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Registered: ‎05-19-2013
My Device: curve 8330
My Carrier: sprint

Old 8330 on sprint network...just want to use as wifi device?

hi all, i have an old red 8330 curve from when i was on the sprint network. it is cdma and is version 4.3.0127 (platform


i want to give this to my girlfriend's son to use as like a wifi only device. is this phone capable of this? i went to manage networks and it doesn't seem to detect my house wifi signal. it connects to the sprint mobile network but of course im not a sprint customer now. is this device too old to just b e a wifi device?


if it's the OS that's old how do i update it? i don't want to spend any money on this.





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Re: Old 8330 on sprint network...just want to use as wifi device?

Hi and Welcome to the Community!


Firstly, refer:

  • KB05099 Steps to take before selling or after buying a previously owned BlackBerry smartphone


Next, older devices indeed would have many troubles using WiFi only...if I recall, your OS level won't allow the native BB Browser to function via WiFi only. For that, you'd need a 3rd party browser (e.g., Opera) -- assuming they have a version that is compatible with such an ancient OS. And you can expect no BBM, no native email, no AppWorld, etc. etc. etc.



As for the OS itself, please refer to this official download portal as you proceed. It is sorted first by carrier -- so if all you want are the OS levels your carrier supports, your search will be quick. However, some carriers are much slower than others to release updates. To truly seek out the most up-to-date OS package for your BB, you must dig through and find all carriers that support your specific model BB, and then compare the OS levels that they support.

From a PC, you can install any compatible (e.g., for your exact BB Model Number) OS package to a BB via this procedure:

Note that while written for "reload" and the Storm, it can be used to upgrade, downgrade, or reload any BB device model -- it all depends on the OS package you download and install to your PC. After installing the OS package to your PC, please remeber to delete, on your PC, all copies of VENDOR.XML...there will be at least one, and perhaps 2, and they will be located in or similarly to (it changes based on your Windows version) these folders:

  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Research In Motion\AppLoader
  • C:\Users\(your Windows UserName)\AppData\Roaming\Research In Motion\BlackBerry\Loader XML

Be sure that you remove, from your PC, any other BB device OS packages as having more than one installed to the PC can cause conflicts with this procedure.


Good luck and let us know!

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