Verizon rejects BlackBerry Storm OS build after testing it?

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Verizon rejects BlackBerry Storm OS build after testing it?
U.S. Storm owners took notice last week when Vodafone officially released Storm OS as a firmware upgrade for the 9500 overseas model of RIM's first touchscreen BlackBerry. After all, we had been told directly from an assistant to VZW President and CEO Lowell McAdams that Verizon was on the cusp of releasing an official OS upgrade for the 9530 that was going to fix countless number of problems, speed up the camera and browser, add a virtual QWERTY keyboard for portrait mode and improve upon the cut and paste functionality. So when Vodafone did its thing, it seemed only a matter of days at most before Big Red would also stamp OS .141 with the "OFFICIAL" seal.

According to BGR, you have a better chance of seeing Manny Ramirez do a milk commercial. The web site reports that tests done by Verizon revealed too many flaws for that build to be considered the follow-up to version .75. The debate now is whether or not RIM tries again with another 4.7 version or if the Canadian phone manufacturer goes right to an OS starting with a 5 handle. Another thing to consider is the amount of time it might take for RIM to go straight to the 5.0 builds. With reports of a Storm 2 circulating, the carrier wouldn't leave all of those early adapters out in the cold and focus on the sequel, would they? And why is a build good enough for Vodafone users but not for Verizon owners? As soon as we get the answers, we will pass them on right to you.

BlackBerry Storm 9530 Specifications | Review

via: BGR



1. cj100570

Posts: 204; Member since: May 12, 2009

At this point it really doesn't matter what Verizon does as far as certifying upgrades. Like most dedicated Storm users I've resorted to using Canadian Bell and leaked upgrades. The Bell .122 release is a thing of beauty and brings the Storm up to the same level as my 3G iPhone. It took Apple a few releases to get it right and Rim seems to following a similar path. Verizon needs to get their act together. If the other carriers think it's good enough for their customers surely it's good enough for Verizon customers too. Anything is better than the current Verizon firmware!!

2. BigRed83

Posts: 144; Member since: May 19, 2008

I have to agree with the above poster. I too, am using a 'leaked' OS on my phone. I am happy with .141, but can see why VZW wants to be cautiious. The support nightmare that would result from a less than stellar OS would be worse than waiting for a version that meets VZW's standard. Appworld and the third party apps coming from it [myspace] is causing me enough headaches without adding a new OS to the equation.

8. jssllgt

Posts: 2; Member since: May 12, 2009

How do you install that leak software..if you guys are satisfied with .141, then i should be ok. i'm still on .75 and i'm tired of waiting for vzw to release it...

12. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

go to and go to the forums for the blackberry storm :-)

22. jporterweb

Posts: 25; Member since: Jan 17, 2009

You can see why Verizon wants to be cautious? I frankly don't get it and really wish they would get something done. As someone that is a tech in store that has to deal each and every day with Storm issues all of them being the same its time for Verizon to do SOMETHING. I haven't seen complaints of one model like this since before the Glyde was pulled from sale because of issues. Verizon needs to at least get a stop gap measure out there. Every rep/manager in my store that has a Storm has .141 on it. Now these bugs better be really freaking big ones or I want some explanation. Why? Every single one of these reps/managers coos about the phone with the new firmware. I'm sick of having to hint at customers at what they can do to fix the phone. And then tell the ones that have no clue how to get to crackberry let alone find the update and install it, have to tell them to be patient because its coming... only to have Verizon turn it down time and time again. Listen I love the Storm. I truly believe that with the right firmware and app support the Blackberry Storm is better than the iPhone. And this is not a fanboy or anything of the matter. You can see me trashing VZW through this whole comment. So if you want to flame me, have fun... but I won't play along. The Storm however really has all the makings to be the undisputed iPhone killer with the Storm 2 done properly. But the proper firmware from VZW could help get it started...

