T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Torch 9810 OS 7.1 updates now available

By Bla1ze on 13 Mar 2012 10:06 pm EDT
BlackBerry 7.1

After a few false starts, T-Mobile has now gone ahead and announced the official availability of BlackBerry 7.1 for both the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and BlackBerry Torch 9810. With them officially supporting it now, they're making use of some of the great features built into BlackBerry 7.1:

The new BlackBerry OS 7.1 has the following features.

  • Wi-Fi Calling: Allows you to make calls over a Wi-Fi network. Does not support handoffs to cell network, so calls will drop when you leave the Wi-Fi coverage.
  • Mobile HotSpot/USB tethering: Allows you to connect up to five devices to the internet through your BlackBerry device.
  • Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS): A personalized emergency alert system designed to alert people of nearby threats or emergencies.
  • BBM Music: A new feature that lets you download 50 tracks when you sign up and up to 25 tracks per month.
  • Bing search: Device searches also uses Bing to provide additional search results.
  • BlackBerry Device Analyzer: Lets you perform diagnostic tests to check for errors or issues, which can help you resolve device problems without having to call Customer Care. Check out the What is the BlackBerry Device Analyzer to learn more.

You can check for updates right now on your devices or fire up desktop manager to grab the update. If you prefer downloadng it later and doing it yourself, you can grab the install files from the links below for OS

Download OS for the BlackBerry Bold 9900
Download OS for the BlackBerry Torch 9810

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T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Torch 9810 OS 7.1 updates now available


You would have to delete the vendor file anyway if you were putting it on any other carrier than tmobile, but I don't think wifi calling will work for att. I have att too but and would love for it to. I'm pretty sure it won't though. Don't quote me. Lol.

The beta zone build is In any event some users are posting that it is also an available upgrade option right now is hands down a lot better. The wifi calling is more stable and i'm glad they decided to remove the stupid name id junk off the phone

Well I hate to break it to you, but if you think is better than, it is a placebo effect. They are the same thing! When it was originally released, it was labeled incorrectly as, but this was later corrected, and a message posted saying "The OS version is not It is OS We apologize for this error."

I messed up! I have the habit of not creating a backup prior to updating since my previous updates have always restored my data as the final step of the update process. Not this time, all of my e-mails, texts, phonebook, recent calls are gone. It is my fault for not creating a backup. I guess when something can go wrong, it will!

Just to let everywhere know who don't visit the forums, a lot of people are claiming to have problems with their BIS with this official build. I recommend visiting the forum link to see what's going on before upgrading.

My Mac's older and doesn't have an intel processor, when I looked at doing it I needed an intel chip to install...

So no NFC, but thank goodness everyone gets BBM music pre-installed... I'm sure nobody on TMO wants to try out BlackBerry Tag or anything.

It either isn't true, or the upgrade has been pulled by Bell Mobility. Tried at 8:40am EST (Mar 14), no 7.1 upgrade option either via download or the Desktop Manager.

Update: it is available from Bell Mobility Over The Air.

I'm getting this message from the last link for the 9900:

You don't have permission to access /bb/OSs/9900jAllLang_PBr7.1.0_rel998_PL5.1.0.230_A7.1.0.284.exe on this server.

Apache/2.2.3 (Red Hat) Server at www.theiexplorers.com Port 80

Downloaded and installed fine, except for bb travel and bb protect (of the only rim apps I have installed) are not working. When they try connect to register it says I do not have BIS connection and data connection problem and to contact network provider. I contacted tmobile (but not in time to connect me to upper eschelon tech support apparently) and tmobile could not understand why I would have bis/data connection error when I can connect to internet for everything else.

I installed it successfully and it seems like the boot up times are noticeably faster.
everything else is reasonably the same except now we also have the analyzer thing that will test certain things in your phone. I am on bell so i have NFC. :)

i finally have it and downloading it now, i certainly hope to not be pissed off if it kills my second 9810 my first was killed with a otterbox now, i just hope it actually works

So is this working fine for people on other networks? I have been reading Tmobile users are having issues with BIS and Bb Protect etc.

looks like it killed my phone 2 hours and 4 battery pulls and still stuck on 16% of "backing up your data", can i blame the republicans and the ford motor comapany

The links no longer work, also does anyone know what happened to Desktop Manager 7, it seems to have been pulled from RIM's website? Thanks, David

updated, but didn't see any difference except mobile hotspot.
it asking APN to use mobile hotspot but I don't know which APN that I have to use, use my local provider's but no luck

where is wifi calling and etc?

sorry guys, some correction, my 7.1 has battery saving mode & device analyzer beside the mobile hotspot.
tested mobile hotspot, its free using blackberry's APN

but still no wifi calling.
and no blackberry traffic also :(

Does anyone know whether or not the update on the 9810 provides the mobile hotspot for AT&T users that upload this? And is it free?!?!?! Lol

Delete the vendor.xml file like you would any other OS install (or has been said many a time in the forums if you do a search) and you'll be good to go.

