The wait is almost over for BlackBerry junkies looking forward to the release of the Storm2. Verizon announced today that it will start selling the new smartphone in its retail outlets, online and through business sales channels on Wednesday.
The company claims the phone has hundreds of hardware and software enhancements above and beyond the original Storm, which went on sale last year. Improvements include built-in WiFi and the new “clickable” display technology.
Key features include:
The phone will run on 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
The phone also features 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus, Image Stabilization (IS), flash and video recording capabilities, as well as a media player for videos, pictures and music. It’s Bluetooth-capable with built-in GPS.
The BlackBerry Storm2 will set you back $179.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate (in the form of a debit card). A two-year service agreement is required. Data plans begin at $29.99 when added to any Nationwide voice plan.