We’ll isn’t this a kick in the pants. We received an email today from Rogers corporate putting a stake in the heart of our hopes that the BlackBerry Storm would be on Big Red by New Years. Here’s the email:
Regarding the ‘Storm’ posting…
Apologies for any confusion, our customer service representative made an error on our holiday device lineup. While we won’t divulge the holiday lineup in advance, I can confirm it will not include the BlackBerry Storm.
While it is a little weird that the service rep was pretty clear on the upcoming availability of the BlackBerry Storm, we’ll chalk this up to confusion + excitement = rumor fail. I guess we should have been a little more careful and titled the post ‘Confirmed: Rogers employees think the BlackBerry Storm is coming for Christmas’. Sorry to get your hopes up.
However, Rogers subscribers shouldn’t completely lose heart. Kevin over at CrackBerry did some digging into the story, and seems reasonably optimistic that Rogers could see a Storm-like touchscreen BlackBerry sometime in the future:
Over the past couple of months I have, like others, heard some “chatter” that a touchscreen BlackBerry would hopefully be coming to Rogers (which most assumed would be a version of the Storm). Now whether this device would actually come to Rogers in the form of the Storm 9500, or a slightly different version (perhaps supporting HSDPA, and who knows, maybe even carrying different branding and sporting a slightly different look than the Storm…), I have yet to see concrete proof of. From what I can tell, Rogers was looking to put the Storm on the roadmap, dropped it, and is probably now looking again/working hard to get a touchscreen BB out in the hopefully near future (and if they’re not, they should!!).
The final conclusion here is pretty simple: regardless of whether or not Rogers will eventually release a touchscreen BlackBerry, everyone agrees it would be a good idea. Get to it, Rogers!