Verizon Wireless says it sold 1 million Research In Motion BlackBerry Storm touchscreen devices since it launched Nov. 21.
When the carrier announced its forth quarter earnings yesterday there was no mention of the number of units it had sold in the fourth quarter. Verizon, which is the sole U.S. carrier for the device, only indicated that sales of the device were strong. However, in a ComputerWorld.com report, a Verizon spokeswoman confirmed that the company had sold 1 million units of the device through January.
The Verizon spokeswoman said "that's not a bumpy start," in response to a report in The Wall Street Journal that had characterized the launch of the Storm as "bumpy," filled with technical glitches that arose from the pressure to get the device onto the market for the holiday shopping season. In that report, RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie said that such problems were a "new reality" for device launches like the Storm.
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