The Blackberry Storm seems on the fast track to your local Verizon store. An eagle eyed member of the Crackberry.com Blackberry discussion forum snapped photos of this display model at their local Verizon Wireless store.
As the first keyboardless Blackberry, the Storm has been widely anticipated by enthusiasts.
There have been far fewer leaks of this device than all previous Blackberry models. The keyboard is all touch with rumors that you can actually press on the screen and get feedback (aka – haptic). If the touch screen is widely adopted it could herald a whole generation of keyboardless berry’s.
This model Blackberry is expected to be exclusive to Verizon Wireless for an indefinite period of time. Some early rumors have the phone on an indefinite exclusivity period subject to minimum sales numbers.
The launch of both the Blackberry Bold and Blackberry Storm will also usher in the next release of the Blackberry Operating System 4.5 (or higher) whose most eagerly anticipated feature may be the inclusion of HTML email reading capabilities on all Blackberry’s. Unlike the iPhone, using HTML email on the Blackberry is dependent upon an outside service called BES (Blackberry Enterprise Server) or BIS (Blackberry Internet Service) which is a mandatory subscription that pushes email and web browsing to all Blackberry users.