Blackberry Storm 2 to add “new way of typing” and lose carrier exclusivity in Europe in late 2009

Well, the info about Blackberry Storm successor – let’s call it Storm 2 is starting to trickle out bit by bit.

Yesterday we reported that Blackberry Storm 2 should be released by Verizon in September and will most likely have Wi-fi connectivity.

Well, today the existence of Storm 2 has been confirmed, on the  record, by the Blackberry spokesperson in Netherlands Alain Segon de Banchet.

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This picture is our mockup from Blackberry QWERTY slider described in RIM patent app a year ago

According to him, Blackberry Storm 2 (it’s not yet decided if that is it’s trade name) will come to market (in Netherlands) at the end of this year or beginning of 2010. It will lose carrier exclusivity at least in Netherlands and will be available to KPN subscribers. (Original Storm was exclusive to Vodafone). And it will address the biggest problem many Blackberry fans had with original Storm – bad experiences typing on clickable touchscreen – by offering a “new way of typing”.

My guess here is that Storm 2 will add a slide out QWERTY keyboard to a full touchscreen device.

Another interesting tidbit revealed by Mr. de Banchet was that Blackberry will take a breather from releasing any new additional phone models in 2009:

“We’ve introduced a lot of models last year, like Bold, the new Curve, Flip and Storm. No we’re holding back a little. We have made plans for next year though”

Via Tweakers.net

Author: Stasys Bielinis

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