3. heavybreathing

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 26, 2009

Dedicated Storm users = Pants on head retarded

4. phoneguru173

Posts: 54; Member since: Apr 09, 2008

Not sure what VZW's problem is either. V.141 is a far cry better than v.75 where ANYTHING was an improvement! I don't seem to have any problems and I'm on my phone 24/7. THey keep this delay up and they'll kill the sale of the new handset before it even has a chance!

5. chupum

Posts: 115; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Hey guys, I'm NOT a Blackberry Storm user, but I am a Verizon customer whose contract is about to end and will be using a smartphone within a month or so. And as a customer, I want to express my disappointment in Verizon. Before I start, I don't want to completely lambast the company, as I still enjoy their coverage in my state and that of their many other locations in the country. With that said, I am a bit disappointed in the fact dedicated customers have to resort to using leaked or pirated or non-sanctioned updates to maximize a phone. I never paid much attention to the idea that Verizon "crippled" their phones, but this instance is nearing that sentiment! To me this is completely unacceptable for a company that should be striving to constantly improve their service to their customers... This, in my humble opinion, includes software updates for better user experiences on their phones. Another complaint of mine is the fact that Verizon FAILED to attract, lobby, negotiate or however the process is accomplished, Palm from bringing their new smartphone device (Palm Pre) to their network. If Sprint and Verizon share the same type of network, then a probable explanation is that they either lacked the foresight to have a new smartphone or failed in doing so. In the second case, how is that possible!? I mean having one of the biggest, if not the biggest network in America should be a great bargaining chip to entice developers to sell their devices to Verizon! And along those same lines... WHY HASN'T VERIZON POSTED NEWS ABOUT A NEW SMARTPHONE DEVICE IN 2009?! This last statement is completely coming from a personal frustration as my contract is about to end and I want a new toy to oggle at... hehe. Anyway, I've posted a few questions in this entry and I hope people get a chance to read this and respond and have a dialogue about this. I'm eager to hear what you've got to say! If not, I hope it gives people something to think about!!! Thanks All!

9. Osukaru

Posts: 68; Member since: Jul 02, 2008

Ok Where do i start.... When it comes to Smartphones over dumbphones, there will allways be better SW thats not official over whats currently available. Take WinMo phones, there are plenty of cooked roms that are way better than the default carrier roms available (welcome to the smartphone world). When it comes to the Pre, well palm has yet to get a device that works right. Im a technician and trust me palm is not the way to go. Their treo line/centro line has been out for a while and its the most problematic one to deal with. Why get 1st gen device (pre) and deal with all the problems. the storm is enough. In regards to posting new device info. Leaking out this information earlyer hurts the companies future. Most companys keep it hush hush to have an edge when its announced. Yes alot of stuff leaks out from employees which is sad because all they are doing is hurting the company. As for if you need a toy go with the rest get an iPhone and enjoy a BIG TOY..... if you need a device that performs go with what they grownups use.... Blackberry!

11. sinfulta

Posts: 279; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

To: Chupum, I would like to first start off by saying... Your complaining about something you don't have or own yet? What if that software is released by the time you are ready to purchase? How do you know the reason they don't use it for Verizon US is because there is a security leak problem with that leaked OS? Nobody knows, I'm sure they are not hanging on to it because it's fun for them to watch people get upset. I mean come on. Second thing: Why are you so concerned with the Pre? It's not revolutionizing the industry and is not doing anything spectacular that the Iphone and Storm doesn't already do. Maybe it does a few things better you say? Well that's always the case, someone develops something and then someone down the road has there own version and it's hotter and better. Example: 1967 Ford Mustang released mid 1966 to beat GM to the punch with there new big motor. Ford drops in a 390cube motor rated at 320 horsepower, 6 months later, GM releases Camaro and Firebird with a 400cube motor rated at 325 horsepower. It's never ending and is still the same to this day in the technology world. There is always some improvement of an existing technology and something better down the pipeline. Plus Sprint doesn't have a permanent exclusive to the device. I think I read somewhere it's only 9 months. And Sprint paid big money to have that exclusive. They did the same thing with the centro. ATT and VZW customers had to wait. Verizon or any other company for that matter rarely posts about there new HOT phone tons of months in advance. The big time phones get released is always around June (When schools out/getting out) and Oct and Nov to have it released before the big Holiday push. Otherwise everything else is leaked by employees or someone in the industry developing a product for the new Iconic device. You've already heard there is a New Storm coming, Apple is working on a tablet/mini pc device for VZW and it's only May. What else do you want? Don't you think they have people that read these forums and find way to keep things more hush day in and day out? I mean come on. Chill out. In the end we all use our phones to communicate and make a phone call. And if we had to pick one feature that we could be left with that worked, it would be that one: To make a call.

