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First-gen BlackBerry Storm 9530 owners to get flick scrolling, improved browser

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First-gen BlackBerry Storm 9530 owners to get flick scrolling, improved browser
For owners of the original model of the BlackBerry Storm, seeing the improvements in the sequel might hurt. While the original word from Verizon was that Wi-Fi was not necessary on the 9530 because of the carrier's blazing fast EV-DO Rev. A network, adding it to the Storm2 along with an improved version of the SurePress typing system, has made many Verizon customers decide to swear off being first adapters. No, Big Red will not give any special credit to owners of the first Storm who want to upgrade to the new model. But there is something that RIM and Verizon is doing for owners of the 9530.

According to a Verizon rep, a firmware upgrade will make the Storm and the Storm2 practically identical when it comes to software. In other words, things like flick scrolling, tabbed browsing and threaded texting will all be enabled on the original unit. The rep confirmed that the only difference between the two handsets will be hardware related items, like a Wi-Fi radio, slightly sleeker design and plastic buttons. And let's not forget the four sensors for the SurePress typing which will allow for multi-touch typing, and the piezo technology that freezes the screen when the power is off. Throw out all those hardware improvements, add the new OS upgrade, and your BlackBerry Storm 9530 will be the same as the Storm2 9550-except where your pocketbook and wallet is concerned.

RIM BlackBerry Storm 9530 Specifications | Review
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source: Verizon



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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:44

1. cj100570 (Posts: 204; Member since: 12 May 2009)


Why people expect to get some type of perk on new hardware because they bought the 1st gen is beyond me. I have the Storm and it's a damn decent phone. I also had the 1st gen iPhone and it was a decent phone. Did I expect a discount when the 3G came out, no. No matter what you buy there's always a better model in the works. Deal with it!

posted on 17 Oct 2009, 11:08

6. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


i love my storm also! os 5.0.0.230 FTW!

posted on 17 Oct 2009, 13:54

8. VGirl (Posts: 27; Member since: 14 Jan 2009)


o ya and more thing that everyone is forgetting. THE MEMORY!! The memory sucks on the original, it will be nice to be able to have a few more apps

posted on 17 Oct 2009, 16:45

9. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


you're right. my application memory is usually below 10 MB.

posted on 17 Oct 2009, 06:50

2. jcom86 (Posts: 10; Member since: 09 Jan 2009)


Although not official, the update has already been out for a while on Crackberry. And from all accounts OS 5 makes the original Storm as good as it was MEANT to be.

posted on 17 Oct 2009, 07:38

3. allboutverizon (Posts: 66; Member since: 20 May 2009)


So me upgrading would be me paying $200 for Pezo technology and a smoother shell, cause I don't use Wi-Fi, so I don't care about Wi-Fi. Don't sound like a deal to me. Sounds like a Rip-off. I think I am going to wait a month before buying the Storm 2, cause I bought the Storm the day it was available to order, and i wish I had waited for reviews cause I wouldn't have. So I think I am going to wait to hear what people say. and actually go into a store and play wth one first.

posted on 17 Oct 2009, 07:47

4. BigRed83 (Posts: 142; Member since: 19 May 2008)


I am using the 5.0 leak, and LOVE it except for a few apps that don't work yet. That will get fixed soon enough. As far as getting an OFFICIAL version for S1, it will make a lot of people happier. Me? I am gonna get S2, and will wait a bit to see the initial shake up.

posted on 17 Oct 2009, 11:09

7. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


google maps doesn't work for me and neither does meterberry. but everything else seems fine.

posted on 24 Oct 2009, 11:59

12. Ronanonymous (Posts: 6; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)


Here is the Storm 9530 version of Google Maps 3.2. that works on OS 5.0.0.323  If you used the Google site to update, that version was incompatible for some reason. (hope it's still active) http://bordapapa.extra.hu/maps.jad

posted on 17 Oct 2009, 11:00

5. johnolesen (Posts: 20; Member since: 17 Oct 2009)


ill upgrade my storm OS, and then get the moto droid. sounds like the best plan

posted on 17 Oct 2009, 17:00

10. ICanAffordVZW (Posts: 123; Member since: 15 Dec 2008)


After playing with the Storm 2, I would tell current storm owners to wait until the s/w update to come out and save their money. Unless you need to print via WIFI, I would take advantage of the new s/w only not the h/w changes.

posted on 24 Oct 2009, 11:56

11. Ronanonymous (Posts: 6; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)


Here is the Storm 9530 version of Google Maps 3.2. that works on OS 5.0.0.323  If you used the Google site to update, that version was incompatible for some reason. (hope it's still active) http://bordapapa.extra.hu/maps.jad

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 20:29

13. Danmark (unregistered)


BB storm is a quadband phone, if it's GSM unlocked then it can be used worldwide on any gsm network. Actually i'm using mine out of USA (with no us service provider).

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 07:02

14. steven2 (unregistered)


pls i dont why my blackberry storm 9530 keep hanging. once hanged no application will work and once in dat situation i either switch it off or keep pressing for about 5 mins before it works again. pls any body with any solution should help me. I will really appreciate it.

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