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Verizon drops price of BlackBerry Storm to $50; BlackBerry Storm 2 imminent?

Verizon lowers the price of the RIM BlackBerry Storm, sparking rumors that the BlackBerry Storm 2 is close to release.

RIM BlackBerry Storm
RIM BlackBerry Storm Corinne Schulze/CNET

Verizon Wireless is offering a buy-one, get-one-free deal on its BlackBerry selection and has lowered the price of the RIM BlackBerry Storm even further to $49.99 (with a two-year contract and an instant rebate).

This is the second price drop for the Storm (first was from $199.99 to $149.99), leading many to believe that the carrier is clearing out inventory to make room for the RIM BlackBerry Storm 2. While RIM has confirmed only that it is working on the device, it has not commented on a release date, pricing, or final specs.

Rumor has it, however, that the touch-screen smartphone will be released in October and just last week posted some screenshots of the Storm 2 listed in Verizon's inventory system. As far as features, the most notable improvements may be the addition of Wi-Fi and a revamped SurePress technology.

While it looks like we're at least a month away from finding out about the real deal, we're interested in knowing how many of you are considering the BlackBerry Storm 2 as a future device or what would convince you to buy it. CNET blogger Don Reisinger posted a BlackBerry Storm 2 wish list a few months ago; what's on your list?

Source: PhoneArena via PhoneScoop