BlackBerry Storm sales should be strong, Verizon says

On sale Friday, the smart phone has a touch screen, other features expected to appeal to consumers, enterprise users (see video below)

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Verizon offers BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) for small business or home business users and others who may not have access to a corporate BlackBerry Enterprise Server. The cost for the service is not any higher than the cost of the plans Verizon provides. The BIS includes access to up to 10 personal and corporate e-mail accounts from a single Storm. A RIM spokeswoman said there will be no added cost for accessing the BlackBerry Enterprise Server from a Storm device, although Murphy said a corporate customer would need to renew an existing corporate account for two years.

The Storm is equipped with DataViz Documents to Go, a suite of tools for editing Word, Excel and PowerPoint files.

One of the iPhone 3G's big selling points is the availability of thousands of applications that can be easily downloaded from the Apple App Store over a wireless connection.

Murphy said RIM is developing a store for disseminating applications that will be available in the first quarter of 2009. RIM has already distributed a software developer kit to potential developers.

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