If the iPhone 4G comes to Verizon on June 7th, Will RIM lose their faithful customers?

June 1, 2010

As should be known by now, Blackberry phones are produced by Research In Motion, (RIM). Right now, the vast majority of RIM smartphone users have Verizon as their carrier. However, with Apple expected to reveal it’s 4G iPhone on June 7th, could a Verizon iPhone carrier option be the death of RIM?

Recent studies into smartphone brand loyalty by Crowd Science have revealed some intriguing statistics.  40% of Blackberry users would prefer the iPhone to the Blackberry for their next smartphone choice! 32% of them also said that they would swap out their phones for Google’s Nexus One, even if it meant changing their carrier to T-Mobile. Interestingly enough, 90% of iPhone users are unwilling to change their smartphone brand…

What does this tell us? I believe that it means RIM would lose an alarming amount of their customers if we were ever to see a Verizon iPhone.

Many people, (myself included), will be very tempted by the idea of owning an iPhone on Verizon.

What about you guys?

Would you trade your blackberry for a Verizon iPhone? Are you planning on changing smartphone brands soon anyway?

If so, leave a comment telling us which smartphone you plan on getting, the carrier, and why you are swapping.


Blackberry News Recession – Cause found for lack of recent posts! (Yay)

November 17, 2009

I know many of you have noticed a lack of articles on BerryStorm lately.

Im sincerely sorry…

I suppose you can say we are in a, “Blackberry News Recession”, of sorts.

With the OS Version 5.0 released, the tingly excitement of something greater to come has long since faded, and most of us have returned to our regular everyday lives.

What’s worse is that a lot of Blackberry Storm users have lost interest in future blackberry developments as an adverse reaction to their new software update. (I’m guilty of this)

But in reality, there are quite a few interesting things happening in the blackberry development category, some of which I hope to cover with more detail later in the week.

Here are a few of those topics:

– BIS update coming soon? (Rumor)

~2 Way Google calendar and Gmail sync included.

– BIS blackout last night.

~Strange loss of internet coverage across North America last night (Nov. 16).

-Verizon/At&t Lawsuit moves from “Productive debate to full-fledged battle! (Im loving it too)

~At&t tries suing Verizon for, “Misleading Information” on the new, “There’s a map for that!”, commercials – stating that Verizon is confusing future At&t customers as to whether service is available in specific locations. Verizon rebuts harshly, “ The truth hurts doesn’t it?”.*

*Slightly paraphrasing*


Themes Now Available For Purchase In The Blackberry App World?

November 6, 2009

I’m not sure when this started, but it seems like the Blackberry App World is now offering support for themes… Sort of-

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If you do an App World search for, “Theme”, you should see a couple of livescreens by a vendor named, Dream Theme.

Apparently, a Livescreen is a full replacement for a theme that allows icon customization, animated backgrounds, and ringtones. So technically, the Blackberry App World doesn’t allow Zen designed themes yet- but instead, these livescreens that act more like an application than anything.

That means that all of you theme developers will have to wait just a while longer before you can sell themes on the Blackberry App World, unless you convert it to an app?…

 

One more thing-

It’s not official yet, but it makes sense that in an effort to restrict millions of crappy wannabe-themes from getting submitted for approval, RIM will require a weighty sum of cash to host the theme on the Blackberry App World.

I see why RIM would see the benefit in this, but there’s only one problem…

By making developers pay for a spot in the App World, they will destroy the idea of having any, “Free”, themes available for download.

Think about it-

Who in their right mind would make a theme they have worked hard on available for free, when they have got to pay RIM just to host it on the Blackberry App World?

When organizations like RIM or Apple limit/restrict developers from setting custom prices on their own products, third party app stores like Mobihand and the Crackberry App Store tend to become the preferable source to buy and sell products. (For both developers and Consumers)

 

Fewer Restrictions On Price And Product Requirements = Developers Striving To Make Their Product Better And Cheaper Then Their Rival’s Product.

(Competition)

Which Yields Better Products At Lower Prices, Making Us, (The Consumers), Happier!

