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Bold Sales Suspended & RIM Admits Storm Rejection

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Orange Suspends Bold Sales & RIM Admits Storm Rejection

The sheen behind the impressive BlackBerry Storm launch this week has been slightly tarnished with some breaking developments from Orange, but then immediately buffed following some wonderfully frank talking from RIM's CEO...

Doing the damage are widespread reports that Orange UK has been forced to pull the much anticipated and (we can confirm) highly impressive BlackBerry Bold today after last minute software issues with the device were claimed to be reported across multiple networks. So far however Orange is the only one who has taken such drastic action.

A fix isn't expected for a couple of weeks too so if you've been hankering for your Orangey Bold upgrade you're going to have to be patient again.

In related news, RIM CEO Mike Lazaridis has admitted with refreshing honesty (and a strong sign of his confidence in the final version of the Storm) that the first version of the company's touchscreen handset failed to meet approval from primary network partner Vodafone.

"I thought that when we put Quadband EDGE and GPS and a powerful CPU and high-performance graphics cards on one tiny board, I figured that that was enough of a breakthrough and Vodafone sent me packing!?" he explained.

Well said, Vodafone - can you seriously imagine the Storm without HSDPA?

Ironically, the announcement of the Storm and the potential delay of the Bold could end up pitting the two handsets against one another. With both likely to be free on £35pm contracts and above this could be the clearest indication yet whether we still love our keys or if touchscreen is about to conquer all...

Links:

Orange Memo via MobileTech Addicts

Lazaridis Comments via Pocket Lint

Orinj

October 10, 2008, 7:01 pm

I've had a play with both and in my opinion, the Bold is better than the Storm. The Bold has WiFi, a key feature for any business or high-end handset.





The touch screen on the Storm, though good, is no iPhone. I found it quite tiring to keep having to press in on the screen for each key and I expect that people who write a lot of messages may suffer from RSI. It's also much more difficult to type with your fingers than your thumbs, unlike the iPhone/iPod Touch.

Ironduke

October 10, 2008, 8:37 pm

Smells like another lustful iPhone Victory





Who now can stand against the power of Jobsey

lifethroughalens

October 12, 2008, 5:00 pm

hmmm, i think i'll give the Bold a go on O2 and see how I get along...thanks for the info Orinj...still think it's a poor effort not putting WiFi in the Storm.

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