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Verizon Rides Out the BlackBerry Storm

Dave Mock
November 24, 2008

It may not have been the first, but it may be the most effective iPhone killer yet. The BlackBerry Storm offered by Research In Motion (Nasdaq: RIMM  ) and Verizon (NYSE: VZ  ) is now officially in the hands -- or make that thumbs -- of the public, giving Verizon Wireless customers another touchscreen phone option bent on keeping subscribers from ditching the carrier and siding with enemies AT&T (NYSE: T  ) or Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S  ) .

As with Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL  ) latest iPhone, the Storm has already received plenty of accolades and grumps from the early users. While the brilliant screen resolution and tactile typing features have generally