Oh, Canada: did you get a BlackBerry Storm today?

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First Telus announced the launch of the BlackBerry Storm 9530, and their web site went on ‘back order’ within hours. Then, Bell follows suit with their own BlackBerry Storm 9530 launch, but only in select GTA stores today, with the rest of the country to follow tomorrow. Crazy stuff, folks!

Similar to what we did for the Verizon BlackBerry Storm launch, we’re looking to build a page dedicated to helping Canadian Storm Chasers. Please, post a comment and let the BlackBerry Nation know if you were able to pick up a Storm today from either carrier, at what location, and if there are any more in stock. Consider this page to be ground zero for the Canadian BlackBerry Storm launch.

United we stand, divided we’re a bunch of Treo users.

  • mTelus

    Jeremy,

    The selling of the Storm is the individual dealer’s discretion as to whom they sell to. There is nothing in writing that says the dealer must only sell to new activations. They may be pushing towards that in order to get new clients signed up. Our store just got our first one in today and sold it to an existing client who was recontracting. As for the supply, It is a RIM issue, that is why both Bell and Telus are having stock issues. As has been posted earlier, RIM sent a huge order down South as Verizon could not keep up stock when the Storm was released down there. We have been told we can only order what we think we could sell each week, until the new Year and they should be able to accommodate. Most dealers get daily deliveries so check back daily or get your name on a waiting list if they have one.

    I got a few minutes to play with the Storm before we sold it and it was pretty cool!

    Good luck!

  • PaulGTA

    Got my storm on dec. 16th.. here’s my little story to make everybody aware of what Telus dealers are doing.

    I woke up on the 16th mad as hell because I was not able to find a Storm for the life of me!! I mean.. I didn’t line up in front of the stores at 6 am but I figured that soon as I hear of a launch I’ll secure one somewhere and get it. Well I quickly found out that all storms were sold out in an hour of launch!! So on the 16th I started thinking and for some reason I thought…hmmm… Newmarket (40 minutes north of toronto) should have some as I thought a less ‘urban’ area wont be as ‘tech-savy’.

    When I called the store, I asked the sales girl if they had any BBS’ in stock. She said ‘I think so’ and put me on hold. When she came back she asked me if I was an existing client or a new subscriber. I asked “whats better?” she said “new subscriber”… I then proceeded to tell her I was an existing client and thus she put me on hold again…. when she came back she said that there were none in stock..(I knew she was lying). So I grabbed my buddy and headed up… while on our way I got him to call them as a ‘new subscriber’ and ask if they had the phone in stock…. and ALAS!!!.. It was in STOCK!! Clearly they didn’t want to sell me the phone because they dont make as much money off of migrations…. as I get there my friend asks for the phone and as he’s looking at it he says “I changed my mind…”…. So I jump in and told them I would take it…. and if they didn’t sell it to me I would throw so much crap in the fan they’d be covered in it…. so I GOT ONE!! And I ‘m currently with my phone wipping the iphone clean in a browser race…. hehehe…

    but honestly the phone has ups and downs like all phones…. the accellerometer is way too slow when the phone is working on a task. I found out that SURETYPE means NOTYPE!! It is literally impossible for me to type in that mode, a full keyboard a la iPhone would be ideal. It is quite impossible to text while driving (I know its a no no…but we all do it)..

    Overall I’m very please with the phone… browsing is fast but not as fast as an iphone on wi-fi…..

  • PaulGTA

    Got my storm on dec. 16th.. here’s my little story to make everybody aware of what Telus dealers are doing.

    I woke up on the 16th mad as hell because I was not able to find a Storm for the life of me!! I mean.. I didn’t line up in front of the stores at 6 am but I figured that soon as I hear of a launch I’ll secure one somewhere and get it. Well I quickly found out that all storms were sold out in an hour of launch!! So on the 16th I started thinking and for some reason I thought…hmmm… Newmarket (40 minutes north of toronto) should have some as I thought a less ‘urban’ area wont be as ‘tech-savy’.

