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Verizon's Storm sales exceed 1 million units

updated 11:35 pm EST, Tue January 27, 2009

Verizon sells 1m Storms

Following up with its quarterly financial disclosure, Verizon representatives have finally confirmed that the company has sold more than 1 million BlackBerry Storm handsets, according to Computerworld. Unofficial estimates last month suggested the company had sold 500,000 of the devices in the first month since its release. If the number was accurate, the achievement of 1 million units points to a sustained distribution through the second month of availability.

Although the Storm has contributed to the successful quarter for Verizon Wireless, even 1 million devices falls below the iPhone 3G distribution when comparing the first two months after launch. AT&T activated 2.4 million Apple handsets during the same period, leading to the biggest quarterly gain of subscription customers in the carrier's history.

Despite the current economic strife, Verizon reported an overall revenue gain of 4.6 percent from the year-ago quarter, while the wireless division grew by 12.3 percent and the broadband and video segment exploded by 36.8 percent. Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg highlighted the positive performance from each one of the large divisions, claiming that the company "is able to compete effectively in this economic environment."

by MacNN Staff



  1. jscotta

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sold…What about Returned?

    I've yet to see a Storm in the wild and I live in a very tech happy area. I know that they are out there, but where? And, does anyone have the statistics on returns for the Storm? There were a lot of stories circulating not long after the Storm's release that up to 40% of the devices were being returned due to customer dissatisfaction. Is this true? Has Verizon or RIM released any return data?

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Makes you cringe when you realize there are a million (minus returns) people who have to put up with that kludgy interface and torturous text input. There's a sucker born every minute, I suppose...

  1. cyn1c

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Give it a break.

    My brother-in-law got a Storm around Christmas and I was pleasantly surprised after reading all the bad press it got early on.

    I've got an iPhone and the Storm interface was definitely not as polished, but it worked well. No hang ups and it was nice to be able to copy and paste and have multiple apps open. I only missed two features, the momentum associated with the iPhone scrolling and the pinch zoom. But we know who to blame for that.

    The click screen took a little getting used to, but it was nice to have the large keyboard available for all applications.

    YMMV, but for me it was a toss up. And that's comparing a first gen phone to one that has had time work out its bugs. Personally, I think Apple needs to get off their asses and get their OS up to date.

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