As announced previously, the BlackBerry 9500 is now available on Vodafone for free on an 18-month contract. Just like the newly-launched BlackBerry 8900 Curve, the Storm lacks one feature (Wi-Fi) just to make sure that the Bold reamains king of the hill. It’s too bad those waiting on the Verizon release next Friday will have to shell out $199.99, but hey, different markets. The last time I played with a Storm, it felt good, but the OS still needed considerable polishing, so here’s hoping the production model is up to snuff. Those of us up north will have to wait until mid-December before getting the Telus BlackBerry Storm. As for Bell, we haven’t heard a peep from them.