15. chupum

Posts: 115; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Sinfulta, I appreciate the analogy about the cars. And while I certainly understand it, I find myself chuckiling as I have spent the last 4 years learning about medicine. I'm traditionally an outdoors guy with two college majors that have nothing to do with cars, so talk to me about science, medicine, hiking or political science, but using cars as an analogy is completely useless to me. All I care about is that my Camry goes... haha. Anyway, in reference to your point about secrecy with companies, I certainly understand the importance of maintaining industry secrets, but surely, you can also see the advantages of advertising the release of a phone to the public in anticipation of bringing in new buyers. And you are right about phones being released around June. My question is about why Verizon hasn't advertised anything at all, in terms of new products. It is about two weeks away from this proposed seasonal sales push, and the fact that this huge carrier of ours hasn't created an advertising campaign for any device certainly illustrates the poor state of affairs for the foreseeable future during the upcoming season... That is until that Holiday Push season. One example I can think of was the campaign put forth by Verizon for 4 different devices, one of which included the Voyager. This was posted on their website more than a month in advance. I'm not trying to be difficult, but I hope you can clearly see the frustration on behalf of those who are about to finish their contracts with nothing on the horizon but older models that either have terribly mixed reviews or are not being optimized to their full potential. Secondly, I am concerned with the Pre as I have read about its great capabilities. Combine that with the plan that I have which is discounted by the medical school that I am a student of, I am in no position to really switch carriers, which actually puts me in a situation of frustration. The fact that this phone can multitask, or open multiple windows and operate them in an organized fashion, is a feature that seems to have optimized what Windows Mobile sought to do and the Apple Iphone which has not yet been done on their phones. So yes perhaps it can be considered a revolution in its own merit. But that's not why I'm so concerned with the pre. Between the lines exists a point illustrating that while the other CDMA carriers have pushed to bring in a new smartphone for their 2009 line-up, there is nothing for Verizon in terms of smartphones (as of yet). And perhaps you are right about their secrecy and that they have kept the lid on something so secret that we will all be amazed come this June. But I hope you don't mind if I don't hold me breath.

16. Osukaru

Posts: 68; Member since: Jul 02, 2008

According to your "Science Explanation" The universe went boom and voila, randomness created life. But per the correct concept is God created everything and he released it. He then later wiped the earth with a flood and released V2.0 of the human race.......

20. sinfulta

Posts: 279; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

As you might not understand the Car analogy sure you reference more is better. You can't tell me that you don't understand 320horse power is not better than 325 horse power, even my 89yr old grand mother can tell you that. You have already heard if you are on these forums that the Blackbery Tour will be released in June. End of the year will be the Storm 2, so I don't understand on even though verizon hasn't told you specifically there is enough information here to know that they are coming this year. I personally use the HTC Diamond and have no problems multitasking between applications. The blackberry's have been able to do this for years. So if you want a device now. Get the Storm or a Curve, have your multifunctionality now. If not then wait a month for the BB Tour, or wait till fall and get the new Storm. At least the advantage of the devices now have tons if not 1000's of applications/themes readily available. When have you ever seen Verizon release there "Iconic" device mid year? When have you ever seen Verizon adveritse these "Iconic" device more than 2 months prior? The answer is never. Not in there 9 year Verizon history. So I still don't understand what your complaining about. Your complaing about a PRE which isn't going to happen for at least 9 months, Is not proven like the Iphone or Blackberry's, has no app support what so ever at the moment. What other CDMA carriers has announced there "Iconic" device. The only other major CDMA carrier is Sprint now. Which they did not have an Iconic device as of yet. So they are releasing whatever they can now. Make sense? You will never see a major push for new stuff to come unless it's something going to be Huge huge. They want people to buy what's available now. Not wait. That's standard business in almost anything your in. If your going to post in for forum, read up on everything and you won't miss any of this that I've put in these posts.

