RIM, Verizon Make Touchscreen BlackBerry Official
Confirming months of rumors, Research in Motion and Verizon announced Tuesday that the first-ever BlackBerry featuring a touchscreen, the BlackBerry Storm, will be available this fall. Verizon will be the phone’s exclusive U.S. carrier, and it will run on a 3G network.
The move adds another entrant to the touchscreen smart phone wars, joining Apple’s iPhone 3G, Google and HTC’s G1 and Samsung’s Instinct, among others.
In a statement announcing the device, RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis described the device as “a revolutionary touch-screen smart phone that meets both the communications and multimedia needs of customers and solves the longstanding problem associated with typing on traditional touch-screens.” That’s because the Storm will include a “clickable” touchscreen that works more like a physical keyboard.