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Preview: Bolt Browser for BlackBerry - Get Your Beta Copy!

By Kevin Michaluk on 16 Jan 2009 04:14 am EST
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We Have 1,000 2,500+ Private Beta Invites To Give Away. Details Below!

* UPDATE 2: Gotta love Private Betas! From Bitstream...

Sometime after noon Eastern today, the server handling the downloads "blew up." We are now in the process of switching over to a dedicated server we're confident can handle the demand. We appreciate everyone's patience. We expect the new server to be online by 4:00 PM Eastern today. Also, to those who have already downloaded BOLT, a big thank you. From feedback we've received just since yesterday we've already made improvements to BOLT, and our beta is only about 24 hours old.

* UPDATE: John from Bitstream sent me an email with some updated information on the Bolt Browser Private Beta....here's the update:

We were overwhelmed by requests to participate in the private beta, so this morning at 9:00 AM Eastern we cut over from a manual process to an automated one. We've already exceeded 1000 downloads on the CrackBerry code, and we're continuing to distribute download links to those who use it. The automated system still takes about 2 to 3 hours to process these requests. But if anyone has applied for a link before 9:00 AM ET and have still not received a link they can either reapply and get into the automated queue or wait until tomorrow when the backlog will be completed by hand.

Thanks to beta testers the BOLT browser has also been upgraded, just since yesterday. Yesterday we were sending links to build 0.7 and now we're sending links to 0.73. Beta testers identified some issues and they've been corrected. Most notably, people will notice that the trackball will scroll much easier now; it won't take as many scrolls to navigate. If anyone wants to get the new version to replace the old, the process is fairly simple. I haven't done it myself but I'm told they will be prompted to replace the existing install with the new version and also ask if they want to keep their current settings (which they should reply "yes").

At this moment we're not shutting down the private beta and will try to accommodate all the requests. We have shut down outreach to more so it's just those we've already engaged who are getting referral codes. We greatly appreciate the enthusiastic response from your readers, as well as the invaluable data we're collecting from their use which has already led to software improvements!

* Original Post: I received an email from Bitstream letting me know about their new J2ME mobile browser called Bolt. the Bolt mobile web browser is in Private Beta mode right now (you'll need an invite to download it) and as the name suggests is built for speed. Server side rendering makes it uber-fast and it's based on the WebKit engine and Bitstream's ThunderHawk browsing technology so the pages render accurately. Bolt does not support flash, but it will display YouTube vids which you can then launch and watch.

The Miracle on the Hudson River had me distracted from my inbox for a few hours, so it wasn't until later in the evening that I installed Bolt on my Bold and gave it a go. As you can tell from the time of this post and if you watch the video above, this smok'n hot web browser had me too excited to sleep so I figured I'd better put the time to productive use and get this post up asap. You can check out the video above for a slightly loopy hands-on overview of Bolt and for full details can view the Bolt browser fact sheet after the jump. Our buddy Doug has spent a few hours on Bolt too and has put together some initial observations that you may want to check out. Bolt is definitely still in beta... but you can call me IMPRESSED. I like speed and Bolt delivers.

Private Beta Invites: Bitstream gave us 1,000 invites to get CrackBerry Nation rocking on the beta of Bolt. If you want to give it a go, hurry on over to BoltBrowser.com and sign up using the referral code CrackBerry. Please keep in mind it is not an instant download. Once you register, Bitstream will get back to you (could take several hours) with your one time use download link. *

If you're lucky enough to download the beta, be sure to report back in the comments with your observations and findings. In the meantime, I'll start bugging the folks at Bitstream to up our # of Invites... 1,000 just isn't enough! 


BOLT *Beta* BROWSER FACT SHEET

Bolt Browser
Bolt Seems to Render Pages Quickly and Accurately

Overview
BOLT is a free mobile browser that offers an uncompromised full Internet browsing experience even on entry-level mobile phones. BOLT is compatible with virtually any handset that supports Java ME (commonly referred to as J2ME); in other words BOLT works on lots of phones, even basic ones.

Rather than offering a simplified, mini-version of the Internet, BOLT provides users with an efficient, feature-rich way to enjoy full PC-style Web pages and rich media applications on all levels of mobile devices.

BOLT is built using Bitstream's award-winning and patented ThunderHawk mobile browsing technology. The BOLT browser is the fastest mobile browser available - routinely more than 25 percent faster and as much as 50 percent faster than the next fastest browser. The BOLT browser is not only fast, but it conserves resources to extend battery life and minimize data transfer. What's more, there are no requirements for web developers to optimize their websites for BOLT; developers can simply design their websites exactly as they would for a PC browser.

Pricing
BOLT is available to consumers for free.

Supported Platforms
The BOLT beta is currently available for phones that support Java ME (also referred to as J2ME). These are typically phones used by GSM carriers such as AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S., and Rogers and Microcell (Fido, Cityfone) in Canada.

BOLT's underlying ThunderHawk mobile browsing technology also supports BREW, Windows Mobile and Symbian and it is planned for BOLT to support these platforms in the future.

Phone Requirements

  • J2ME MIDP2 (virtually all J2ME phones produced in the last three years)
  • BOLT supports all common/standard screen sizes
  • Approximately 150k storage space for application
  • 500k of RAM to run application

Architecture
BOLT utilizes client/server architecture to maximize the browsing experience on mobile handsets. This Client/Server approach allows BOLT to transcode multimedia to provide streaming video, compress images and other data to minimize data network usage (and therefore user cost), preserve battery life and dramatically increase the speed of web page downloads.


