1. gtstang462002's Avatar
    While the OS itself is not new you can download it officially from Verizon: BlackBerry® Software Updates
    12-17-09 05:40 PM
  2. Statman's Avatar
    Yeah, I went to do it and it said it would be a downgrade from the apps I already have installed....kind of nice it doesn't just over write without checking first.
    12-17-09 07:08 PM
  3. pick's Avatar
    I got this email from RIM abount my Vzn 8830; haven't tried it yet, though.....:

    From: no-reply@updates.blackberry.com
    Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2009 23:32:24 +0000 (UTC)
    To: <xxxxxxx@vzw.blackberry.net>
    Subject: A new software update is available for your BlackBerry smartphone.

    For best results, please view this message from your desktop computer.

    BlackBerry Device Software
    Update Notification


    What else can your BlackBerry smartphone do for you?

    Find out when you update to the latest smartphone software! This free update is ready and waiting to help you do more with your BlackBerry smartphone. Update today.

    New ways to work and play!

    * As an aid to comprehension, this section provides a brief overview of the life-cycle of a device upgrade. * Each OTASL capable device will contain one or more OTASL Service Records(SR) each identifying a Device Manager (DM). The DM may be located at RIM, may be part of a BES or, in future, could be associated with a 3rd party application provider. Each SR will identify the applications which are of interest to the corresponding DM. SRs may be delivered by PRV, BES or in an upgrade application loaded OTA. * The device will keep each DM informed of its configuration including hardware ID, vendor ID, the current software version (O/S, platform and core applications) and the current screen language setting. * Any of several authorized device administrators can request upgrade of a device. Administrators would include the BES administrator, RIM administrators, carrier administrators and possibly the end-user. Each administrator will have access to the device configuration. The BES and RIM administrators will have direct access to a DM while the carrier will have proxy access through RIM to its DM to obtain the configuration information. The end-user can simply access the information directly. * Given the configuration, the administrator can contact the Control Web Server (CWS) for a list of possible upgrades in the form of an XML document (upgrades.xml). * Based on corporate policies and goals, the administration module can then edit/filter the XML document and forward the result on to the device. The editing may include the removal of undesired upgrade paths or the addition of corporate policies on upgrade data routing (e.g. roaming) or user interaction (don't prompt). * On receipt of upgrades.xml, the device will execute the instructions in it possibly including querying the user for upgrade paths and options or just immediately initiating the upgrade..

    Get the most advanced BlackBerry Device Software to keep your BlackBerry smartphone performing at its best. Update Now.

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    12-17-09 10:55 PM
  4. pick's Avatar
    I went thru the Verizon update and got an error when the download of the software was to begin, but the OS version was

    Here is the error message:

    Not Found

    The requested URL /download/firmware/BB8830MR5/8830AMEA_PBr4_1_.5.0_rel295_PL3.4.0.55_A4.5.0.175. exe was not found on this server.
    12-18-09 05:35 AM
  5. xtort's Avatar
    Sprint provides the same O/S here: Link

    1. Remove all BlackBerry software from your system before using.
    2. Install this release and go into C:\Program Files\Common Files\Research In Motion\Apploader.
    3. Delete vendor.xml and run loader.exe
    4. Use apploader to backup your apps/data and proceed with the OS update.

    The OS is the same regardless of provider. I'm on Bell and I used this release to update my phone to
    12-18-09 11:16 AM