Rumor: Verizon to Discontinue the BlackBerry Storm

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Verizon Storm 2 - 9550

There are rumors that a major Telco, most likely Verizon, will be reducing its stock of, and possibly cutting entirely, the BlackBerry Storm. The rumors are building that returns for the device series have been unacceptably high it hasn’t been the touchscreen success RIM was hoping for.

This would be a real shame because the upcoming WebKit browser from RIM would make it a really great touchscreen device. While I’m personally not a Storm user, I have used one in the past and I do like it. If Verizon kills the Storm it could have a huge impact since Verizon is such a big source of customers for RIM. Only time will tell.

  • papped

    Not really a loss since the S2 picks up the same slot anyways, as well as VZ carrying the 8530, 9630 and 9650 once it releases by RIM anyways.

  • papped

    Not really a loss since the S2 picks up the same slot anyways, as well as VZ carrying the 8530, 9630 and 9650 once it releases by RIM anyways.

  • Tom

    Reading the article that was referenced, it appears that VZW might be dumping both the Storm and the Storm2!

  • Tom

    Reading the article that was referenced, it appears that VZW might be dumping both the Storm and the Storm2!

  • papped

    The problem with the article is that it isn't clear at all.. It only mentions “Storm” through the whole article and then in one sentence midway states that the latest Storm had some improvements but wasn't viewed as “compelling” as other touchscreen devices…But that doesn't clarify at all whether or not the S2 has anything to do with the dumping…

  • Eric

    I was the first person to say the Storm sucked. I was one of the first people to buy a Storm when it came out in fact. However all 4.x OS rev's for the STORM were just was a total embarrassment.I stopped using the Storm almost as quick as I got it. I moved onto other devices and ended up with a Droid. By chance I ended up giving the Droid to someone else and thought about checking out the Storm 1 on 5.x OS. It was freaking amazing not just how much better it was but how overall the device was perfect. Sure it’s totally lame that the storm doesn’t have a webkit browser, a linux based os that doesn’t scream “I am Java and I Suck”, and sure multi touch is missing but it’s still the best overall phone for my needs. So good that I went out just a week ago and got the Storm 2. I think Verizon is stupid for leaving it now. The old versions blew hard, but the current unit doesn’t. There needs to be room for a touch screen blackberry, its finally good. When WebKit comes out, when they convert to a non-java platform is rolled out and apps shows up it will be better. If they pull it I bet they have one coming shortly after.

  • papped

    The problem with the article is that it isn't clear at all.. It only mentions “Storm” through the whole article and then in one sentence midway states that the latest Storm had some improvements but wasn't viewed as “compelling” as other touchscreen devices…

    But that doesn't clarify at all whether or not the S2 has anything to do with the dumping…

  • Eric

    I was the first person to say the Storm sucked. I was one of the first people to buy a Storm when it came out in fact. However all 4.x OS rev's for the STORM were just was a total embarrassment.

    I stopped using the Storm almost as quick as I got it. I moved onto other devices and ended up with a Droid. By chance I ended up giving the Droid to someone else and thought about checking out the Storm 1 on 5.x OS. It was freaking amazing not just how much better it was but how overall the device was perfect.

    Sure it’s totally lame that the storm doesn’t have a webkit browser, a linux based os that doesn’t scream “I am Java and I Suck”, and sure multi touch is missing but it’s still the best overall phone for my needs. So good that I went out just a week ago and got the Storm 2.

    I think Verizon is stupid for leaving it now. The old versions blew hard, but the current unit doesn’t. There needs to be room for a touch screen blackberry, its finally good. When WebKit comes out, when they convert to a non-java platform is rolled out and apps shows up it will be better.

    If they pull it I bet they have one coming shortly after.

  • david

    I am a current owner of the Storm 2. The phone is a good phone. But it's too heavy. I miss having a keyboard!

  • david

    I am a current owner of the Storm 2. The phone is a good phone. But it's too heavy. I miss having a keyboard!

  • http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/vendor/1111 Eric at Ebscer

    If this is just the 9530 it's not a big deal as the 9550 is a better option anyhow.If they are getting rid of the line completely it would be a big deal, but I still don't see how no other USA carrier would be interested (Sprint comes to mind)

  • http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/vendor/1111 Eric at Ebscer

    If this is just the 9530 it's not a big deal as the 9550 is a better option anyhow.

