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OS for the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook now available

BlackBerry PlayBook OS now available for download
By Bla1ze on 22 Nov 2012 03:56 pm EST

With the BlackBerry PlayBook WiFi having long recieved its update to OS 2.1 as a whole, it's now time for the 4G LTE PlayBook to get some love as well. Despite previous reports of it having already been sent out, if you go ahead and check for updates you'll find OS is available for download. As expected, you'll find this release has all the same goodies added as OS for the BlackBerry PlayBook WiFi and the fixes from OS

  • Updated BlackBerry Bridge: Now you can view, respond and compose new SMS messages on their BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet when connected to a BlackBerry smartphone over Bluetooth®. You’ll also enjoy increased performance and speed of other BlackBerry Bridge functions as well. So you can do more, more efficiently. Txt away, my friends.
  • Email and PIM Enhancements: You’ve asked for it and we’ve delivered portrait support for email, calendar and contacts, giving you the option to use your tablet in either orientation to message. This will definitely come in handy for those of you who enjoy thumb typing in portrait mode like I do.
  • Improved Android Application Support: Includes Multi-Window Applications, Camera Support and In-App Payments. We all love a richer app experience, and with the improvements to the Android runtime, that’s just what you’ll get. Running the applications in separate windows allows you to multi-task between Android apps easier, and in-app payments will make it easier for you to enhance your app content. Game on!

If you're a 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook owner, go ahead and grab the update and don't forget to drop by the CrackBerry forums and let us know how things are working out for you.

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OS for the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook now available


When iOS comes out it is for everything right? So how come RIM needs to update the LTE PB and the WiFi one seperate?

We need someone at CrackBerry to clarify what the update process on BB10 will be like. Is it going to be across the board like iOS or will the carriers be controlling it?

If we're going to have to wait months for carriers to release their updates, it's going to suck royally.

+1. The usual response is "well for the 4g one the cellular stack needs approval". But when you look at it the way you mentioned iOS always have both at the time it is possible. Please advise.

Its not RIM who held it back it was your carrier. Have fun with IOS the oldest platform out. and while Apple locks you into their way of how the user experience should be,Ill be enjoying BlackBerry10 with the best browser hands down on the market ,true multi tasking,Beautiful Cascades built native apps along with uncompromising web experience. Ie Flash and the best html5 scores you can get.

No reason to be a douche. The poster was asking a simple question. If you don't know the answer, the best thing you can do is not respond.

Your Mamma teach you to talk to femakes that way? What in my post makes me a "douche"? All I did was point out some facts about BB10 and some facts about ios. I didn't call anyone names or insult anyone unlike maybe its best you be quiet the next time you feel like voicing your opinion ,Okay? :) have a nice Thanksgiving Douche...oops I stooped down to your level.

Still no update for me. What carriers are other people using. Mine is a Bell version. Also I'm in eastern Canada if that makes a difference.

And his will be the NEXT thing people complain about and use as an excuse to hate RIM. Can see it now "The OS is great, but those updates are hit and miss"

If Apple and Google can update their software across the board then RIM needs to be able to do the same. The bar has been raised, lets not merely meet the minimum expectation, lets see RIM go so high over the bar that people forget the bar was even there !!!

Lets make this happen RIM. I know we are all asking a lot of you lately, but we have faith and know you can do it !!!

ok, well lets try and keep everyone looped as to the regions with the update so far..

I got my update. Rogers and Calgary. As noted previously, my update was 489 megs.

Something to note, my update notice came via my LTE as wifi was turned off BUT I needed wifi to update.

Hopefully the carriers tighten up a little when BB10 gets here. Maybe since BB10 wont bb their first PB ota update anymore they can get it down to 4-5 weeks from the wifi only version Bb10 release.

Any word on the 3g uk model getting their update?

Here in Vancouver I was able to get my Rogers LTE PlayBook upgraded over WiFi (SIM in, but radio off) - worked like a charm - 484mb.


I fin d with all Telus updates (Calgary/Telus as well) mine are usually a day behind what is posted on this site.

It's not looking good for Telus version playbooks then.

We have 2 confirmed western canada rogers updates.

Still waiting for bell version out west.

Did it work yet? I know you have been patiently waiting more then anyone else. You are the foremost member with the loudest voice about your 4g. I hope it works soon.

Does anyone know if RIM has fixed the Yahoo Contacts issue? Still can't download my Yahoo contacts since last wifi update which is killing my fun experience.

Ok so here is the scoop. Bell and Telus version LTE PlayBook users can stop hitting the update button. They have not pushed out the 2.1 update as of yet.

Rogers LTE PlayBook version owners. You should now have your 2.1 update. If you are not getting the update notification and you cannot manually get the update then you should call RIM customer service.

The rest of us should be receiving the update within the next few days. If you get the update on a Bell or Telus version please return and share the information including which version you have.

I spoke with RIM today.

If you're using an unlock PlayBook on a non-original network, you're out of luck for now. You MUST have access to a SIM card from the original carrier's network so that your PlayBook can ping the carrier's server and be flagged to receive the update.

I have a ticket open to get this done without having to do that, but who knows if it'll even happen.

Gotta blame the carriers and not rim for their lack of updates getting issued and this affecting unlocked playbooks. Damn the carriers!!

I have a factory unlocked playbook, so what does this mean for me? I brought the playbook brand new, sealed. I can use any SIM on it.

just to follow up. I have an unlocked version with a telus sim. I was able to get the update in toronto by swapping my telus sim with a rogers voice only sim. Good luck to everyone.

alex, thanks for this info. can you confirm that the box of your factory unlocked PlayBook was originally from Rogers? please check the side of the box for mention of the original carrier. this could provie the theory that the original carrier micro SIM is indeed a requirement to get this update.

thanks again.

I have a Rogers unlocked PlayBook using a Telus SIM and I just downloaded the update via Telus. I don't think where you originally purchased it, has anything to do with it.

Sweet! i got mines too!!!!!! Bell SIM, unlocked Telus PB, popped in a Rogers NON-active SiM and the update was there? coincidence?? maybe. happy? YES! fo sho!!!!

On Bell here in Ontario, still no dice,,,when I switch over to LTE to check for the update...I always get "There was an error connecting to the update server. Please try again later. (65792)"

...any ideas why I get this message?

..but on 4G only, or Wi says I have the latest update installed (

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