Rogers Bold 9700 Getting OTA Update to OS Today

By Adam Zeis on 9 Apr 2010 11:59 am EDT

Rogers Bold 9700

We just got word that Rogers customers with a Bold 9700 with have a first in Canada today. Rogers will be rolling out an OTA update to OS version for the 9700. Anyone on an official Rogers OS will be able to upgrade via the wireless update option to the new device software. We're not sure exactly what time the update will be available (if its not already) so be sure to leave a comment if you see something pop up. To check for the software availability, go to Options > Advanced Options > Wireless Update on your device (keep in mind you'll have to be running an official OS to see the update). If you've never used the feature before, check out our BlackBerry 101 on using the wireless update from your device. Unfortunately the OS is pretty old, so if you're looking for something a little newer you can download the latest leaked 9700 OS. You can read the official announcement after the jump.

Just a heads up that starting today (April 9), Rogers BlackBerry Bold 9700 customers will be the first in Canada to be able to upgrade their OS via Over-The-Air Software Loading (OTASL).

These customers can upgrade from BlackBerry Handheld Software v. 5.0 to v., which should improve overall performance. Future OS versions will be made available via OTASL as well.

Data used during the OTASL won't be charged to customers' data bucket. Updates can also be done over Wi-Fi as well as via BlackBerry Desktop Manager.

To update via OTASL, customers must have a BlackBerry Bold 9700 running BlackBerry Handheld Software v.5.0 and a BIS (not BIS Lite) or BES data plan. Those who'd like to update should keep the following in mind:

  • Like with Desktop Manager, the process takes approximately 45 minutes to two hours. We recommend customers update during a period of downtime or schedule it to install overnight.
  • The OTASL cannot be done outside of Canada
  • Ensure your device has enough battery power (50% minimum required).OTASL can withstand power interruptions, but it's recommended to do all at once.
  • BES customers ability to upgrade is determined by their BES administrator

How it works:
1. After April 9, BlackBerry Bold 9700 users can upgrade by selecting Menu > Options > Advanced Options > Wireless Update.

2. Follow the instructions as indicated

a. Click "Next"
b. "Update to"
c. Click "Next" Again
d. "Save"
e. "Start download"
f. You can "pause download" as required

When is OTASL coming to other devices?
We're working to bring OTASL to devices that can accommodate them. Later this year, Rogers will enable BlackBerry 9000, 8520 and 8900 to perform OTASL after they've upgraded to 5.0 via Desktop Manager.

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Reader comments

Rogers Bold 9700 Getting OTA Update to OS Today


Came with 351 pre-installed on it. Got it 1 month ago. Now I'm running in true fashion.

This is my second 9700, both came preloaded with 351. THis is pathetic i guess, but atleast they are enabling OTA.

I almost had a pre-mature ejaculation when I saw an update cause I thought..FINALYY!!! then realized I am already running that OS. With all the Leaks, I am feeling left out...

why would they release an update (regardless if its OTA or not) that comes pre installed on all bolds. I picked mine up in Jan and its had .351.

why would they release an update (regardless if its OTA or not) that comes pre installed on all bolds. I picked mine up in Jan and its had .351.

Dear god! An OTA update on an OS from Rogers? Wow. I never thought I'd see the day... it's a Festivus Miracle!

Oh wait... it's the same OS that comes pre-loaded on the 9700.


Hey this is Robbers we are talking about, I am positive this will somehow, someway, increase price of service!!
Good times!!

my 9700 came with that os.... why would it be an update?
anyways i stopped waiting for rogers since my 8900... im running .545 with no issues... everyone, dont be scared to run another cariers OS....they work fine, and your missing out ....

I just checked the Wireless Update option on my 9000 and it usually states that no updates are available... not it is just stuck checking... I wonder if something is coming for the 9000 too?

I got my 9700 within a week of it being shipped with

Just saying, so its not completely useless

Huh? Doesn't Rogers already know that .351 already came with the 9700? Or do they mean that they'll be offering another OS update from .351? I've long since gotten the latest official OS via another carrier.

I used it for a few days. It seemed slightly laggy though. Being that it's not an official release, I decided to downgrade to .586, which is the latest official release supported by RIM. That seems to be running much smoother on my BlackBerry. Internet browsing seems to be a bit faster, both by 3G and Wi-Fi on this version.

i checked for the wireless update, nothing yet. I have .321 I got my phone the first day the 9700 came out and am too lazy to update.. so this may be useful. Not completely useless

This is dumb. I got my 9700 in December and it came with is "update" already running. I wish they'd bring us into the present and update us to one of the higher versions.


Just want to clarify one thing with the OTA update. Yes, newer devices will already have the latest software certified. However, there are a lot of devices that were sold before with the older software which this OTASL will benefit.

We will continue to provide the latest OS's via OTASL when they are certified.


So will all of you stop complaining as this update is needed for some of us !

Wow I have never seen a bigger bunch of babies crying over nothing.