So no time to waste, we all know what the BlackBerry Storm is, but how much will it cost...?
Vodafone finally rolled out its price plans for RIM exclusive so with a rather mind boggling 26 potential tariffs let's cut to the chase. Broadly fitting into 12, 18 and 24 month contracts groups, you'll not be a happy camper with anything on a year long deal with Vodafone surprisingly pricing the Storm at £300 whether your bill be £25pm or £80pm so detailing the minute, text and data plans seems somewhat pointless.
Far more encouraging however are the 18 month long deals with any contract of £40pm or more landing you the handset for free. These break downs are £40, £45, £55 and £80 for unlimited texts and data plus 600, 900, 1500 and 3000 minutes respectably. These are clearly the iPhone 3G tariffs equivalent and while they don't quite match O2's £35pm (600 minutes) and £40pm (1200 minute) deals (there's also no WiFi hotspots, of course), the subsidies are better. Sadly anything other than these four price brackets and you'll once more be landed with a bill of £300 for the handset. Harsh.
Lastly we have the big momma: a 24 month contract. Here £35pm (600 mins, unlimited texts and data or 700 minutes, unlimited data and 250 texts) and £40pm (900 mins, unlimited texts and data) deals will get you the handset free and greater minutes. Then again, £25pm or £30 and - you guessed it - the handset costs £300.
Essentially then these plans aren't quite as generous as we might have hoped and certainly give the T-Mobile G1, Touch HD and iPhone 3G an edge. On the other hand, keep to the deals Vodafone clearly wants you to go for (ie, not the £300 handset ones) and there's not really that much to choose between them.
So anyone feeling any clearer about their next handset choice? Nope, me neither...
Update: The launch has been put off until 14 November, but Vodafone appeases us with news there will be "plentiful stock" on launch day. Win some, lose some.