“Verizon has extended its return policy through Jan. 15, 2009 for all phones purchased since Nov. 16 — before [RIM’s BlackBerry] Storm went on sale. But we’ve heard anecdotally — and seen more evidence on Twitter — that many people are already taking their Storms back,” Dan Frommer reports for Silicon Alley Insider.

• davematson: Returned my blackberry storm. A counter-assault against a rare consumerist impulse purchase on my part. And a crappy product, too.
• nessenj: Returned the BB Storm last night to VZW. They can have their piece of junk back.
• dquail: Returned my crappy Blackberry storm. what a piece of junk. Guy at verizon wasn’t surprised

Frommer reports, “This is not a scientific sample… [but] it suggests that one stat we’ve heard from mobile blogger ‘Boy Genius’ isn’t crazy: That 40% to 50% of Storms are being returned. If that’s true — we don’t know — it’s astonishingly high.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Ken” for the heads up.]