By Stephen Schenck | January 6, 2012 5:33 PM
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.