RIM BlackBerry Storm 2 due in September, has Wi-Fi

RIM BlackBerry Storm 2 due in September, has Wi-Fi

Summary: Verizon has given the green light for RIM to release the BlackBerry Storm 2 in September of this year, according to a confidential source of SlashGear.The followup to the first touchscreen Blackberry has both big shoes to fill and a lot more to prove.

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Verizon has given the green light for RIM to release the BlackBerry Storm 2 in September of this year, according to a confidential source of SlashGear.

The followup to the first touchscreen Blackberry has both big shoes to fill and a lot more to prove. Addressing one criticism, RIM's new device will support Wi-Fi, SlashGear reports.

"We can say that we've no doubts regarding the veracity of their information," SlashGear's Steven Grady writes. "The source gave us their assurances that the Storm 2 would have WiFi, and would be an even better Pro-consumer device than the first Storm."

Some other criticisms aired about the first Storm include a not-so-accurate touchscreen and an underpowered processor. The New York Times' David Pogue called the device "by far the worst product RIM has ever produced." [Read Josh Taylor's original hands-on with the first Storm and the follow-up review]

Still, it's no question that, if true, the BlackBerry Storm 2 represents RIM's chance to make good on some of the promises it made (but, depending on who you ask, didn't keep) with the first Storm -- including the traditional GTD BlackBerry experience on a touchscreen device.

Moreover, as the competition heats up -- Google Android and HTC on T-Mobile, Palm's Pre on Sprint, the next iPhone on AT&T -- Verizon could use another bump.

Then again, who knows -- maybe RIM will see it fit to have a touchscreen and a keyboard. You never know.

Topics: BlackBerry, Hardware, Mobility, Networking, Wi-Fi

Andrew Nusca

About Andrew Nusca

Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. During his tenure, he was the editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation.

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  • Upgrade

    Since the first Storm was obviously not what anyone was hoping it would be...I hope they do the right thing and allow current BB Storm users a decent upgrade option.
    Bob_BLC
  • RE: RIM BlackBerry Storm 2 due in September, has Wi-Fi

    I am bummed I stayed loyal to "crack"berry and upgraded to the Storm. It is the worst phone ever, I even switched back to my Curve. I think with the new applications with the Iphone I am going to finally make the switch.
    ruster10
    • The Storm throws a curve

      Believe me a Verizon tech recommended the Curve over the Storm. Because Verizon makes sure the Storm only use some of their profit making proprietary apps.

      Sad but true Verizon is in it for the money, I know they get a lot of my money every month for my inferior Samsung that happens to have a great keyboard and terrible FCC violating frequency emissions.
      vertdriver
  • RE: RIM BlackBerry Storm 2 due in September, has Wi-Fi

    I am glad the Storm is being replaced, I knew it had upgraded after trying one at the Verizon store for 30 seconds. The Storm has a terrible touchscreen keyboard and the slow internet browsing killed the prospect of me ever buying the phone. The Keyboard Blackberrys are superior to the Storm when you really need to use the phone for texting, emailing and browsing.
    vertdriver
  • I'd still love to have a Storm.

    I would have a Storm right now if it hadn't of
    been for the plan you had to get with one...
    You have to get a data plan with it from
    Verizon! Of course my mom wouldn't let me...

    While this new version of the Storm does sound
    very promising, I'm hoping Verizon begins to
    inch away from the data plan restrictions
    withing my family's two-year contract period!
    gamefreak9310
    • Data plan

      Verizon requires a data plan because RIM requires it. It's in their contract with RIM. RIM utilizes their own servers for email and Internet so anyone with their devices must have a data plan because that's how RIM and subsequently Verizon makes their money. The phone by itself is not much of a profit maker.
      ivyeyez
  • RE: RIM BlackBerry Storm 2 due in September, has Wi-Fi

    I have owned a Storm for over 3 months and must say that RIM could make a Storm V and I would not support it or give it a first or second thought (I will not support their app world either until the phone works). I am still waiting for RIM and Vodafone; in Germany; to get the initial Storm to work correctly and be the phone it was initialy touted to be with an update (terrible support & progress in that direction - check forums).
    The Storm and from what I read about other Smart Phones has cured me of high tech!!! Give me a phone that works and does not try to emulate the notorius bugs which made Windows famous and the reason most people don't trust Windows 7 etc. the constant bugs and crashes leave a really bad taste in the consumers mouth which cause them to shy away from the companies and thier products! HELLO RIM/VODAFONE ARE YOU LISTENING, MY MONEY MY CHOICE; I'LL BUY FROM A COMPETITOR IN THE FUTURE.
    AsJo
    • Quality?

      Everyone seems to focus on the technological aspects and comparing apps with competitors. What about quality and reliability? In the last couple of days i've noticed a small number of these phones appear on ebay Australia with heading of warranty and unlocked. Are these returned warranty items refurbished and then sold of as new to unsuspecting buyers? They look tempting but if they don't support 3G and have limited apps and a lousy touch screen why buy one?
      I Hate Malware
  • RE: RIM BlackBerry Storm 2 due in September, has Wi-Fi

    Verizon requires a data plan because RIM requires it. It's in their contract with RIM. RIM utilizes their own servers for email and Internet so anyone with their devices must have a data plan because that's how RIM and subsequently Verizon makes their money. The phone by itself is not much of a profit maker.
    ivyeyez