    When I called the store, I asked the sales girl if they had any BBS’ in stock. She said ‘I think so’ and put me on hold. When she came back she asked me if I was an existing client or a new subscriber. I asked “whats better?” she said “new subscriber”… I then proceeded to tell her I was an existing client and thus she put me on hold again…. when she came back she said that there were none in stock..(I knew she was lying). So I grabbed my buddy and headed up… while on our way I got him to call them as a ‘new subscriber’ and ask if they had the phone in stock…. and ALAS!!!.. It was in STOCK!! Clearly they didn’t want to sell me the phone because they dont make as much money off of migrations…. as I get there my friend asks for the phone and as he’s looking at it he says “I changed my mind…”…. So I jump in and told them I would take it…. and if they didn’t sell it to me I would throw so much crap in the fan they’d be covered in it…. so I GOT ONE!! And I ‘m currently with my phone wipping the iphone clean in a browser race…. hehehe…

    but honestly the phone has ups and downs like all phones…. the accellerometer is way too slow when the phone is working on a task. I found out that SURETYPE means NOTYPE!! It is literally impossible for me to type in that mode, a full keyboard a la iPhone would be ideal. It is quite impossible to text while driving (I know its a no no…but we all do it)..

    Overall I’m very please with the phone… browsing is fast but not as fast as an iphone on wi-fi…..

  • Dan

    I was able to get 1 of 2 available at Primeline Connections on Burlington on Fairview St. While calling around the Telus Store in the Burlington Mall had 5 available at around 4pm.

  • Dan

    I was able to get 1 of 2 available at Primeline Connections on Burlington on Fairview St. While calling around the Telus Store in the Burlington Mall had 5 available at around 4pm.

  • Brock

    Calgary
    My stepmom picked up a storm for me last night (23rd) at the Tom Harris Cellular (telus) on 17th ave and 8th street SW. They alleged to have 150.

    good luck!

  • Brock

    Calgary
    My stepmom picked up a storm for me last night (23rd) at the Tom Harris Cellular (telus) on 17th ave and 8th street SW. They alleged to have 150.

    good luck!

  • Brock

    Calgary
    My stepmom picked up a storm for me last night (23rd) at the Tom Harris Cellular (telus) on 17th ave and 8th street SW. They alleged to have 150.

    good luck!

  • Brock

    Calgary
    My stepmom picked up a storm for me last night (23rd) at the Tom Harris Cellular (telus) on 17th ave and 8th street SW. They alleged to have 150.

    good luck!

  • plikestechno

    My wife unbeknownst to me put her name on a list at Edmonton Wireless (where she’s been a customer for over ten years, maybe helped) a couple of months ago because she knew my contract was ending in Dec, that I was a free agent, and all I wanted for Christmas, was a Storm with a better plan.

    She was told last week that only a handful came in and she shouldn’t expect one for me until January.

    Well she got a call yesterday afternoon saying there was one with her name on it. She was so happy that she’d be able to give it to me for Xmas. We were there first thing this monring to sign me up with Telus and get the phone.

    I don’t know about them being for just new subscribers (though I just switched from Bell, hate them so much) as I was the only guy of five signing a new contract (one of them was an NHL player I won’t name.) But it wouldn’t surprise me. Sellers get fat jack for sigining up new people and employees can get incentives so it might be stores and not Telus making up the rules. Let’s say I made the guy’s day when he found out I was a new subscriber. He thought my wife was replacing her phone.

    I love it. They charged up the battery the night before so I had it going all day. Thank god I didn’t buy into the iPhone hype! I’m not saying it’s an iPhone killer. I’m just saying the iPhone is not for me and it makes the Instinct look like a kids toy. It’s also my first global phone. Very excited about that.

    They didn’t have anymore though. They had 50 last night all spoken for and only three more with names on them after I got activated.

    There will be enough for everyone soon enough but with it being so popular worldwide it certainly is crazy right now.

  • plikestechno

    My wife unbeknownst to me put her name on a list at Edmonton Wireless (where she’s been a customer for over ten years, maybe helped) a couple of months ago because she knew my contract was ending in Dec, that I was a free agent, and all I wanted for Christmas, was a Storm with a better plan.

