Leaked: OS for the BlackBerry Curve 8900

Curve 8900 OS
By Adam Zeis on 11 Nov 2009 05:27 pm EST

It looks like Ronen has stuck again. Earlier we posted for the Bold 9000, and now for the Curve 8900 has popped up as well. Standards rules apply, so use caution when installing this leaked OS. Drop a comment and let us know your findings.

*OS Disclaimer - Please Read: Keep in mind this is NOT an official release and as such is not supported by RIM or your Carrier. If you choose to install, do so at your own risk and only if you're comfortable in the process of upgrading and downgrading your device software. It is quite normal during operating system development for certain features to be crippled or disabled while others are tested, and these beta builds often reflect that. They are not always better. Depending on your BlackBerry comfort level, it may be best for you to wait for community feedback on a build before deciding to download and install for yourself or simply wait for the next official release. If you require support, you will find it in our CrackBerry forums via our extremely knowledgeable community base - do not contact your carrier or RIM for Beta OS technical support (their first course of action will be to advise you to downgrade to a supported OS). Follow the links below for more information and instructions. *

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Leaked: OS for the BlackBerry Curve 8900


wonder if this matches up with the other 384s being close to official release, installing now to test it out

I would love to see "Official Release: OS 5.0 for the Blackberry Tour" last "Leak" I installed on my phone killed it slowly. -sigh-

im stuck in the same reboot cycle that most of the bold users arse stuck in. Been two hours and havent even seen my homescreen yet.

Umplug USB When its waiting for the phone to reboot. it should be fine after the software is installed. Sometimes I notice that the 8900 and bold wont boot up while in USB

Before i install this leak, can someone confirm that the date on the files says October 30, 2009 7:31 p.m. I just want to make sure that I am installing the correct verison.

I've got this downloaded now, waiting to hear from others if there are any significant changes good/bad before i load it. I'm currently on .314

UMA on this leak is horrible. On .314 UMA was very clear, now on this new leak there is interference and it sounds like VOIP on a very slow internet connection. I'm downgrading back to .314.

Hopefully the battery life I was getting with is back; I couldn't even make it a full day on We'll see!

.314 was pretty stable and had excellent battery life for me on my unlocked TMO 8900. So far, this build installed without any issues, and no problems to report at this time. They have to be getting close to a final build on 5.0 I would imagine.

NOTE: Noticed I wasn't getting delivery confirmation on SMS messages and BBM. Did a battery pull, getting delivery confirmation on BBM, but not on SMS Text Messages.

Just updated a few hours ago on my Rogers 8900...so far everything seems very stable. Speed is as fast as .314, all apps are running well, the music player seems to be working quicker, next tracks come up very fast...not sure if that is just me paying more attention but regardless all is well. I was having problems connecting to UMA on .314 but .348 connected right away so I hope it stays that way. If I see anything different I will post again...cheers!

Some of the bugs I noticed were in the Media center. For example, when i would delete a video, sometimes it would not be removed from the list. 348 so far has fixed this.

Other issues I had were messages and Facebook messages not deleting. Hopefully this leak fixes them too.

3 attempt at install. Each time loader tries to connect to boot ROM, the device continuously restarts and the install process dies here.

I havent Noticed Anything Different On This OS than is predecessor the .314

it downloaded good and installed, no problems what so ever

All my apps work on it was giving me problems I don't know a thing atbout .314 . I can't wait till there is an official release. RIM hasn't had anything but 4.6 that I had and needed more.

I've had installed for about a week and a half and today it gave me app errors and wouldn't open txting and gave me a messaging error. Wiped and reinstalled. If only this leak came out a few hours ago. Haha. MyFaves disappeared which I don't really care about, wonder if they will show up with this version.

Stoked to get home to download and install this.

OS looks and runs smooth new theme with calender and message at home screen option...lots of new menus. maybe its just me but photos look sharper in preview mode. facebook and bbm work great! new options new look..cant wait till official release comes out! Nice good post crackberry!


