Official OS 7.1.0.163 for the BlackBerry Bold 9930 and Torch 9850 now available from Sprint

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By Bla1ze on 16 Dec 2011 06:23 pm EST
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If you were hesitant to take the OTA update to BlackBerry 7.1 for either the BlackBerry Bold 9930 or Torch 9850, you can now download the official desktop installer files. Of course, with their release that also means any CDMA user can grab these files and install them on compatible devices provided the vendor.xml file is removed. If you're looking to get the installer, hit up the Sprint BlackBerry downloads page.

Download OS 7.1.0.163 for the BlackBerry Bold 9930 and Torch 9850
Discuss OS 7.1.0.163 for the BlackBerry Bold 9930 in the forums
Discuss OS 7.1.0.163 for the BlackBerry Torch 9850 in the forums

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Official OS 7.1.0.163 for the BlackBerry Bold 9930 and Torch 9850 now available from Sprint

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Is it me or is it harder to update Blackberry 7 devices? Previously I would wipe the device completely with BBSAK then install whichever OS I had available by deleting the vendor.xml file... Now I wipe the device with BBSAK and it doesn't completly wipe it just does a master reset and the app loader along with the Desktop manager never detects the latest version I've installed onto my computer?

Wipe, connect to JL_CMNDR and reduce it to a 507. Install. Do you really need to wipe though? I know people have done it for years with BBOS but I'm not convinced its ever necessary.

Yeah, I update my blackberry (including my latest 9900/7.1.0.74) without wiping all the time. In fact I have never done a wipe before updating, and I've never had any issues (that I know of - lol)

after 2.5 hours I finally finished updating the OS. Wow, it took forever. As others said, the hotspot feature needs additional $$$ to work. One thing I don't quite understand is what is the Emergency Message folder?Do I need to configure another email account for for that or what? What are the features you found so far new in this update?

You should head into the forums.. people have been posting 'what's new' since last night. As for the emergency messages, it's for well -- emergency messages that are now standard in the US for all carriers to have -- Governement thing.

9930 updates have been infrequent, but impressive. The server must be overwhelmed, 1 hour left to download.

Can we not exchange the radio file to load this onto 9860?
Edit: Do not try. The 7.0 radio file is not compatible with the 7.1 cods.

I don't know if this feature is new or not but if you go to Options, Device, Advanced System Settings, you will see something called Blackberry Device Analyzer. Inside, there are a number of tests...Internet mail account issues, Battery Tests, Issues with Device responsiveness, Cellular Network Connection Issues, Wi-fi Connection Issues, and Hardware. Has anyone seen this before and if so, when did they add these features?

It's new...but it's old at the same time.. All they did was make the built in device testing "pretty".

http://crackberry.com/new-self-diagnostic-tool-your-blackberry

Tried on Verizon, but I'm using it overseas without service books.
AppLoader didn't show me new update, then tried with DM and got this message:
This Blackberry Device Software upgrade includes new features and significant enhancements to the Blackberry Solution and, as such, is only available to users with an active Blackberry subscription. to learn more about Blackberry service, please visit www.blackberry.com/service

So it sucks.
Whether the reason is that my Blackberry doesn't have service books or just Sprint users can update it?
Anyone else tried with Verizon 9930?

P.S. Deleted both vendor.xml files.

At the command prompt, I ran loader.exe /resettofactory and let it wipe the device. Then I was able to get it to work using loader.exe.

Just got back from ATT comparing these two devices. Wow, all I cam say is 99XX rules but 9850 is no slouch. I'm just a sucker for the qwerty keyboard.

Question and a comment, I'm new to BB and I've noticed through this website that both apps and OS's are way more current than what I am using on my 9900 though Fido or Rogers. Is this normal that some carriers take forever to update their version of the OS and apps? I see that Evernote was updated and here I was hoping that I could get the newer better version but after a day and a half no such luck?

Bold 9900
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