NEW YORK—Verizon Wireless now has another feather in its cap. Adding to its advertising blitz last week for the Motorala Droid that stirred up a lot of interest, Verizon announced that Research in Motion's (RIM) Blackberry Storm2 would be available to Verizon customers this Wednesday.
In the United States, the Storm2 will be available for $179.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate. It will feature a touch screen like RIM's first Storm model and supports multi-touch, which allows users to use two or more keys at a time.
Storm2 users have access to the Internet and data through its built-in support for wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) as well as 3G support (EV-DO Revision A). The Blackberry Storm2 also has GPS and Bluetooth support.
The smartphone, which runs RIM's latest OS Blackberry 5.0, comes with 256MB flash memory, 2 GB onboard memory, and ships with a 16GB microSD memory card. It also has a 3.2-megapixel camera and supports video recording.
RIM's first touchscreen Blackberry model, the initial Blackberry Storm, met with a lot of criticism from users and media. But initial responses to the Blackberry Storm2 indicate that this version of the Blackberry is much easier to use. eWEEK quoted analyst Avi Greengart as saying that the Storm2 feels “a lot tighter” than the original Storm.