Surprise! Bell ALSO launches the BlackBerry Storm

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Bell BlackBerry Storm

Hoo Boy, wasn’t expecting this at all! I just received an email from Bell stating that they have also launched the BlackBerry Storm 9530. The Bell Storm is is available today at select Bell Mobility stores in the Greater Toronto Area and will be widely available tomorrow at stores nationally. Like Telus, Bell is selling the BlackBerry Storm for $250 on a 3-year contract, with a $45 data plan.

You can read the full press release after the jump. Bell’s online BlackBerry Storm purchase page is not yet live (it’s still says Coming Soon), but hopefully we’ll see that change later today or tomorrow.

Bell today announced that the BlackBerry(R) Storm(TM) smartphone, the first BlackBerry(R) smartphone to feature a touch-screen, is available today at select Bell Mobility stores in the Greater Toronto Area and will be widely available tomorrow at stores nationally. The BlackBerry Storm delivers innovative new features and fast performance with the many benefits for which BlackBerry smartphones are known – exceptional wireless email capabilities, premium phone features and multimedia, full HTML Internet access and support for a wide range of mobile data applications.

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 10 2008 — Bell today announced that the BlackBerry Storm smartphone, the first BlackBerry smartphone to feature a touch-screen, is available today at select Bell Mobility stores in the Greater Toronto Area and will be widely available tomorrow at stores nationally. The BlackBerry Storm delivers innovative new features and fast performance with the many benefits for which BlackBerry smartphones are known – exceptional wireless email capabilities, premium phone features and multimedia, full HTML Internet access and support for a wide range of mobile data applications.

“Smartphones just got better at Bell as earlier today we sold our first BlackBerry Storm. Bell is offering an unbeatable 3G BlackBerry line up with the addition of the BlackBerry Storm. The BlackBerry Storm delivers a robust combination of multimedia capabilities, improved business tools and international roaming capability – all supported on the proven and trusted BlackBerry platform, and all available with a few simple taps of the screen,” said Wade Oosterman, President of Bell Mobility and Chief Brand Officer for Bell.

The BlackBerry Storm smartphone’s stunning 3.25″ display with high definition-like picture quality features the unique SurePress(TM) technology that depresses ever so slightly when pressed, giving customers tactile feedback and making navigation and typing more precise. It also automatically adjusts to offer portrait and landscape views, along with a rich multimedia experience that includes a full HTML browser, expandable memory up to 16GB (8GB micro SDHC card is included), and a video-capable 3.2 megapixel camera with built-in flash, autofocus and a photo uploader that makes posting pics to Flickr a snap.

Bell makes the BlackBerry Storm an even more powerful multimedia smartphone with a rich TV, video and radio experience. Bell Live TV and video provides full episodes and highlights with exclusive content from HBO, CTV and many others. With over 90 commercial free radio stations, including exclusive content from Sirius Satellite Radio, the Bell Media Player provides access to popular radio stations in various genres including Pop, Urban and Comedy.

The BlackBerry Storm supports personal and corporate e-mail, text (SMS)
and instant (IM) messaging and easy access to popular social networking sites.
Other features include:

    – BlackBerry(R) Internet Service, BlackBerry(R) Professional Software and
    BlackBerry(R) Enterprise Server support
    – The ability to edit Microsoft(R) Word, Excel and PowerPoint files
    directly on the handset
    – Built-in GPS that supports location-based applications and services

The BlackBerry Storm smartphone is the latest in dual mode HSPA/EVDO devices from Bell that offers users the best of both 3G worlds. In North America, customers benefit from the EVDO network, the continent’s largest and fastest high speed mobile data network. When travelling internationally, users can take advantage of the BlackBerry Storm smartphone’s global GSM and HSPA roaming capability.

The BlackBerry Storm is now available at select Bell Mobility stores in the Greater Toronto Area and will be widely available at locations nationally and online at bell.ca tomorrow for as low as $249.95 on a three-year contract with a minimum $45 per month voice and data plan.