Official OS for the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 Now Available from Verizon Wireless

By Adam Zeis on 4 Dec 2009 09:19 am EST


Pearl Flip owners rejoice - Verizon has officially released OS for the 8230. Again, no 5.0 love from Verizon, but we should be thankful for any updates at this point. No news on what is new in thise release, so if you're a flip owner, give this one a shot and let us know if anything special pops up. This is an official release, but please use caution when updating you OS. Thanks to everyone that sent this in!

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Official OS for the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 Now Available from Verizon Wireless


tried it 2 days ago when it showed up as OTA... crashed my phone with null.pointer.error... VZW sent me another so i hooked that up to desktop manager.. crashed it too with a connection error.. the berry started blinking red every few seconds.. would not turn back on and i didnt feel like using bbsak to fix it.. had enough of flip berry.. getting a tour..

Did the upgrade last night. It took FOREVER. But, seems to be a little faster. Had to restore all my app settings and license authorizations. Lost all of my bookmarks in Opera too.

Also upgraded last night. Took 2 hours to download and another few hours to update. So far seems to be running a bit faster, quicker response flipping between folders/ apps. Internet is still slow to open pages, thanks VZW (note sarcasm)

I think the Pearl Flip is as unpopular as the Storm/Storm2 is popular.

It never stood a chance....

Then again what was Blackberry thinking releasing a flip phone? Next thing you know they'll be putting out Blackberry watches! Err-- :/

I have a Tmobile Flip which I believe was the first US carrier to ship one. We are still on with no updates in sight. (And boy are they needed - my phone randomly locks up every few days despite no calls or texts coming in, having the media player on pause drains the battery very fast etc).

The Flip is the only phone in BlackBerry's line I am prepared to own. I don't do that "holster" thing instead keeping my phone inconspicuously in my pocket. Being a flip means the screen can't get scratched. I also do not want to deal with constantly locking and unlocking a phone, so again a flip is necessary.

UMA was also a necessity which is how I and the others on my family plan ended up with this phone. We are not heavy texters and none of the phones even has a data plan.

I set my flip to download the update at 2:00 A.M., so I wasn't inconvenienced. However, I lost all the ringtones I had downloaded from Crackberry. Other than that, no problems.

Didn’t time it but I upgraded today and it wasn’t quick. I started it, went to a meeting (I know, meeting without my BB) and came back having to accept the licensing agreement before it would restore device data. I had to have all the corp stuff pushed to it again (pain) but I have to do that every time there is an upgrade. All and all I don’t see a noticeable change and the only bug that drives me crazy (sms don’t show up in desktop when overriding theme control to be combined) isn’t fixed. I personally don’t think it’s faster but hay, I’m impatient.

For one thing, it fixes a major bug in the previous release. Even though the phone shows "in range" there was a bug that actually told the server the phone was "out of service" and emails were held. (I fought this for 2 months until being told this last week finally, and that the new upgrade would fix it.) The only way to "wake it up" was to "send" an email from the phone, and then the server said, "oh, you're REALLY in range?" and then sent the emails that had been held. Net/net the new release fixes this particular bug. thx.