    She was told last week that only a handful came in and she shouldn’t expect one for me until January.

    Well she got a call yesterday afternoon saying there was one with her name on it. She was so happy that she’d be able to give it to me for Xmas. We were there first thing this monring to sign me up with Telus and get the phone.

    I don’t know about them being for just new subscribers (though I just switched from Bell, hate them so much) as I was the only guy of five signing a new contract (one of them was an NHL player I won’t name.) But it wouldn’t surprise me. Sellers get fat jack for sigining up new people and employees can get incentives so it might be stores and not Telus making up the rules. Let’s say I made the guy’s day when he found out I was a new subscriber. He thought my wife was replacing her phone.

    I love it. They charged up the battery the night before so I had it going all day. Thank god I didn’t buy into the iPhone hype! I’m not saying it’s an iPhone killer. I’m just saying the iPhone is not for me and it makes the Instinct look like a kids toy. It’s also my first global phone. Very excited about that.

    They didn’t have anymore though. They had 50 last night all spoken for and only three more with names on them after I got activated.

    There will be enough for everyone soon enough but with it being so popular worldwide it certainly is crazy right now.

  • plikestechno

    My wife unbeknownst to me put her name on a list at Edmonton Wireless (where she’s been a customer for over ten years, maybe helped) a couple of months ago because she knew my contract was ending in Dec, that I was a free agent, and all I wanted for Christmas, was a Storm with a better plan.

    She was told last week that only a handful came in and she shouldn’t expect one for me until January.

    Well she got a call yesterday afternoon saying there was one with her name on it. She was so happy that she’d be able to give it to me for Xmas. We were there first thing this monring to sign me up with Telus and get the phone.

    I don’t know about them being for just new subscribers (though I just switched from Bell, hate them so much) as I was the only guy of five signing a new contract (one of them was an NHL player I won’t name.) But it wouldn’t surprise me. Sellers get fat jack for sigining up new people and employees can get incentives so it might be stores and not Telus making up the rules. Let’s say I made the guy’s day when he found out I was a new subscriber. He thought my wife was replacing her phone.

    I love it. They charged up the battery the night before so I had it going all day. Thank god I didn’t buy into the iPhone hype! I’m not saying it’s an iPhone killer. I’m just saying the iPhone is not for me and it makes the Instinct look like a kids toy. It’s also my first global phone. Very excited about that.

    They didn’t have anymore though. They had 50 last night all spoken for and only three more with names on them after I got activated.

    There will be enough for everyone soon enough but with it being so popular worldwide it certainly is crazy right now.

  • plikestechno

    I also can’t hate on this thing at all. It must have come from the factory recently as it has the .76 firmware in it. The slow reviews don’t make any sense tome and I’ve played a few ten minute youtube videos and all the videos that come with it with no problems.

  • plikestechno

    I also can’t hate on this thing at all. It must have come from the factory recently as it has the .76 firmware in it. The slow reviews don’t make any sense tome and I’ve played a few ten minute youtube videos and all the videos that come with it with no problems.

  • Pierre

    I placed an order with Bell on December 12 for the Storm. I am still waiting for the unit. I now have the confirmation that Bell used the limited stock that they had for new subscriber only. They will ship to current customer only when there is enough stock. I don’t think that it is fare but that is what they did. I am not even able to get a shipment date.

  • Pierre

    I placed an order with Bell on December 12 for the Storm. I am still waiting for the unit. I now have the confirmation that Bell used the limited stock that they had for new subscriber only. They will ship to current customer only when there is enough stock. I don’t think that it is fare but that is what they did. I am not even able to get a shipment date.

  • Pierre

    I placed an order with Bell on December 12 for the Storm. I am still waiting for the unit. I now have the confirmation that Bell used the limited stock that they had for new subscriber only. They will ship to current customer only when there is enough stock. I don’t think that it is fare but that is what they did. I am not even able to get a shipment date.

  • michael

    If you are in edmonton alberta the store I work at have 20 storms. Will do upgrades
    And new activations.

