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New BlackBerry Storm 2 smartphone extends Verizon's reach

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The Storm 2. Well, we're not going to give BlackBerry any points for creativity. But the new smartphone, which will be powered by Verizon Wireless, could cut deep into a market dominated by Apple's iPhone.

According to a release from Verizon and BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion, the Storm 2 "evolves the BlackBerry touchscreen platform with hundreds of hardware and software enhancements" and extends the "communications capabilities customers have come to expect from their BlackBerry smartphones."

Translation: There are some cool features here. Chief among them is a tricked-out suspension system called "SurePress," which gives the touchscreen the same clickability as a traditional keypad. And the phone itself gets an aesthetic revamp – see photo at right – from some new chrome accents to a stainless steel backplate. Verizon Wireless says the Storm 2 can make calls in more than 220 countries, and access data in 185.

You know, in case you've got a really busy itinerary.


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