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Vodafone Releases BlackBerry Storm Software Fix

Gordon Kelly


Vodafone Releases BlackBerry Storm Software Fix

We like the BlackBerry Storm, it may have bizarre omissions like WiFi and divide users over its touchscreen Qwerty keyboard (Andy and I hate it, Riyad loves it) but it remains an impressive handset - if one desperately in need of a firmware upgrade...

So praise be that after much Interweb chitter chatter and two leaked versions of Storm firmware that Vodafone Germany has done the decent thing and made 'OS' official and available for download on its site.

Taking a leaf from the Amazon MP3 UK marketing method of absolutely-no-marketing-whatsoever, the site has quietly stuck up the new software without a promotion in sight despite the fact it is reported to be a potentially game changing / sanity returning update for a phone which clearly shipped with half baked firmware (OS

Helpfully Vodafone.de has also included no information about the update either other than it's a .EXE file so will require a PC to run it and that it is a hefty 103MB. Consequently we have no idea whether it is the mooted Maintenance Release - despite the mooted cool OTA delivery method clearly being nonsense - or the planned additional one or both combined, but we can only hope this vast array of fixes remains true:

  • If a customer receives a call while listening to music at low volume using a wired headset, the music volume may suddenly increase to the highest level (!). Interim recovery instructions: Lower the volume using the buttons on the side of the handset.

  • When using voice-activated dialling, incoming audio may be muted. Interim recovery instructions: Enter the menu and select "Activate Handset or Speaker".

  • The handset may reset itself while sitting idle or while using multimedia applications. No interim recovery instructions provided.

  • Customers may intermittently lose email connectivity via CDMA and/or international roaming modes. Interim recovery instructions: Main menu -> Manage Connections -> Select mobile network -> Turn radio off, then Turn radio on. If this does not resolve the issue, pull the battery.

  • When powering on the handset, the radio sometimes does not turn on. Interim recovery instructions: Main menu -> Manage Connections -> Select mobile network -> Turn radio on. If this does not resolve the issue, pull the battery.

  • Pressing the send key while the device is in landscape mode will open the phone application in portrait mode, but the speed dial function may not work. Interim recovery instructions: Press escape until the home screen appears, then press the send key with the handset in portrait orientation.

  • Sometimes entering characters on the virtual keyboard doesn't work. Interim recovery instructions: Re-select the character.
Yep, it's a lot and I hear that pesky drunken accelerometer will sober up substantially too. So if you made this impetuous purchasing decision fire it up and let us know if your money suddenly feels far better spent...

Update: The Vodafone UK edition of this firmware update (not that there is any difference) can now be downloaded directly from BlackBerry.com. Thanks for the great spot RedDemon.


Vodafone.de OS Update Page


December 5, 2008, 4:09 pm

Have you tried it? I know the leaked update was a big improvement, reducing lag and making it more stable. What are your impressions?


December 5, 2008, 8:14 pm

I've just updated my Storm after receiving an email from RIM, it took about 1/2 hour from start to finish, with new drivers being loaded on the PC as well as the device, the device rebooted a couple of times and mainly sat with the spinning clock on it during the updates. Te accelerometer seems less tanked up than before, flicking between portrait and landscape a lot quicker there also seems to be less lag on the menus too. The update forgot to switch Vodafone back on, other than that the update seems to have worked OK with noticable improvements in the speed of the device.


December 5, 2008, 10:40 pm

MLR, are you based in the UK?

I have the storm and would dearly love to upgrade its firmware, but i I haven't received any correspondence form RIM or Vodafone. I am dubious of downloading a vodafone.de patch in case it changes important region/language settings etc in my phone.


December 6, 2008, 2:14 pm

Kaben, Yes, I'm in the UK, the option to get notified of the updates and install them is in the PC software Blackberry Desktop Manager V4.x that came on the DVD with the phone from Vodafone. I've been using the updated phone since yesterday and it is a lot quicker, the accelerometer does actually work like it should.


December 8, 2008, 4:06 am

You can also go straight to vodafone UK's website for any blackberry updates http://devicehelp.vodafone....

I guess they'll also update this forum below if they release more updates



December 9, 2008, 5:21 pm


Given that you have been using the Storm, whats your view on it? Would you recommend it? Or , having used, if you had the chance, would you say you would have preferred to wait for a successor? Only i am thinking of getting one, just do not want to commit to a contract if waiting for a heir would make sense.


December 11, 2008, 6:14 pm


The storm is good but not perfect, the updated software has got rid of my biggest bug bear which was the acelerometer not working 50% of the time, now it switches well and most of the time only as required. Email and browsing are very good, I can't fault them other than the browser not supporting flash but I can live without that. The GPS with either Vodafone maps or Google Maps are great, I used Vodafone maps in place of a tom-tom and it's a real alternative - that said it's free for 3 months so paying for it might be another story. Battery life is crap but that seems to be accepted with smartphones, it just about gets thru the day but needs charging every night. I can live without WiFi as the Vodafone 3G coverage around here is great. I'd say another software update would tweak it again and make it really good. &#16335 quid a month is about as much as I'd spend on it - over 18months that stacks up but the data bundle seems worth it. I prefer it's interface to the iPhone but i'm not saying that to start an argument, I just think it's more intuitive and the clicking does make more difference than you'd think. I'd say have a play with one that's had a software update, it's not perfect but I doubt any device is mate.

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