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According to a New York Times article, Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam has been tooling around with the yet-to-be-released BlackBerry Storm 2 for the last couple of weeks, likely hinting that the next generation of BlackBerry’s once-embattled touchscreen phone may be storming onto Verizon’s network sooner than later.
During his travels, McAdam reportedly made a pit-stop at a Verizon Wireless store in New York’s SoHo district to show off his wares to a couple of NYU students shopping for cellphones. Initial reactions were apparently positive, buoying BlackBerry’s (and Verizon’s) hopes that the Storm 2 may be closer to what users were expecting from the original Storm that was chided by some reviewers for being buggy and hard to use.
“I let them play with the second-generation Storm device,” McAdam said. “They came back and said ‘Oh, my gosh.’ They were very excited. This is what they hoped the original Storm should be.”
Among a number of enhancements, the Storm 2 is alleged to be armed with WiFi and improvements to BlackBerry’s SurePress technology. With the recent and impending releases of a slew of Android and Windows Mobile smartphones, the Storm 2 will surely face an uphill battle as it looks to bolster its somewhat tarnished image among touchscreen device shoppers.