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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Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.

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