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Old 05-24-2011, 02:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
JimUK
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Question Using a 9550 Storm (Verizon) in the UK on O2

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Morning / Afternoon all,

I have a feeling I may have done something a bit silly in buying my Storm 2 9550! :D

I live in the UK, and picked up one of these for a bargain, and it currently has Verizon branded firmware installed (v5.0.0.1015, Bundle 1656, Platform 4.2.0.442)

Question is, if there a generic firmware available that can be flashed onto the device to remove the Verizon bits?

The phone is unlocked network wise (ie. it will connect to the O2 UK mobile network), but there are things that are not quite right, including:
- E-Mail: I can only choose "I want to use a work email account with a Blackberry Enterprise server". Where is the option for Outlook Exchange or POP/IMAP servers?
- Facebook application: First application I tried, but comes up with "You are currently on a service plan that does not support this application..." error message. Again, a conflict with the Verizon firmware and O2?
- Only option for SMS messaging, when I know I can do SMS and MMS.

So is there a way of installing an unbranded UK firmware onto this device? Or have I bought a device this is pretty much useless outside the US?

Thanks for any pointers......I have installed unbranded firmware on Nokia's in the past, so would have thought there would be a similar system on RIM/Blackberry.....I hope! :D
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