- Size (LWH): 4.4 inches, 2.4 inches, 0.53 inches
- Weight: 5.44 ounces
- Network Compatibility: CDMA
- Minimum Rated Talk Time: 300 minutes
- Minimum Rated Standby Time: 269 hours
BlackBerry Storm2 9550 Phone (Verizon Wireless)
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- Vividly colorful touchscreen phone with improved SurePress platform, BlackBerry 5.0 OS, access to BlackBerry App World, and full range of BlackBerry messaging
- Access V Cast Music (with Rhapsody) and Video services via fast EV-DO data network; GPS-enabled for turn-by-turn directions; Visual Voice Mail; GSM global roaming capabilities
- Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g); GPS location services; 3.2-megapixel camera/camcorder, Bluetooth stereo music streaming, included 16 GB microSD card
- Up to 5.5 hours of talk time, up to 269 hours (11.2 days) of standby time
- What's in the Box: Handset, 16 GB microSD memory card, rechargeable battery, microUSB international charger and international clips, USB cable, wired 3.5mm stereo headset, pre-installed SIM card, quick reference guide, documentation kit, global support kit
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The BlackBerry Storm2 offers an enhanced SurePress touchscreen display, Wi-Fi capabilities, and a solid BlackBerry smartphone messaging experience.
Enjoy fast cellular connectivity with the reliable Verizon Wireless 3G network and global GSM/3G connectivity when traveling abroad.
This mobile multimedia powerhouse is compatible with the V Cast Music with Rhapsody service, which enables you to purchase songs through your phone and download them via the fast Verizon Wireless 3G EV-DO data network, and the V CAST Video on Demand service that enables you to watch full-length TV shows plus news, sports, weather, and live entertainment video clips.
You'll stay on course thanks to the VZ Navigator GPS turn-by-turn direction service, and be able to find your way in foreign destinations using the VZ Navigator Global service. And with the optional Visual Voice Mail service, you'll be able to quickly and easily scroll through your messages and pick the ones you want to listen to. See more details on optional Verizon Wireless services below.
The elegantly designed Storm2 offers a smooth design and premium finish with sloped edges, chrome accents, glass lens and stainless steel backplate. Other features include a 3.2-megapixel camera/camcorder, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, included 16 GB microSD memory card (with 16 GB maximum expansion), support for up to 10 personal and corporate email accounts, easy access to favorite social networking and instant messaging services, support for BlackBerry App World, and up to 5.5 hours of talk time.
- Fast 3G connectivity thanks to the reliable Verizon Wireless EV–DO, Rev A network
- Global roaming capabilities with data access in more than 185 destinations
- 3.25-inch, high-resolution capacitive touchscreen with multi-touch support and integrated functions including Send, End, Menu, Escape (480 x 360 pixels, 184ppi)
- New SurePress technology makes clicking the display practically effortless and provides greater consistency with tactile response across the whole screen. Use natural gestures such as pointing and clicking to interact with the features and applications.
- BlackBerry OS 5.0 includes typing accuracy and selection improvements, as well as usability and visual enhancements such as inertial scrolling, spin boxes that make it easier to set dates and times, gradient shading on buttons, and more use of animation.
- Support for BlackBerry App World featuring a broad and growing catalog of third-party mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones. Categories include travel, productivity, entertainment, games, social networking and sharing, news and weather, and more.
- BlackBerry Internet Service offers easy access to up to 10 supported personal and work email accounts and one BlackBerry email account.
- Compatible with BlackBerry Enterprise Server for advanced security and IT administration features within IBM Lotus Domino, Microsoft Exchange, and Novell GroupWise environments. Customers running BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 will gain the ability to set follow-up flags, manage email folders, access remote files (Windows Shares), forward appointments, view calendar attachments, and more.
- View attachments including JPEG, Adobe PDF, and Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
- Social networking apps include Facebook for BlackBerry, Flickr Photo Uploader for BlackBerry, and MySpace for BlackBerry
- 3.2 megapixel camera with 2x digital zoom, autofocus, Image Stabilization (IS), and flash and video recording capabilities
- Digital audio and video playback
- BlackBerry Media Sync is built right into your BlackBerry Desktop Software and lets you sync your desktop iTunes or Windows Media Player music files with your BlackBerry smartphone. If you're a Mac user, just choose the "media" option and you're ready to sync your iTunes music collection from your BlackBerry smartphone onto your Mac.
- Integrated GPS for use with the BlackBerry Maps applications as well as other location-based applications and photo geotagging.
- VZ Navigator and VZ Navigator Global capable for voice-guided turn-by-turn directions and location services both in the United States and Western Europe.
- Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go
- Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity with stereo music streaming (A2DP) capabilities as well as hands-free headsets and car kits and tethering with your PC (with optional tethering plan). (Learn more)
- Full messaging capabilities including SMS text, MMS picture, and IM instant messaging (via popular services)
- 2 GB of onboard media storage
- Included 16 GB microSD card and compatibility with optional microSD cards up to 16 GB in size
- Voice dialing capabilities
- Airplane mode allows you to listen to music while the cellular connectivity is turned off
- Speakerphone for hands-free conference calling
The BlackBerry Storm2 weighs 5.5 ounces and measures 4.4 x 2.4 x 0.53 inches. Its 1400 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 5.5 hours of talk time, and up to 269 hours (11.2 days) of standby time while on the Verizon Wireless CDMA/EVDO Rev. A network (800/1900 MHz). When accessing GSM networks (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) while abroad, the Storm2 offers up to 5 hours of talk time and 305 hours (12.7 days) of standby time, and up to 6 hours of talk time and 281 hours (11.7 days) of standby time when running on a 3G UMTS network (2100 MHz).
What's in the Box
BlackBerry Storm2 handset, 16 GB microSD memory card, rechargeable battery, microUSB international charger with international clips, USB cable, wired 3.5mm stereo headset, pre-installed SIM card, quick reference guide, documentation kit, global support kit
- Global Roaming Capabilities: With this mobile phone, you can connect to wireless networks from Europe to South America to Asia thanks to its quad-band GSM/EDGE/GPRS connectivity as well as high-speed 3G HSPA compatibility (2100 MHz networks). It comes pre-installed with a SIM card, so customers who plan to travel abroad can activate global service at the time of purchase or by calling Verizon Wireless prior to leaving the U.S. For those who travel abroad frequently, the Verizon Wireless Global Value Plan offers discounted roaming capabilities with data access in more than 185 destinations.
- VZ Navigator with Global Capability: With this GPS-enabled phone, you'll be able to access the Verizon Wireless VZ Navigator service (additional charges applicable) for voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions, heads-up alerts, local search of nearly 14 million points of interest in the US (such as landmarks, restaurants and ATMs), and detailed color maps.
Additionally, this phone is compatible with the VZ Navigator Global service, which enables you to find locations and access turn-by-turn directions in North America and Western Europe, including Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom (with more being added). Helping to alleviate stress or confusion caused by reading road signs or directions in an unfamiliar language, VZ Navigator Global allows you to choose either English or Spanish as the default language, and miles or kilometers to mark distances. You'll also be able to find restaurants, gas stations, banks/ATMs and other popular spots in these countries using Local Search.
- V CAST Music with Rhapsody: Access this exclusive digital music service for RealNetworks and MTV Networks, which delivers unlimited monthly access to music on up to three Rhapsody-compatible mobile phones and players and online on multiple PCs and Web browsers. For a monthly fee (billed on your Verizon Wireless bill), you can load and reload your subscription songs from your PC to your V CAST Music with Rhapsody phone as often as you want, and take your music on the go.
On PCs running the Windows XP or higher operating system, you can also browse, preview, and purchase music using the V CAST Music with Rhapsody software, which is available as a free download from the V CAST Music with Rhapsody download website. Additional subscription charges applicable.
- V CAST Video on Demand: This optional service enables you to watch full-length TV shows plus news, sports, weather, and live entertainment video clips. It features more than 100 full-length programs from leading broadcast and cable networks, ranging from highly-rated drama and comedy series to reality programs and children's programming. V CAST Video on Demand also delivers live sporting events, including NHL hockey games and an upcoming slate of college football games
The service offers unlimited viewing of Basic Videos and the ESPN MVP channel. You can choose from 14 categories, including Entertainment, Kids, Music, Sports, Comedy, News, Pop Culture, Information, Women, Latino, Home & Leisure, Multicultural, Cutting Edge, and Hollywood. Additional subscription charges applicable.
- Visual Voice Mail: This innovative service enables you to delete, reply and forward voice mail messages without having to listen to prior messages or voice instructions. Visual Voice Mail is the ideal tool for the busy mobile professional who may need to prioritize which messages he or she listens to first. Features include on-screen access to voice mail message status, the ability to save up to 40 messages for 40 days (or archive permanently), 10 different caller ID-based greetings, and reply via call back, text, or even voice mail.
- Mobile Broadband Connect: Use your smartphone as a modem for your notebook when you connect the two using a USB cable--or open a Bluetooth connection--enabling you to access the Internet or your company intranet. The Mobile Broadband Connect tethered modem capability is ideal when you're traveling and need to use your notebook to check email, access corporate networks, or download large files like presentations and reports. And with Mobile Broadband Connect, you won't have to buy an extra PC Card or other devices.
- Memory: 2 GB internal storage, 256 MB flash memory
- Memory expansion: microSD/SDHC cards (up to 16 GB); one 16 GB microSD card is included
- Digital audio compatibility: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA
- Digital video compatibility: MPEG4, WMV, H.263, H.264
- USB 2.0 connectivity (microUSB)
- 3.5mm headset/headphone jack
- Hearing Aid Compatibility = M3
- Password protection and screen lock
- Ring Tones: Polyphonic (MIDI/MP3) and vibrate mode
- Multi-lingual support: English, French and Spanish
Top Customer Reviews
1)The BB9550 has been phenomenally reliable without a single glitch or hardware issue.
