The two questions asked most about the Verizon BlackBerry Storm are, “When is it coming out?”, and “How much will it cost?” Today Verizon answered both of those questions by announing that the BlackBerry Storm is coming out next Friday, Nov. 21st and that it will cost $199.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a two year service plan.
I think most people are somewhere between, “It is about time” and “These will be the longest 8 days of my life”, when it comes to the release date. What I want to know, on the other hand, is how do you feel about the price?
Your out of pocket price is still 50 bucks more than the iPhone though you will get the $50 rebate if you can remember to send it in. Most people don’t… My guess is that having to pay 25% more up front won’t matter much to people buying the Storm in Verizon Stores. There will be no iPhone sitting right next to them.
When it comes to big retailers like Best Buy, however, I am not so sure. $50 is enough to to make a consumer pause when comparing Storm to the iPhone which they will undoubtedly do. I still think that there is a chance for some type of instant rebate to bring that out of pocket cost down below $200.
What do you think?