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BlackBerry Storm for Telus in limited shipping

updated 12:45 pm EST, Wed December 10, 2008

Telus BBerry Storm Ships

Telus today officially became the first Canadian carrier to start selling the BlackBerry Storm. The carrier notes that "limited" numbers of the touchscreen smartphone should be in its stores today and will sell for the promised $250 on a three-year plan and $600 when contract-free. Telus' version clings to the reference version's 3.2-megapixel camera, hybrid CDMA/GSM with matching 3G, and 1GB of internal memory. Telus' version is more conspicuously pitched against the iPhone and comes with an 8GB microSDHC card preloaded with music from the Arts & Crafts label.

The launch however reinforces concerns of a stalled Canadian launch, according to tips from BGR. Telus is reported to have just 2,500 phones for all of Canada as part of the launch and accordingly will only have larger quantities by January, effectively shutting the company out of any significant holiday sales and handing sales of touchscreen phones to Rogers' adaptation of the iPhone 3G. A collection of promos on the touchscreen LG Dare as well as the BlackBerry Curve and Pearl are believed to exist to shore up sales.

Bell Canada has yet to announce a ship date of its own for the Storm and may not begin its own sales until January as well.

The delays have resulted in both carriers launching the Storm at least a full two months after their respective original announcements and is believed to stem in part from the rough state of the launch firmware for Verizon and Vodafone, both of which have had to issue rushed firmware updates to fix issues with lag and crashes.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    hmm

    Is it in limited shipping because there's limited demand?

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    I don't know...

    I'm not sure, testudo; it is, after all, RIM's home turf, where whatever national pride there is should make it patriotic to buy domestic. We'll have to see, but it is still rather doubtful it will be much of a splash.

  1. que_ball

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Meh

    Most stores will not get any stock until January.

    Only corporate stores and select dealers will get anything.

    Many independent dealers will sell their limited stock only to new activations and not existing customers looking to renew.

    The webstore was taking orders for a short time but has now listed the phone as out of stock.

    Big box stores like Future Shop may get a few units to sell but not very many (as little as 4)

    Telus is very unhappy with how RIM has handled things. They are going to be lowering their minimum plan requirements to qualify for promotional pricing for customers who wish to buy other models of phones. Typically it was a minimum of $30 for the voice pland and $15 for the data plan but they are going to allow any voice plan get promotional pricing on blackberry curve and pearl models now as long as you are willing to keep a data plan of $15 for a minimum of 1 year. After the initial year you are still under contract but you can drop the data plan and just have your voiceplan and pay per use data if you like. (Pay per use is $30/MB)

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