I have tried, 314, and the newest .348 and all have worked well except for my phone overheating and not charging correctly or holding a charger for no more than a few hours. Am i doing something wrong???????

Try Cleaning off the battery contacts, Then only charge ur phone when needed (about 40% or less) This is much healthy for the battery :)

I had a great amount of lag getting into apps on .314, especially right after entering my unlock code...this one seems to be a bit quicker on that but I noticed that the "D" is no longer showing next to the check mark on delivered messages in threaded sms. I see it in bbm but not sms to any of my contacts conversations. Also upon install it loaded successfully but warned me that not all the componants of gmail were carried over, whatever that means and I don't use that anyway so.......? Just saying. :)

Yes.. realized that the "D" is gone.. I really need this one.. does anyone find the solution for this??

As far as i know, all of the 5.0s have had VVM. Everyone i've downloaded, .238, .314 have all had it and it works once you get it activated. Are you on TMO or AT&T?

That is an incorrect statement. I am with T-Mobile. I have had VVM on my 8900 since the first upgarde 5.0 upgrade I did, which was 100. It works great and I love it. I just went into VVM and clicked on ACTIVATE VVM. Now, I am on and it still works. You may want to check your account. I have the unlimited data plan.

Everything is working fine except Windows Live Messenger. Keep getting a message saying "Data Services Unavailable". Is anyone else getting this message on their device?

It installes easily. Seemed just like the previous leak. Setting a ringtone for when holstered still doesn't work. WLM works. Got problems with the phone app crashing whenever it tried to ring with previous release, so far that works so I'll be trying this one for a while

When updating there were no backing up of 3rd party apps and data. Be prepare. My docs to go went missing also games and memo.

Mirror RS (Link expire at 17-May-2010) :

DL's and installed last night. Everything (facebook, google talk, yahoo messenger, windows messenger, ESPN, score mobile. opera, ubertwitter, google voice, google maps) works great - it even fixed an issue I was having with both previous 5.0 betas. Doesn't feel like a beta anymore.

App world doesnt work and volume rocker doesnt work either on 348....can everyone confirm these two things so I know I didnt do anything nutty.

Almost everything works on my Curve. One thing doesn´t - if I am in sms and click "Next Unopened Item" the sms application freezes. It has to be restarted.

.348 seems to be a really good build. I have rock solid UMA via Tmo. This build seems to be lightning fast opening apps and during navigation. For some reason, I can not get my SMS, MMS and Emails to show up in the messages box ( yes my theme has all in one box checked) but thats not a huge deal. Facebook, Google maps, BB App world, Weather network, CB launcher, Time news, AP news all work. Convenience keys work and my volume rocker works just fine. I have 108.5 MB of free space of memory so that seems fine as well. Overall I really like this build and the new BB them builder is very nice as well.

Although it took me nearly an hour to install due to error messages, everything is working great for me so far!

i was in the process of installing the new release and it went perfectly all the way until it was reinstalling the backed up data (which i assume to be address book etc) and it took a massive proverbial rear excrement and froze at that point....lets hope that it got most of the things done :)

I have mixed feelings about this build. The browser is very fast... the fastest yet. Facebook seems a bit touchy and Viigo doesn't work at all... it keeps locking up the 8900. I am not sure this is ready for prime time. I found the last Beta more stable and all of my Apps worked fine. Most likely will shift back to .314 and wait for another updated Beta.

Downloaded it last night and went from the 4.6 to 5.0. It took a very long time, and reboot took forever, but once the reboot was done and my information was restored, all was fine.The sms and mms thread is awesome, but the visual voicemail doesn't work. Any other t-mobile users having this issue? Overall, a worthwhile upgrade!

Visual Voicemail is not going to work on your phone until they flip it on on the server and start supporting it at Tmob. I would just suggest Youmail. even when we do get visual voicemail for Blackberry on Tmobile I'm going to stick with youmail.

I have been using VVM with T-Mobile for over a month now, ever since I upgrade from 4.6 to 5.0. I have never had an issue with it. I am currently on 314 and it still works. I will let you know when I upgrade to 348 if that is still the case. I just went into VVM and clicked on Activate. I am on the unlimited data plan.

