The BlackBerry Storm 2 is rumored to launch around the same time as the original BlackBerry Storm (launched late November, 2008). While we haven’t heard anything official, BlackBerry Zone is saying that Vodafone UK is set to release the Storm 2 in October with Verizon following soon after in November.
While this is just rumor, it makes sense for a few reasons:
- The BlackBerry Storm launched around this time last year.
- It fits with the other devices set to launch, Curve 8520 in the summer, followed by the Onyx and then the Storm 2.
- We’re approaching the Back-to-School and Christmas consumer blitzes, so RIM will be pushing as many devices as possible.
The original BlackBerry Storm had a lot of bad press from the Internet, even though it had an incredibly low return rate. This suggests that it was the blogosphere giving it bad search engine mojo while many happy customers simply didn’t voice their opinion. RIM will be working really hard to make sure that the Storm 2 is the device that everyone expects. So while the rumor may be true, it could easily be pushed back last minute if RIM isn’t fully satisfied with the device.