Storm confirmed for UK. Thunder Name is Out?!

By Kevin Michaluk on 22 Sep 2008 12:40 pm EDT

Vodafone BlackBerry Storm just posted a story confirming that the BlackBerry Storm will make its way to the UK, and that it will bare the Storm name.  Apparently the Thunder branding is being toss out the door in favor of the Storm becoming the global brand for RIM's new touchscreen device.

Multiple sources have confirmed to Pocket-lint that Vodafone will be getting the UK exclusive for the new touchscreen BlackBerry; the Storm.

"Vodafone will be the exclusive operator in the UK with the 'Thunder' name being ditched in favour of the global 'Storm,'" one of our sources confirmed.

Hitting the shops at the end of October, the multiple industry sources, who have all asked to remain anonymous, have also confirmed to Pocket-lint that the new smartphone from RIM will be available before November in time for Christmas, with an official announcement from RIM, the maker of the BlackBerry, due at the start of October.

Interesting. I hope this pans out to be true. I personally prefer "Storm" over "Thunder". What do you all think? Thanks to Stuart for sending this in!

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Storm confirmed for UK. Thunder Name is Out?!


Superb News ! :) Lets hope unlocked devices will be floating about too from other sources. Great move for pre-christmas selling :)

Kevin this one is for you. I remember a story saying that the Storm will have a smaller Pearl style keyboard when vertical. Is this still the case, I haven't heard anything else about it or seen any screenshots showing it.Glad to see that the Thunder name is out. Cheers everybody

Vodafone in the UK have really marketed the Bold to Business users and not the rest of us. The Vodafone website only sells the Bold to Business users its not on the regular Vodafone on-line store. I wonder will Vodafone market the Storm at the Business or consumer market.

That is a very interesting revelation that no one has mentioned previously, they the GSM version of the Storm would have 3G! CX has really been holding out on us!

I have contacted a friend who operates a Telus retail store and he confirmed to me that Telus will be getting the touch blackberry and it will be known as blackberry thunder in canada or telus at least.

So long as there is a 9500 "Storm" with GSM (and wifi and now 3G?!?) for Rogers, its still all good....

I don't think Rogers should be able to get this phone. Not only have they NOT promoted the Bold but they don't give the respect to BB they have displays everywhere for iphone so they should only get that. But glad its coming out soon!! too bad it isnt here for Eid next Wed. : (

I am loving this blackberry can't wait for it to come out...
I am already with Vodafone so that is nothing for me to bother about.

Just cant wait, so that I can upgrade from the blackberry curve