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COMPETITION: Vodafone to exclusively release the BlackBerry Storm
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 08.10.08 - 08:36:02 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 13351x
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Not that the new BlackBerry Storm runs on Windows Mobile, for sure not, but it's hitting Microsoft in its own backyard because so far, Microsoft was quite successful and unique in the touchscreen smartphone field (while survived Apple's iPhone and awaiting Google's Android devices). Now, Vodafone Group announced the launch of the BlackBerry Storm smartphone from Research In Motion (RIM). The BlackBerry Storm is the first ever 'clickable' touch screen smartphone and will be available exclusively on Vodafone's high speed 3G mobile broadband network in Europe, India, Australia and New Zealand from next month. Also, the BlackBerry Storm will be available exclusively from Verizon Wireless in the US.

The BlackBerry Storm smartphone, which is the result of a long term strategic alliance between Vodafone and RIM, takes what customers have come to expect from a BlackBerry smartphone - a great phone with market leading E-Mail, messaging, multimedia and Internet capabilities - and revolutionizes the experience with the introduction of a ground breaking large touch screen and virtual keyboard.

Coming in a sleek and elegant black design, the BlackBerry Storm smartphone brings together messaging services including E-Mail, SMS and MMS in a single in-box and alerts from social networks.

The BlackBerry Storm comes equipped with the most comprehensive global roaming capabilities featuring quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, singleband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA and even EV-DO Rev. A! It also offers superb sound quality and a 3.2 megapixel camera with video capabilities that exploit the screen's stunning clarity to deliver advanced multimedia performance coupled with Vodafone's fast and reliable mobile broadband network.

The BlackBerry Storm smartphone, comes with an enhanced high performance browser which delivers users a high speed web browsing experience, with desktop-style depiction in either portrait or landscape view. The new user interface combines the familiar dedicated "menu" and "escape" keys common to BlackBerry smartphones and adds support for multi-touches, taps and slides allowing the user to easily highlight, scroll, pan and zoom, making navigation fast, easy and intuitive.

The uniquely tactile 3.25" screen gives users a variety of different sense experiences. Despite its flat surface, users feel the sensation of actually pressing down on virtual keys which also light up when touched. This makes it quick and easy to type texts and E-Mails as well as navigate through the phone's functions. Customers will also have the choice of using a full QWERTY, SureType or multi-tap keyboard.

By excluding the traditional physical keyboard, more space has been dedicated to the high resolution colour screen, allowing customers to display multimedia content and comfortably view attachments as well as read and edit documents.

The ground-breaking screen with its 480 x 360 pixel resolution display switches from portrait mode to landscape mode as the handset is rotated, while automatically changing the format of the keyboard from multi-tap or RIM's SureType to full QWERTY. A wide range of songs and full length videos can be downloaded and enjoyed with the stunning clarity of the smartphone's screen and its incredible, high quality audio.

The BlackBerry Storm retains the full functionality and security features of the BlackBerry platform but is also ideal for avid Facebook, MySpace and YouTube users, while Flickr fans will love the ease and speed of directly uploading their pictures seconds after taking them.

Customers can access all Vodafone's entertainment and information services including Vodafone Music, Google Maps and Find&Go navigation, and the Vodafone live! portal, whilst also benefiting from a removable battery with excellent talk and standby time, and up to 16GB of exchangeable memory.

The BlackBerry Storm will be available from next month through Vodafone stores as well as independent outlets and online. Full pricing details will be available in the coming weeks.

Cheers ~ Arne

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