Geographic Availability
At this stage in the beta, the BOLT user interface is only available in English, however it can render web pages in any Western-European language.

Speed
BOLT is built for speed. The compression and rendering technology makes BOLT the fastest mobile browser available. In comprehensive speed tests that included all the popular mobile browsers, BOLT is routinely consistently 25 to 30 percent faster than the next fastest browser.

Bitstream measured download speeds of 13 popular websites including Amazon.com, CNN.com, ESPN.com and nytimes.com. The second fastest browser averaged download speeds in excess of 18 seconds across all pages. On the same phones, using the same networks, BOLT's average download speed was under 13 seconds, a full 5.5 seconds faster. For comparison, tests of a native browser on a popular handset averaged more than 2 minutes 40 seconds on these same pages, while 5 of 13 top pages wouldn't even open at all.

Quality of Website Rendering
BOLT was built using the WebKit rending engine to deliver the same web page layout as found on PC desktop browsers and includes high standards compliance such as AJAX.

Proprietary Bitstream mobile fonts and font rendering technologies improve readability, speed content delivery, and enable BOLT to fit more information into smaller screens.

Multimedia Support
At this time BOLT supports flash video. If the video has data embedded in 3gp format then it is sent directly to the device in 3gp. Otherwise the client/server architecture is used to transcode the video on the flv into 3gp format, then sent to the device. In some devices (e.g., Motorola RAZR), video is played directly in the browser window as it would be on a PC. In others (e.g., BlackBerry smartphones), the video is played through the device's native media player via the native browser. The device's capabilities determine the process used to display video.

Plug-in Support
The BOLT beta supports Ajax (except timer events) and Flash video. BOLT does not support Flash.

Full Page Display
Full pages are rendered on the server exactly as they are on a PC, and compressed by a factor of 23:1 before being sent to BOLT on a user's mobile phone. The page information is transmitted in a compact transport format, containing the information about anything that may appear on the web page (e.g., text, images, UI, etc.). The client receives this information and renders the pages and UI elements.

Navigation and Display Features

  • A simple keystroke toggles a patented split screen browsing mode to allow for quick navigation across a large web page (see below)
  • Easy keystroke navigation, including: 2 - up, 8 - down, 4 - left, 6 - right
  • Works with native navigation features (e.g., trackball, rocker switch, etc.)
  • Dynamic content adaptation automatically fits text to the width of any screen
  • SmartBar auto-completes URL entry based on history
  • Easy zooming (see below)
  • Pop up blocker
  • Click-to-call phone numbers from websites
  • Text and visible region of web pages rendered first, speeding content delivery
  • Proprietary Bitstream fonts and font rendering engine improve readability and usability

Zooming
BOLT features five levels of magnification and smoothly scales text and images.

BOLT's patented split screen mode features a rectangular magnifier floating over a zoomed out mini-map of the entire Web page on the top 2/3 of the screen and a magnified view of the content under the magnifier on the bottom 1/3 of the screen. Content beneath the magnifier is always readable and is selectable with a single click. This technique provides users far more utility than mini-map features in other mobile browsers.

Bookmarking & Favorites
BOLT supports bookmarking, history (by day/session), single click access to recent history (hold back button for 2 seconds), and RSS subscription.

Easy Search
One click Google search is integrated into URL entry bar.

Content & File Downloading
Images and files can be downloaded to device through BOLT which can then be shared using email.

Requirements for Web Developers
Although BOLT can be detected by websites, there are no special requirements for developers to optimize their websites for BOLT. Web developers can design sites exactly as they do for PCs.

More Information

Reader comments

Preview: Bolt Browser for BlackBerry - Get Your Beta Copy!

469 Comments

Kevin,

My carrier is Alltel Wireless and I am using the Bolt browser on my Curve 8330. And I keep getting this pop up saying "The application BOLT has attempted to access us3.mysmallplanet.com. Would you like to allow this?" when I try and go to any website. Is there a setting that I need to change or something? I would appreciate your help...

Darren

This waiting for the link sucks! It's been almost 20 minutes!

I'm!! jonesing.:):):)

What if the link never comes? I have to try this browser!!:)

I forgot to capitalize the "B" in the CrackBerry referral code, so I sent another request. I hope I didn't piss them off.

Actually, Kevin is probably the one who is pissing them off by releasing this in the middle of the night so these guys wake up with a thousand referrals to sort through!! :D

I just signed up as well. I can't wait. I hope the trascoding of flash video to 3gp is decent. watching YouTube on Bold using the mobile site is terrible.

Woke up at 2:40am here on the west coast to a flashing red light on my BB Curve 8330, hope it paid off! Waiting for the beta link to arrive, hopefully soon! To excited to go back to bed!

Thanks for the review of Bolt, looks awesome!

Thanks Kevin!
Tom

I signed up as well, haven't received an email yet (been about 5 minutes) if i get one great if not oh well i wont lose any sleep over it.

Appreciate the code and info though Kevin.

So I went and signed up, entered all my info, threw the code "CrackBerry" in, and it showed me a page that says... "Thank you for your interest in BOLT. We'll email you a download link as soon as we open up our beta to additional testers.". Does this mean, we're going to email you one in a little bit, or does this mean, "Ugh, too bad. You're not getting it right now!"?

