Did you get a BlackBerry Storm today?

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Following up on our post that Verizon stores in the SoCal area were getting a limited stock of BlackBerry Storms, we wanted to check in on our friends down south and see how things are going. Have you been able to get a BlackBerry Storm? Were there many in stock? Which stores seem to be packed full, and which ones should be avoided? Were the Verizon employees helpful or did you have to concuss a few to get your new touchscreen BlackBerry?

Think of this as a public service for all our fellow Storm Chasers in the BlackBerry Nation. Post a comment and give us the scoop, and hopefully you can help someone else have a Happy Storm Day.

  • http://www.damianzikakis.com/ Damian in Detroit

    Southfield, Michigan. I went to a preview event yesterday morning (from 8 to 9) and was invited to return today at 8AM for priority attention. But they told me that they had no stock available and they would ship it to me at no cost. They said all of the units they received were already spoken for by small business customers.

  • http://www.damianzikakis.com Damian in Detroit

    Southfield, Michigan. I went to a preview event yesterday morning (from 8 to 9) and was invited to return today at 8AM for priority attention. But they told me that they had no stock available and they would ship it to me at no cost. They said all of the units they received were already spoken for by small business customers.

  • Joel in Cleveland

    Mayfield Hts, Ohio. Store opened early without any real notice. There was a two hour wait when I arrived 5 minutes before the store was supposed to open. They had none available, but suggested that more “might” arrive while you are waiting. Offered to order one for you, but you still had to wait the two hours for a CSR. I just called in and ordered it.
    Verizon dropped the ball… IMHO of course.

  • Joel in Cleveland

    Mayfield Hts, Ohio. Store opened early without any real notice. There was a two hour wait when I arrived 5 minutes before the store was supposed to open. They had none available, but suggested that more “might” arrive while you are waiting. Offered to order one for you, but you still had to wait the two hours for a CSR. I just called in and ordered it.
    Verizon dropped the ball… IMHO of course.

  • Joel in Cleveland

    Mayfield Hts, Ohio. Store opened early without any real notice. There was a two hour wait when I arrived 5 minutes before the store was supposed to open. They had none available, but suggested that more “might” arrive while you are waiting. Offered to order one for you, but you still had to wait the two hours for a CSR. I just called in and ordered it.
    Verizon dropped the ball… IMHO of course.

  • Josh

    Austin, TX is sold out in stores already. I tried to get one this morning. I showed up 15 minutes before they opened and there was no line, but the doors were open already and they were already sold out… they opened early apparently…. stupid Verizon Store….

  • Josh

    Austin, TX is sold out in stores already. I tried to get one this morning. I showed up 15 minutes before they opened and there was no line, but the doors were open already and they were already sold out… they opened early apparently…. stupid Verizon Store….

  • Blue in Ann Arbor

    Only 20 units per stoe in Metro Detroit. Ordered for FedEx delivery possilby by Saturday (doubtful)

  • Blue in Ann Arbor

    Only 20 units per stoe in Metro Detroit. Ordered for FedEx delivery possilby by Saturday (doubtful)

  • rwright

    Sold out in South Houston so quick…. I wonder if they were ever really there. I’m guessing 10-15 units max, nice stock for “Verizon’s biggest release ever”, as one saleman said. Waited in line just to order my phone and to think, I coulda slept in. Oh well, watching for the FedEx truck now.

  • rwright

    Sold out in South Houston so quick…. I wonder if they were ever really there. I’m guessing 10-15 units max, nice stock for “Verizon’s biggest release ever”, as one saleman said. Waited in line just to order my phone and to think, I coulda slept in. Oh well, watching for the FedEx truck now.

  • rwright

    Sold out in South Houston so quick…. I wonder if they were ever really there. I’m guessing 10-15 units max, nice stock for “Verizon’s biggest release ever”, as one saleman said. Waited in line just to order my phone and to think, I coulda slept in. Oh well, watching for the FedEx truck now.

  • Andrew

    Washington DC — I arrived at the store at 8am (published opening time) and there was a fairly substantial line. After waiting about an hour a rep announced to the waiting crowd that they had only received one box of Storms and that they would not have enough for those waiting. They could have easily predicted that and wish they would have told us before waiting in line…

  • Andrew

    Washington DC — I arrived at the store at 8am (published opening time) and there was a fairly substantial line. After waiting about an hour a rep announced to the waiting crowd that they had only received one box of Storms and that they would not have enough for those waiting. They could have easily predicted that and wish they would have told us before waiting in line…

  • Andrew

    Washington DC — I arrived at the store at 8am (published opening time) and there was a fairly substantial line. After waiting about an hour a rep announced to the waiting crowd that they had only received one box of Storms and that they would not have enough for those waiting. They could have easily predicted that and wish they would have told us before waiting in line…

  • Captain Anonymous

    As I told BBCool a few days ago, VZW was going to Direct-Fulfill the majority of these phones. Most stores in SoCal opened at 7AM PST. I passed by a few stores this morning and lines were definitely long. Good luck to everyone and happy Storm day!

