There have been several announcements over the last week regarding the Blackberry Storm and its upcoming release.
Seems that Best Buy is now taking Pre-Orders for the phone. Customers will pay $50 in a fully refundable deposit and then get an appointment to come in and pick up the Blackberry Storm right when it hits the shelves. If the customer misses the appointment or decides not to buy the Storm, the $50 is returned to them. Hey, no risk!
Although there are no confirmations, it appears that the Storm will be available Nov 16. the Unsubsidized cost will be around $500 and with a 2 year contract with Verizon, it will likely cost about $200.
To see the inside scoop on the pre-order, check out the BoyGeniusReport site.
These announcements are coming soon after the voice and data plans announced by Verizon.
According to Verizon, global connectivity is a key component for the BlackBerry Storm. With that in mind, Verizon is offering voice service in 200 destinations and data service in more than 150 locations worldwide.
“The BlackBerry Storm allows for roaming in South America and Japan and also provides 3G data speeds on select international networks, giving customers high-speed connectivity when they’re abroad,” Verizon said.
Verizon said Thursday that the BlackBerry Storm comes preinstalled with a SIM card—a rarity for a Verizon device—so customers who plan to travel abroad can activate global service at the time of purchase by calling Verizon Wireless prior to leaving the U.S. For frequent global travelers, Verizon is offering a Global Value Plan that delivers discounted roaming charges on calls made to and from 130 countries for $4.99 per month.
In addition, Verizon is offering BlackBerry Storm users GlobalEmail on the device, which offers access to corporate e-mail and attachments, along with personal or POP3 e-mail accounts both abroad and in the U.S. The unlimited GlobalEmail plan offers full-rate data pricing and covers Web browsing, picture messaging and Visual Voice Mail in the U.S. and overseas. GlobalEmail Data Plans will be available for $69.99 monthly for a stand-alone data plan and $64.99 per month when added to any voice plan.
Business users who have five or more lines will also be able to purchase a GlobalEmail plan for the BlackBerry Storm by calling Verizon directly.
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