A member of Howard Forums is claiming to have unlocked his Verizon BlackBerry Storm for use on T-Mobile's GSM network. The process involved sourcing a SIM unlock code from Verizon themselves, then updating the handset's service books with software intended for the BlackBerry Bold.
Verizon and RIM are preparing two imminent updates for the BlackBerry Storm, in an attempt to address multiple bugs in OS v126.96.36.199. The first OTA update is expected to be released next week, and tackle sudden volume changes, problems with audio during calls and spontaneous restarts, among other things. The second, which is expected sometime in December, will tackle disappearing email and CDMA network connectivity, keypress misses and screen orientation issues. While the full roster of fixes is unknown, a leaked internal Verizon document has laid out a number of issues for customer service reps to be aware of, which you can read after the cut.
For some people, a BlackBerry Storm review isn't enough. They want full, teardown detail of RIM's first touchscreen handset, and while we didn't have the heart to break open our review unit that hasn't stopped the aptly-titled phoneWreck from doing just that. In doing so, some of the smartphone's more obvious frustrations are explained.
Most anticipated news this week was the launch of the BlackBerry Storm on Verizon Wireless, RIM's first touchscreen handset. If you're at all considering the Storm then make sure to check out our two part super-review: part one is here, part two is here.
Meanwhile, Apple released firmware 2.2 for the iPhone, bringing with it Street View and over-the-air podcast downloads among other things. Check out the full details of the upgrade here. That release was followed in short order by QuickPwn for v2.2. What the new firmware didn't include was MMS messaging, but that might be arriving sooner rather than later if Mobispine have their way.
Coming as not at all a surprise, Verizon Wireless have released the BlackBerry Storm 9530. Now available to order from the Verizon website, and presumably in stores across America once they open this morning, the Storm 9530 is priced from $199.99 with a new contract. Still undecided? Check out part one and part two of our Storm review.
In part one of our Verizon Wireless BlackBerry Storm 9530 review we looked at the hardware - including the unique touchscreen - the preinstalled software and our initial impressions, together with some preliminary battery feedback. Now, in part two, we'll look at media performance, the camera and GPS, web browsing on the Storm and call quality. Read on for all the details - plus our final conclusion.
So you've read part one of our BlackBerry Storm 9530 review and you quite fancy wandering down to your nearest Verizon Wireless store come Friday 21st and picking up RIM's new touchscreen handset yourself. Not so fast; contrary to initial reports that supplies should not be a problem, the word now is that after a last-minute handset reflash numbers won't be quite as plentiful.
This year has seen potentially game-changing devices from HTC, Apple, Samsung and Sony Ericsson, and now it's the turn of RIM to show us they can do more than just email. The BlackBerry Storm marks a significant first for the company: it's the only BlackBerry to have a touchscreen and no hardware keyboard. In the first part of our Verizon BlackBerry Storm 9530 review, we'll cover the hardware - including the unique ClickThrough touchscreen - the preinstalled software and our initial impressions, together with some preliminary battery feedback.