All good things must come to an end, but this is something that even I wasn’t looking forward to. It seems that Verizon Wireless will be giving End Of Life status to the BlackBerry Storm 2 9550 and Curve 8530 next month. As an avid Storm 2 user and all around BlackBerry fan I have stood by BlackBerry and Verizon for several years, but this seems to me like a step backwards for Verizon in preparation for the release of OS 6. The word out there is that these current devices do not hold the memory needed to run OS 6, although this has been heavily debated as of late. Both of these devices are rumored to be updated later this year in order to play nice with OS 6, but I’m curious as to how giving them End Of Life status now could affect those future updates. If these updated “refreshed” devices do come out only to have upgraded memory how will current users be affected? Verizon is rumored to be releasing the Curve 9300 as well as the Storm 3 also by year end so this could be the reason for the early departures. If you’re a current Storm 2 or Curve owner, drop us a comment with your thoughts.
Verizon may be giving the BlackBerry Storm2 9550 and the Curve 8530 an End of Life. This seems like a very fast EOL notice considering these devices are less than a year old, so it makes you wonder what’s going on behind the scenes that would lead to this. Both of these devices have updates on the way, with the Curve 9300 acting as a replacement for the 8530 and the Storm2 is getting a refresh for BlackBerry 6. The exact details of the End of Life notices are as follows:
BlackBerry Storm2 (9550):
The Storm2 is end of life – Final Shipments August
Refer to the “Stock Check” tool in POS for on hand availability
Device will retire on 8/15, replacement coming in Q3/Q4
It’s good to know that these devices are getting refreshed, but it’s too bad that users won’t be able to take advantage of really cheap devices that are a little outdated. It seems that carriers are really only concerned with early adopters who are ready to pay more for devices.
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