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Verizon announces the BlackBerry Storm2, available Wednesday for $179.99

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Lovers of all things BlackBerry might want to stop on by their local Verizon dealer this Wednesday as that's the day "a powerful new Storm rolls onto Verizon Wireless' network" (sorry, we couldn't resist.) Going for $179.99 on a 2-year contract after a $100 MIR -- no word yet on full retail -- the Storm2 is everything that Storm 9530 users could hope for in that it is reliable, dependable and has Wi-Fi. We've got a production unit from Verizon that we're currently testing and will publish a review of it shortly, but for now the best we can give you is a press release couple enormous press shots after the jump.

BlackBerry OS 5.0 to be released for existing devices starting this week?

While the launch of the BlackBerry Storm2 on Verizon is widely expected to take place on October 28th and the Bold 9700 is so close we can almost taste it, owners of current generation BlackBerry smartphones -- the Pearl Flip 8220/8230, Curve 8330/8350i/8900, Bold 9000, Storm 9500/9530 and Tour 9630 -- should be pleased to note that RIM is all set for the launch OS 5.0. Specific dates aren't easily pinned down as it more or less depends on the device one has and the carrier one is with, but thanks to our connects we know, for example, that Verizon will be dropping for the OS 5.0 for the Storm 9530 tomorrow evening with a fall back date set for Monday.

Bell launches the BlackBerry Storm

Not wanting to be left out of the party, Bell has followed Telus’ lead and announced that it too has released the BlackBerry 9530 Storm in Canada. Available today in the Greater Toronto …