This blog entry could easily have been a rant about Verizon Wireless’s obnoxious experimental marketing antics—how can so much information just leak? But instead, I decided to channel my pent up frustration into a more productive post that collects all the various BlackBerry touch fodder for all you folks who haven’t had the time, or patience, to follow this “story” as closely as I have.
Here’s a quick roundup of what we know about the RIM touch screen BlackBerry Storm 9530 from Verizon Wireless:
First of all, though Verizon hasn’t yet announced—or even admitted—the existence of the device, the wireless carrier has posted a page on its website for interested parties to sign up for e-mail updates. That page was launched some time early last week, and not long after it went live, Germany’s Vodafone also posted a similar updates page—“Das BlackBerry Storm”—making it the second carrier in the world to hint that it will carry the new touch screen BlackBerry.
Finally, a number of BlackBerry blogs and websites are reporting this morning that RIM has distributed an official touch screen BlackBerry Storm announcement to its business partners via its PartnerZone. The announcement doesn’t include too much in the way of new information, but it does specify that the Storm’s operating system, BlackBerry OS v4.7, will include a feature called Compatibility Mode that “provides an operating environment for existing 3rd party applications that are not implemented to support touch.” It also suggests an official public announcement can’t be far off.
That just about sums it up. If you know any more details about the Verizon Wireless BlackBerry Storm, by all means, drop a comment below to let us know. If not, we’ll just have to wait until either RIM or Verizon make all this rumor and speculation legit. The next big RIM event on the horizon is the BlackBerry Developer Conference, which is being held in Santa Clara Calif. on October 22 through 25. My money’s on an official BlackBerry Storm announcement from RIM on the Sunday before the conference.
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Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.