The BlackBerry Storm will hit stores this weekend Pocket-lint can confirm.

"Talking to our purchasing/stock guys here, the BlackBerry Storm will physically be in stores THIS FRIDAY!!!!!" a spokesperson for Phones4U told Pocket-lint.

The high street retailer is the exclusive partner for Vodafone on the handset meaning you won't be able to get it at Carphone Warehouse.

"The website will be taking pre-orders over the next day or so, but dispatches will go out Friday", our man added.

Earlier on Monday we reported that the handset would be released on Friday but Vodafone were keeping quiet.

Rumour has it that customers will see a high profile launch at Vodafone's flagship store on Oxford Street in London with F1 motor racer - and now World Champion - Lewis Hamilton at the store.