Tricky.

I'm guessing its not going to be until the morning or a few days when someone is physically able to get the request and generate the code.
i don't think its going to all be done by computers. i think some human contact is needed.

its only been two hours
think about it...that's not that long.
its funny how our society has turned into a microwave instant dinner need it now society.
love it.

Given the extremely large number of users that wanted to try BOLT, we experienced some  delays in processing key requests.  We have worked through the weekend and emails are on their way to you. You can also ensure a key by filing our the form again at http://www.boltbrowser.com/download.html. Bitstream support is giving their utmost attention to all requests.
Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

Tried to sign up but my internet at home is being nasty. Tried on my Storm but it is being nasty too. I guess I will wait to see if it worked.

Ok, so I'm the early shift today, as well. Hope it pays off. I really want SkyFire, but if Bolt is half that right now, and maybe can get some Flash goodness in there later, I'll stick with them.

Man...I just can't wait!

WCM

I'll be honest ...I'm getting off on the wait. Nothing like being primed for a closed beta link, that could arrive at any moment on our blackberry, for a brand new browser!!!

Only way this sucks is if the link never comes :O

:D

This is the message that displayed after I put in my information:

Thank you for your interest in BOLT. If you have a referral code for the private beta, you will receive a download link that is specific to your device and network. Please be patient as we create unique download link for you.

So I'm very hopeful I got in!

Thank you for your interest in BOLT. If you have a referral code for the private beta, you will receive a download link that is specific to your device and network. Please be patient as we create unique download link for you.

Same here, I think this is the lucky text!!!

WCM

We'll see if I got in fast enough this time, I missed out it appears on BlackBerry Review's invites.

Wow, I just thought of something. What if this goes to junk mail?

Man, does the worry ever stop!!!

And the wait, first the Sprint 4.5 OS, and now this new browser. lol

WCM

This browser looks awesome, I just applied for the beta. Finally a browser the iPhone has to worry about, I love the way it fully renders pages so quickly too.

So BOLT just finished downloading to my curve and I just tried it out for the first time... I am impressed with the speed of this browser and the quality of how the websites look on my curve. My only issue is the scrolling. It's very choppy/sticky when you use the scrollball.

I'm having the same problem with the scrolling. It is very hard to select something the way it jumps around.

Wow, I own an 8350i, and we cannot watch streaming videos or youtube. But with Bolt Browser it downloads it then plays the saved file. WOW! This is a miracle...Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!

Hey Crackberry Nation. Long time user, first time poster :-)

Anyway, i just downloaded it and so far its not too shabby. I am not a power user on internet for BBs, but i do use it regularly. I have just went to a few sites so far and it is a LOT better than the BB Browser. I just went to clevelandbrowns.com (yes i said it out loud) and it comes up really fast. I dont even think it came up that fast on my computer at home. Although, flash is on the site and I don't think Bolt supports this yet.

Crackberry came up quick. ESPN took about 1 second. IT's crazy.

A couple things I do nto care for off the rip is you have to hit the BB Menu button to do anything. I like to enter an address and hit enter on the keyboard. This hasn't worked. I haven't done a full blown test yet, as I am a QA Tester for a company and i test BBs (but only functionality for our company, not BB functionality), but I am working on it. So far, though, I am pretty impressed.

Thanks for the link.

I really love this site

I got my link 10 minutes after i submitted my sign-up info. I think someone is finally awake to sort out the requests :) Let everyone know shortly how good this browser really is.

Speed is amazing, but I'm having trouble navigating. Trackball navigation around page is slow, but the "2 - up, 8 - down, 4 - left, & 6 - right" buttons work like a charm. The trouble I'm having is my 8330's menu button is not working and my Back button is not working. Anybody else seeing this?

Yes, the menu doesn't work on my Curve either. If you want to see menu, you have to escape by clicking the hangup button, then go back to Bolt. But as you scroll up/down the menu, the selection starts to disappear.
I've figured out a way to do "back" and "close".
Menu -> B -> to go back.
Menu -> CC -> to close the browser.

I got an invite, but it's unable to download. I get an error after setting privs:

909 Application authentication failure.

Bummer.

Hi,

Thanks for your interest in Bitstream's BOLT browser technology.

We are sorry for the inconvenience caused and appreciate your patience. The key is one-time use only so if you accidently hit it within your email program, you may find the key unusable.  If you have this problem, please sign up again at http://www.boltbrowser.com/download.html and you will receive a new key. Please note that all urls are one time usable

Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

I am noticing that sometime i do not have to click the screen down for a link to come up. I am on ESPN.com and trying to move the pointer to click on NFL, but it keeps hovering over an ad link and bringing up the ad. Just a quick note. Maybe user error...who knows

got the link but cannot download. recieved a message that says error some issue in query url expired.. anyone else?

Very nice browser, pages I have tested over WiFi load and render very fast on my Bold. I'm gonna do some testing over Edge and 3G to see how it performs.

i'm trying to download mind and it said url exception and invalid what link should i use to download for the storm?

Switching from landscape to portrait and back causes the page to reload. Although it is about a 1-2 second ordeal. Okay, I am done. i gotta get some work done. lol. Hopefully i will get a chance to check it out more later.

I installed the wrong version now i need to wait for a 2nd link>
boy do I need to learn how to fully read everything b4 doing stuff.

I signed up today at 7am and I am still waiting on my link... I hope I was not to late as I see this posting all over the internet.....

