Verizon BlackBerry Users About to Get Bold 9930, Torch 9850 Updates


BlackBerry users on Sprint got themselves a little bit of a pre-holiday treat when the carrier released BlackBerry OS 7.1 updates for the Bold 9930 and Torch 9850 midway through last month. If, on the other hand, you’re a Verizon subscriber, you’ve probably been impatiently tapping your foot, wondering just when your carrier would get with the program and update your BlackBerry as well. The good news is that your wait is nearly over, as Verizon has updated the support documentation for its own versions of the Bold 9930 and Torch 9850, suggesting that the BBOS 7.1 update is ready to drop any day now.

By now, we’re well familiar with the feature set of BBOS 7.1. The most notable change here, and the one that will probably go over the best with users, is the introduction of a mobile WiFi hotspot mode.

A whole bunch of little bugfixes has been introduced with this release, which should lead to some more stable phone behavior. While none of the problems being addressed were very serious issues, some had the potential to reset your phone or cause it to stop responding to certain inputs. There’s at least one Verizon-specific fix these two phones are getting, targeting VCAST audio quality.

There’s no specific ETA for these updates to start showing-up, but knowing Verizon, we expect to see them go out within the next week.

Source: Verizon 1, 2 (PDFs)

Via: CrackBerry

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!