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jeegnesh
Posts: 6
Registered: ‎08-18-2008
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Which OS upgrade?

I wanted to find out if OS upgrades had to be carrier specific?

 

I have a Pearl that was originally bought from Orange UK its running 4.2.xxxx

 

Can I upgrade to any 4.5? I found a Vodafone 4.5 (I am in fact on Vodafone) its on the german website but has all the lang options.

 

In general can you use any carrier OS upgrade or does it have to specific?

 

Is there any chance of bricking the phone?

 

Does anyone know whats new/fixed in 4.5?

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jmcluett
Posts: 9
Registered: ‎08-16-2008
My Device: Not Specified

Re: Which OS upgrade?

Device software upgrades ARE carrier specific... you can find out the latest by trying to download it...

 

http://na.blackberry.com/eng/support/downloads/download_sites.jsp

 

Go down the page to pick your provider, and your devices model number.... should be good to go.

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jeegnesh
Posts: 6
Registered: ‎08-18-2008
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Re: Which OS upgrade?

Thanks thats just what I have been looking for.

 

If my phone has been unlocked to any network, after the firmware upgrade will that remain or will it be relocked?

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jeegnesh
Posts: 6
Registered: ‎08-18-2008
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Re: Which OS upgrade?

Also I have seen in other posts that people use different carrier upgrades, after they install the firmware on there PC, they delete:-

 
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Research In Motion\AppLoader\VENDOR.XML

 

Then run desktop manager.

 

Is this safe? And is there any benefit, do carrier specfic just add carrier settings and apps or is it more? As I am not on Orange I would rather have the Vodafone branding stuff or none, which the above method seems to do.

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d_fisher
Posts: 974
Registered: ‎04-01-2008
My Device: T-Mobile 8100

Re: Which OS upgrade?


jeegnesh wrote:

If my phone has been unlocked to any network, after the firmware upgrade will that remain or will it be relocked?


Once unlocked, always unlocked. Updating the OS has no effect.

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jeegnesh
Posts: 6
Registered: ‎08-18-2008
My Device: Not Specified

Re: Which OS upgrade?

Thanks a bunch, have upgraded to the Voda 4.5 and everything working fine.
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racer25
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎08-21-2008
My Device: Pearl 8110

Re: Which OS upgrade?

Hi,

 

I am curious how would you go about this if your provider is not listed ?

 

o2

 

Cheers,

 

Rob 

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jeegnesh
Posts: 6
Registered: ‎08-18-2008
My Device: Not Specified

Re: Which OS upgrade?

To the best of my new knowledge, just download whichever OS you want from:-

 

http://na.blackberry.com/eng/support/downloads/download_sites.jsp

 

Then launch the download on your PC (keeping BB disconnected from PC) and it installs the OS files onto your PC

 

Then delete C:\Program Files\Common Files\Research In Motion\AppLoader\VENDOR.XML

 

Now plug in your BB via cable, and it should kick off the upgrade, takes a while so be patient.

 

As I said this is with my new found knowledge, I used Voda OS on an Orange BB and its been working totally fine.

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