Blackberry Storm Shows its Cheaper Side on Amazon

blackberrybold_feb82009

via Engadget

Verizon’s BlackBerry Storm is getting a little kick in its pricing courtesy of an Amazon rebate-free rebate. The deal here is that the infamous touchscreen BlackBerry is now $99.99 on a two-year stint, no rebate paperwork, no mailing things anywhere, just shell out cash, get phone, call people. Verizon has a buy one get one free thing going on right now, so if you’re looking for two Storms for the price of one — and that one is still $199 — you can head on over to see them. Everybody happy now?

Verizon Wireless to sell BlackBerry Storm for $200

storm_sbs_1_wideweb__470x2820

via Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Verizon Wireless said on Thursday that it would sell the touch-screen BlackBerry Storm for $199.99, after a rebate — in line with pricing for its popular rival, Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) iPhone.

The wireless venture of Verizon Communications (VZ.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Vodafone Group Plc (VOD.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said the first touch-screen phone from Research In Motion (RIM.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) would cost $199.99 after a $50 rebate for customers who sign a new two-year service contract.

Pricing for the highly anticipated device, which goes on sale online and in Verizon stores on November 21, has been the source of much speculation after Vodafone said October 31 that it would give the Storm free to UK customers who sign a contract.

U.S. carriers in particular often shoulder a big part of the price of cell phones in exchange for getting customers to commit to a two-year service contract but analysts have worried about the effect a hefty subsidy on the Storm would have on Verizon Wireless’s profit margins. Continue reading