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BlackBerry Storm2 to get OS on Verizon

For those of you working on a Storm2, an update is either for you imminent or upon you! Storm2 users are able now to download OS, an update which includes several improvements including a faster boot up time, smoother transitions between wireless coverage area, and improved audio quality on voice calls and content-protected video. Additionally, there'll be improved video playback through your headset and with protected content media files. Several enhancements are included as well.

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Verizon BlackBerry Storm2: October 28th for $180

There's not just a new OS for the Verizon BlackBerry Storm today, but official word on when the touchscreen smartphone's successor will arrive on shelves.  This coming Wednesday, October 28th, will mark the Verizon BlackBerry Storm2's arrival, with the handset priced at $179.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and assuming a new, two-year agreement.

Your hard-earned dollars get you a 3.25-inch 480 x 360 capacitive touchscreen with the latest iteration of RIM's SurePress technology, both EVDO Rev.A and UMTS/HSPA 2100 (the latter for travelling), and WiFi b/g, along with OS 5.0 and a total of 18GB of storage (2GB internal; 16GB via included microSD card).  Around the back there's a 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera with image stabilization and flash, and a 1,400mAh replaceable battery good, Verizon claim, for up to 5.5hrs talktime or 11.2 days standby.

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Verizon BlackBerry Storm2 shows up in 3D

Despite the fact that Verizon's CEO has admitted to flaunting a BlackBerry Storm2 and Walt Mossberg has reviewed the CDMA handset, RIM have made no official statement about the second-gen touchscreen smartphone heading to the US carrier.  It seems the website team responsible for Verizon's pages haven't been so cautious, however; a 3D handset viewer is just one of the pre-announcement Storm2 tidbits available to play with already.

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Verizon BlackBerry Storm2 to offer MiFi-style 3G sharing

Mobile internet sharing looks to be one of the key sales messages for smartphones over the next few months; we've already heard HTC talking up their connection sharing app on the HD2, and now Verizon are tipped to be promoting MiFi action on the upcoming BlackBerry Storm2.  According to a leaked marketing page from the CDMA carrier, the "Totally New Storm2" would launch on October 21st with "MiFi capability"; however that date was later retracted.

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Vodafone BlackBerry Storm 2 9520 arrives October 26th in UK

It's beginning to get a little ridiculous now: after Walt Mossberg reviews the BlackBerry Storm 2 ahead of any official confirmation by RIM themselves that the device actually exists, now Vodafone UK have announced that they'll be the first network to offer the second-generation touchscreen smartphone.  Available to preorder from today, and with deliveries set to begin on October 26th, the Vodafone Blackberry Storm 2 9520 is priced from free with a new plan costing £35/mo ($56) upwards.

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BlackBerry Storm 2 gets the Mossberg review; RIM still tight-lipped

We'll let you into a secret: embargoes are the janky, frustrating glue that keeps the tech business rolling, and it doesn't take much to bring everything crashing down.  Someone has obviously been fiddling with Walt Mossberg's clocks, as the AllThingsD writer and generally bearded-lovely has pushed out his review of not only the Motorola CLIQ - you can read our opinion on that phone here - but of the BlackBerry Storm 2.

The review comes on the heels of Verizon's CEO scooping RIM to their own Storm 2 announcement, as we discovered yesterday.  There's no way of knowing exactly whether Mossberg had special dispensation to publish early - it wouldn't be the first time he's had privileged access ahead of everyone else - but since we're still hungry for Storm 2 details we'll forgive him anyway.

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BlackBerry Storm 2 confirmed by Verizon CEO

If the previews, demos and leaks weren't enough to convince you that RIM have a BlackBerry Storm 2 on the way, how about outright confirmation from Lowell C. McAdam, CEO of Verizon.  The exec has revealed that he's been carrying the Storm 2 for the past few weeks, including giving impromptu demonstrations of the second-gen touchscreen smartphone at Verizon stores.

BlackBerry Storm 2 9550 gets previewed: plenty of rough edges

Just how many pre-production BlackBerry Storm 2 9550 handsets are there out there, waiting to be previewed ahead of the touchscreen handset's release?  We don't know the answer to that, but phoneArena obviously have one since they've just pushed out a preview of their own.  In it, they praise the Storm 2 for its much improved keyboard, but scold it for its dodgy stability, poor camera performance and "gimmicky" SurePress.

Verizon leak tips Palm P101 and P121: Pre and Eos?

Listings for several new devices have appeared in Verizon's inventory database and been leaked courtesy of a phoneArena tipster.  While the handsets include the BlackBerry Storm 2, HTC Touch Pro2 (XV6875) and Samsung Omnia II, all of which we've known for some time will be arriving on the network, also mentioned are the Palm P101 and Palm P121.

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BlackBerry Storm 2 piezo touchscreen tech detailed [Video]

One of the most eagerly anticipated elements of the upcoming BlackBerry Storm 2 is its new touchscreen, which is promised to address the disappointing display of its predecessor.  Details of the new panel have now been revealed, courtesy of a freshly-unearthed YouTube video; it apparently uses a piezo-electronic layer that can recognize touch-pressure at multiple simultaneous points rather than the single, central hardware button of the first-gen Storm.

The benefit is not just multiple points of touch recognition with the same tactile response as the first-gen Storm, but that it reacts quicker because the piezo system is electronic rather than physical.  There are also no dead-spots - such as the corners on the Storm, which were always tougher to press - and the display physically locks itself hard when shut-off and then softens when turned on.

Video after the cut

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RIM’s BlackBerry 2 Slated for September 15 Launch on Telus?

It's about time we made our way through the rumor mill, and it looks like we've got a good one for anyone who's a fan of BlackBerry, and especially the Storm. Well actually, if you wanted a Storm, hated the first, and were hoping that the second would be better, this might be in your neck of the woods, too. And yes, we've heard rumors like this before, and we've even seen the Storm 2 on video already, but nothing official has been released regarding its debut date. Well, chalk up another rumor for that September launch, ladies and gentlemen.

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