Sprint has officially updated their branded version of the BlackBerry Bold 9650 to OS 18.104.22.1680. If you haven’t been installing unofficial versions of BlackBerry 6 on your device, you may want to check out OS 22.214.171.1240, as, it is a fairly significant bump beyond OS 126.96.36.1995, Sprint’s last official update. OS 188.8.131.520, of course is a free download, and you can pick it up from the link below.
BlackBerry Bold 9650
A co-worker just walked into my office and said, “I just killed my phone at lunch. I left it on the roof of my car and pulled off. It got all busted up, so, I need to replace it immediately.” I asked them what phone did they just destroy and they said, “a BlackBerry Bold”. I asked them if they were on Verizon and they said, “Yeah!”
It was then that my shoulders dropped and I let out a sigh before asking, “Do you want to stick with the BlackBerry?” My co-worker said, “I really don’t care. I just want something better than that phone I just busted up that can actually do some cool stuff like play Netflix and games and stuff. And I want to get one with a bigger screen like that one with the keyboard that slides out but not so big that it feels more like a TV than a phone.”
To make a long story short, I just recommended, for the first time to a co-worker, that they don’t even look at a BlackBerry and go straight to the iPhone 4, Droid 2, or Droid Pro. My co-worker said, “There is no new BlackBerry that I should check out?” I said, “Not unless you buy the same BlackBerry Bold 9650 that you’ve had for over a year and are OK with it not doing the cool stuff that you just said you wanted your new phone to do.”
This is pretty sad RIM. I would love to recommend the BlackBerry to colleagues and friends just as I have done for years. You, however, must put new phones out that do things that people want to be able to do on smartphones these days, something, unfortunately, you haven’t really done for years…
RIM, you’ve got to get new phones out. Give us a date. Give us some hope…
If you are a Verizon BlackBerry Bold 9650 or Curve 3G 9330 user that hasn’t already installed a leaked version of BlackBerry 6 for your device, your wait for the latest and greatest BlackBerry OS is now over. Verizon has officially released BlackBerry 6.
You can download and install BlackBerry 6 on your Verizon Bold 9650 or Curve 3G by heading over to www.BlackBerry.com/updates and connection your device to your computer via USB. You can also download the update OTA (over the air) by going to Options>Advanced Options>Wireless Update directly from your device.
You can get more information about BlackBerry 6 updates for both devices from the following Verizon Wireless links:
Skype and Verizon have had an exclusive relationship since the end of March 2010 so makes sense that Skype has announced official support for Verizon BlackBerry devices running BlackBerry 6. If only, however, Verizon officially sold devices that run BlackBerry 6… We know that RIM’s latest and and greatest BlackBerry operating system is coming to both the BlackBerry Bold 9650 and BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330, but, Verizon is sure taking their time when it comes to officially releasing it.
If you are the owner of a Sprint BlackBerry Bold 9650 or BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330, you can update your device to BlackBerry 6 by installing OS 184.108.40.2065 OTA, or, manually by downloading it to your computer from here…
It seems like over the passed couple of weeks there have been several signs and indications that BlackBerry 6 upgrades for the BlackBerry Bold 9650 and the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330 could drop any time. More evidence indicating that the new OS could be coming soon are the BlackBerry 6 Upgrade Guides that have been showing up in Verizon Stores.
There is a pretty good chance that a Verizon Flyer, if it hasn’t already, will hit your mailbox over the next few days that touts the benefits of BlackBerry 6. Verizon doesn’t currently offer BlackBerry 6 on any of its devices, at least not officially, so, it is probably a pretty safe bet the the official release of BlackBerry 6 for the BlackBerry Bold 9650 and the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330 is imminent.
BlackBerry 6 Simulators for both the 9650 and the 9330 have already been released so I am betting that we will see the actual OS releases coming within days.
BlackBerry 6 Simulators for the BlackBerry Bold 9650 and the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330 are now available which probably means that the official release of BlackBerry 6 on each of these devices isn’t too far behind.
The OS build for both simulators is 220.127.116.117, however, it is not confirmed if this will be the version of BlackBerry 6 released for these devices, nor, do we have a definitive date of when BlackBerry 6 will actually come out.
You can download BlackBerry OS Simulators for all BlackBerry devices here…
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A new leak of BlackBerry 6 for the BlackBerry Bold 9650, version 18.104.22.1683, has been found online and, at the time of this posting, available for download. As with all leaked BlackBerry operating systems, 22.214.171.1243 for the BlackBerry Bold 9650 is not supported. If you decide to install it, make sure that you have a good backup of your device…
For the first time since I’ve been a Verizon subscriber there isn’t a new, or, even a relatively new, BlackBerry device on their network that I am interested in enough to purchase for personal use. The BlackBerry Curve 9330 is just too low end of a device for my needs. The BlackBerry 9650 is a good, but, I’ve become accustomed to BlackBerry devices with touch screens and can’t see myself won’t switch back to a full QWERTY device unless it is a slider with a full touch screen.
In years past there was no way that Verizon would have have entered the holiday shopping season without a big promotion or two generating buzz around the BlackBerry devices being offered or soon to be offered on their network. In 2008 and 2009, Verizon had exclusive devices, the BlackBerry Storm and BlackBerry Storm2, come out at this time of the year, but, for 2010, Verizon has no exclusives, their “new” high end device came out 6 months ago, and, although the Curve 3G came out less than 6 weeks ago, there really isn’t much marketing buzz coming out of Verizon.
There is no question that since the introduction of the Motorola Droid back in 2009 that Verizon’s wagon has been hitched to the horse that is Android, but, it seems as though Verizon isn’t even paying to attention to the BlackBerry, which, brings us to our poll question: