Verizon cuts BlackBerry Storm pricing to $49.99; sheds inventory for Storm 2 in Oct.

Verizon cuts BlackBerry Storm pricing to $49.99; sheds inventory for Storm 2 in Oct.

Summary: Remember "the first touchscreen BlackBerry," the Storm?For a moment, it was nearly outshined by the new $49 Curve 8520, Tour and rumored Onyx.

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Remember "the first touchscreen BlackBerry," the Storm?

For a moment, it was nearly outshined by the new $49 Curve 8520, Tour and rumored Onyx.

Just one month ago, Verizon dropped the Storm's price to $99.99.

Now maker RIM is getting desperate...by offering the smartphone for $49.99 with two-year contract.

To boot, the move rids of inventory in anticipation of the upcoming BlackBerry Storm 2, due in October.

The deal comes on the tail of the company's latest buy-one-get-one-free deal, too. Why so many deals? Easy: the Storm 2 nears, of course, and there's a rumored Curve 2 due in November.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, BlackBerry, Smartphones, Verizon

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  • Glad to hear it!

    I am eagerly waiting to use my Verizon NE2 (from July) for a new Storm 2. I thought I'd have to wait until November/December...October is looking pretty good, although I wonder when RIM is going to make an offical annoucement?
    corymcnutt
  • All I can say is LMAO....

    ...I just can't help it since I know some people that
    swore the Storm was the second coming. I just couldn't
    get them to understand that the phone would flop.
    storm14k
    • Now that is a deal...

      Having used the Storm for the last seven months, I can recommend it to anyone who is considering a Blackberry. While the keyboard takes some practice, the rest of the device is awesome.
      RunSilent23
    • Because it didn't.

      The Storm didn't flop. Where are you getting this data from? 3M+ devices in NA in less than a year is a flop?
      the.moog
  • RE: Verizon cuts BlackBerry Storm pricing to $49.99; sheds inventory for Storm 2 in Oct.

    nice to read. i got BlackBerry Storm of 399$. can u give me sugestion is it good?http://www.justcompareit.com/s~q-blackberry-storm~sp-price_asc.aspx?ag=3
    steave.backnor
  • RE: Verizon cuts BlackBerry Storm pricing to $49.99; sheds inventory for Storm 2 in Oct.

    I wouldn't use one again if they gave it FREE, with no contract for 2 years. Obviously the Storm2 doesn't sound much better. If Verizon doesn't let me swap to something else, I'm going to cancel my contract and eat the fee if I have to. They can keep my business and give me a phone that works, or I'll go somewhere where they WILL. WHAT GOOD IS A PHONE THAT DOESN'T WORK? Not only did I pay a lot of money for it (and now they are selling for how much?) but to pay $35. for the web when it is incapable of working is just a shame.

    pbean