Research In Motion Has A Successful Opening Day For BlackBerry Storm

Posted Nov 22, 2008

Research In Motion Limited (USA) (NASDAQ:RIMM) had an opening successful day selling their new BlackBerry Storm phone.  The Storm is the first touch-screen phone made by Research in Motion.  While the Storm doesn’t seem to have the same hype as the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone, those who have Verizon Wireless will have a comparable alternative.

Over 200 people waited in line at the Verizon store in Manhattan.  Many people were turned away after the phones ran out.  Verizon stated that they will be adding more shipments to meet the demand.  For those who ordered the phone online, they will start coming in about 5-7 days.

The Storm costs $200 with a two-year contract.  In San Francisco, over 100 phones were sold before 7AM.

“If a store has already run out, it’s evidence of pent up demand,” stated Brenda Raney, a spokeswoman for Verizon. “We don’t normally have people line up.”

The Storm has GPS, a YouTube video player, high-res display at 480×360 pixel display, 0.34 lbs. in weight, and 1GB of onboard memory.

The Storm has 5.5 hours of 3G talk time, and a 3.2 megapixel camera with built-in flash.   The phone is available in the U.S., U.K., Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

Although the iPhone has the advantage by offering third party applications through the App Store, Research In Motion is supposedly planning on opening a similar service sometime next year.