  • Captain Anonymous

    As I told BBCool a few days ago, VZW was going to Direct-Fulfill the majority of these phones. Most stores in SoCal opened at 7AM PST. I passed by a few stores this morning and lines were definitely long. Good luck to everyone and happy Storm day!

  • RedMonkey

    Akron, Ohio…was told at the hands on preview yesterday that even though the store was not “officially” opening early this morning, it was probably a good idea to get there before the advertised 9AM opening time and that they would likely be handing out vouchers around 8AM. Just in case, I got there around 6:15, and, as luck would have it, the doors swung open at 7:45 and I walked out with the first one. By the time I was leaving, there was easily 30+ people in the store, so I;’m sure there were several shortly after I left who were going home either empty handed or with a direct fulfillment order to be delivered. I was told yesterday they they would have 15-20 units. Before the store opened their doors, they brought them all out front and put them behind the sales counter…there were maybe 15 at most on hand at this location.

  • RedMonkey

    Akron, Ohio…was told at the hands on preview yesterday that even though the store was not “officially” opening early this morning, it was probably a good idea to get there before the advertised 9AM opening time and that they would likely be handing out vouchers around 8AM. Just in case, I got there around 6:15, and, as luck would have it, the doors swung open at 7:45 and I walked out with the first one. By the time I was leaving, there was easily 30+ people in the store, so I;’m sure there were several shortly after I left who were going home either empty handed or with a direct fulfillment order to be delivered. I was told yesterday they they would have 15-20 units. Before the store opened their doors, they brought them all out front and put them behind the sales counter…there were maybe 15 at most on hand at this location.

  • http://www.801creative.com/ Gridskipper

    Picked one up at a corp store in Salt Lake City. I got one of the last two. They opened at 7 and I got there around 7:45. There was a line but we were all inside so it wasn’t anything like when I picked up the iPhone 3G. Smooth, mostly.

  • http://www.801creative.com Gridskipper

    Picked one up at a corp store in Salt Lake City. I got one of the last two. They opened at 7 and I got there around 7:45. There was a line but we were all inside so it wasn’t anything like when I picked up the iPhone 3G. Smooth, mostly.

  • Ira

    Worked with my rep to secure one via direct fullfillment… but even that had to be done at the crack of dawn. Ordered my at 6am for Saturday delivery… he emailed me back an hour later to say that the entire inventory has been depleeted and that any orders placed after 8am would not be done until Monday. Mine was in at about 6:45, so I’ll wait and see if the Fedex man arrives tomorrow.

  • Ira

    Worked with my rep to secure one via direct fullfillment… but even that had to be done at the crack of dawn. Ordered my at 6am for Saturday delivery… he emailed me back an hour later to say that the entire inventory has been depleeted and that any orders placed after 8am would not be done until Monday. Mine was in at about 6:45, so I’ll wait and see if the Fedex man arrives tomorrow.

  • jacob

    east lansing Michigan and i got 3 this morning. but that is because im a baller and paid retail for them all so the guy took my order first

  • jacob

    east lansing Michigan and i got 3 this morning. but that is because im a baller and paid retail for them all so the guy took my order first

  • jacob

    east lansing Michigan and i got 3 this morning. but that is because im a baller and paid retail for them all so the guy took my order first

  • JLater

    Couldn’t got this morning so ordered online around 8:30 AM (living in NYC, I didn’t feel like getting up at 4 AM either). Hoping it ships today, but expect it won’t ship until tomorrow and maybe I will get it Monday.

  • JLater

    Couldn’t got this morning so ordered online around 8:30 AM (living in NYC, I didn’t feel like getting up at 4 AM either). Hoping it ships today, but expect it won’t ship until tomorrow and maybe I will get it Monday.

  • JLater

    Couldn’t got this morning so ordered online around 8:30 AM (living in NYC, I didn’t feel like getting up at 4 AM either). Hoping it ships today, but expect it won’t ship until tomorrow and maybe I will get it Monday.

  • Dave

    You can;t buy one because the entire point of sale system for _all_ stores is down. Not that it matters anyway, they didn’t send enough to each store.

  • Dave

    You can;t buy one because the entire point of sale system for _all_ stores is down. Not that it matters anyway, they didn’t send enough to each store.

  • http://drunkencomputing.com/ fonixmunkee

    Duluth, MN: Storms still in stock at both Duluth stores. No lines, no one even looking at the displays.

  • http://drunkencomputing.com fonixmunkee

    Duluth, MN: Storms still in stock at both Duluth stores. No lines, no one even looking at the displays.

  • Eric Weintraub

    I has one!

