BlackBerry Storm release date pushed back

By Patrick Avenell

Vodafone has today revised its Australian release date for the BlackBerry Storm PDA device, pushing the retail release back four days.

The new model, which has become a much desired gadget since its launch earlier this year, was originally set to go on sale on Monday 1 December, with the telecommunications carrier blaming the delay in release date on “unprecedented demand”. The device will now be sold at retail level on Friday 5 December.

Customers who pre-registered for the BlackBerry Storm will still get their model before retail consumers, with handset set to be received on Thursday 4 December. Additionally, these online customers will also receive a free 8-gigabyte microSD card.

“BlackBerry Storm has sparked the imagination and anticipation of Vodafone customers around the world,” said Vodafone Australia CEO Russell Hewitt.

“In the UK, we’ve been selling a Vodafone Storm every 13 seconds, and on the basis of demand from our pre-registration process, which is well into the thousands, we’re expecting demand to be just as hot here in Australia.”

Under the pricing plan released last week, customers can purchase a BlackBerry Storm device free on plans ranging from $69 per month to $149 per month.

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