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BlackBerry Storm, Pearl Flip, Rogers Plans and Parties (BlackBerry Cool Podcast)

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The BlackBerry Cool Podcast

After a few setbacks and delays (damn you, CTIA), the BlackBerry Cool Podcast is back! It’s also our 40th podcast, which is some sort of milestone, I guess, and a good place to implement changes. We’ve fiddled with the format a little, added some music and a new weekly podcast guest: Fake Ted Rogers. The BlackBerry Cool Podcast will also now be released on Mondays (apologies to all those who enjoy listening to podcasts while raking leaves on the weekend).

This week’s podcast is a bit of a catchup, as we discuss the major news of the past month: the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 and BlackBerry Storm, and Rogers new BES/BIS plans and BlackBerry Bold price drop. Coincidentally, we also discuss why RIM will never make a BlackBerry app store. Whoops. In fairness, the BlackBerry Application Center is the perfect compromise between what we said RIM needs and what they would never do, so give us partial credit. We also attempted to talk about RIM’s stock and the economy, but cut it because we had nothing significant to contribute on either subject.

Downloading/streaming options for the BlackBerry Cool Podcast can be found after the jump, as well as links to all the relevant news stories. Enjoy!

Special thanks to our new sponsor, Rove Mobile!

The BlackBerry Cool Podcast Episode 40

BlackBerry Storm User Guide Leaks

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BlackBerry Storm User Guide

If RIM were a ship right now, they’d be sinking faster than the Titanic due to all the BlackBerry Storm leaks that happened this weekend (I’m glad next week is Thanksgiving, yeesh). On top of everything else that has been released about the BlackBerry Storm in the past 72 hours, the Boy Genius was also able to get his hands on the BlackBerry Storm user guide. Here’s a brief rundown of everything that’s discussed:

– Using Music (Playing Music, Creating Playlists)
– Recording a Video
– Using the Camera (Taking Pictures, Sending and Receiving Pictures)
– Using Voice Notes
– Using GPS (Finding and Tracking Locations, Using BlackBerry Maps)
– Using Manage Connections
– Home Screens
– Contacts, Calendars and Tasks
– Browser Features (First Browser Screen, Bookmarks)
– Phone Screen and Active Call Screen
– KeyBoards

It looks like BoyGeniusReport.com can’t handle the traffic load, so we’ve reposted all the slides after the jump. Enjoy!

(via BGR)

BlackBerry Storm User Guide

The BlackBerry Storm can do Copy and Paste

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BlackBerry Storm Copy and Paste

While some may see this as a direct “eff yooo” to the boys and girls in Cupertino, I’m sure most BlackBerry users will see it as a basic necessity. That’s right, the BlackBerry Storm can do at least one thing that other touchscreen device can’t — copy and paste.

The Boy Genius has pulled this little snippet describing how copy and paste will work on the BlackBerry Storm from the variety of internal documents he nabbed over the weekend. Simply place to fingers on the screen simultaneously to highlight your section of choice and you’re ready to copy and paste. Simple, easy, and quite silly that Apple hasn’t figured it out (or at the very least made it a priority).

(via BGR)

BlackBerry Storm Product Positioning Document Leaks

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RIM Strategy Slide

Woah boy, it looks like no one can stop the leaks from flooding out once the levy breaks. The Boy Genius is really going into overload this weekend, releasing RIM’s Blackberry Storm strategic documents. However, unlike previous ‘leaks’ we’ve seen in recent weeks, I don’t think this one was intentional — there’s no way RIM wants this type of information getting out. It’s a long read, but here are some of the highlights:

– Vodafone will be the only carrier to get the full BlackBerry portfolio
– RIM was hoping to release the BlackBerry Storm in September
– During internal keyboard testing, RIM found that satisfaction was highest with the LG Viewty rather than the HTC Touch or iPhone 3G.
– Touchscreen demographic info and the BlackBerry Storm’s target market

BlackBerry Storm Strategic Plans

BlackBerry Storm 9530 Slide Blowout!

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BlackBerry Storm 9530

The Boy Genius is working hard this weekend, posting a bundle of released leaked powerpoint slides for the BlackBerry Storm 9530. While the slides don’t tell us much that we didn’t already know from the Verizon National Account Manager slides that leaked previously, they do provide a great look at Storm’s touchscreen text input.

We’ve reported rumors that Verizon will release the BlackBerry Storm 9530 on election day, November 4th, which is now a month away. However, these slides and Italian promotional video are going to make the next month seem like a lifetime.

(via BGR)

BlackBerry Storm 9530 slides

Verizon BlackBerry Storm gets firm release date: November 4th?

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UPDATE 4: It’s official! The Verizon BlackBerry Storm will launch for $199 on a 2 year contract November 21st!

It’s official: Verizon BlackBerry Storm launches November 21st, for $199

UPDATE 3: New info suggests a possible November 24th launch date and a $199 price tag after a mail-in rebate.

Verizon BlackBerry Storm to launch November 24th?

UPDATE 2: While we still can’t tell you when the BlackBerry Storm on Verizon will be launched, we can tell you what it might cost: $210 on a 2 year contract. You can find out more by clicking the link below:

Verizon BlackBerry Storm to retail at $220?

UPDATE: Obviously, November 4th has come and gone, and while Americans have a new President, they do not have a new BlackBerry (unless you count the BlackBerry Bold). For the latest in BlackBerry Storm launch dates, please check our continuously updated BlackBerry Storm Launch Roundup Page. You’ll find launch information for Verizon, Vodafone, Telus and Bell.

We’re working pretty hard to confirm this right now, but it’s too exciting not to post, and falls in line with what has been reported recently on the blogs. A friendly tipster has been telling us that Verizon has settled on a firm launch date for the BlackBerry Storm 9530: November 4th. This would put the Storm launch two days after Verizon employees complete their Storm training, and right in line with famed rumor-monger Boy Genius’ ‘first week of November‘ time time line.

This is exciting news! That means the first touchscreen BlackBerry is almost exactly one month away. Too good to be true? We’ll do our best to find out for you.