BlackBerry Storm owners can't upgrade the OS

BlackBerry 6 OS won’t run on last year’s model

Research in Motion’s new BlackBerry 6 operating system doesn’t work on two existing BlackBerry touch-screen models — the Storm and the Storm 2 — despite the fact that the Storm 2 has been on the market for less than a year, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The company’s newest smart phone — the BlackBerry Torch — debuted with the new operating system and has both a slide-out keyboard and a touch screen. The new operating system reportedly gives users a more iPhone-like experience, making it easier to access social networks, media and apps.

RIM officials did not tell the Wall Street Journal why the new OS doesn’t work with the Storm phones. The "Electronista" blog muses that the Storm phones’ SurePress click-down screen somehow prevents BlackBerry 6 from working properly. The technology was designed to make typing on the screen feel more like typing on a keyboard, according to the newspaper.

RIM said existing phones that will be able to run BlackBerry 6 include the Bold 9700, the Bold 9650 and the Pearl 3G.

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Reader Comments

Sun, Mar 11, 2012 Richie F

Am using the Storm 2 and really I expected better. This is my first smart fone and am really disappointed. The applications are boring and the fone keeps on freezing!

Wed, Jan 12, 2011

Another ploy by RIM to bilk loyal customers out of their hard earned money. If RIM wanted to maintain its loyal fan base then they should offer a significant discount for a high priced yet subpar phone such as the Storm series. Get with the program RIM!!!

Fri, Sep 17, 2010

really, are rim going to buy back the now obsolete storm models and give us a better deal for the torch - or is rewarding loyal customers something so ancient?!

Sat, Sep 4, 2010

I too use the storm and it was find until I did a comparison with other smart phone on the market. First of all I will never leave Verizon because it works like it should and worth the higher price. I have been blackberry loyal for about 8 years and I have given up hope that they will fix the problems with their phones. Like not being able to save apps to the memory card, not improving the touch screens, constant lockups, and a better OS to promote multi function operations

Tue, Aug 31, 2010 sal ny

Storm is a dinosaur compared to new Android phones. I WILL go for a new Android soon! Was looking for Torch, but not to Verizon, forget it!

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