    If interested u can call 7809904118 to have one set aside.

    Mike

  • michael

    If you are in edmonton alberta the store I work at have 20 storms. Will do upgrades
    And new activations.

    If interested u can call 7809904118 to have one set aside.

    Mike

  • John

    Hey Mike,

    Thanks for the heads-up. I’m down in Calgary and no one down here has been nearly as helpful. I might have to see if I can get a day off and make the trip north. Where are you in edmonton?

    John

  • John

    Hey Mike,

    Thanks for the heads-up. I’m down in Calgary and no one down here has been nearly as helpful. I might have to see if I can get a day off and make the trip north. Where are you in edmonton?

    John

  • michael

    John: wireless wave, west edmonton mall. First floor.(west end of city) If you want , fire me a text if you need one set aside. As well If you have any friends in edmonton, add their name onto your account, and they can get it upgraded for you np. and we can ship it overnite to you…. just a thought…

  • michael

    John: wireless wave, west edmonton mall. First floor.(west end of city) If you want , fire me a text if you need one set aside. As well If you have any friends in edmonton, add their name onto your account, and they can get it upgraded for you np. and we can ship it overnite to you…. just a thought…

  • Greg

    It isnt Telus’ fault..or any other provider….BB had production issues and made promises they couldnt keep. I was told this right out of the gate ny Telus and got my storm a week ago

  • Greg

    It isnt Telus’ fault..or any other provider….BB had production issues and made promises they couldnt keep. I was told this right out of the gate ny Telus and got my storm a week ago

  • Amin

    I’m really surprised that Bell and most (if not all ) Bell Stores are holding back the Storm from existing subscribers, I think they will have enough trouble holding on to their existing clients as it is, and then to treat their premium clients i.e. ones who purchase high end devices and pay higher monthly charges for data plans, as shoddily as they are, it all makes perfect sense to me, as to why Bell is wallowing in the financial doldrums.

    The only reason I’m staying with Bell is because of contractual obligations, and Rogers isn’t much better either so … Am still waiting for the Storm in Greater Toronto Area and it’s Jan 13th 2009

  • Amin

    I’m really surprised that Bell and most (if not all ) Bell Stores are holding back the Storm from existing subscribers, I think they will have enough trouble holding on to their existing clients as it is, and then to treat their premium clients i.e. ones who purchase high end devices and pay higher monthly charges for data plans, as shoddily as they are, it all makes perfect sense to me, as to why Bell is wallowing in the financial doldrums.

    The only reason I’m staying with Bell is because of contractual obligations, and Rogers isn’t much better either so … Am still waiting for the Storm in Greater Toronto Area and it’s Jan 13th 2009

  • Amin

    It is partially true that RIM is having production and delivery issues of the Storm, nonetheless, I was at a store and the clerk was able to show me the phone to try it out, but would was not allowed to sell it to me on an upgrade, I’m with Bell, he was only allowed to let me have it if I signed up as a new client, YES another kick in the groin by the Telcos to their existing clients, now doesn’t that feel good? NOT!!!

  • Amin

    It is partially true that RIM is having production and delivery issues of the Storm, nonetheless, I was at a store and the clerk was able to show me the phone to try it out, but would was not allowed to sell it to me on an upgrade, I’m with Bell, he was only allowed to let me have it if I signed up as a new client, YES another kick in the groin by the Telcos to their existing clients, now doesn’t that feel good? NOT!!!

  • Amin

    It is partially true that RIM is having production and delivery issues of the Storm, nonetheless, I was at a store and the clerk was able to show me the phone to try it out, but would was not allowed to sell it to me on an upgrade, I’m with Bell, he was only allowed to let me have it if I signed up as a new client, YES another kick in the groin by the Telcos to their existing clients, now doesn’t that feel good? NOT!!!

