Blackberry Storm: RIM sheds the keypad

Blackberry Storm: RIM sheds the keypad

When the iPhone 3G got an upgrade to support MS Exchange, it became a greater threat to enterprise users esp. the Blackberry users. RIM fought back and introduced its first touch screen device — the Blackberry Strom (9530).

That’s despite the fact that back in June 2008, Blackberries were selling more than twice as many as the iPhone 3G. RIM doesn’t want to slack while Apple plays catch-up.

blackberry touch screen 9500


Touch Screen Navigation
480 x 360 pixel color display (with light-sensing screen)
1GB onboard memory
128 flash memory
up to 16GB storage via microSD
RIM wireless modem
Built-in GPS
3.2 MP camera with video
3.5mm stereo headset jack

The Blackberry Storm (13.95mm) is less than 2-millimeter thicker than the iPhone 3G (12.3mm) and weighs 22grams heavier.

It also has mobile streaming, allows tethering to your laptop to share internet and can sync your desktop iTunes music files using BlackBerry Media Sync. You can view and edit MS Office files too.

The top feature of Blackberry is the full suite of email connectivity and management — MS Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino, Novell GroupWise as well as enterprise email account and personal email accounts — that trumps MobileMe by a mile.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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33 Responses

  1. Juneau21 says:

    I really like blackbery phones, its just that its not available here in the philippines, correct me if im wrong. i would sell my iphone 3g for this storm.

  2. BrianB says:

    Any news on the tech section regarding the recession? India’s already reporting job cuts.

  3. Keiko says:


  4. kouji says:

    interesting, but i’m still a fan of having an actual keypad. just seems more convenient to me.

  5. Miguel says:

    BlackBerry phones are available here, but they are sold directly through Globe and Smart. Best to ask them. I believe that for personal plans, you need to be on high plans though. For corporate accounts, you can get them on lower plans.

  6. Tyrone says:


    blackberry bold will be…sell your iphone to me :)

  7. joyce says:

    Juneau21: I think some Blackberry phones are sold in one of the stores at Trinoma, that section on the 2nd floor where the computers, Smart wireless center & cd-r king (among others) can be found. I asked about the Blackberry bold & they said they didn’t have it (yet), but that was some months ago. Just thought you should know. =)

  8. berryboy says:

    There is a store at Park Square 1 (Makati, in front of CD-R King) selling blackberry phones (i saw a Curve Php38k and Bold Php49.5k one time i went there). just cant remember the name of the store. they also sell other brands of smartphones.
    i got my Bold from rogers canada.Sayang masyado akong nagmadali na nagpabili…Storm na lang sana. :)

  9. alan says:

    any one can help me.. any mall or market where can i buy a accssories for Blackberry Storm accsrs like “hard case or crstal case”

    • yuga says:

      hi alan, it’s very hard to look for accessories for it. you may need to order it online in the US, HK or Singapore.

  10. alan says:

    dude how abt accssries for Blackberry Storm do you have any list of mall or market hr in metro manila?

  11. maganda says:

    i was browsing the blackberry site and saw there are a couple of CURVE versions (pink, gray, white, etc) and they have different numbers/features…is the pink version (forgot the model number) available in the phils? from what I know, apart from that pink one, only the gray one has wifi…am i right?

    i really love the look of it. so, anyway with info bout this pink curve and where i could get it, prices etc, please reply!

  12. Boy Mejorada says:

    Hi Abe,

    Is the Blackberry Storm available under a Globe plan? What’s your verdict on it?

  13. ana says:

    i just wanna ask where can i buy the RIM Blackberry pearl here in manila?

  14. curious.little.girl.who.wants.a.BLACKBERRY! says:

    hi,i just wanna ask, is the blackberry storm available in philippines?or blackberry sidekick3??where can i buy it??
    is it only available in manila??

    plz reply asap..tnxxx!:D

  15. Ocella says:

    I have a blackberry storm myself and it’s AWESOMEEE! I mean, I would trade an iphone [if i had one], for a blackberry storm. It’s just way cooler than iphone. A lot of people here in the States return their Blackberry Storms because they don’t know how to use them. It’s like difficult to send a text message or call people. I got mine like 2 days ago, and I’m used to it by now. It’s not that hard to use this product.
    I have a hard case too, and a protective paper or something. plastic? yeah. I mean, it’s pretty expensive, just the plan itself.. [I have to pay $30 more every month on top of my plan which is $150 something.] But it’s worth it. I love my Storm.
    Verizon Wireless [like Globe, Smart in the States] had a promo and thats why I bought it. It came with a 8 gb memory card. come on! 8GB!!!! dude, thats already worth $40. plus the phone. it was originally $400 or $500. I got mine for $250. Car charger, ordinary charger, with lots of adapters, earphones. mic and stuff. It’s a great deal. I mean, I wish you guys in the Philippines could have this promo too. I just fell in love with it the moment I saw it.
    And my new Storm hasn’t let me down. I mean, I just bought it two days ago soo. =]

    Oh, and my sister told me that you could buy Storm in the Philippines. I just don’t know where.

