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.
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