23. jporterweb

Posts: 25; Member since: Jan 17, 2009

I have to comment on a few points made in this thread. First of all, there is surely nothing wrong with using leaked firmware/cooked roms/etc. As a matter of fact in many cases, the Carrier prefers that the people that know what they are doing do this. They can watch the forums and other mediums for customer reactions BEFORE releasing something to the general public. So, while they say out of their mouths that they don't want customers to use these, what they are really saying is ... Go Ahead try it.. we'll turn around so we don't see it. As for product leaks. I tend to believe that those things are usually leaked purposely. Just like I think this Storm Firmware thing is being leaked. There use to be VERY little news on the Storm firmware for VZW. Then more started to trickle out until now we are getting regular updates on the progress of the firmware upgrade for VZW. I think VZW realizes the pain some people are experiencing with the Storm and are trying to keep them informed without causing a panic in the entire customer base.(which would happen trust me I know how a lot of the 80 million plus customers can act when they hear a rumor about their cellphone that they don't understand. Like Bruce Willis drilling into an asteroid type stuff... End of the World.... it's kinda sad.) But look at the track record of leaks. For instance when VZW decided to go with an Unlimited Minutes plan, I didn't see or hear about it until it was leaked on the internet. Which was the very same day of the big sales rallys in which employees of Verizon were informed. Prior to the employees finding out there was neigh a breath about Unlimited on VZW and it was surprising. Truth is that I strongly believe that VZW knows what they are doing and leak most of the information we read themselves. Its a buzz builder people. And third Palm sucks.... why are we talking about Palm? I thought this was for Phones. Not for washed up PDAs with shiny new cans and strings. Sorry bout that.... really tired.

25. chupum

Posts: 115; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I will emphatically agree with your (jportweb) statement over sinfulta's, about company's information releases. To think that a leaked piece of information cannot in any way be helpful is plain narrow minded. Also in response to sinfulta's comment on the nature of the untested Palm Pre, I believe that his/hers is completely myopic. Just because a new phone doesn't have as many new applications, doesn't mean it can't be great. I think the Iphone too had a create a portfolio of applications before it became as famous as it is now. As for posting on this forum, if you want me to read all of your posts or all of the articles before I post on this forum, you are honestly out of your mind! For the past two years, I've been in class and the hospital learning how to save people like you from dying. What physician would you trust who spent as much time on this forum as you do, instead of reading more about medical journals? Honestly, anyone who expects others to know the minutiae of the articles posted on this forum, which aren't even that important in the grand scheme of things, has their priorities out of order.

