11-20-2010 02:56 AM
Hi and welcome to the forums!
I have been reading that device OS 6 version/s have been out for the Bold 9700 since the start of Nov.
I have downloaded device OS versions from the BlackberryOS.com site
Try them here: BlackberryOS
01-10-2011 02:03 PM
Yes, it definately can be.
Here is the official version.
Instructions for installing on ANY carrier's 9700:
1. Download the above OS file to the PC then install it to the PC by running (double clicking) the file you downloaded.
2. Go to c:\program files\common files\research in motion\apploader and delete the file named "vendor.xml." Vista/Win7 users: In the apploader folder, simply click on "Compatibility files" to see the actual Vendor.xml file. Once you've got that - simply delete the vendor.xml file there (even if you've deleted or think you've deleted it in the folder previously) and voila, it will allow you to update to the newly installed OS!
3. Plug in BB and double click on "Loader.exe." It's located in the same place as the above vendor.xml file.
The process takes about 45 minutes to an hour depending on how much data you have to backup and restore during the process. Once it's done loading the new OS it will reboot (it may do this twice during the entire process.) You will see a black "BlackBerry" screen with a status bar for up to 20 minutes at a time while the DM says "waiting for initialization."
If, for some reason, you end up with a white screen with small icons and the number 507, simply connect to the PC again and run Loader.exe again, and it should load the OS to the device.
01-31-2011 12:25 AM
How can this be the official version if you have to delete the vendor? shouldn't you just wait until your network release it?
RIM releases the OS to all carriers. Some choose to adopt it and others do not. It is usually quite safe to use an OS released by a different carrier, but to do so requires deleting VENDOR.XML.
01-31-2011 11:24 AM - edited 01-31-2011 11:24 AM
This is likely oversimplified, but basically it puts a wrapper around the core OS with those things that are specific to that carrier. For instance, those annoying "shortcut" icons for carrier-specific services or other things that the carrier may have negotiated to be able to push to their users. It makes the OS package functional on a BB solely for that carrier. But the core OS is identical across all carriers as long as it's for the same specific model BB and has the exact same OS level numbers.