BlackBerry Storm – First BlackBerry Touchscreen Phone Officially Released
BASKING RIDGE, NJ, NEWBURY, England, and WATERLOO, Ontario Verizon Wireless, Vodafone Group (NYSE and LSE: VOD) and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced that the BlackBerry StormTM will be available later this fall, exclusively to Verizon Wireless customers in the U.S. and Vodafone customers in Europe, India, Australia and New Zealand.
Designed to satisfy the needs of both consumers and business customers, the BlackBerry Storm smartphone combines the powerful communications features, global connectivity and personal productivity advantages of the BlackBerry platform with a revolutionary touch-screen technology that dramatically enhances the touch interface and enables easy and precise typing. The world’s first clickable touch-screen responds much like a physical keyboard and also supports single-touch, multi-touch and gestures for intuitive and efficient application navigation.
In the U.S., Verizon Wireless customers will benefit from the nations most reliable wireless voice network and the pervasiveness of Verizon Wireless reliable high-speed 3G Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revision A (Rev. A) network for rich Internet browsing and multimedia applications. In Europe, India, Australia and New Zealand, Vodafone will support customers with its high-speed 3G mobile broadband networks and the power and reach of the worlds leading international mobile communications group.
We are proud to introduce the first touch-screen based BlackBerry smartphone together with Verizon Wireless and Vodafone, said Mike Lazaridis, president and co-chief executive officer at RIM. The BlackBerry Storm is a revolutionary touch-screen smartphone that meets both the communications and multimedia needs of customers and solves the longstanding problem associated with typing on traditional touch-screens. Consumers and business customers alike will appreciate this unique combination of a large and vibrant screen with a truly tactile touch interface.
The BlackBerry Storm offers our customers more ways to stay connected to both their personal and professional lives whether in their communities or around the globe, said Mike Lanman, vice president and chief marketing officer of Verizon Wireless. The BlackBerry Storm combines the reliability of our 3G network with the dependability and network efficiency of the BlackBerry platform to deliver our customers the ultimate wireless experience all in one of the coolest smartphones available on the market today.
We are delighted to bring the power of the purpose built BlackBerry Storm, directly into the hands of consumer and business customers, said Frank H. Rovekamp, global chief marketing officer, Vodafone Group. With its unique clickable touch-screen, giving access to all the desirable multimedia features and services such as browsing, music and video, turn-by-turn satellite navigation, messaging and social networking, and BlackBerrys mobile heritage and strong business reputation, the BlackBerry Storm is being brought by Vodafone into the consumer world. With Vodafones ultra high-speed, reliable mobile network and this exclusive and exciting new smartphone, there has never been a better time to be with Vodafone.
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