  • PC

    @Amin>

    Have you tried going to Wireless Wave? I got mine in Richmond, BC and encountered the same thing. I was an existing customer and they called me in to let me know that a Storm came in for me. Then when we were about to activate it, the Bell rep at the other end goes, it’s going to be $450 or so since I could “avail” of my loyalty credit of $250 towards the retail price of $650 or so. I argued and told them that why are new activations getting it for the promo price of $249.99 and I cannot, being the “loyal” customer that I am. Then this went on for minutes and finally the manager had to hang up and call the Bell rep back. Turns out that only “NEW” activations can avail of the promo price BUT if you upgrade your plan (i.e. reconfig your data rates – I had the Smartphone 45 combo and has to go with the other combo) you can be considered as a “NEW” subscriber.

    To cut the long story short, I walked out with my Storm right then and there.

    Try Wireless Wave. They don’t think as highly of themselves there as compared to Bell Store reps.

  • PC

    @Amin>

    Have you tried going to Wireless Wave? I got mine in Richmond, BC and encountered the same thing. I was an existing customer and they called me in to let me know that a Storm came in for me. Then when we were about to activate it, the Bell rep at the other end goes, it’s going to be $450 or so since I could “avail” of my loyalty credit of $250 towards the retail price of $650 or so. I argued and told them that why are new activations getting it for the promo price of $249.99 and I cannot, being the “loyal” customer that I am. Then this went on for minutes and finally the manager had to hang up and call the Bell rep back. Turns out that only “NEW” activations can avail of the promo price BUT if you upgrade your plan (i.e. reconfig your data rates – I had the Smartphone 45 combo and has to go with the other combo) you can be considered as a “NEW” subscriber.

    To cut the long story short, I walked out with my Storm right then and there.

    Try Wireless Wave. They don’t think as highly of themselves there as compared to Bell Store reps.

  • mike

    Hey guys, about this shorted of storms. Ive been posting that if your in the edmonton area, the store i work at(wirelesswave) can get anyone, new or existing customers a storm immediatly.

    We have more then enough storms available, as do all the stores inventories i can check on a daily basis, with over 250 stores across canada…

    Hit up any wireless wave, and you’ll have 0 problems getting a storm. 0. Tbere is not a rep there that will turn you away. And pc, when you have an upgrade available, by adding data, you get an additional 200 credit on the upgrade for the storm. Giving you the new customer pricing…

    Again if your in the edmonton area, you can give me a shout, and i can set aside a storm for you np, new or existing customers…. 7809904118

  • mike

    Hey guys, about this shorted of storms. Ive been posting that if your in the edmonton area, the store i work at(wirelesswave) can get anyone, new or existing customers a storm immediatly.

    We have more then enough storms available, as do all the stores inventories i can check on a daily basis, with over 250 stores across canada…

    Hit up any wireless wave, and you’ll have 0 problems getting a storm. 0. Tbere is not a rep there that will turn you away. And pc, when you have an upgrade available, by adding data, you get an additional 200 credit on the upgrade for the storm. Giving you the new customer pricing…

    Again if your in the edmonton area, you can give me a shout, and i can set aside a storm for you np, new or existing customers…. 7809904118

  • mike

    Hey guys, about this shorted of storms. Ive been posting that if your in the edmonton area, the store i work at(wirelesswave) can get anyone, new or existing customers a storm immediatly.

    We have more then enough storms available, as do all the stores inventories i can check on a daily basis, with over 250 stores across canada…

    Hit up any wireless wave, and you’ll have 0 problems getting a storm. 0. Tbere is not a rep there that will turn you away. And pc, when you have an upgrade available, by adding data, you get an additional 200 credit on the upgrade for the storm. Giving you the new customer pricing…

    Again if your in the edmonton area, you can give me a shout, and i can set aside a storm for you np, new or existing customers…. 7809904118

  • PC

    @mike>

    yeah that’s what we did. I already had data though so I had to change the configuration? of my plans to avail of the deal. anyway, my point was, the wireless wave manager at the Richmond Centre branch helped me get that sucker home.

  • PC

    @mike>

    yeah that’s what we did. I already had data though so I had to change the configuration? of my plans to avail of the deal. anyway, my point was, the wireless wave manager at the Richmond Centre branch helped me get that sucker home.