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Another iPhone "killer" prepares to enter the market from Smartphone stalwart BlackBerry

Every time a Smartphone with a touchscreen and an internet connection comes out, it's hailed as the iPhone killer. Each time an iPhone killer is announced it makes nary a dent in the iPhone's armor of coolness. Right now, the iPhone 3G is at the top of the Smartphone sales charts with two models from BlackBerry bringing up second and third.

RIM, the company behind the BlackBerry, is getting ready to launch a new iPhone dethroning hopeful called the Storm. As things go today, the handset’s details were leaked ahead of its official launch. Time.com cobbled together a series of leaked details from around the web and threw the info together.

So far, the Storm is said to have a 3.2-inch touchscreen and an appearance much more like the iPhone than the typical BlackBerry device. Key features include GPS, Wi-Fi, and the handset will run on the Verizon 3G network.

One feature of the Storm that will make many iPhone users jealous is the built-in cut and paste feature. That particular feature (or lack thereof) is a sore spot for many iPhone owners. Typical BlackBerry devices, like the Bold, feature QWERTY keyboards for typing, something the Storm will forgo in favor of an iPhone-like onscreen keyboard.

BlackBerry one-ups the iPhone in the keyboard department by giving the keyboard the ability to work in landscape mode. For some reason, Apple opted not to allow the iPhone keyboard to rotate into landscape mode for better typing of emails and text messages. Camera quality on the iPhone is decent with 2-megapixels of resolution. BlackBerry has gifted the storm with a 3.2-megapixel camera for higher quality shots.

BlackBerry will even offer an App Store-like area to purchase add-on software. Overall, the Storm sounds much more like a Smartphone aimed at the masses than a business specific device that the traditional BlackBerry is viewed as by many.



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RE: No Wi-Fi
By ZipSpeed on 10/8/2008 1:20:18 AM , Rating: 2
I would agree with you 100% if I were living in the US. Here in Canada, the carriers here nickel and dime their customers when it comes to data plans. For example, on Rogers (the network equivalent of AT&T in Canada), they gouge their customers $30 for 1 GB and $60 for 3 GB. There's a reason why Canadian carriers are among the most profitable in the world.


RE: No Wi-Fi
By omnicronx on 10/8/2008 2:03:17 PM , Rating: 2
Both Bell and Telus have unlimited plans for $30 a month so they can compete with Rogers and the iphone. Thats for any Windows mobile phone or blackberry.


RE: No Wi-Fi
By ZipSpeed on 10/8/2008 4:42:45 PM , Rating: 2
Good to know! I'm ready to retire this old Moto Razr and I thought of jumping to the iPhone but didn't feel like paying the ridiculous money Rogers is asking for such limited data options. Perhaps this Storm might be what the doctor ordered. If data is unlimited, I guess the lack of WiFi can be overlooked.


RE: No Wi-Fi
By gramboh on 10/8/2008 7:09:13 PM , Rating: 2
$30/mo for 6GB on my iPhone 3G here (Rogers of course). Pretty sure that deal has been extended? 6GB is functionally unlimited for an iPhone 3G since you can't tether to a laptop.

So far I haven't gone over 300mb/month as I'm at my laptop most of the day at work.


RE: No Wi-Fi
By ZipSpeed on 10/8/2008 7:12:29 PM , Rating: 2
Nope, the 6 GB deal is dead. There is a $75 voice and data bundle that gives 2 GB data ($50 for 1 GB). Reason why Rogers is getting away with the exorbitant fees is the popularity of the iPhone.


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