2)It is very fast and opens up my medical reference texts faster than my Tour did.
3)The bigger screen makes it possible for me to read attachments (big reason for switching to a full screen phone)
4)Email is blackberry awesome with multiple accounts managed easily
5)As a music player, photo album and video device is is excellent
6)Keyboard is great--I love the feedback "click". I cannot understand the whining about tired fingers...how does one type on a regular computer keyboard or use a pencil without some muscle? All I can say is that if you're tired from the miniscule effort of texting, perhaps the issue is wimpy fingers
7)Memory availability is fantastic.
8)Touchscreen is reliable, solid...Read more ›
Truly there are two kinds of customers. There are those looking for their first smart phone, and those that have owned quite a few smart phones while looking for some kind of smart phone nirvana. I fall into the latter. I've owned, and in this order, a Blackberry PDA fortified with Yahoo. A Treo 650. A Blackberry 8800. A Blackberry 8310 Curve. An iPhone (1st gen EDGE). An iPhone 3G (second generation). A WinMo 6.1 (MotoQ). Back to my old AT&T 8310 Curve. Then switched to Verizon for the Tour. And now I have the Storm 2.
So why so many phones? Recently my employer bought his first smart phone. A WinMo 6.1 device from Samsung. He would watch me go from smart phone to smart phone before my contracts expire, spending full price for the switch. Often $579 for the change. Finally he asked me, "Why all the switching?" I tried to explain this to him, and I will try to explain it here. But I think you know the answer if you've owned a smart phone already. You see my employer didn't own one when he asked me this question. Now that he does he's been trying the iPhone and considering a switch to that. Now he saw the Moto Droid with Android 2.0, and now he is considering that. I just bought the Storm 2 and now he is considering that. What you can take away from this is the following. Now that he owns a smart phone, he is already considering several other smart phones, and I think now he understands why people switch smart phones.
The answer is this. Once you own a smart phone, you truly will find the value of such a device. I am an office worker.Read more ›
I had previously been using the Blackberry 8830, so my primary concern was typing without a physical keyboard. I had already tried typing on my friend's Storm, and did not enjoy that experience at all. However, the 9550 has made a very significant improvement where it does not feel cumbersome and "bulky" when typing. This is most likely due to the now four actuators behind the screen, that creates a MUCH MUCH better haptic feedback experience. Although I am not going to convince you or myself that you will type faster than on a physical keyboard, it has been a more than pleasant experience from physical to non-physical.
The physical aspect of phone also seems just better than the previous storm. It looks sleeker, especially as the screen sets in better at the bottom due to the addition of the four "physical" keys now actually being touch screens on the menu. The display is beautiful, and is the primary reason why I purchased this phone.
I highly recommend the Storm 2 if you are looking for a Blackberry touchscreen (see what I did there, you don't really have much of a choice otherwise). But really, I was pleasantly surprised at the overall performance and look of the phone.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this phone at a verizon store after upgrading from my motorola rapture (also not very good). Read morePublished on March 14, 2011 by mskawinski707
I had ordered the BlackBerry Storm 2 along with the HTC Droid Incredible, not knowing which one I was going to keep, and which one to give to my husband. Read morePublished on January 3, 2011 by Jenna D. Mcclure
Pros: Fast network access; integration of data and voice; lovely display.
Cons: Display is a little small; no separate phone send and end buttons. Read more
The Storm2 does so much more than my previous Blackberry 7130 did--web surfing is much better, the application selection is much better, it's easier to operate, email is still... Read morePublished on November 19, 2010 by Tracy L. Needham
This is my 2nd Storm 2 after changing jobs. It has tremendous memory and functionality for business use. The camera takes great pictures. Read morePublished on October 16, 2010 by John M. Balotsky
I purchased a storm 2 in Feb 2010, I just got rid of it Jul 2010. There is quite a bit of Lighting and Thunder in the Storm. The weather was too bad, so I moved to another model. Read morePublished on July 8, 2010 by Amazon Customer
The Surepress technology is superb; finger-slip typos are a thing of the past. It does take a little bit of time to get used to, however, it can be easily mastered in an... Read morePublished on June 8, 2010 by alphajuice14
I loved this phone because it has the RIM surepress technology that I love, a great camera, and an easy touchscreen qwerty keyboard, but the shortcomings are in the applications. Read morePublished on June 7, 2010 by Amazon Customer
Hi I got my Storm 2 last weekend. Beautiful little phone. My hands are always dry and the phone IS a little slippery. Read morePublished on May 15, 2010 by Candace Dainty