updated 05:55 pm EDT, Mon August 10, 2009
BBerry 9520 WiFi Shots
A handful of shots have surfaced of the BlackBerry 9520 that show the existence of Wi-Fi on the device. Better known as the sequel to the Storm for GSM carriers, the device clearly lists Wi-Fi as an option alongside 3G. It moreover shows it running BlackBerry OS 5.0, though as before the software has only minor improvements over 4.7.
Adding Wi-Fi is a change of direction for the Storm. Verizon is widely believed to have kept it out of the original model to make sure that both it and its European partner Vodafone could steer customers into using the 3G network. This year, however, Verizon has been adding a number of Wi-Fi smartphones and is now believed to be mandating Wi-Fi on future devices, such as its own version of the new touchscreen smartphone.
The firmware also makes references to OS 5.1 and an unknown BlackBerry 9990; this may be a more distinct additional touch phone. [via IntoMobile]