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Posts: 2
Registered: ‎02-04-2014
My Device: Bold 9000
My Carrier: unlocked
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Is there any way to update my Bold 9000 that is unlocked and I have no carrier?

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BB 9000

Current os- v4.6.0.282
Formerly used Rogers, now using BB mostly for WiFi, pics, calendar, notes, music
Using  7/11 Speak Out   for phone airtime.

Due to MAJOR budget constraints and a newer  smart phone (non BB) dying, I am back to my Bold 9000 workhorse!

Would like to upgrade so I can download more current apps, I see that you need  access and blessings

from a carrier to do so. Gee, a CD or internet download, would be nice way to upgrade my Bold 9000 instead. 

I am a long time BB user and it would be great to still support BB... are you listening Blackberry/ RIM?

Anyother ideas from the forum on how to get an upgrade workaround would be greatly appreciated.

p.s. - this is my first post to the forum.

Guru II
Posts: 21,606
Registered: ‎04-01-2008
My Device: BlackBerry PRIV; BlackBerry Z30, Z10 and Q10 w/OS 10.3.2.2639; PlayBook w/OS 2.1.0.1917
My Carrier: AT&T

Re: Is there any way to update my Bold 9000 that is unlocked and I have no carrier?

Do the following:

 

1. First locate your carrier and the OS file you wish to use.

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

 

Hint: I suggest this one as they offer OS 5.0 for the 9000:

 

https://swdownloads.blackberry.com/Downloads/entry.do?code=1141938BA2C2B13F5505D7C424EBAE5F

2. It doesn't hurt to do a manual backup of your device first, using Desktop Manager > Backup. Close Desktop Manager upon completion and unplug BlackBerry. You can get BlackBerry Desktop Software here http://us.blackberry.com/apps-software/desktop/

3. Download the OS file from step 1 to the PC then install it to the PC by running (double clicking) the file you downloaded.

4. Go to c:\program files\common files\research in motion\apploader and delete the file named "vendor.xml." Also check the following locations for vendor.xml files and delete any instances of the file:

On Windows Vista/7 navigate to C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Roaming\Research In Motion\BlackBerry\Loader XML (Where "YOUR_USER" is your username)

On Windows XP navigate to C:\Documents and Settings\YOUR_USER\Application Data\Research In Motion\BlackBerry\Loader XML (Where "YOUR_USER" is your username)

5. Use BBSAK from BBSAK.org and wipe the device (after doing a complete backup) then after you get the error 507 (no OS installed) then proceed to next step.

6. Plug in BlackBerry and double click on "Loader.exe." It's located in c:\program files\common files\research in motion\apploader


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New Contributor
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎02-04-2014
My Device: Bold 9000
My Carrier: unlocked

Re: Is there any way to update my Bold 9000 that is unlocked and I have no carrier?


You are a star!
Mission accomplished!  Now upgraded, backups restored and tested.

Many thanks...

Guru II
Posts: 21,606
Registered: ‎04-01-2008
My Device: BlackBerry PRIV; BlackBerry Z30, Z10 and Q10 w/OS 10.3.2.2639; PlayBook w/OS 2.1.0.1917
My Carrier: AT&T

Re: Is there any way to update my Bold 9000 that is unlocked and I have no carrier?

Great to hear!

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