12-31-2008 03:38 PM
A few questions about the OS.
When is the latest one coming out officially?
I know the leaked one is out, but I don't want to put anything not official onto my phone.
I really want to keep this phone but with all the issues I am having I am seriously considering switching it out while I still have a shot.
12-31-2008 04:14 PM
No one knows what date Verizon will release the upgraded OS, OR EVEN if they will release this version of the OS (.83 or .85) They might release .86 or even one later.
And VZW has been nortoriously slow in the past to release OS upgrades (with the one exception of .76 for the Storm two weeks after the device launched). That in itself leads me to wonder how soon, or if in months that VZW might release an upgrade.
12-31-2008 04:40 PM
First off Verizon Wireles isn't the ones that release the OS updates, that would be RIM. After RIM has the release ready Verizon Wireless tests the release to be sure it isn't going to crash their network.
The latest version CURRENTLY available is at www.vzam.net/blackberry.
The most recent version is 126.96.36.199.
12-31-2008 07:39 PM
12-31-2008 07:53 PM
The OS upgrades are specific for each carrier because each carrier's technology is different. The OS your friend has is not location specific ... i.e. Canada, but instead is specific for Telus.
While Cingular, AT&T, Sprint, VZW or Telus may carry the exact same model device, the OS versions will be different.
OS updates are usually released to either add functionality or fix a bug in the software. Since each carrier's software is specific for that carrier they may or may not experience the same performance issues or have the same functionality.
Just because RIM has released an OS update does not mean that it is compatible with every carrier... only the carrier it was designed for.
12-31-2008 08:42 PM
01-01-2009 08:38 AM
Good move on not going to AT&T. I had the same carrier since 1992. After going through a few other buyouts, eventually, my carrier was bought out by Cingular. Cingular was very good for me. Since the mid-to-late 90's, cell phone performance was rock-solid.
At one point, AT&T bought Cingular and the call quality and customer service went down the toilet -- BIG TIME! It was as though signal strength and dropped calls went back about 15 years technologically. I toughed it out for 6 months and tried different options. I cannot emphasize enough how absolutely crappy the customer service was. Several reps were just major a-holes. So, I ported over to Verizon. I've been happy ever since. Personally, I base my preference on carrier before phone. If I was unhappy with the Storm, I'd either get another Verizon phone or wait to see what else is on the Horizon. Maybe the Bold will make it to Verizon soon? Who knows.
Anyway, if knowing a bit about my experience is any help to you, that's what this post is about.