There is your Basic Economics lesson of the day.

Now go and do something radical!


Blackberry Storm 2 Officially Announced By RIM – To Be Carried By Verizon Wireless In Stores October 28

October 27, 2009

RIM has finally announced that the Blackberry Storm 2 is official!

Blackberry Storm 2

On October 28, Verizon Wireless began selling the device preloaded with OS 5.0.0.287. Not sure how this version differs from the 9530 version that was released a couple days ago, but obviously there are hardware differences that separate the 2 devices.

So don’t go downloading Blackberry Storm 2 OS Versions on the original Storm

Anyway, here is some information about the device taken from the press release:

BASKING RIDGE, NEW JERSEY and WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Oct. 26, 2009) – Verizon Wireless and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced that the BlackBerry(R) Storm2(TM) smartphone will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications stores, online at www.verizonwireless.com, and through business sales channels beginning Oct. 28. The BlackBerry Storm2 with BlackBerry(R) OS 5.0 evolves the BlackBerry(R) touchscreen platform with hundreds of hardware and software enhancements – including new SurePress(TM) “clickable” display technology and built-in Wi-Fi(R) – delivering the exceptional multimedia experience and communications capabilities customers have come to expect from their BlackBerry smartphones.

Key Features:

  • Smooth design and premium finish with sloped edges, chrome accents, glass lens and stainless steel backplate
  • Large (3.25″), dazzling high-resolution 480 x 360 display at 184 ppi
  • Capacitive touchscreen with integrated functions (Send, End, Menu,
  • Escape) and new SurePress technology that makes clicking the display practically effortless
  • 3G and global connectivity support for making phone calls in more than 220 countries and accessing data in more than 185 countries (with more than 80 destinations in 3G)
  • Network Connectivity: EV-DO Revision A; UMTS/HSPA (2100 MHz); and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM networks
  • Supports Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g)
  • 256 MB of Flash memory
  • 2 GB of onboard media storage and a microSD(TM)/SDHD memory card slot with a 16 GB card included

Software Updates on BlackBerry Storm2:

  • Features BlackBerry OS 5.0, which includes typing accuracy and selection improvements, as well as usability and visual enhancements such as inertial scrolling, spin boxes that make it easier to set dates and times, gradient shading on buttons, and more use of animation
  • BlackBerry Browser is improved with faster JavaScript and CSS processing as well as support for Gears and BlackBerry Widgets
  • Customers running BlackBerry(R) Enterprise Server 5.0 will gain the ability to set follow-up flags, manage e-mail folders, access remote files (Windows Shares), forward appointments, view calendar attachments, and more

Additional Features and Specifications:

  • 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus, Image Stabilization (IS), flash and video recording capabilities
  • Premium and easy-to-access phone features, background noise suppression technology, loud distortion-free speakerphone and face detection (proximity sensor) that prevents accidental clicks and blanks the screen while the customer is on the phone
  • Media player for videos, pictures and music, plus support for BlackBerry Desktop Manager for both PCs and Macs, and BlackBerry(R) Media Sync, for easily syncing Windows Media(R) Player music with the smartphone(i)
  • 3.5 mm stereo headset jack and dedicated volume controls
  • Bluetooth(R) (v2.1) capable with support for Secure Simple Pairing, hands-free headsets, stereo headsets, car kits and other Bluetooth peripherals
  • Built-in GPS for maps and other location-based applications, as well as photo geotagging; and Verizon Wireless’ VZ Navigator(SM) service is pre-loaded
  • V CAST Music with Rhapsody
  • Access to BlackBerry App World(TM), featuring a broad and growing catalog of third-party mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones, with categories including games, entertainment, IM and social networking, news, weather, productivity and more Support for Verizon Wireless’ Mobile Broadband Connect tethering service
  • Removable, rechargeable 1400 mAhr battery that provides up to 5.5 hours of talk time or up to 11.2 days of standby time

Pricing and Availability:

  • The BlackBerry Storm2 smartphone is available beginning Oct. 28 for $179.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement on a voice plan with an Email and Web feature or an Email and Web for BlackBerry plan. Customers will receive the mail-in rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted. Data plans for the BlackBerry Storm2 smartphone begin at $29.99 when added to any Nationwide voice plan.