Got my download link and installed the unsigned version, but it keeps saying "Internet not available" when both my regular browser and Opera Mini have access.

Using a Pearl on Rogers.

Check your TCP settings.

Go to Options > Advanced Options > TCP

My guess is the fields are blank. Make sure APN Settings are Enabled and put in Internet.com into the APN field.

That did the trick! I'm sure you heard it a million times, but you rock, Kevin! Also fixed my Nobex too!

BTW the browser looks good so far, but your Bold makes it look so much better compared to the screen on my Pearl.

Could it be they are not sending it to Storm users? I'm still waiting and it has been an hour since I applied. Ah well.

Thus us an AMAZING program. Just DL (10 minute wait for the link) and WOW! Extremely fast, great rendering. WOW! A real browser for my Blackberry...I am so...(sniff) moved :_)

It says it supports flash video - but not flash? Do I understand correct that it will then download and re-code flash video to whatever BB Media Player will play? Since the media player will play .mp4 - does this mean BB Storm users can now watch flash video in mp4 format? That would be tremendous for you-tube and Orb users who are now stuck with the vastly sub-par 3gp streaming format.

It says it supports flash video - but not flash? Do I understand correct that it will then download and re-code flash video to whatever BB Media Player will play? Since the media player will play .mp4 - does this mean BB Storm users can now watch flash video in mp4 format? That would be tremendous for you-tube and Orb users who are now stuck with the vastly sub-par 3gp streaming format.

using bb storm .86 if you have a storm scroll all the way down on after you get the invite and install the unsigned verison only. fast wowo

I downloaded the unsigned version and it works just fine. Also noticed the same issues that rcooper2007 noted. Overall a very nice browser.

This may be due to carrier, but they have not sent me the email as of yet.

Might anyone know if maybe this goes to junkmail?

WCM

Sadly dummy me i downloaded the worng one (should have downloaded the unsigned) so now i am waiting on a new download link from them...hope i get it soo i wanna try this!!!!

Has anyone found a way on the Storm to allow pop ups? According to their FAQs there should be an option in the title bar but I have yet to see it. Overall an impressive browser though.

I got it, it works, but a bit quirky so far. I know, I know it's beta. I tried accessing a site I go to all the time, and a pop-up came up, and I denied it access. It will now no longer let me into that site at all. Keeps telling my network is disabled, and the only option is to close BOLT. But the standard BB browser, and mini opera both go to the site, let me poke around all I like, and I KNOW my network is enabled. I messaged their e-mail tech support, and gave them the site, but have no idea why it locks up on a standard web site I access all the time, and tells me my network is disabled.

On the plus side, it is fairly fast, and seems to work well. Been checking it out for about 3 hours to try different sites, and thus far only one has acted strangely, so maybe that site is just off limits for BOLT. The speed is very respectable to many web sites, such as google, yahoo etc., and with a lil work, I believe this to be the fastest BB browser I have seen thus far. Now when Skyfire or Firefox finally comes out for BB's, I would say a speed test/comparison is in order. hint

Given the extremely large number of users that wanted to try BOLT, we experienced some  delays in processing key requests.  We have worked through the weekend and emails are on their way to you. You can also ensure a key by filing our the form again at http://www.boltbrowser.com/download.html. Bitstream support is giving their utmost attention to all requests.
Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

Yep, just registered and used your the referral code. I chose to sign up with my T-Mobile G1 device. I wonder how that will work out?

Thanks!

Yep, just registered and used your the referral code. I chose to sign up with my T-Mobile G1 device. I wonder how that will work out?

Thanks!

I signed up close to half an hour ago, and I still haven't received my download link. Could the 1,000 free beta copy already expired? Or was it my carrier Rogers? I would love to try this out.

Ok, so I'm going to vent for a sentence or two: I hate spammers...

I am at work and do not have access to my emails, so I have to go to my yahoo account on my blackberry to see the spam folder. And what do I find? Of course, spam emails. But here is the pisser, all of them, for pages and pages, are dated 2037, or something. This keeps those spam emails at the top of the lot.

The problem with this is if the Bolt email WAS sent to my spam mail, it would be pushed to the bottom by these emails dated sometime years from now.

Changing from page to page in yahoo, going through all the spam email, at work, is a pain in the bottom!!!

I just hope it didn't go to my spam and they are just altering it to better suit my carrier (Sprint) and BB model. (Curve 8330).

Let's see.

WCM

I have a 8330 on Sprint and have no problems with this browser.
i got my link about 5 minutes after requesting it and it downloaded and worked great from the beginning.
i hope you get something soon it is a nice browser.

I signed up about 4 hours ago and got nothing, but I'm hearing that some people have gotten their link in 5 minutes. I guess some people just won't be getting it for whatever reason.

Given the extremely large number of users that wanted to try BOLT, we experienced some  delays in processing key requests.  We have worked through the weekend and emails are on their way to you. You can also ensure a key by filing our the form again at http://www.boltbrowser.com/download.html. Bitstream support is giving their utmost attention to all requests.
Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

Got my link fairly quickly (10 min or so). Sorry to those that haven't received one yet.

I have gone to a few sites. So far, super fast with minimal problems. I would prefer if I still had to click the Storm screen rather than be touch sensitive. I have mistakenly clicked a link when trying to swipe the page because of this.

Other than that, great so far!

Got my link this morning, finally played around with it on the Storm. I like it so far...takes some getting used to but it seems much faster for sure!

