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.

  • 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.

  • Steven R

    I was able to get one today and was very happy. I got it at the Verizon store in Huntington, NY. It was pretty busy but not packed. I heard many other stores in the area were sold out. I recieved one of the last storm’s and the verizon people were very helpful, they set up my email and were plesant.

  • Steven R

    I was able to get one today and was very happy. I got it at the Verizon store in Huntington, NY. It was pretty busy but not packed. I heard many other stores in the area were sold out. I recieved one of the last storm’s and the verizon people were very helpful, they set up my email and were plesant.

  • Betacam Man

    I got a storm at 11:30am in Charlote, NC… they had a second shipment come in when arrived. In total they sold 52 Storms today at my location. It is a neat little touchscreen marvel with an awesome image!

  • Betacam Man

    I got a storm at 11:30am in Charlote, NC… they had a second shipment come in when arrived. In total they sold 52 Storms today at my location. It is a neat little touchscreen marvel with an awesome image!

  • Alpharevan

    I ordered a Storm the 19th in SFR.FR (french operator)

    I can’t wait to get it !

  • Alpharevan

    I ordered a Storm the 19th in SFR.FR (french operator)

    I can’t wait to get it !

  • robert

    preordered at best buy
    walked in at 10 walked out with phone
    only 2 preorders only 3 recieved
    worker in store took #3

  • robert

    preordered at best buy
    walked in at 10 walked out with phone
    only 2 preorders only 3 recieved
    worker in store took #3

  • Gary

    Well guys, I picked one up in the South Bay (Los Angeles) this morning. I went by the store yesterday afternoon and they gave me an appt for this morning at 8:30. I thought that maybe there wouldnt be much demand after the mediocre (and worse) reviews, but then I got there and there were 20 or so people in line and the store was packed. I picked mine up, set it up and played with it all day, and I’m returning it tomorrow. Way too slow, way too buggy, and, worst of all, I dont get coverage in my house (not the Storm’s issue, but VZW’s). Without wifi, it’s a deal breaker. I think the phone has potential, but given that I’m with ATT now it is simply not worth switching. I’ll wait for the Storm 2 or the NA GSM version with wifi, thanks!

  • Gary

    Well guys, I picked one up in the South Bay (Los Angeles) this morning. I went by the store yesterday afternoon and they gave me an appt for this morning at 8:30. I thought that maybe there wouldnt be much demand after the mediocre (and worse) reviews, but then I got there and there were 20 or so people in line and the store was packed. I picked mine up, set it up and played with it all day, and I’m returning it tomorrow. Way too slow, way too buggy, and, worst of all, I dont get coverage in my house (not the Storm’s issue, but VZW’s). Without wifi, it’s a deal breaker. I think the phone has potential, but given that I’m with ATT now it is simply not worth switching. I’ll wait for the Storm 2 or the NA GSM version with wifi, thanks!

  • Gail

    Got mine yesterday. Bristol, Tennessee Best Buy had 1, I have it. Johnson City store had 4 sold out in minutes, and were taking names for todays shipment of 7. Cellular Sales is expecting 130 to be delivered throughout their stores by Monday. Verizon would not sell you one unless you were 1. A new customer, or 2. Up for renewal. The phone took a little getting used to, but I love it. I tranfered my phone number by phone to verizon and it took all of 20 minutes. I’m looking forward to the updates, as I am sure there will be many.

  • Gail

    Got mine yesterday. Bristol, Tennessee Best Buy had 1, I have it. Johnson City store had 4 sold out in minutes, and were taking names for todays shipment of 7. Cellular Sales is expecting 130 to be delivered throughout their stores by Monday. Verizon would not sell you one unless you were 1. A new customer, or 2. Up for renewal. The phone took a little getting used to, but I love it. I tranfered my phone number by phone to verizon and it took all of 20 minutes. I’m looking forward to the updates, as I am sure there will be many.

  • addictedtoBB

    Got one. But honestly, not worth the hype. I like my world edition much better. I have little fingers and the “buttons” are too far apart in landscape mode. I’m just not in love with it like I had hoped to be. Maybe for folks that aren’t BB power users will like it. It is also really slow. Go figure…

  • addictedtoBB

    Got one. But honestly, not worth the hype. I like my world edition much better. I have little fingers and the “buttons” are too far apart in landscape mode. I’m just not in love with it like I had hoped to be. Maybe for folks that aren’t BB power users will like it. It is also really slow. Go figure…

  • Mike

    Grand Rapids, MI – pre-ordered from Best Buy. There was one other pre-order at that store, and they had two more phones available for retail. I was the first one to pick one up at noon, but during the 20 minutes that I was there, the rest sold out. People were coming there after the VZW store down the road sold out.

    As for the phone… not too bad. Heavy learning curve with the touchscreen keyboard. Calibration seems a little off (when i touch the screen, it registers slightly to the right of where i touch). Wish the transitions between screens and apps were faster… they just make the phone seem slow. Response times are relatively slow, and I have had quite a bit of hourglass waiting time while doing normal tasks.

