Not wanting to be left out of the picture, Bell has finally launched the BlackBerry Storm which puts an end to rumors that it’s going to be released at a later date. The BlackBerry Storm is retailing for $249.95 on a 3-yr contract with a minimum of $45/month voice and data plan, $549.95 on a 2-yr contract, $649.95 for a single year and $699.95 minus the contract. The Storm is said to already be available in select Bell Mobility stores in the Greater Toronto area and will hit other branches nationwide starting tomorrow. If you want to order it online, it’s currently listed as temporarily out of stock online, but continues on to say:

Order yours now.
You will be billed in full today and your Storm will ship in early January. If there are any issues with your order, we will contact you by email. Please ensure that you use a valid email address and check your filtered folders (junk mail) regularly

So if you don’t want to brave the long lines at Bell Mobility stores once the Storm becomes available, then I guess the online route is the safest way to go. Check out Bell's BlackBerry Storm page here.

BlackBerry Storm launches at Bell Mobility

First touch-screen BlackBerry smartphone available today
Features world-roaming, access to mobile TV, videos and radio

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell today announced that the BlackBerry(R) Storm(TM) smartphone, the first BlackBerry(R) smartphone to feature a touch-screen, is available today at select Bell Mobility stores in the Greater Toronto Area and will be widely available tomorrow at stores nationally. The BlackBerry Storm delivers innovative new features and fast performance with the many benefits for which BlackBerry smartphones are known - exceptional wireless email capabilities, premium phone features and multimedia, full HTML Internet access and support for a wide range of mobile data applications.

"Smartphones just got better at Bell as earlier today we sold our first BlackBerry Storm. Bell is offering an unbeatable 3G BlackBerry line up with the addition of the BlackBerry Storm. The BlackBerry Storm delivers a robust combination of multimedia capabilities, improved business tools and international roaming capability - all supported on the proven and trusted BlackBerry platform, and all available with a few simple taps of the screen," said Wade Oosterman, President of Bell Mobility and Chief Brand Officer for Bell.

The BlackBerry Storm smartphone's stunning 3.25" display with high definition-like picture quality features the unique SurePress(TM) technology that depresses ever so slightly when pressed, giving customers tactile feedback and making navigation and typing more precise. It also automatically adjusts to offer portrait and landscape views, along with a rich multimedia experience that includes a full HTML browser, expandable memory up to 16GB (8GB micro SDHC card is included), and a video-capable 3.2 megapixel camera with built-in flash, autofocus and a photo uploader that makes posting pics to Flickr a snap.

Bell mobile data services

Bell makes the BlackBerry Storm an even more powerful multimedia smartphone with a rich TV, video and radio experience. Bell Live TV and video provides full episodes and highlights with exclusive content from HBO, CTV and many others. With over 90 commercial free radio stations, including exclusive content from Sirius Satellite Radio, the Bell Media Player provides access to popular radio stations in various genres including Pop, Urban and Comedy.

The BlackBerry Storm supports personal and corporate e-mail, text (SMS) and instant (IM) messaging and easy access to popular social networking sites.

Other features include:

- BlackBerry(R) Internet Service, BlackBerry(R) Professional Software and BlackBerry(R) Enterprise Server support
- The ability to edit Microsoft(R) Word, Excel and PowerPoint files directly on the handset
- Built-in GPS that supports location-based applications and services

The best of both worlds

The BlackBerry Storm smartphone is the latest in dual mode HSPA/EVDO devices from Bell that offers users the best of both 3G worlds. In North America, customers benefit from the EVDO network, the continent's largest and fastest high speed mobile data network. When travelling internationally, users can take advantage of the BlackBerry Storm smartphone's global GSM and HSPA roaming capability.

The BlackBerry Storm is now available at select Bell Mobility stores in the Greater Toronto Area and will be widely available at locations nationally and online at bell.ca tomorrow for as low as $249.95 on a three-year contract with a minimum $45 per month voice and data plan.