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Contributor
Posts: 26
Registered: ‎05-29-2011
My Device: Blackberry Curve 8310 and 32G Playbook
My Carrier: Rogers

Bridge, Tether or Bluetooth

I've just been advised that my Blackberry Curve 8310 version 4.5 is incompatable with my new Playbook for email, that is, I cannot download the bridge, use bluetooth or otherwise tether the device to my smartphone for bbm or email.  Unfortunately, I learned of this AFTER I laid down $600 for the 32gb version.  Any other curve owners out there with a new Playbook and what have you been able to do about this?

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Posts: 306
Registered: ‎03-01-2011
My Device: Playbook (sim)
My Carrier: Base

Re: Bridge, Tether or Bluetooth

you need BB OS 5 at least. I bought myself a 8310 and realized that it won't work. another option is to buy a cheap 3G phone and use this to tether.
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Posts: 863
Registered: ‎10-27-2010
My Device: Z30 / PlayBook 64GB
My Carrier: Virgin Mobile UK

Re: Bridge, Tether or Bluetooth

Just to concur here.

 

The Curve 8310 doesn't have enough onboard memory to support OS5 - that's why it isn't avaialble. I have an old Pearl with the same problem, which I gave to my neice a little while ago.

 

Unfortunately, the only way to get around it is to get an OS5 phone.

 

If you don't want to spend out, you could grab an 8330 from eBay - these are upgradable to OS5:

http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p5197.m570.l1313&_nkw=8330&_sacat=See-All-Categories

 

and then grab OS5 following these instructions:

http://supportforums.blackberry.com/t5/BlackBerry-Curve/8330-OS-5-0-0-438-officially-released/td-p/4...

 

 


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Contributor
Posts: 26
Registered: ‎05-29-2011
My Device: Blackberry Curve 8310 and 32G Playbook
My Carrier: Rogers

Re: Bridge, Tether or Bluetooth

 

Thanks!  I wanted to upgrade next year when the QNX OS is anticipated to become available so the ebay option is a good interim suggestion - do you know if the upgrade to OS5 is free?

Developer
Posts: 863
Registered: ‎10-27-2010
My Device: Z30 / PlayBook 64GB
My Carrier: Virgin Mobile UK

Re: Bridge, Tether or Bluetooth

Yes, it is just a regular download. That applies to OS updates for all BlackBerry phones.

Just follow the instructions on the link to get the latest OS, as carriers are notoriously poor at releasing updates for their BlackBerry phones. You need to 'de-carrier' them by deleting a file on your computer - but it is generally straight forward once you've done it once.

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Posts: 26
Registered: ‎05-29-2011
My Device: Blackberry Curve 8310 and 32G Playbook
My Carrier: Rogers

Re: Bridge, Tether or Bluetooth

Thanks - I am searching for a suitable phone.  In the meantime, I am severely limited in my ability to use the Playbook outside of my home, as I don't have any connection to the internet unless I am logged on to my ISP here.  Free wifi hotspots seem to be a thing of the past.  For those who are unable to tether to their smartphone network, how are you accessing the internet when away from home?

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Re: Bridge, Tether or Bluetooth

an 8330 is unable to work on GSM and barely works on os 5

 




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