    I think the hardware is good, but like everyone else i’m hoping for some software updates.

  • Mike

    Grand Rapids, MI – pre-ordered from Best Buy. There was one other pre-order at that store, and they had two more phones available for retail. I was the first one to pick one up at noon, but during the 20 minutes that I was there, the rest sold out. People were coming there after the VZW store down the road sold out.

    As for the phone… not too bad. Heavy learning curve with the touchscreen keyboard. Calibration seems a little off (when i touch the screen, it registers slightly to the right of where i touch). Wish the transitions between screens and apps were faster… they just make the phone seem slow. Response times are relatively slow, and I have had quite a bit of hourglass waiting time while doing normal tasks.

    I think the hardware is good, but like everyone else i’m hoping for some software updates.

  • http://www.videos4blackberry.info/ Bla1ze

    This launch was worse the then whole Bold/AT&T fiasco! Congrats to those who managed to wrangle one up, for your sake though hope RIM pumps that new OS out ASAP!

  • http://www.videos4blackberry.info Bla1ze

    This launch was worse the then whole Bold/AT&T fiasco! Congrats to those who managed to wrangle one up, for your sake though hope RIM pumps that new OS out ASAP!

  • C.J.

    I got one today. Erie, PA. They only had 2 in stock when I got there and they wouldn’t sell it to me for full retail price, so I added a line and am canceling a line on my plan today. It is a quite impressive phone.

  • C.J.

    I got one today. Erie, PA. They only had 2 in stock when I got there and they wouldn’t sell it to me for full retail price, so I added a line and am canceling a line on my plan today. It is a quite impressive phone.

  • Chris

    I made one call today to a VZW store, they said that they had one on hold but I could get it if I came in right away, speeding 15 minutes later to the store it was all mine, the manager said the guy he was holding it for changed his mind and now wanted a Treo, I was laughing all the way home!

  • Chris

    I made one call today to a VZW store, they said that they had one on hold but I could get it if I came in right away, speeding 15 minutes later to the store it was all mine, the manager said the guy he was holding it for changed his mind and now wanted a Treo, I was laughing all the way home!

  • Bill

    Milwaukee – Had bought my daughter a Pearl a few days ago. I wasn’t going to be able to go early but told they would ship it. I arrive at noon and walked out with the Storm 30 minutes later. Just lucky I guess.

  • Bill

    Milwaukee – Had bought my daughter a Pearl a few days ago. I wasn’t going to be able to go early but told they would ship it. I arrive at noon and walked out with the Storm 30 minutes later. Just lucky I guess.

  • Gary

    You should have seen the faces of of the VZW folks when I returned my Storm today. They couldn’t believe it! They were huddling around to decide, I think, which one of them was going to snag it…

  • Gary

    You should have seen the faces of of the VZW folks when I returned my Storm today. They couldn’t believe it! They were huddling around to decide, I think, which one of them was going to snag it…

  • David

    Got my storm today. I have a biz acct and called my acct mgr. He had it overnighted yesterday. It is really awesome. The interface is better than iphone in some ways, but lacks the fluid movement of the iphone. All in all, glad I got it.

  • David

    Got my storm today. I have a biz acct and called my acct mgr. He had it overnighted yesterday. It is really awesome. The interface is better than iphone in some ways, but lacks the fluid movement of the iphone. All in all, glad I got it.

  • David

    Got my storm today. I have a biz acct and called my acct mgr. He had it overnighted yesterday. It is really awesome. The interface is better than iphone in some ways, but lacks the fluid movement of the iphone. All in all, glad I got it.

  • Kate

    I was in the Southfield,MI store to get my fiance one of these things. I was there an hour after the store opened. I was told they were sold out at the store but that the one I purchased would be shipped to my home today Saturday by 1pm. I still have no phone. I went to the verizon store they informed me that it was not their fault that fed ex was overwhelmed with the shipments and we will not see it until Tuesday morning because it wont ship until Monday. I was disgusted to say the least I paid extra for it to be delivered today!

  • Kate

    I was in the Southfield,MI store to get my fiance one of these things. I was there an hour after the store opened. I was told they were sold out at the store but that the one I purchased would be shipped to my home today Saturday by 1pm. I still have no phone. I went to the verizon store they informed me that it was not their fault that fed ex was overwhelmed with the shipments and we will not see it until Tuesday morning because it wont ship until Monday. I was disgusted to say the least I paid extra for it to be delivered today!

  • Astral Weeks

    Hell no! I just got a bold and i love it. If i don’t have the iphone why would i get the storm? It’s not a storm it’s only god bowling, and it’s not his best game.

  • Astral Weeks

    Hell no! I just got a bold and i love it. If i don’t have the iphone why would i get the storm? It’s not a storm it’s only god bowling, and it’s not his best game.