26. sinfulta

Posts: 279; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I work in the industry. You would be actually shocked if you knew who I worked for and surprised at who my personal cell phone carrier is. That being said, I've been in this industry since 1997, so going on 12 years this fall. And YES you should do your research. Nobody else is going to do it for you. There is an upcoming phones with all carriers right on phone arena. It's not hard to find. If you don't know, maybe you shouldn't be on a forum that's dedicated to people that know tons of information about the industry and hardware. There is no saying that Palm is not going to do ok. But if you really think they are, there chances are less and less. They have so much working against them in a very very very crowded market. It has too many things against it. 1. Many users who have given up on palm completely, 2. No application support (Iphone, Blackberry's, and WinMo have never had this problems initially and had hundreds of apps prior to the device being released), 3. Phone is supposed to come in at $199.99-$299, so more money than all of it's competition. 4. No the device has not been proven, You yourself are b**ching about a blackberry update you don't already have. 5. The phone has no global radio frequencies, like the G1, Iphone, and Storm. 6. IT"S ON SPRINTS NETWORK, hello?!?! Even with all the new devices and palm's etc they have been getting, they continue to consistently loose customers every quarter all year long, They even dramatically lowered pricing. Didn't help, they try revamping there customer service... hasn't helped. So now them having the PRE with all that's working against them is going to me some magical save all device that everyone is going to want to have? You can't even get people to leave there old crappy LGVX6000 on Verizon but want the Iphone bad and willing to pay for data services but won't because they don't like the ATT network for whatever reason... and kinds of people are going to activate with Sprint? Fat chance. They will see a bump no doubt, but it will be very short fixed bandaid to there huge problem. Obviously it's important to you, cause you continue to post on a forum on an industry you don't know enough about. This has already happened over a year ago when Tmobile released there Open sourced G1 that has tons and tons of capabilites and an OS that is only limited by it's support. Look at it right now? It has the most capable and open OS on the market even more than the new PRE and that's not even out yet. Yet people still won't buy it. BTW Verizon doesn't release software RIM does, the carrier just approves it once they know it's working with all the carrier apps etc. I was at there main office in Waterloo Ontario recently and they are extremely strict about people talking about or even mentioning about leaked software or phones. There are people walking around with phones with dark/black camouflaged Blackberry's that a year out, that I was not even allowed to see. If you ask any of there employees, you'll find out people that "release/leak" this software and pictures of early of BB products are fired consistently. I had to leave my HTC Touch Diamond and had to walk in with a basic Casio GZ1 Type S (Non Camera Model) for my personal phone because they wouldn't allow my new device. So I'm sorry Verizon doesn't "LEAK" the software for consumers to try it. It only takes one copy of any software to spread quickly with it being hosted from multiple people and then all of a sudden everyone has a copy. All the carriers do is approved it. If you guys think Verizon is the one keeping it from you... they could be. But I don't think it's for no dang reason. It wouldn't be in there best interest to not approved a final release of a software. How do you know they are not waiting for the software to be released and just skip all the 4.7 crap? Cause eventually that's what's going to happen is everything will be moved to the V.5 software. So then what? What's the point of .141 if by August the 5.0 software is going to be finished? You can already get leaked versions of for non Storms like 8000/9000 series minus the 9500 series. So just like last time, They did there larger scale models first, then 9500 series afterwards, it's only common sense they will do the 9500 series with an update after the 8/9000 series like before. OH and Chupum. honestly I don't expect you look for everything, but a 3 second or less search (depending on how fast you type), You can find a lot of answers and would already know more information about all of this and probably more if you didn't waste your time typing in a forum that you yourself say you don't know enough about and should be in class or learning how to keep all us from dying. So just do a search, it will save us time, plus give you more time to go back to your studying instead of wasting your time here.

27. SprintLUVah

Posts: 10; Member since: May 14, 2009

Wow. Sinfulta I've always like your posts, but this is my first time to comment on one. This guy has been around a long time and knows his stuff. I remember back in the days you used to give good insight and new a lot of stuff, and that's back when you were working for Pacific Bell Mobile services... way back before they were Pac Bell Wireless and Cingular. I am not sure if I can say this, this day in age but that dude your going back in forth with Chupum "Just got moaded". Can I say that still? Or is that showing my age too much. Either way, I'm sure sinfulta probably isn't wording it best or being as nice, but I know in the past he as "Leaked" as you guys are calling it some crazy information and even provided I'm sure a lot of info to phonearena that you guys take for granted. Either way thanks for the post about the software here. I just happen to be browsing topics about leaked software... and now that I saw this post with the After doing some searching and talking to a few friends. I'm downloading ... I was trying to figure our which version for my girlfriends GSM BB8900. Thanks for posting. Good to know your around still.

