Bell kinda launches BlackBerry Storm…

Not wanting to feel left out and as a result of the TELUS release… Bell bumped up their launch date and has announced the availability of the BlackBerry Storm at select Bell Mobility stores in the Greater Toronto Area.

In addition, the Storm will be “widely available tomorrow at stores nationally” is somewhat true but in reality you’ll see a full rollout of the Storm during the first week of January 2009. Bell stores were informed to continue building their in-store “pre-sold” waiting list which will be delivered in the new year. We got word that all inventory should be sold to consumer clients, while corporate clients will get theirs in January.

Bell has posted the full rates on their site now: No contract is $699.95; 1-year is $649.95; 2-year is $549.95 and 3-year from $249.95 with a minimum $45 per month voice and data plan.… however the online stock is completely sold out:

“Temporarily out of stock online. Order yours now. You will be billed in full today and your Storm will ship in early January. If there are any issues with your order, we will contact you by email. Please ensure that you use a valid email address and check your filtered folders (junk mail) regularly.”

Better run to your local Bell store to pick your Storm up!

Wade Oosterman, President of Bell Mobility and Chief Brand Officer said “Smartphones just got better at Bell as earlier today we sold our first BlackBerry Storm. Bell is offering an unbeatable 3G BlackBerry line up with the addition of the BlackBerry Storm. The BlackBerry Storm delivers a robust combination of multimedia capabilities, improved business tools and international roaming capability – all supported on the proven and trusted BlackBerry platform, and all available with a few simple taps of the screen,”

The Bell BlackBerry Storm has a 3.25″ display, full HTML browser, expandable memory up to 16GB (8GB micro SDHC card is included), 3.2 megapixel camera with built-in flash, autofocus and video capabilities.

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