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The last time there was so much interest in a new BlackBerry handset, the company was ready to launch its first touchscreen phone. The BlackBerry Storm was going to show those interlopers from Cupertino a thing or two about the smartphone business. You could just imagine RIM’s co-CEOs, Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, calling Steve Jobs and complaining that BlackBerry doesn’t make desktop PCs or MP3 players, so why should Apple invade on BlackBerry’s turf.

The Storm turned out to be a disaster as it was launched half-baked. While the sequel was actually a serviceable handset that offered …

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