  • Rob

    Got mine at 6 p.m. today from the local best buy. I asked them yesterday if they would have extra today and the Mobile Mgr said that if no one showed up their appt today he would call me. At 5 pm got the call! Testing it out now so far so good very nice!

  • Rob

    Got mine at 6 p.m. today from the local best buy. I asked them yesterday if they would have extra today and the Mobile Mgr said that if no one showed up their appt today he would call me. At 5 pm got the call! Testing it out now so far so good very nice!

  • Sherri

    Emeryville, California Verizon store had a line of approximately 200 people at 6:40 am. I was #20 in line. They had 50 in the store, so they were all gone by 7:30. They did get another 50 in later that afternoon, but I heard those were gone before 4 pm. A friend of mine was told that hers will not ship until 12/15.

    Glad that I didn’t stay with the Best Buy store and got my pre-order deposit. Lots of people did pre-order and less than half of them who showed up to get them yesterday actually got one.

  • Sherri

    Emeryville, California Verizon store had a line of approximately 200 people at 6:40 am. I was #20 in line. They had 50 in the store, so they were all gone by 7:30. They did get another 50 in later that afternoon, but I heard those were gone before 4 pm. A friend of mine was told that hers will not ship until 12/15.

    Glad that I didn’t stay with the Best Buy store and got my pre-order deposit. Lots of people did pre-order and less than half of them who showed up to get them yesterday actually got one.

  • Sherri

    Emeryville, California Verizon store had a line of approximately 200 people at 6:40 am. I was #20 in line. They had 50 in the store, so they were all gone by 7:30. They did get another 50 in later that afternoon, but I heard those were gone before 4 pm. A friend of mine was told that hers will not ship until 12/15.

    Glad that I didn’t stay with the Best Buy store and got my pre-order deposit. Lots of people did pre-order and less than half of them who showed up to get them yesterday actually got one.

  • Danny boy

    I’m Glad I pre-ordered mine at best buy …. Had it waiting for me on friday. They had a total order of 45 pre orders and they all came in

  • Danny boy

    I’m Glad I pre-ordered mine at best buy …. Had it waiting for me on friday. They had a total order of 45 pre orders and they all came in

  • richie

    bought one last night in SO CAL even tho they said they sold out yesterday, 15 minutes after the store opened.

    threatened to leave verizon and buy an iphone :) it worked

  • richie

    bought one last night in SO CAL even tho they said they sold out yesterday, 15 minutes after the store opened.

    threatened to leave verizon and buy an iphone :) it worked

  • Matt

    St. Paul, Minnesota store received 12. I showed up at 4:30am to wait and the next showed up at 5:00. The store opened at 8 and were sold out in about 10 minutes. Great phone…

  • Matt

    St. Paul, Minnesota store received 12. I showed up at 4:30am to wait and the next showed up at 5:00. The store opened at 8 and were sold out in about 10 minutes. Great phone…

  • Bill

    Disaster. Ordered at 8:01 am Friday from Verizon for overnight shipping. Didn’t arrive. Verizon hadn’t even process order by Saturday night. Canceled and went to ATT. Go the Bold. Great phone.

    I hear from a company insider that there was a major hardware glitch with the Storm. They only had 25,000 in stock for the whole country.

  • Bill

    Disaster. Ordered at 8:01 am Friday from Verizon for overnight shipping. Didn’t arrive. Verizon hadn’t even process order by Saturday night. Canceled and went to ATT. Go the Bold. Great phone.

    I hear from a company insider that there was a major hardware glitch with the Storm. They only had 25,000 in stock for the whole country.

  • Sherri

    Hardware glitch seems to be resolved. Updated through Desktop Manager, and now much faster and smoother than when purchased on Friday.

  • Sherri

    Hardware glitch seems to be resolved. Updated through Desktop Manager, and now much faster and smoother than when purchased on Friday.

  • CAM3RON

    I was the LAST accepted pre-order at W.Hollywood bestbuy on 11/15 and walked in at 9.30am on 11/21 and was first to walk out of the store with one in hand. I think I got lucky.

    I left BB to go to the VZW store (that coincidentally did not ever give me a call even though I was placed on their “list”) just to grab a car charger and was given attitude by two VZ employees standing outside of their store with clipboards trying to get me to stand in a line. I showed him I already had the phone and he still wouldn’t let me in. Verizon store employee’s have CONSISTENTLY been awful but that’s beside the point.

    I like the phone, and yes the little bugs and slowness will likely be fixed shortly, but I am NOT adjusting well to having to type slower.

    I was a power-typer on my Curve and ultimately want the Bold for the physical keypad but Verizon in all their glory won’t be showing that model for at least another 6 months.

    I have had the phone for almost 4 days now and am totally comfortable with using it, just trying to decide if I need to take it back and rejoice with my Curve, and its keypad.