I have been using VVM with T-Mobile for over a month now, ever since I upgrade from 4.6 to 5.0. I have never had an issue with it. I am currently on 314 and it still works. I will let you know when I upgrade to 348 if that is still the case. I just went into VVM and clicked on Activate. I am on the unlimited data plan.

Can someone post a new link to download this, so far the link is broken at the top and the second one someone posted is not working either...atleast for me it isnt.

I was just wondering if there was any way to get the SMS messages i sent to bbm contacts to not show up in the bbm application. This wasn't an issue in .314 for me but after i upgraded to this, it began happening and i don't see an option to disable this. :/

I am currently running the last .314(?) update and while I am not satisfied with it, I don't see a big enough improvement or time waster then to update to this.

My current problems(Unless addressed in the new update) include:

Lag when unlocking holstered phone. I get this pre-visual of the camera comming into affect, minus the camera button being pressed. It's just a gray lag screen and passable, but shouldn't be an issue.

When I play Brickbreaker, the lag is unbearable, it skips with each impact on the wall or bricks and then I end up missing the ball and loosing a life, Lol (Iswear its not an excuse).

My app world - believe ir or not runs very smoothly, loading of applications are fine and transitions between my world to the store are great.

I still have issues regarding ringtones and notifications. Regardless of enabling or disabling BeeBuzz, or standard notifications, i'm still not being notified of some calls or texts (holstered or not). The light or sound decides to work one time, then not the other.

The camera IS less responsive and takes an ample bit of time to render the image and shot.

I can't think of other issues.. but if those are resolved I may take a leap into this new unofficial update.

um...I did many reviews, and reading, and i have decided that I,(FredStar) Will not be upgrading to this leaked version, everything is running smooth for me right now...So im fine for now... CANT WAIT TILL THE OFFICIAL VERSION!

Very nice version, much quicker IMHO.

However, as many users have already reported, the 'D' is missing when you send an SMS and have delivery reports switched on.

This is VITAL to me as I need to see if customers have received my SMS.

Very bad missing 'bug' and hope it will be resolved.


i just downloaded the new 5.0 it went smooth and pretty quickly. but none of my applications transferred over and my data services stopped working other than that this is sick and the official one is gonna be really good

new to these leaked os but have installed .238 with no problem but battery life is about half a day
when looking for.348 but cannot find anywhere can anyone help please


Everything seems the same like the last leaked firmware except that the SMS delivery report are not working and stay to NO in parameters :-(

I noticed the change when I upgraded from .314 to .348. The app load is much smoother, the theme transition is quicker and best of all my memory utilization is low. My event log does not show any warnings or errors. I love this upgrade. I have a feeling that this is much closer to the final release. Things are a whole lot faster. Here are the steps that I followed to perform the hassel-free upgrade on the first try:

2. Download and install BBSAK 1.5 (http://www.rimgeeks.com/viewtopic.php?f=62&t=18)
3. Install the BB 8900 upgrade.
4. Run BBSAK and click on SAVE COD;s.
5. Click on Wipe Device.
6. Click on Load OS
7. Follow the steps.
8. Viola! You are done.

Now, you can utilize "Install COD" from the BBSAK menu and load ONE (ONLY ONE) COD file at a time to reload your app. If you are upgrading from 4.6, I recommend that you NOT follow this step of installing the cod since there might be a compatibility issue between 4.6 and 5.0. You can install those on your own by downloading it directly from the software vendor. This is true especially for the themes.

Do i need to do a wipe to upgrade to a leaked OS ? Or i can just upgrade like if it was an official OS ? Should i make a back up of my phone ? or every app will be restore after ?

i'm confused :s

Every link I've tried to download the OS, has been maxed out or not working. Is it possible for anyone to post a mirror? Would be much much appreciated!

I have, the official software from Orange.
The Desktop Manager is a 5 version.
After downloading and installing this leak nothing happens, the desktop manager does not recognize any upgrade.
Cand someone help me please?
Thank you.