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BlackBerry Storm

The BlackBerry Storm is developed by Research In Motion (RIM). It is a touchscreen smartphone with a virtual keyboard and comes in the 9500 and 9530 series. This phone has a feature called SurePress, which enables the screen to press down like a button to provide physical feedback.

The Storm 9500 has a disabled CDMA module to allow for use outside North America, but it has only frequency bands that can be accessed in Europe, Oceania, Asia, and Brazil. This is because GSM carriers such as AT&T, T-Mobile, Rogers, and Fido dot not have the same frequency bands as the rest of the world. However, the BlackBerry will use its primary network, Verizon, for use in the US and Vodafone when using abroad.

The Storm has a default Sim lock which can be unlocked to use on any GSM network if the code is provided from the provider. The 9530 is an international and worldwide electronic device, it is not compatible with AT&T Mobility’s 3G, but will work using the EDGE network. This phone also lacks Wi-Fi capabilities, but with the use of the Verizon network it has widespread network connection.

The Storm was released November 14, 2008, in the UK; November 21, 2008, in the US; December 14, 2008, in Australia; and December 11, 2008, in Canada. The BlackBerry Storm 2 was released on October 28, 2009 with upgrades and improvements.

The BlackBerry Storm 9500 and 9530:

This phone uses the BlackBerry OS 5.0.0.419, has a 528 Mhz Qualcomm CPU, 128 MB RAM, and 1 GB device memory with microSDHC slot supporting up to 32 GB. The battery is a 3.7 volt internally rechargeable lithium-ion with 330 minutes of talk time and 360 hours of standby.

The screen is 3.25 inches using HVGA, 65,536 LCD color. It has a 3.2 MP rear camera with video capabilities and auto focus; also has Bluetooth connectivity.

The BlackBerry Storm 2:

This phone uses the BlackBerry OS 5.0, 256 MB RAM, and 2 GB device memory with microSDHC slot supporting up to 32 GB. The battery is a 3.7 volt internally rechargeable lithium-ion with 300 minutes of talk time and 360 hours of standby. The screen is 3.25 inches using HVGA, 65,536 LCD color. It has a 3.2 MP rear camera with video capabilities and auto focus; also has Bluetooth connectivity. The BlackBerry Storm 2, unlike the previous model, does have Wi-Fi capability.

The BlackBerry Storm is popular with the business community because of the enterprise e-mail integration and Microsoft Office document editing capabilities.

Image Caption: The BlackBerry 9530 series. Credit: Resolute/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

BlackBerry Storm


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