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Blackberry Storm Now in Stores, Draws Long Lines

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KENNEWICK, Wash--  Tech gurus have been waiting quite some time for the Blackberry Storm, and they were rewarded this morning with the phone's release.

In many ways, the phone's hype was similar to the iPhone; after all, they're both touch screen, work on fast 3G Networks, and they both drew lines out the door.

Even with a tough economy, consumers couldn't wait to get their hands on the newest toy in town.  And Verizon stores say they've been gearing up for high demand for some time.

"We sold out within the first 45 minutes," says Charity Marple of Verizon.  "We had 20 in stock and we'll receive shipment as our warehouse can fill them and we're slowly running out of those as well.  We've had actually people calling every single day, coming in, just our regular customers, waiting to upgrade and waiting for it."

It appears the storm is here to stay.  If you want to get your hands on the newest gadget in town, it'll run you back $200 after a mail-in rebate. 

One store worker tells KNDU it's no surprise it's wanted by so many; she says the technology is there to warrant such high demands.