Vodafone Launches Blackberry Storm

Blackberry, the undisputed leader in smart phone services has introduced its new offering to Indian sub continent. The name is Storm which marks its debut in Indian touch screen market.

Storm is a next generation phone which tries to bridge the gap between a business and a multimedia phone. It comes with a 3.25 inch touch screen with an on-screen QWERTY keyboard. It also comes with a built in memory of 1 GB which can be expanded up to 16 GB with Micro SD cards.
Its officially available in India, so no need to hover around the grey market. Let’s see what it actually offers.
Features Status
Network (2G) GSM 900 / GSM 1800 / GSM 1900 / GSM 850
Network (3G) HSDPA 2100
Network (CDMA) CDMA 1xEV-DO
Form factor Block
Antenna type Internal
Weight 155 g (with battery)
Dimensions 112.0 x 62.0 x 14.0 mm
Display Type Graphical
Coloured Yes, TFT touchscreen, 65K colors

60 x 480 pixels

– Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate

Shared memory

1 GB

– microSD (TransFlash), microSDHC, up to 8 GB
– 128 MB RAM
– 624 MHz CPU

Polyphonic ringtones Yes, 32
Ringtone profiles Yes
HSDPA speed 3.6 Mbps
GPRS Yes, Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGE Yes, Class 10, 236.8 kbps
USB Yes, 2.0
Bluetooth Yes, 2.0
Browser Yes, HTML
Email client


– BlackBerry OS
– Instant Messaging
– Built-in GPS
– A-GPS function
– BlackBerry maps

SMS Send / Receive
MMS Send / Receive
Camera Builtin, 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels, autofocus, video, flash
Java Yes
Battery Type Li-Ion
Amperage 1400 mAh
Standby time GSM: 360h
Talk time GSM: 5h 30m
Provider Specific Yes (available with Vodafone Essar) in India
Price Rs 27990 (Check with vodafone for more)
BlackBerry Prosumer Service Rs. 1099/Month (Unlimited)

Vodafone is the sole seller of the device in India. Recently, I went to a nearby grey market to seek the details of the device but came back with no details about it. There used to be times when telecom companies used to battle with the tariff plans but now its with the best phones they can offer.

With the recent failure of iPhone 3G whose high anticipation was trashed by its baseless pricing technique. With more and more handsets flooding into market, we can hope to see more sophisticated gadgets with a reasonable price.