Angie

  • Angela

    mr742:

    Seems like the internal volume is good. May be your headsets. When I use my Skully headsets (inner ear noise cancelling) can’t use full volume because it does get way too loud. When I use my Nike (over the ear) have to pump it all the way up.

    I have 1802 songs on my 8GB card. Going to get a 16GB…with Rhapsody no reason not to!

    Angie

  • Dr.Pro.Leslie.Wiggins

    BlackBerry will not be the best in the world because Sony Ericsson will alway be thank you from me Mr.Dr.Pro.Leslie Wiggins in Beuaitful Wesseling, Germany

  • Dr.Pro.Leslie.Wiggins

    BlackBerry will not be the best in the world because Sony Ericsson will alway be thank you from me Mr.Dr.Pro.Leslie Wiggins in Beuaitful Wesseling, Germany

  • Dr.Pro.Leslie.Wiggins

    Black Berry is not the best in the world because Sony Ericsson His and Black Berry Has a very long way to become the Best in this world of our from Mr.Dr.Pro.Leslie.Wiggins living in Beauitful Wesseling Germany

  • http://leslie.wiggins@freenet.de Dr.Pro.Leslie.Wiggins

    Black Berry is not the best in the world because Sony Ericsson His and Black Berry Has a very long way to become the Best in this world of our from Mr.Dr.Pro.Leslie.Wiggins living in Beauitful Wesseling Germany