    Waited on line at 7am at my local mall. One of 5 people to get one. Its cool, glad to get rid of the iphone.

    A bit slow and buggy, cant wait for a software update. Still love it though.

  • Eric Weintraub

    I has one!

    Waited on line at 7am at my local mall. One of 5 people to get one. Its cool, glad to get rid of the iphone.

    A bit slow and buggy, cant wait for a software update. Still love it though.

  • Hayweed

    Seems to me like Verizon pulled the same stunt as Sprint did with the Instinct and only gave out a limited quantity of phones per store in order to build hype. For the people trying to get a phone, it stinks. All part of the big marketing game.

  • Hayweed

    Seems to me like Verizon pulled the same stunt as Sprint did with the Instinct and only gave out a limited quantity of phones per store in order to build hype. For the people trying to get a phone, it stinks. All part of the big marketing game.

  • gabe

    Victorville, Ca store had approximately 100 units. I was called on Wednesday and asked if I would like them to reserve me one. I said yes for 700am when the store opened. Appts were being taken and phones were held for customers. I don’t know which customers they were doing this for. I have 7 lines with Verizon and am a small business owner, so that might be the reason. So far phone is amazing

  • gabe

    Victorville, Ca store had approximately 100 units. I was called on Wednesday and asked if I would like them to reserve me one. I said yes for 700am when the store opened. Appts were being taken and phones were held for customers. I don’t know which customers they were doing this for. I have 7 lines with Verizon and am a small business owner, so that might be the reason. So far phone is amazing

  • http://berryreporter.com/ Thomas

    There doesnt seem to be that big of a demand in Orange County. At least not as big as the photos we’ve seen so far, but then again we do have stores all over the place.

  • http://berryreporter.com Thomas

    There doesnt seem to be that big of a demand in Orange County. At least not as big as the photos we’ve seen so far, but then again we do have stores all over the place.

  • Jonathan

    Houston, TX. I went to the store at about 11/11:30am. Asked the lady for one and she said it would be no problem. She said they were in the store and I could walk out with one today. Very nice lady and even set-up my e-mail and VZ navigator for me and let me play around with the phone before I decided to buy it. It all took about 30 minutes and I was out the door. She did say that they were sold out earlier but then received another small shipment right before I came in. I don’t know how true that is, but either way I figured I lucked-out big time. I’m very glad to be back with “THE Network”.

  • Jonathan

    Houston, TX. I went to the store at about 11/11:30am. Asked the lady for one and she said it would be no problem. She said they were in the store and I could walk out with one today. Very nice lady and even set-up my e-mail and VZ navigator for me and let me play around with the phone before I decided to buy it. It all took about 30 minutes and I was out the door. She did say that they were sold out earlier but then received another small shipment right before I came in. I don’t know how true that is, but either way I figured I lucked-out big time. I’m very glad to be back with “THE Network”.

  • dude813

    I am sure I’ll catch heat for saying this, but I waited in line, had one in my hand and then walked away. Sorry, gang. That phone is slow as death and buggy as all heck. I’ll stick with my Curve for now until they get all of the kinks worked out. The phone is severely under-powered for the OS it has to support. What a let down.

  • dude813

    I am sure I’ll catch heat for saying this, but I waited in line, had one in my hand and then walked away. Sorry, gang. That phone is slow as death and buggy as all heck. I’ll stick with my Curve for now until they get all of the kinks worked out. The phone is severely under-powered for the OS it has to support. What a let down.

  • Jake

    I was the only one in line (I was 5th) that got one. I had talked to the manager a month ago. He called me yesterday and told me they had one with my name on it. I guess I got lucky.

    I’ve had a problem with the accelerometer a few times, but nothing major, and the rest is fantastic. I’m already in love it. After an update or two, it’ll be perfect.

    Check out BGR’s theory. He peeled back the white sticker with the barcodes on it, and found another one just like it, but with a higher OS build.

  • Jake

    I was the only one in line (I was 5th) that got one. I had talked to the manager a month ago. He called me yesterday and told me they had one with my name on it. I guess I got lucky.

    I’ve had a problem with the accelerometer a few times, but nothing major, and the rest is fantastic. I’m already in love it. After an update or two, it’ll be perfect.

    Check out BGR’s theory. He peeled back the white sticker with the barcodes on it, and found another one just like it, but with a higher OS build.

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  • Mike G

    Richardson, TX – I call around on the 20th to see if there were any waiting lists. All verizon stores had waiting lists and said that most likely won’t be able to get one any time soon. So I call some authorized dealers and asked the same thing. One store had no one on the waiting list. So I added my name. Next day the 21st, I call up the store and made sure they had one. Went to the store. No one was there to get one. Walked right in, walked right out with the new blackberry storm. They had only received 6 in there store and I got one. Not too many people interested in authorized dealers.