Verizon announces Samsung Omnia for $249.99

If it’s a 5-megapixel cameraphone you’re looking for, there are decidedly cheaper entries on the market — but if only a 5-megapixel WinMo Professional set will do, the Omnia’s just about the best (read: only) deal you’ll find on an American carrier these days. The CDMA translation of the smartphone that Samsung’s been selling in other parts of the world for much of 2008 in GSM form carries over most of its key features, namely Windows Mobile 6.1 with TouchWiz, WiFi, DivX certification, the love-it-or-hate-it optical directional pad, and that beefy cam with flash and autofocus. It also nabs VZ Navigator support, stereo Bluetooth, a 3.2-inch 400 x 240 display, and 8GB of internal memory. Gives pause to that imminent Touch Pro purchase, doesn’t it? Look for it to be available for order this week — a full retail launch is expected come December 8 — for $249.99 after rebate on a two-year contract.

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    HTC Touch Pro breaks free on Verizon

    If it’s just gotta be Windows Mobile then the HTC Touch Pro is about as good as it gets. After HTC jumped the gun yesterday, the Touch Pro is up and dancing the QWERTY slide on Verizon’s website exactly as rumored. $419.99 minus that $70 mail-rebate makes it yours for $350 with two-year contract. Right, $50 more than with AT&T.

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    BlackBerry Storm sells out hard and fast

    We don’t have official confirmation of this yet, but we’re hearing from all over that Verizon’s launch of the BlackBerry Storm has so far been a raging success — from what we can tell, it’s sold out nearly everywhere, and the online store is buckling under the load of thousands of eager buyers. Sounds like RIM’s on track for a hit — any of you have any luck scoring a Storm today? How’d it go? Digging the SurePress screen? Hit us up in comments!

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    Samsung Omnia makes official Verizon appearance

    Not that we’ve any reason to be shocked here, but Samsung’s Omnia is indeed coming to Verizon Wireless. ‘Course, most everyone with any remote affiliation to Big


    Red is frenzied over that other phone today, but those with a soft spot for Windows Mobile 6.1 may want to give this one a bit of attention. You know the highlight s

    pecs by now — a 5-megapixel camera / camcorder, full HTML browser and an expansive touchscreen

    — but the nitty-gritty details are still being withheld. As of now, the link on Samsung’s website tunnels straight to an error page, forcing us to be content with the knowledge that somehow, someday, this phone is destined for a life on VZW’s shelves. Enlarged screengrab is after the jump.

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    BlackBerry Storm now available on Verizon

    by Thomas Ricker,

    You’ve read the review, now Verizon’s BlackBerry Storm is available for purchase for $200 on two-year contract. Really, what’s left to say — you’re either ready to pull the trigger or not.

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    BlackBerry Storm review

    By now most of us have heard this story in one fashion or another: when Steve Jobs and Apple were in the planning stages of the iPhone, the first carrier they brought the device to America’s largest network, Verizon. Even if you haven’t heard how the tale ends — Verizon refused and Jobs took his multi-billion dollar ball to AT&T — you surely know the outcome. The iPhone has soared to become the ultimate smartphone, the must-have accessory that everyone from celebrities to your mom wants — nay, needs — to have in their pocket. It’s changed the landscape of modern cellphones, put a serious dent in the sales of competing devices (just recently overtaking the venerable RAZR as the best-selling domestic handset), and unquestionably raised the bar when it comes to expectations for features in new handsets.

    It may seem unfair to open up the review of RIM’s latest BlackBerry — the Storm — with a history lesson on the iPhone, but if you understand the market which Verizon and RIM hope to capture, then you understand the Storm, and it helps put this critique in perspective. The Storm, a widescreen, touchscreen, device boasts many of the same features as the iPhone, but adds innovations like a clickable display, and comes packed with RIM’s legendary email and messaging services. Mainlined into the biggest (and some say best) network in the States, the Storm is an almost deafening blast to the competition at first glance, but does it hold up on closer inspection? Read on to find out.

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