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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

AT&T to cut 12,000 jobs, 4% of staff

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AT&T has officially joined the recession club today, announcing plans to cut 12,000 jobs, approximately 4% of its staff. In what can only be seen as the worst Christmas present ever, AT&T said the job cuts will take place in December and throughout 2009.

Spokesman Walt Sharp said the layoffs will be “across the company and across the country,” but would not specify what departments and cities would be most affected. These layoffs come on top of 4,600 jobs the company said in April it would eliminate.

AT&T plans to take a charge of about $600 million in the fourth quarter to pay for severance costs. The company noted that many of its non-management employees have guaranteed jobs because of union contracts. All affected workers will receive severance “in accordance with management policies or union agreements,” the company said.

|via CN|

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

Verizon BlackBerry Storm online shipments delayed until December 15th

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Ugh, I’m betting this news will give Verizon subscribers a case of the Mondays. One business day after their launch of the BlackBerry Storm, Verizon has placed a notice on their online ordering page stating that “Due to limited availability of the BlackBerry® Storm™ 9530 smartphone, orders will ship by 12/15.” Ouch.

It looks like your best bet for getting a BlackBerry Storm before then is to pick one up in-store. Check out our BlackBerry Storm launch day page for information on a store near you with the goods.

ExSafe now available for BlackBerry

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We’ve got some great news from one of our BlackBerry Cool 15 presenters, ExSafe. ExSafe takes control of the Microsoft Office application suite, storing documents away from vulnerable local disks and servers in a highly secure online storage environment. ExSafe is now officially available for public consumption, and has been successfully tested on Vodafone, O2 and AT&T networks (with more to come shortly).

You can purchase ExSafe or download a one week free trial by clicking the links below. A word of warning: we’ve been told that ExSafe gets a little glitchy if your BlackBerry is attached to a computer via USB, but simply unplugging the device will eliminate any problems.

ExSafe for BlackBerry (Free one week trial!)
Purchase ExSafe for BlackBerry!

Buying a BlackBerry Storm? Maybe not in SoCal.

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UPDATE: It looks like the SoCal store in question received a late shipment today, bringing their total number of Storms to ten. No further shipments are expected before November 21st.

We have some potentially bad news for those looking to walk into a Southern California Verizon store on November 21st and walk out with a BlackBerry Storm. BlackBerry Cool has received word from Verizon employees that stores in the SoCal area are receiving as few as two BlackBerry Storms, with one Storm a dedicated demo model. Storm purchases will instead be Direct-Fulfilled, which means customers will have to wait until the device is delivered to their homes.

We were told that Verizon is shorting in-store Storm supplies in an attempt to prevent insider theft, and that this is similar to what they did for the launch of the LG Voyager. Our Verizon employee was uncertain if flagship stores would be receiving more devices, but it doesn’t hurt to call your local VZW store and plan ahead. I expect Verizon will ship more devices to stores after the 21st, when the eBay value of a BlackBerry Storm will drop dramatically.

If any other Verizon employees can confirm that this is happening at their store, please post a comment! For now, enjoy a photo of the Storm-emblazoned shirts VZW employees will be wearing on launch day after the jump.

Thanks to ‘Captain Anonymous’ for the tip!

Verizon Wireless BlackBerry Storm shirts