I signed up at 7:17 this morning and its now 11:50 aqnd i still havent receieved an email .. should i be concerned?

I signed up right at 8a.m. crbogart, so I'm a bit concerned as well. Especially after hearing about everyone else getting their's.

i just signed up again just incase.. i guess im an impatient a ss. got the same message to be patient, lol

Signed up at 10:40 eastern time. Just got mine at 11:30. The browser definitely has some beta flaws, but it is blazing fast when compared with the native browser on my Storm 9530. Bolt leaves it in the dust!!! I agree with the other post about wishing you had to click in order to select things rather than just touch. Makes me appreciate my storm.

This browser really rides out, I can't believe how fast it is. Good stuff, thanks for hooking us up!

Signed up at 11am, got the link 10-15mins later in my email. Good stuff, loads quickly. My only gripe is using the trackball on my 8330 to navigate around the screen is UBER SLOW.

I receive the same installation error as others (Some issue in query: URL Expired) when trying to install the unsigned build on my storm. I cleared my cache, etc and have no idea how to make it work. I'm beginning to wonder if they still sent the beta link, but somehow know that the 1000 installs have been completed. I first tried the install at about 8:00 am est this morning. Could this be the reason for the "URL Expired error?"

this browser is very nice on the storm, sometimes hard to click items though, almost feels like a desktop.

It feels like I'm waiting for my golden ticket to arrive. Can't wait to check it out, if I'm one of the lucky ones.

I signed up early this morning and heard nothing from them (yet). I tried again after the automated update announcement and am getting the 500 error (which is a database error, btw). Hopefully they will get it fixed soon.

everytime i hit submit this is what i get!

Internal Server Error

The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

Please contact the server administrator, bitstrea@pair.com and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

More information about this error may be available in the server error log.

...but I signed up at 10 this morning and got my email by 10:30. Just downloaded (1:00) It is noticeably faster at building pages, but navigation is way too choppy with the track ball. It needs to be much more fluid. You can navigate with the keypad faster, but not precisely. It certainly has potential though...

I woke up at 5:30 EST this morning and read the Bolt article on here. Headed right over to their website and entered my beta application. It is now 1:20 P.M. and I still haven't received a link. My friend, who I emailed the link too, did it also around 7:30 in the morning and he too hasn't received a link yet. However some of you who applied at 10 and 11 o'clock today have all ready received it. Talk about garbage!

Send me my link Bolt!

Anyone else getting the stupid Internal Server Error every time they click on the "download" link after putting in their info? Lame...

Don't they realized that putting up a beta of this importance would cause chaos, don't they know people are thirsty for true fast mobile browsing? What where they thinking?

I keep getting a Server Error message!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! will keep trying. If they've given them all away they should say so... =(

Couldn't they just post that they gave them all out instead of the error and giving us false hope that it may be fixed and there's still a chance to get a link?? :P

Don't they realized that putting up a beta of this importance would cause chaos, don't they know people are thirsty for true fast mobile browsing? What where they thinking?

I went to the link shortly after this was posted. There was only one other comment so I am sure that I was in time considering people several hours later have gotten theirs. I'll keep waiting, just like the email for Peek-A-Who.

Thus far I am impressed with the load time. Unfortunately, the cursor movement is slow and choppy. Perhaps it is due to the fact that I have a Pearl 8130 that has much less in terms of memory then the upper level Blackberry phones.

I got my download links from BOLT but I cant download!!

Dual Signed Build: I get to the download screen but download immediately fails when I click Download. (909 Application authentication failure)

VeriSign Signed Build: Takes me to a screen that says, "ERROR: Some issue in query: URL Expired"

^^Same for Thawte Signed Build.

Any Suggestions??

Try the unsigned build. That worked for me and it's the one that Bitstream recommends in their FAQ on their website.

Hi,

Thanks for your interest in Bitstream's BOLT browser technology.

We are sorry for the inconvenience caused and appreciate your patience. The key is one-time use only so if you accidently hit it within your email program, you may find the key unusable.  If you have this problem, please sign up again at http://www.boltbrowser.com/download.html and you will receive a new key. Please note that all urls are one time usable

Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

I applied 6-7 hours ago and nothing, then they add 1,500 more copies, still nothing, then other ATT Bold people that register after me get it in 15 minutes. Who needs them!

Man, this is AND BY FAR the best browser I've ever tested on a BlackBerry. This is what my BOLD was missing: a REAL Internet Browser. Now that I have BOLT I can forget about my other phones.

THANK YOU BITSTREAM you made me REALLY happy.

Jeez I'm HAPPY!!!!!!!

you guys have brought the server down

ha ha ha ha

well done Kev, now they are gonna hate you for that,

but that browser looks freaking awesome, cant wait to test it on my storm

Hi,

Thanks for your interest in Bitstream's BOLT browser technology.

We are sorry for the inconvenience caused and appreciate your patience. The key is one-time use only so if you accidently hit it within your email program, you may find the key unusable.  If you have this problem, please sign up again at http://www.boltbrowser.com/download.html and you will receive a new key. Please note that all urls are one time usable

Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

got the link in about an hour, and loaded it to my Storm 9530 and its rocket fast, really quick load, and works really well in landscape view, the only thing i have with it, is that it doesnt seem to want to work with my back button, i cannot use the back button to go back a page, but i can however use the back button in the menu, any one else having this trouble? and is there a fix, please let me know

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Hey timbatty, i think you are right. I had the same issue. I am assuming that the back or escape key on the BB does not work with the browser, only by going thru the BB menu and clicking back. That is one downfall imo.