New Operating System for Existing BlackBerry Storm Customers

  • Existing BlackBerry Storm customers will be able to update their handsets to the new BlackBerry OS 5.0 software via Web software load (www.blackberry.com/update), BlackBerry Desktop Manager, or from Verizon Wireless’ download site (www.verizonwireless.com/storm). The software is available today.
  • For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com. Business customers can contact their Business Sales Representatives at 1-800-VZW-4BIZ.

The price is set at 179$ with a 2-year contract. (after mail-in rebate)

Honestly, I don’t know.

Is it worth ditching your old Blackberry and starting a new 2 year contract?

Tell me what you guys think about it.


Blackberry Storm 9530 Official OS Version 5.0.0.328 Coming To Verizon October 26th!

October 24, 2009

Attention all Verizon Wireless Customers!

Verizon Wireless.

According to the photos below, and some hints from anonymous tipsters…Verizon has decided to go ahead and release the OS 5.0.0.238 update for the Blackberry Storm!!!

Now, that’s great news and all, but the only question is… When?

Verizon to get OS 5.0.0.328 on October 28th


Both of these photos point to a different launch date.

So which one are we supposed to belive?…

Looking at the effective article date, we should assume that the second photo is an updated version of the article. Meaning that the OS 5.0 will be released on the 26th. That’s this monday!!!

If you too aren’t busy, take a look at the blog Here.

*But please notice! Whenever something of this magnitude launches, dates and other information tend to get twisted and changed!!!

As an example… there are some people over at Blackberry Cool that are even insisting that the OS will be released as early as this Saturday night at 7PM.

Wouldn’t that be nice little surprise!

(When looking at previous OS launch dates… this would seem to be the most plausible time for Verizon to send out the new release, because most of them are on Saturdays.)

Yet still, others are proposing things like;

“The OS version be 5.0.0.323 instead of 5.0.0.328″.

To be honest… I don’t care.

As long as it is 5.0 and is coming soon, I say, BRING IT ON!


Verizon Blackberry Storm 2 Will Be Released On October 28?!?

October 23, 2009

Blackberry Cool has uncovered a PDF file containing all sorts of information about the Blackberry Storm 2, including it’s release date! Supposedly, according to the PDF, the Blackberry Storm will launch with Verizon on October 28th!

Check it out Here.

Seriously!? That’s only FIVE DAYS AWAY!

But the PDF File isn’t the only supportive evidence that the new device will launch soon, there have also been many photo shots and comments on the verizon website that point to the October release date!

Can you even imagine the size of the post I will have to write to give you all the features that come with the Storm 2?

Dont even try.

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Verizon Representative Confirms 5.0 OS Version For Original Storm Along With Storm 2

October 20, 2009

I hate being left out of the “inner” circle, and I don’t like having to guess or assume anything. Especially when it comes to important matters, such as the new 5.0 OS Version.

So will Verizon decide to give us a backwards OS 5.0 release to the original Storm when they bring out the new Blackberry Storm 2? Will it work differently than the Storm 2 Version? What is included? What isn’t?

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These are all things I would like confirmation on- which thankfully, we now have.

An article over at Phone Arena News, says that a verizon Representative has confirmed that the original Blackberry Storm will indeed receive the 5.0 OS that the new Storm 2 will come with. – See Below

According to a Verizon rep, a firmware upgrade will make the Storm and the Storm2 practically identical when it comes to software. In other words, things like flick scrolling, tabbed browsing and threaded texting will all be enabled on the original unit. The rep confirmed that the only difference between the two handsets will be hardware related items, like a Wi-Fi radio, slightly sleeker design and plastic buttons.

What a relief! I must be honest… I was afraid I would have to live off of the Leaked 5.0 OS Versions until I could afford to buy a Blackberry Storm 2. But now that it’s clear that the only difference between the two are hardware issues, Im not sure I would even consider buying the new Storm 2.