    If they are getting rid of the line completely it would be a big deal, but I still don't see how no other USA carrier would be interested (Sprint comes to mind)

  • Sam_K

    If they're dropping both the Storm 9530 and Storm2 9550, that would be dumb. The Storm2 9550 is a great device and it's my primary phone now. I got the Storm 9530 when it first came out and it was horrible. It became a good phone after the official OS 4.7.0.148 upgrade became available 6 months after the phone was released and it became even better after OS 5 was released.If they're just dropping the Storm 9530, that's good. They should have done that when the Storm2 9550 was released. They are so similar in terms of specifications that most average consumers won't know the difference and probably just causes confusion at Verizon stores. The only major differences are the addition of WiFi, additional memory (both built in flash memory, built in media memory and larger microSD card) and improved touch screen that allows you to select 2 keys on the keyboard at the same time. Most consumers will simply opt for the cheaper 9530 unless WiFi is important to them. So Kyle, did you mean to imply that they're discontinuing both Storms or just the original?

  • Sam_K

    If they're dropping both the Storm 9530 and Storm2 9550, that would be dumb. The Storm2 9550 is a great device and it's my primary phone now. I got the Storm 9530 when it first came out and it was horrible. It became a good phone after the official OS 4.7.0.148 upgrade became available 6 months after the phone was released and it became even better after OS 5 was released.

    If they're just dropping the Storm 9530, that's good. They should have done that when the Storm2 9550 was released. They are so similar in terms of specifications that most average consumers won't know the difference and probably just causes confusion at Verizon stores. The only major differences are the addition of WiFi, additional memory (both built in flash memory, built in media memory and larger microSD card) and improved touch screen that allows you to select 2 keys on the keyboard at the same time. Most consumers will simply opt for the cheaper 9530 unless WiFi is important to them.

    So Kyle, did you mean to imply that they're discontinuing both Storms or just the original?

  • Wayne

    Omg i hope its just the storm1 the storm 2 is like the best…Say it aint so VZW

  • Wayne

    Omg i hope its just the storm1 the storm 2 is like the best…Say it aint so VZW

  • burgerboy

    Not at all surprised – I've had a Storm for about one and a half years. While it is is a decent phone, it never lived up to the hype. The OS updates have helped but with all the other touch screens out there, the Storm already feels dated. And with RIM's recent comments about limiting data usage, they seem to be going in the wrong direction.

  • burgerboy

    Not at all surprised – I've had a Storm for about one and a half years. While it is is a decent phone, it never lived up to the hype. The OS updates have helped but with all the other touch screens out there, the Storm already feels dated. And with RIM's recent comments about limiting data usage, they seem to be going in the wrong direction.

  • burrr

    Is it just the original Storm? That would make sense. I love my Storm2 so I hope they keep that around…

  • burrr

    Is it just the original Storm? That would make sense. I love my Storm2 so I hope they keep that around…

  • papped

    Since when are phones completely dropped for not meeting hype though? That almost never happens unless the sales are absolutely dismal, which I seriously doubt was the case for either the S1 or S2…

  • papped

    Since when are phones completely dropped for not meeting hype though? That almost never happens unless the sales are absolutely dismal, which I seriously doubt was the case for either the S1 or S2…

  • http://www.rpaulson.com/ Robert Paulson

    They are discontinuing the Storm 1 because it's useless, NOT THE STORM 2 – get your facts straight

  • http://www.rpaulson.com/ Robert Paulson

    They are discontinuing the Storm 1 because it's useless, NOT THE STORM 2 – get your facts straight

  • http://www.rpaulson.com/ Robert Paulson

    They are discontinuing the Storm 1 because it's useless, NOT THE STORM 2 – get your facts straight

  • Lawrence

    I have been using the Storm 2 for my business for the past year and I have had endless problems with it since day 1. Firstly when making a call the call lasts for about 10 seconds and then just cuts off and visa versa for in coming calls. the phone constantly needs to be rebooted and also does this numerous times per day on its own. Battery life is also shocking and I get about half day use out of it. In addition to all this numerous software upgrades were done and also my touch screen replaced and still these problems just continue. The phone itself and applications I use it for namely emails and messangers are excellent but for the rest its totally unexceptable. I have now gotten rid of this phone and am now trying the Blackberry Torch, so keep thumbs that this is a improvement.

    Blackberry Storm 2 disconinued – hell yes, you should have done this long time ago.

  • Jimmyglick

    Hey dumb shit, they DID DISCONTINUE it!