Thank you for your comment. Our engineering team has seen your suggestion for key strokes and is already working on improving usability for Blackberry devices, including the Storm.
Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

Internal Server Error

The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

Please contact the server administrator, bitstrea@pair.com and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

More information about this error may be available in the server error log.

i got too excited and didnt read da entire email and clicked dualsigned first instead of unsigned.. and now my link is expired.. is there anyway to have them resend me one??

Hi,

Thanks for your interest in Bitstream's BOLT browser technology.

We are sorry for the inconvenience caused and appreciate your patience. The key is one-time use only so if you accidently hit it within your email program, you may find the key unusable.  If you have this problem, please sign up again at http://www.boltbrowser.com/download.html and you will receive a new key. Please note that all urls are one time usable

Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

Internal Server Error
The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

Please contact the server administrator, bitstrea@pair.com and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

More information about this error may be available in the server error log.

This is FAST. It has the potential to be very useful to Storm users if it gets optimized for Storm. Without optimization it is fast but problematical. The "touch to link" makes for many accidental trips to links you may not want to open as you try to scroll around the screens. Optimizing to "touch to select - then click to go", would be perfect.

Other problems include having to use the menu to do things Storm can do with gestures or taps (i.e. tapping to magnify instead of opening the menu, selecting magnification then the magnification size, which I could not get to work anyway) and not being able to use the Back button (instead of having to open menu and select back.)

This is a beta and I assume that eventually it will be optimized with a Storm version that fully utilized the capabilities of the device. Until then, this is a very fast browser but takes some patience using (and a pair of magnifying glasses for us older users.)

They need to get there ducks in a row, if there is no more beta remove the link from the site so people don't waste there time trying over and over.

I hope everyone that has it noticed that you can use (s) to go left and (x) to go down (e) to move up and (f) to move to the right ......
it works pretty good so far

Scrolling speed and control (especially on the trackball) is an issue that is dependent upon the device.  As this is an area that we would like improve on in our next releases, please let us know if you are having any scrolling issues and which Blackberry device you are using.  Also, if you were lucky enough to be part of the first wave of adopters, you may see some improvement in scrolling if you download a new release at http://www.boltbrowser.com/download.html.  We did make some improvements based on initial comments received during the first day of launch.  We also have faster scrolling using 2 -up, 8-down, 4 -left and 6-right as these keys are not device dependent.
Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

I want it and so does the wife but the sites getting so many hits it keeps kicking me out! I even tried this morning and haven't yet gotten an email. Just tried again and it just kicks me out... ARGH!!!

Site is back up but when I hit submit I get this error

Forbidden

You don't have permission to access /cgi-bin/dcgi on this server.

Site is back up but when I hit submit I get this error

Forbidden

You don't have permission to access /cgi-bin/dcgi on this server.

i still like Opera for a variety of reasons, SO FAR...but this thing could be a viable alternative when they work out the kinks, it is beta after all...a few observations:

- bbcnews.com: a site I go to quite often, has a scrolling ticker with the LATEST news...this doesn't work on BB or Opera, so I was hoping it would on BOLT, but it doesn't...

- gmail: Opera browser does a much better job of rendering gmail AND allowing downloads. Bolt would not let me download a file (actually, it prompted me that I would need to start the native BB browser when I clicked on the Download link, and then died).

- the whole thing about youtube clips and so on, i went to a site with embedded youtube video...after clicking on the 'play' button, a Bolt prompt says that it will launch in your phone's media player...i click 'Launch' and BB player opens but I always get an error...I didn't try going through youtube directly yet...

Well I put in for the beta last night when kevin posted this and still nothing from them.

Oh well, the Bolt browser will NEVER make it on my phone. I don't use Mickey Mouse companies' applications. If you can't handle sending a link you sure as hell aren't ready for prime time. Bolt can blow it out their ass.

NEXT!

I like beta testing. Did it with Viigo and they actually added some of the features I said would be good to integrate. I want to beta test this too since I'm not too keen on Opera Mini or BB Browser but I'm getting the "forbidden" message...

Given the extremely large number of users that wanted to try BOLT, we experienced some  delays in processing key requests.  We have worked through the weekend and emails are on their way to you. You can also ensure a key by filing our the form again at http://www.boltbrowser.com/download.html. Bitstream support is giving their utmost attention to all requests.
Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

This is John Sidline of the Bitstream PR team. I want to thank the readers of CrackBerry.com for their enthusiastic response to the BOLT browser. But I also need to let readers know the status of the private beta program now underway. We completely underestimated the response we'd get to the beta. Initially we had a manual process in place to distrubte download links. But we were quickly overwhelmed by requests for BOLT so we switched to an automated process at about 9:00 AM Eastern today. Sometime after noon Eastern today, the server handling the downloads "blew up." We are now in the process of switching over to a dedicated server we're confident can handle the demand. We appreciate everyone's patience. We expect the new server to be online by 4:00 PM Eastern today. Also, to those who have already downloaded BOLT, a big thank you. From feedback we've received just since yesterday we've already made improvements to BOLT, and our beta is only about 24 hours old.

You knew exactly how many invites you were giving out. How can you say you didn't expect so many???? Maybe if you didn't post the invites ALL OVER the internet you wouldn't have so many issues with a CLOSED BETA.

