I don't know why this would be too crazy of an idea. Yeah, it is Big Red, but why not? I honestly think BlackBerry should definitely be considering giving these away to keep up with Apple. There is no doubt that BlackBerry created the Storm to "kill" the iPhone.
As much as I loved my Storm1, and I have had mine since launch day and I have had 5 replacements, it was a flop. There is no other way to look at it. It was not ready to be released and it hurt the device more than it helped by releasing it early. When a device has a software update within 10 days of release, it is not ready for the big show.
Apple on the other hand has not had a bad iPhone yet. Every iPhone Apple even whispers about is a hit 5 months before it hits the shelves. And Apple offers early adopters to get the new iPhone for a 2 year contract price on device launch.
I am certainly not saying anyone with a Storm1 should be given a new Storm2, but I do not see why a cheaper if not free Storm2 should be offered to Storm1 owners that bought their Storm1 within 3 months of launch or so. There is just too much going on with Android and Apple to not make a move.
I will always have a place in my heart for BlackBerrys, but I won't sign a 2 year contract and pay possibly $279.99 for a device I pretty much already have when, if and only when I am annually upgrade eligible. It should be when the device drops, 4 days ago, not Nov 21. There should be free Storm2's handed out to current, early adopting Storm1 chasers. No new contract, no device price.
And before Jim is worried about buying a hockey team, RIM should be looking at customer satisfaction. BlackBerry needs to keep their customers happy or they won't have them. Once they take care of their customers, buy a hockey team. Hell, throw out a bid for Baskin Robbins and Starbucks for all I care, but the customer has always and will always be the business.
So to wrap up my rant, Verizon and BlackBerry not only should offer something like free Storm2's, but they absolutely need to. It's time to crap or get off the toilet, because the Droid is coming and not everyone is going to sit around and wait for someone to do something. Myself included.