OK, if this isn’t exciting for us Crackb…er…Blackberry users, then I don’t know what is. First let me state for the record, that I did NOT get the first STORM because of all of the bad press and then I actually saw one in action and…meh. I was not impressed at all, so imagine how excited I was to hear about the forthcoming Storm 2. Rumor has it that the name will change, but for right now, that’ll do pig, that’ll do. According to engadget:
Reputable Dutch site Tweakers has Alain Segond von Banchet, RIM channel sales manager according to LinkedIn, stating that the BlackBerry Storm followup is scheduled to launch at the end of the year or at the beginning of next. In addition, he has the phone coming to KPN, not Vodafone who had the first generation Storm locked-up under an exclusive deal. Interestingly enough, Mr. Segond von Banchet says that the Storm 2 (not the final name) will “offer among other things a new manner to input text” — among other things meaning WiFi, presumably, as we heard before. Keep in mind that channel sales managers do not typically represent a company to the press. Nevertheless, what he’s saying does jibe with previous rumors and we have no doubt that RIM is working hard to avoid the universal disdain that greeted the Storm’s mushy, push-button touchscreen input.
Update: Tweakers responded telling us that Mr. Segond von Banchet was speaking on the record for RIM because there was no one from marketing at the TeleVisie 2009 Expo yesterday.
YAY! A new manner in which to input text- now that would be grand! WiFi? Even grander and I’m sure RIM has realized the error of their ways and will fix all of those bad little bugs! I was considering going back to WinMo- yes, it’s true…I was a WinMo girl before I left it for BB, but BB started becoming a bit stale and I was longing to feel the freedom of the touch screen…ahhh, how I LOVE the touch screen and now I may actually be able to have my Blackberry and the touch screen as well. I am one happy camper and I will gladly wait the mere 9 months for RIM’s new baby to arrive.