I want to thank Bolt ...for nothing.

Cut the dude some slack, how could they know how many people were gonna attempt to sign up for this thing? Im sure they didnt expect us to blow up a server. Many a company has underestimated the crack. You should learn patience, and respect Marine, if you really are one.

They're the ones who offered this invite thing to multiple websites. I don't know, call me crazy, but wouldn't it have made more sense to roll out the invites a tad more slowly if they couldn't handle the load? They, above everyone, are not stupid. They knew damn well what the response would be to a new blackberry browser. The idea that they're surprised is a bunch of crap.

First impressions are everything and I must say I'm already unimpressed with this company.

And yes I was in the Marines. :)

Dude, shit like this happens ALL THE TIME with beta releases... yes they expected to give out 1000 passes, but not within the span of an hour or less at 4 in the morning... get over it...
They offer you some sweet free software and all you can do is complain about the company. If you don't like your first impression, then don't use the software... theres no reason to get pissy about it... its not like they took your money or anything... jeez...

Dude, they gave out MORE than a thousand invites. They also gave invites to another site besides CrackBerry. They should not have been throwing around invites like candy if they couldn't fulfill them.

Waiting 12 hours for a friggin link? Then, instead of just saying sorry, they lay this bullshit about not expecting the demand that comes from posting invites all over the internet.

This sweet software you speak of is nothing more than vaporware to me. AND they're already touting how they've made improvements already!!! Sound like a salesman much??? Try getting people their invite links before telling me how much your already improving the product since releasing the beta!!!

Alright well its time to stop complaining, and just check it out... the site is back up, and I received my download link instantly. I think Opera Mini is definitely still better, but with some refinements, this browser could be great... better than any other mobile browser... I'm just amazed that I can finally play youtube videos on my BB... that is what I like best about Bolt (and why I will likely never uninstall it). It would be nice if it had a magnification pane or whatever u call it like Opera Mini does (my biggest complaint), but the scrolling is relatively fast on Bolt, and it gets the job done. Pages do load noticeably faster, so I really think Bolt delivers...

Given the extremely large number of users that wanted to try BOLT, we experienced some  delays in processing key requests.  We have worked through the weekend and emails are on their way to you. You can also ensure a key by filing our the form again at http://www.boltbrowser.com/download.html. Bitstream support is giving their utmost attention to all requests.
Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

One less whiney post we'll have to read from a "marine". What is it with people and their "gotta have it now" ... "my way, right away" ... instant gratification complex.

I'll patiently wait for my download and give it a shot. It looks like they have something good going on and I'm sure it will be worth the wait.

Funny thing, if they push it out early and it's all hosed up... I bet I will know who has the first comment complaining about it!

Grow up, kiddo.

Like I said, he's already posting touting how they've already improved the product. Don't come here after issuing invites ALL OVER THE INTERNET, then claim you can't handle the load, and at the same time tout how well you're improving the product.

I seriously doubt they can handle any improvements to the software while they're trying to get the servers and invites squared away. That's called blowing smoke up our asses and the last thing I want to hear from them right now is a sales pitch!

Like I said, he's already posting touting how they've already improved the product. Don't come here after issuing invites ALL OVER THE INTERNET, then claim you can't handle the load, and at the same time tout how well you're improving the product.

I seriously doubt they can handle any improvements to the software while they're trying to get the servers and invites squared away. That's called blowing smoke up our asses and the last thing I want to hear from them right now is a sales pitch!

Like I said, he's already posting touting how they've already improved the product. Don't come here after issuing invites ALL OVER THE INTERNET, then claim you can't handle the load, and at the same time tout how well you're improving the product.

I seriously doubt they can handle any improvements to the software while they're trying to get the servers and invites squared away. That's called blowing smoke up our asses and the last thing I want to hear from them right now is a sales pitch!

Like I said, he's already posting touting how they've already improved the product. Don't come here after issuing invites ALL OVER THE INTERNET, then claim you can't handle the load, and at the same time tout how well you're improving the product.

I seriously doubt they can handle any improvements to the software while they're trying to get the servers and invites squared away. That's called blowing smoke up our asses and the last thing I want to hear from them right now is a sales pitch!

Given the extremely large number of users that wanted to try BOLT, we experienced some  delays in processing key requests.  We have worked through the weekend and emails are on their way to you. You can also ensure a key by filing our the form again at http://www.boltbrowser.com/download.html. Bitstream support is giving their utmost attention to all requests.
Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

Given the extremely large number of users that wanted to try BOLT, we experienced some  delays in processing key requests.  We have worked through the weekend and emails are on their way to you. You can also ensure a key by filing our the form again at http://www.boltbrowser.com/download.html. Bitstream support is giving their utmost attention to all requests.
Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

I've noticed it turns off suretype. Anyone else? I'd like to see a Storm optimized version, but I like it so far. Pages render quickly, navigate easily. Good luck to the Bolt team.

Hi,

Thanks for your interest in Bitstream's BOLT browser technology.

We are sorry for the inconvenience caused and appreciate your patience. The key is one-time use only so if you accidently hit it within your email program, you may find the key unusable.  If you have this problem, please sign up again at http://www.boltbrowser.com/download.html and you will receive a new key. Please note that all urls are one time usable

Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

Just came back from a smoke break and figured i'd give a quick update. I just went to the desktop version of myspace and it was beautiful. It loaded fast. i was able to get others profiles to load fast. Looked a comments and so forth. Looked very nice and crystal clear.

