Get NFC functionality on your Verizon BlackBerry Bold 9930 with latest OS leak

Verizon BlackBerry Bold 9930 NFC
By Adam Zeis on 17 Aug 2011 01:29 pm EDT
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If you thought you were totally out of luck when it comes to NFC functionality on your Verizon Bold 9930 ... think again. It looks like it is indeed just a matter of software and what the carriers choose to release. The stock OS on the Bold 9930 had no signs of NFC, however the latest leaked OS 7.0.0.340 brings back the option to enable it. Since the hardware is already there (in the form of the NFC battery door) you can fire up this OS and have NFC up and running. While we can't verify 100% that it's totally working since we don't have any NFC goodies to test it on, we're fairly sure you should be good to go. This is great for those of you wanting the NFC down the road or for developers who are looking to explore a bit more. Download the OS from the link below and if you try it out be sure to let us know how it's working!

Download OS 7.0.0.340 for the BlackBerry Bold 9930

32 comments

JustinGTP

That's sweet. We need more NFC devices and such now.

mthawg87

Why? I don't have use for it personally.

flyersfan76

The keywords in your post are "why' and "personally." It might have a use for others.

ericlc2

If he doesn't have a use for it, neither should we. >:|

mthawg87

Did I bash this guy or something? I asked why? I really am curious.

jussimple

Part of the reason new technology doesn't catch on is because of that mentality. Same could have been said about that crazy invention called "the automobile". Horses worked just fine didn't they. Giving new technology a chance, like NFC, paves the way for developers to have an incentice to create reasons for people like us to use it. Don't crush something just because you don't see where it can go. I can't wait to start putting this tech to good use. The possibilties are literaly endless.

mthawg87

I can have NFC on my phone all day long. Nothing around me uses it and I guarantee it won't for a while. I don't live in a big city or a city big enough that is going to make use of the tech. You can twist my words all you want. Just like you praise the idea of it, I don't. Get it?

jussimple

I get what your saying and for the most part your right. I'm just finishing my engineering degree and this NFC tech is really going to take off. Your right in that some areas won't see the benefit any time soon but guys like me, in the career I'm in now and the area I live, will see this in action in less then a year. Believe me that this will become a big part of lives eventually.

Tax_JD_LLM

Would be interested in hearing whether there is an appreciable difference in battery life on a VZW 9930 with this update (power drain from running the NFC functionality notwithstanding).

jlb21

I imagine that (at least depending on the application/use of NFC), many people will leave it turned off unless they need it.

Now if we can get an NFC toggle in Quicklaunch, it'll be even easier to do that......

samab

Using NFC with leaked firmware is a stupid idea. You can't trust the origin of the leaked firmware, so you shouldn't link your bank data with it anyway.

gene_a_tals

NFC is not only used for financial application....

samab

RIM's NFC push is initially on "building access" --- i.e. opening locked doors in buildings. That's another area where you can't trust leaked firmware.

nereuszeer

The origin is RIM ... same as the origin of the official OS'. This just didn't get released by a carrier (yet). Not much to be worried about IMO. Not like some 16yr old kid crafted this OS up in his basement.

manofice1

what software can be used to utilize NFC on 9930 BB?

atrpm

There are NO bank apps that we can use NFC with here in the US, i'm sure by the time we have any bank apps to use this with it will be official and 100% secure ;)

DrewDT

Banks are slow especially when it comes to issues with security. I suspect most banks won't have apps for this until we see the next generation of QNX phones. It's nice to dream about the possibilites in the meantime.

jrmtz85

Everything keeps mentioning the Verizon 9930 with no NFC. Any word if the Sprint 9930 will have NFC access enabled by default?

Jake2826

Yes, Sprint will have NFC enabled by default.

stackberry369

9360 curve will have NFC as well.

golfam123

NFC function is a software update and hasn't been released officially via Verizon. Its not a hardware. I spent appox. six hours with RIM from 6p'ish EST till midnight'ish EST about issue with Blackberry App world... please wait issue.

DeputyBob

No, I didn't think for a moment that I was going to be "totally out of luck when it comes to NFC functionality". I've been keeping up with this technology for awhile--it's next big thing. It's projected that 85% of point of sales will have NFC by 2016 (as a form of payment places like Best Buy, Sears, the movies, restaurants, and more...)

REF: http://www.nfcworld.com/2011/05/02/37197/rim-unveils-blackberry-bold-990...

DeputyBob

Oh, and this is a good site to see POS places to possibly use your phone.

http://www.nfcworld.com/directory/

Statehouse

I am pretty sure that if you google "PayPass" and NFC, you can set something up with your Mastercard/Visa accounts to your NFC enabled device.

I use PayPass as much as possible.

EchoTango

So all of these "I have no use for this" would be the same folks who would complain in a year when this technology is rolled out to Starbucks which might enable you to order your morning coffee completely hands free.

Scott8586

Coudn't get this leak installed on my device, tried twice, twice ended in a 507. Tried desktop and Apploader. Be weary.

chaptervstaind83

I got the same thing Scott8586.....I haven't tried it again. Did u eventually get this new leaked OS loaded on your phone after all? I didn't even try after that lol....I'm a little wearly now lol. Anybody get this issue??

acschnitzersport

I had the same issue, but then unhooked my phone, took out the battery, and reinstalled the OS from scratch. It was a pain in the ass, but I had a backup and the enterprise server on my side. Hope this helps.

Snowman81

Really didn't understand why they would want to disable the feature in the first place.

BlueRidgeApps

Does the update have any features besides this? If NFC is all this one is adding, I don't mind waiting for the offical release. I'm still stoked just to have one.

It's a BOLD new world again

Xacradin

isnt it surely dangerous if ur device is being stolen?