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UK BlackBerry Storm users denied upgrade until 2010

RIM denies UK users BB OS upgrade
RIM denies UK users BB OS upgrade

RIM's new BlackBerry Storm 2 might be dominating the headlines at the moment, but that hasn't stopped it offering the new BB OS 5.0 software to existing Storm users.

This means kinetic scrolling, text input with auto-correction and a generally improved user experience. It was unveiled as an option for existing Storm customers by Verizon in the US, and will be available shortly.

However, the UK won't be afforded the same option, and will instead be forced to wait until 2010 for the same upgrade, according to Electric Pig.

US favouritism

This makes the Storm 2, available on Vodafone, a more attractive proposition for users looking to get that BlackBerry touchscreen experience, as the original Storm failed on a number of accounts.

But it seems RIM still clearly views the US market as its primary demographic, as despite releasing the Storm 2 in the two territories simultaneously, it hasn't offered the same level of support in both countries.

Gareth Beavis
Gareth Beavis

Global Editor-in-Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.