Back in the heady pre-9500 days when "touchscreen BlackBerry" was still a novel and exotic phrase, "Storm" and "Thunder" were both rumored as codenames for RIM's first foray into touch territory. Of course, "Storm" would ultimately prevail as the retail branding -- and the rest, as they say, is history. Or is it? A BlackBerry Thunder has apparently magically reappeared in Verizon's systems this week, though it's not clear whether this is a new device -- the Storm 2, for instance -- or just residual offal from the original Storm launch last year. If it's new, we get the theme, but what's next? Hail? Tornado? Sleet?

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