    Three way calling, visual voicemail. Okay, the coolest thing about the Storm is the visual voicemail. You can see calls you missed, whose it from and stuff. So you don’t have to guess who it’s from. Normal phones don’t work that way. Just Blackberry Storm. I’m not sure if in the Philippines, if you guys have voicemails. It’s just an awesome product.

  16. Benjamin says:

    Can anyone pls. share some information where in the Philippines can I possibly scout for the cost and buy a blackberry storm product?

    Also, just wanna know how much is one in Philippine peso? Or if anyone has any idea here, will it cost you lesser to buy outside the Philippines say in HK than here?

    Many thanks for your response. :-))

  17. ocelus says:

    Hello to all!

    it is very to consider to buy a phone are maraming support na software like games, application & accesories. para satisfies ang bayad mo. wala yan sa expensive or mura di ba as long as maraming nagagawa ang phone mo. my phone ako di naman kamahalan mura mga P10,000 pero ang specs 2 megapixel, camera, pwedeng still camera every shot 1sec. every shots, handwriting recognition, keypad, pop email, mms, notepad, microsoft office (save, edit & viewer), excell, message sending setting, touch screen, application adopted. yan ang phone ko

  18. isabel says:

    WTS New BlackBerry Bold Unlocked $300

    ( Store Promotional Sales Offer – Buy 2 Units And Get 1 Unit FREE )

    Apple Iphone 3G 8GB $260USD
    Apple Iphone 8GB $240USD
    Apple Iphone 4GB $200USD
    Apple iphone 3G 16GB $280

    Nokia N96 (16GB) ….$340USD
    Nokia E90 …$280USD
    Nokia N95 8GB $270USD
    NOkia 5800..$250USD

    Samsung i900 Omnia 8GB.$260USD
    Samsung i900 Omnia 16GB.$280USD

    Sony Ericsson C905 $280
    Sony Ericsson XPERIAâ„¢ X1 Solid Black $300usd

    Blackberry Bold 9000 at $300USD
    Blackberry Curve 8320 at $220USD
    Blackberry 8830 $260USD
    Blackberry Storm 9500 Touch Screen at $340USD

    Item :BlackBerry Bold
    Price :300$
    Currency :USD$
    Condition : 10/10
    Includes :Full box with all accesories

    Package Contents
    Blackberry bold
    Mains Charger
    Software CD
    Data Cable
    Carry Case

    Selling Details
    Location :USA
    Willing to Ship :Worldwide
    Payment Methods :Wire Transfer

    C.Isabel Laman
    Sales Dept/Marketing.
    Company Name:Aloha Telephone Inc
    Email: [email protected]
    MSN:[email protected]

  19. Fritziexvi says:

    Haaayyy.. I’d love to have one! kya lng last year
    mataas p ung value ng E90, and it costed me a thousand bucks including the shipping from US. Sana bumili nlng muna ako ng mumurahin na mpagtya2gaan kung alm ko lng n may lalabas n ganito. Pero ok lng, E90 pdn un hehehe.

  20. niesha says:

    i like blackberry even its hard to use it.

  21. Joji says:

    How much would the Blackberry 9530 cost in today’s Philippine Market compared to the iPhone 3G? I’m currently deciding which would cost less in terms of the unit itself and its plans on Globe.

    Your help would be very much appreciated. Thank You.

  22. grace says:

    hi there…. my office ba dito sa pinas ang blackberry…. want to be openline my blackberry…

  23. berry says:

    were could i buy a spare black berry storm battery here in the phillipines

  24. jane says:

    my husband in the US is planning to send his newly- purchased blackberry phone to me here in davao city. i just want to know if i can use it here. its pearl, altel

  25. Riza says:

    please help where can i find the exact place for the blackberry services here in Manila.thanks

  26. roseruss says:

    i could have bought the blackberry storm..but then nakukulangan pa me sa mga features..i think i wud rather have the nokia e series..have to choose.

  27. issa says:

    hi. anyone knows a trustworthy place where i can have my bb storm unlocked? i don’t want to use two phones so please please help. ty

  28. Joyce says:

    I dropped my BB storm on a rough road and it caused little dents on it, is there a way for me remove it? If not, where can I buy original case and have it install? Thanks in advance …

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