28. chupum

Posts: 115; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Okay sinfulta, up until my last post, I was trying to be friendly... I succumbed to your knowledge about cars without denigrating your analogy, which I said that I understood. I just don't get why you came out of the gates so hostile, telling me that I'm complaining! What I'm about to say has NOTHING to do with this forum and aimed solely at you as a cantankerous and hostile contributor of this forum. Honestly, look at your posts and then compare them to mine, which mine are obviously more succinct than yours are, and you're accusing me of throwing my time away from my studies!? The fact that I'm now a doctor suggests either that I'm smarter than you are, or can manage my time better than you can. And you, who works for a phone company, who has as much time as YOU do to be able to write these long posts suggests that you are minimally educated working probably middle management (I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt by the way) and can only hope for lateral shifting in your company or industry... Sometimes I envy you because then I wouldn't be burdened with such amazing responsibility as helping people... But then again, IF I were you, then I'd be a sorry excuse for a person and be completely without empathy. I ended my first post on a kind note and so far, people who may be as experienced as you in your field, have not been nearly as hostile as you in response to my initial post, which was humble at the LEAST. What is wrong with you? You are not the be all end all of this PUBLIC forum, and if you truly wish to create a forum in which your cohorts can discuss the technical nuances of cell phones, then nobody will stop you. It can be your esoteric little community. In the meantime, please try to show patience for others on this forum.

29. sinfulta

Posts: 279; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Haha. You were complaining. Read above. You were complaining about Verizon not telling you way in advance what there phone lineup was and why there is not software for you don't even own. On how Verizon is missing out because of the Pre. I didn't accuse you of throwing away your studies, you said so yourself about how you dont have the time and that's where you focus was. I'm sorry that I took two months off work so I can vacation for a couple weeks and then the spend the rest of my 6 weeks left getting stuff done around the house while I'm working with contractors to get my old pool removed and have new backyard oasis for me and my family in time for summer. Sorry, I have the time to be on the forum. In no way shape or form does this make you smarter than anyone because your a doctor. Maybe in your particular field yes, but even then it depends on the individual. Here it means nothing unless it has something to do within the industry. In this industry I have as much education as I can possibly get for the field I'm in. I never said I work for phone company. I used too when I was a late teen and in my early 20's. I work for a chip manufacturer which most people on the forum are familar with (Which I can't disclose, but I'm sure people here could fill you in if you requested) We make the a chipset in your phone and probably about 80% of the phones on the market. Your phone, your friends phones, your family's phones, especially if you live here in the States or Asian Markets. I was not being rude with you. I was upset the fact that people come on her complaining about things they don't know about. You blaintly stated that you do not have the phone and your complaining about something. Why? If you owned and you asked for help people would be more inclined to help you and give you answers. I've given you all the info you need above. 1. Verizon will be getting the Tour in about a month towards end of June. Bell already carries it. It's the 9630. 2. I'm not sure why there hasn't been a final stamp of approval but there is nothing from Verizon that it's coming. Based on my experience because the new Argon BES (Blakberry Enterprise Server) was released. Version 5 will take advatage of some new features blackberry is working on with this Server 3. I got a chance to see the PRE after they did there little stunt up in San Francisco with shocking some of the public at an event I was at and Palm reps put the phone in the hands of regular individuals. I can tell you right now, It's not all it's cracked up to be. Unless they've changed tons from the last time I was in Sunnyvale, There is going to be issues out of the box. Gestures are still not working properly, battery life won't last 24hrs with light to normal use, touch sreen doesn't respond sometimes, and the keyboard is small like the centro and has poor feedback. If you can do a youtube search, there is some guys here from phonearena getting a demonstration of the phone. It's a 16 or 17 minute video and you'll see some of the problems the lady has with it while she's demo'ing the device. I was there discussing about chipsets that are soon being released that will use 12-15% less power, thus making phones increase slightly in battery life but have the same performance. I hope this clears stuff up. I'm sorry your upset, but don't expect to make statements on a public forum to make comments and opinions, then not expect someone to respond in particular fashion that you like. I don't have to be anything on here but myself as do you. I simply asked you questions because it was evident you had not done your research and were complaining. But to be rude to me and throw your education around that means nothing here, because I told you to spend some of your time posting and use the actual search function and you got upset. It doesn't bother me anyway, I'll still be a part of the process that keeps your family and friends talking with one another. Hopefully you make a good decision on your next phone purchase within the next month or whatever and hopefully my backyard will be done by then. Have a good one. See ya :)

