It’s official! Telus has released the BlackBerry Storm today, making the Big T the first to launch RIM’s first touchscreen in Canada. So what do we have here? EV-DO Rev. A, GPS, 3.2 MPX camera with auto focus, WorldPhone capabilities, and a free 8GB MicroSD card loaded with music and videos from Canadian artists.
“We’ve experienced unprecedented interest in the BlackBerry Storm smartphone and are pleased that Canadians are just as excited about the BlackBerry Storm as we are,¨ said John Watson, president of TELUS Consumer Solutions. “With exclusive TELUS content and excellent plans for every kind of BlackBerry smartphone client, we’re able to take the touch-screen experience to new heights, while reinforcing TELUS’ position as Canada’s smartphone leader.”
Telus is selling the BlackBerry Storm for $249.99 on a three-year contract or $599.99 without a contract. BUT PAY ATTENTION TO THIS PART: Telus has limited stock from now until January 1st. While new shipments will be coming in every week, I highly recommend that you heed Telus’ warning that orders made after December 17th will not result in a BlackBerry Storm before Christmas.
After the jump you’ll find full Telus Storm specs, and a bunch of helpful links for purchase or hands-on impressions. Canadian Storm Chasers can now turn their eyes to Bell…
Telus BlackBerry Storm 9530 Specs
X Support for TELUS mobile music, making it easy to download songs directly onto the handset
X 3.2 mega-pixel camera with flash, zoom, autofocus, image stabilization and video capture
X Built-in GPS and mapping software, for maps, step-by-step directions and local searches
X 1GB of internal memory and an expandable microSD/SDHC memory card slot that supports cards up to 16 GB, ideal for storing images, music, videos and documents
X Supports popular instant messaging services, plus easy, integrated access to Facebook and MySpace
X GSM roaming support when traveling outside of Canada and the U.S. (Quad Band EDGE/GPRS/GSM [850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz] and UMTS/HSPA [2100 MHz])
X Removable/rechargeable battery, offering 6 hours of talk time and 15 days (360 hours) in standby mode
X High-speed USB data transfer to quickly transfer documents, precious photos and videos, or the latest songs
X Bluetooth 2.0 support for accessories such as wireless stereo headsets and hands-free car kits