Login was a little bit of a pain, because when you click on the field to enter your info, the web page goes away and you are taken to just a screen with your keyboard and a place to type. Then you have to click your menu key and click OK. After that you get to your password field. Samething, taken to screen, type, click menu, click OK. Then you click Login. This is where a minor issue came. For myspace, you then have to enter that security key. Hope you have a good memory or a piece of paper to write it down. The screen goes away and you have to enter the code on the screen with the keyboard.

Its not a big deal, just would have been easier if the screen would stay put and you could see what you are typing.

Anyway, I did try and log onto my bank also and was unable to. i kept getting an error.

Still had an issue with selecting links without actually clicking. This was one reason i did not want an iFanboy phone. I like the sure press technology. Anywhoooo....

more to come later.

Is the boltbrowser.com site down? I cannot seem to get the link to work at all and have been trying to get another download link.
I never got a reply or email from my initial/original request at 0400 never came to anything at all.

Just wondering what could be going on and how I could get a request in to get a private beta.

i AM STILL trying to get it and have been all day. I am guessing if the company has good PR we are going to see an availability which will be unlimited for a week or so to make up for the 10s of thousands of Crackberriers that are missing out. I know I for one would not be paying in the future for it if I miss out on the free beta due to server error...here is hoping.

I signed up at about 8 this morning and never recieved anything, and signed up again later in the day. He did say that they would get them out. So now just have to wait.

I got the link, but for some reason, I can't access it??? The browser either times out or it says that the server is busy.

I received my beta email, but the download link to the unsigned version and the beta web site are both down.

Even the email address support@boltbrowser.com is bouncing, and the home page is also down.

LOL. Well, I guess CB has grown to the point where it now has a Digg-effect (let's call it the CB-effect) on small providers, like BOLT. :)

I hope everything is working soon. Cheers.

Site is back up but I am getting this when I submit for the download link

Internal Server Error

The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

Please contact the server administrator, bitstrea@pair.com and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

More information about this error may be available in the server error log.

Any Ideas?

>>Any Ideas?

Keep trying. Or, give them an hour or two to work out the kinks at the server.

I just clicked on the download link again, and it started the download. The download is slow, though.

And...voila...it installed and BOLT is running on my Curve 8330. Nice. :)

i can confirm its working again. i received my email moments after submitting the form. i look forward to testing it out.

And man, after I hit submit, it was like the mail was instantly sent to me... going to check things out further now.

BB button shows I have WIFI on my Storm 9530... This is the GREATEST program ever! J/k, I know its beta : ) Looks great though, hopefully a Storm optimized version will make it out of beta. Thanks again.

I'd like to know how to scroll down as fast as Kevin did in his video. My scrolling isn't nearly as fast on a Curve 8330.

Still, it's nice.

Scrolling speed and control (especially on the trackball) is an issue that is dependent upon the device.  As this is an area that we would like improve on in our next releases, please let us know if you are having any scrolling issues and which Blackberry device you are using.  Also, if you were lucky enough to be part of the first wave of adopters, you may see some improvement in scrolling if you download a new release at http://www.boltbrowser.com/download.html.  We did make some improvements based on initial comments received during the first day of launch.  We also have faster scrolling using 2 -up, 8-down, 4 -left and 6-right as these keys are not device dependent.
Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

however when i try going to a page an error shows up at the bottom saying internet not available.check network services. any one else get this?

Hi,

Thank you for your interest in Bitstream's BOLT browser technology.

We are sorry for the inconvenience caused and appreciate your patience. We will try to fix this in next releases, in the mean time you can try this solution on your device.

In order to use BOLT browser on your Blackberry device, you must first establish a Blackberry Access Point Name (APN). An APN is a General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) or high-speed connection provided by your telecom operator. If your phone is not set up with an APN, you may add one
manually.

To add an APN:

1. Where is the APN:

- on most of the Blackberry devices, APN is in Options -> TCP
- on 71XX series BlackBerry devices, APN is in Tools -> Settings -> TCP
- on 87XX series BlackBerry devices, APN is in Settings -> Options ->
Advanced Options -> TCP

2. Fill the APN field
3. Fill the Username/Password field
4. Once you have saved the APN information, you should reboot your Blackberry device by removing and reinserting the battery.

Please note that APN settings are carrier specific and can differ depending on the carrier service being used.

For more information about APN and its setup, please see the documentation for your Blackberry device or contact your network operator or service provider.

We're listening to all the feedback to make BOLT even better, and we appreciate all that feedback.

Thanks,
BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
support@boltbrowser.com

just got my link!!! just got my link!!! i have only spent about 10 minutes on it but holy crap is it fast. i am on the storm but i would venture to say it is faster than wifi!! so pumped right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Like daryl I'm having problems downloading the unsigned version. I get the ERROR: Some issue in query: URL Expired

I just got my dl link about 10 minutes ago.

nategiggity - I also have a Storm. How were you able to dl and install?

Like daryl I'm having problems downloading the unsigned version. I get the ERROR: Some issue in query: URL Expired

I just got my dl link about 10 minutes ago.

nategiggity - I also have a Storm. How were you able to dl and install?

received my download link and downloaded the unsigned version. didn't really do anything special. i am running version 4.7.0.86 if that makes a difference. good luck!!

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