The CEO of Verizon, Lowell McAdam, loves to tease us with news of upcoming devices. A couple weeks ago, he said that “over the next six months or so you will see devices like Palm Pre and a second generation Storm.”
Well he’s recently elaborated on that statement at the Barclays Capital conference in New York.
“Over the next six months or so,” he said, “you will see devices like the Palm Pre and the Cousin on our network from Palm. You will see a second-generation [BlackBerry] Storm. You will see a new device we call the Tour from BlackBerry as well. That is an upscale of any other QWERTY-based devices that we have from BlackBerry today.”
It’s hard to extract anything tangible from his comments which have clearly been well-rehearsed. In general, you can expect a CEO to use a longer release schedule to avoid concerns that the company cannot make a deadline. The under-promise-over-deliver factor here could put the Tour release this August and the Storm 2 around September/October.