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BlackBerry Storm unveiled to take on the iPhone

The BlackBerry Storm has been launched in the UK, with industry watchers predicting that the feature-rich device is the latest challenge to the supremacy of the iPhone.

Available exclusively through Vodafone and developed in conjunction with RIM, the Storm employs a touchscreen operated user interface and houses a 3.25-inch, 480-by-360-pixel display – the largest ever on a BlackBerry.

The handset is also equipped with a full Qwerty virtual keyboard, which is viewable in its entirety when the phone is turned on its side as well as 3G connectivity for fast web browsing, a 3.2 megapixel camera, media player and GPS to provide you with turn by turn directions to your location.

A Vodafone customer services spokesman has described the public’s response to the Storm, which was delayed by a week, as “phenomenal” with tens of thousands believed to have been sold in its first weekend of availability.

The BlackBerry Storm is available on a two-year contract for £35 per month. Ben Wood, of CCS Insight, told the Times that the new handset is the most credible challenger yet to Apple’s multi-million selling smartphone.

He said: “We’ve seen lots of 'me too' attempts since the iPhone came along, but nothing has lived up to expectations. I thought the first credible contender would come from Helsinki, home of Nokia, or maybe Seoul, but not Waterloo, Canada.

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