6. TestManVZW

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 14, 2009

Hopefully it will only take a tweak or two from Rim in order to get the newest version passed. I have only had my storm for a couple days and havent had any issues with it, but I am sure I am in the minority. As I start doing more and more like other people have, I am sure I will start experiencing a hiccup or two.

7. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I agree with you dedicated users on leaked OS's. As an iPhone user I know I wouldn't own it without being able to jailbreak it to get the things it lacks from the factory, but it's a TERRIBLE business decision by Verizon. The dedicated users that understand leaks and how to use them may be fine, but I'm guessing that's a minuscule percentage of the people who actually get the Storm. For the huge percentage of average users who get it, they're going to be super dissapointed and may make a switch to another company just because of it. May sound ridiculous to you but as someone who works for a carrier, I know how incredibly ridiculous people are and guarantee it will turn people away. They need to get it together with their "flagship phone" because more and more people are just going to be getting dissapointed with their crappy OS because they won't approve a better, more efficient one...

14. chupum

Posts: 115; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Thank you for addressing that point of the minority of smartphone users using leaked upgrades. I actually happen to be one of them! To be honest, as a soon to be M.D. working 80+ hours in a hospital (2 more weeks until intern year!!!), I do enjoy understanding my phone, but I don't have NEARLY enough time to seek out leaked operating systems or separate versions of a phone not covered by my warranty (whatever they may be).

17. TestManVZW

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 14, 2009

Hey guys, I'm NOT a Blackberry Storm user, but I am a Verizon customer whose contract is about to end and will be using a smartphone within a month or so... I thought you werent a smartphone user? The only phones that have leaked software for you to switch to would be a smartphone. Which is it?

18. chupum

Posts: 115; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I'm not a blackberry user... I use a motorola q9m phone. It's terrible and I'm looking for a new smartphone or a new blackberry. I made this distinction, only because Verizon seems to do it. Does that help?

10. The Doc

Posts: 122; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Verizon Wireless dropped the ball on this one. And even VZW fanboys will agree that in regards to customer satisfaction, Verizon has fallen terribly short. No matter what, the official OS update they release won't be perfect. They need to make sure that their customers feel like they are working hard on an update. All these rumors of updates cause somewhat a loss of credibility. Step it up...

13. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

im totally happy with .75!! i've tried the leaks yet i still coming back to .75

19. bounce

Posts: 2; Member since: May 06, 2009

I have .141 on mine, and while it has some glitches it is far superior to .75 in my opinion. I have a couple of friends using .131 and they love theirs as well. I think the reason Verizon hasnt released .141 yet is because of the minor glitches and the people who are phone dumb and shouldent be using the Storm to begin with having major problems with it.

21. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I'm an admitted VZW fanboy, but this is absolutely ridiculous! I don't use any of the leaked OSs cuz I run a Mac, otherwise I would be willing to give it a go cuz with .75, and all these rumors of "impending" releases of newer OSs, I'm starting to get a bit irritated. Here's to NEVER being an early adopter for a VZW smartphone again! I appreciate all the things my Storm can do over all my previous "dumb phones", but c'mon guys, this waiting game for a newer and better OS is getting really old. Not to mention the fact, that if RIM can't get it right with this phone, how the hell are they magically going to get it better the second time around with the "Storm 2"? Can't see it happening. At this rate, I'd be more willing to wait it out and see if an iteration of the iphone comes to VZW and give that a go instead of a newer version of the Storm.

24. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

use a buddy's computer :-)

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