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Best Buy places Telus BlackBerry Storm availability at December 8th

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Best Buy Canada has placed a flyer on their website advertising the Telus BlackBerry Storm for $250 on a 3-year plan with a launch date of December 8th (Monday!). Continuing with the checkout process changes the estimated release date to December 31st, and tacks on another $50 to the purchase, but I’ll chalk this up to sales information that is not fully updated pre-launch.

You can pre-order the Telus BlackBerry Storm from Best Buy’s online site, but purchases appear to be available in-store only. Click the link below for more information. Regardless of whether or not December 8th is the launch date, I’d recommend that all Canadian Storm Chasers pay special attention to BlackBerry Cool on the 8th for the latest word.

Best Buy Telus BlackBerry Storm

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Verizon BlackBerry Storm OS 4.7 Upgrade (Probably) Coming Today!

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Verizon BlackBerry Storm

UPDATE: I’ve just successfully downloaded OS 4.7.0.75 using Verizon’s desktop download link. It now appears as though the OTA update will happen at 9:30 pm PST. Keep your fingers crossed or run to the nearest PC.

Forget the email notification Verizon sent out earlier this week, word is spreading fast around the Internets that Verizon is set for a massive official OS 4.7 update for the BlackBerry Storm. Here’s what we ‘know’ so far:

    Verizon should be rolling out an OTA update around 12 noon (EST or PST? Good question.) PLEASE NOTE that an OTA upgrade will only work for BIS users as this feature is not BES supported.

    Around 6pm, Verizon will have a desktop download of the 4.7 OS available at: http://www.vzam.net/blackberry/

Our boy Kevin has nabbed some “official sounding verbiage” regarding issues that the OS update will clean up on the Verizon BlackBerry Storm. You can find that info after the jump. The Storm Hunt continues!

OS 4.7 Verizon Storm fixes

BlackBerry Storm screen won’t scratch

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Any BlackBerry Curve user knows that screen scratching can be a huge issue. Put that BlackBerry in your pocket with your keys too many times and you just bought yourself an expensive paperweight. Thankfully, the video above shows that this won’t be an issue with the BlackBerry Storm. A tip of our hat to the brave soul who thought that attacking his Storm with a hunting knife was a good idea.

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BlackBerry Storm OS 4.7 upgrade now available?

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Our boy Kevin over at CrackBerry just received this email:

I just received this email from no-reply@upgrade.blackberry.com:

Bundle An upgrade of BlackBerry® Device Software version 4.7 is available. This upgrade includes optimizations and enhancements approved by your wireless service provider.

Note: If your device is associated with an email account that uses a BlackBerry® Enterprise Server, contact your administrator for more information about upgrading. is available for your device.

Go to http://www.blackberry.com/go/softwareupgrades to upgrade.

We’re away from our office, and thus from a version of Internet Explorer needed to download the upgrade (where’s that Mac compliance, RIM?). PC users, quickly, hit the link above and let us know if BlackBerry Storm users have an updated OS 4.7!

Baka Wireless Bell BlackBerry Storm Pricing Revealed?

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After Telus announced their pricing for the BlackBerry Storm yesterday, most Canadians turned their eyes to Bell to see if their Storm pricing would be bettER. While there is nothing official yet, we do have some (speculative) information to give you. The Boy Genius is reporting that Bell is looking to be highly competitive with Telus, and is shifting back and forth between a $199, $249, and $299 price for the Storm on a 3-year contract.

On the other end of the spectrum, a helpful BlackBerry Cool reader just sent us what appears to be the Bell BlackBerry Storm pricing from smartphone retailer Baka Wireless (an authorized Bell dealer). Their prices for the Storm range from $479 on a 3-year contract, $529 on a 2-year contract and $629 on a 1-year contract and $699 straight up.

Now, the price differential between Baka and Bell ranges between $200-250, placing the potential Bell BlackBerry Storm price at $229-279 on a 3-year contract. Until official word is released from Bell, however, we’ll just have to wait and see if our sleuthing rings true.

Krakow calls BlackBerry Storm ‘Best BlackBerry ever made,’ Pogue calls it a ‘dud’

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It was to be assumed that RIM’s first touchscreen BlackBerry would cause some controversy, but I doubt anyone assumed it would be this much. The divergence in opinion over the BlackBerry Storm, with some considering it a worthwhile competitor to the iPhone, and others considering worthwhile only as a doorstop, seems to be getting only stronger.

Recently, two of the most authoritative technology columnists of the mainstream media (read: tech bloggers for old people), Gary Krakow and David Pogue, have come to odds over the BlackBerry Storm. Krakow, in the video above, calls the Storm ‘the best BlackBerry ever made.’ Pogue, however, places the Storm firmly in the ‘dud’ bin, and goes on to state:

I haven’t found a soul who tried this machine who wasn’t appalled, baffled or both.

This probably goes without saying, but I don’t think the BlackBerry Storm is for everybody. We’ll see if the rumored Verizon/Vodafone OS update this week will do anything to quell the unrest.

Pogue NYT BlackBerry Storm Review