Vodafone UK conjures up a Storm with new touchscreen BlackBerry

The Blackberry Storm 9500, the first ever touchscreen BlackBerry smartphone, exclusively purpose-built for Vodafone, is available to pre-order. Customers can also pre-register interest through Vodafone’s retail partner Phones 4U.

The BlackBerry Storm pricing will start from free on a two year contract at £35 per month on a Best for Text plan that will include 600 minutes and unlimited texts. On Vodafone’s Best for Talk £35 plan customers will receive 700 minutes and 250 texts and unlimited landline or Vodafone to Vodafone calls. Best for Talk and Best for Text Plans also include unlimited internet and email, with Vodafone’s satellite navigation service Find&Go free for the first six months. (

Nick Read, CEO at Vodafone UK, stated: “Today’s announcement brings the power of the BlackBerry Storm 9500 exclusively available on Vodafone, directly into the hands of our customer, whether they are consumers or business executives. Our customers tell us that they want a single phone that can also give them the most secure, reliable email and messaging experience possible combined with all the desirable smartphone features, and they want it at a price that’s affordable. The BlackBerry Storm delivers all of this and more.

“Vodafone’s high speed mobile internet network will complement the BlackBerry Storm perfectly giving customers a great value, unique multimedia experience,” Read continued. “There’s no doubt that this will deliver something exceptional to our consumer and business customers, helping them all make the most of their time.”

With an elegant black design, the BlackBerry Storm combines messaging services including secure email, SMS and social network notifications in a single inbox. It also offers superb sound quality and a 3.2 megapixel camera with video capabilities that exploit the screen’s stunning clarity to deliver advanced multimedia performance coupled with Vodafone’s fast and reliable mobile broadband network.

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