So, this is a first...Mac user and as soon as i plugged in usb was prompted that there was an update. installed without any problems. I cant believe it was this easy. nice move TMO


People on other carriers, you can also use T-mobile's OS to upload it on your Blackberry.
Download the file, run the EXE file.
Then let it install some things on your computer. Once it's done, goto Computer --> Program Files --> Common Files --> Research In Motion --> App loader --> find the file VENDOR.
Delete the VENDOR file, then run APP LOADER.
Then you'll be good to install the new OS on your device with other carriers.

So you don't need to be waiting for the update from the carrier you use, just download any OS and do as I explained...

Update: I reported earlier not having data connection and bis connectivity problems with bb travel and bb protect.
Now - it all appears to be working perfectly. Not sure what happened overnight, but, it works this morning. Everything else seems to work great too.

I upgraded last night and have HIS issues with bb travel and bb protect. Read in the forums that many tmobile customers are having trouble with the same issues. I also had a problem with bridge but was able to delete and reinstall and it worked well. Not that luck with the travel and protect apps.

It would be nice if people can differentiate the issues whether they are with 9900 or 9810. From what I have read, BB protects, BIS etc so far only have been the case with 9900.

So, I am a little bit confuse and very hesitate to update my 9810 should the issues are the same on both 9900 and 9810.

Downloading slowly now
whats the difference between .267 & .284?
anyone have WIFI calling working with ROGERS?

I downloaded the t-mobile os 7.1 for 9900 but am using a vodacom bold 9900. I installed the OS, and I deleted the "vendor.xml" but still the desktop software did not brng out the new os 7.1,I also tried using the loader.exe. Same tin happened. I didn't brng it also. Someone shld hlp me pls. :(

I have been using this release all day and i'm pretty impressed. The battery life is as good as .267 if not better, the OS seems to run a lot quicker, opening apps and web pages seems quicker. I've not experienced any of the problems reported with BIS on BB protect or any other issues up to now. Seems to be a good build all round.

I have a Torch 9810 on ROGERS, Loaded flawlessly.

- OS seems to boot up faster than previous version. Boots up in 1m 24 secs.
- Mobile Hotspot boots a little faster, works great.
- Mobile media server works great.
- BlackBerry Device Analyzer is a neat new feature. Built in Battery Analyzer too! Speaker test didn't work.
- Battery saving mode

Great update, ZERO issues yet, HIGHLY recommend this!!!!

how did you get past being stuck during the back up?.. i have a 9810 from rogers and cant seem to get beyond the back to update my phone :(

Very nice, working smoothly on my 9900 with fido here in Canada -just delete the vendor xl file.. The battery is much improved now

I got T-Mobile and blackberry bold 9900 in the netherlands, but when I try to update it in my phone I get a message that there is no update available and also when I try it with my blackberry desktop manager. Can some one help me?

FINALLY got this thing to download.. and the one feature i wanted to work.. doesnt.. work!...

friggin mobile hospot dosn't work.. ANYONE else on a rogers 9810 have this issue and or knows how to fix it??

It was working after 6 hours off line, better than I thought not as good as I hoped it would be, I did mine ota and works

I replaced a smooth running leaked 7.1 with this T-Mobile official update. Pure lag! One would think with all the time they took to get it right upon release, it would run better, or at least as good on a T-mobile phone as an unofficial update. There were no glitches in the fairly quick (38 min) install. Unfortunately, the user experience from there has been, for the first time on my Bold 9900, below par. It's been 3 days and still pretty much every app is running slower, and freezing up on me. Yes, I've done all the necessary cleaning and troubleshooting..no change. Way to go T-mo!
~Berry Veteran

Also, if you're on this update (T-mobile), and having trouble with wi-fi calling like me, try turning off your network connection and work strictly off the wi-fi. Everything (emails,bbm, text, calling, web, etc.) works substantially better for me when doing so. Just remember to re-check the network connection when leaving your wi-fi area.

I updated to OS today for 9900. I came from since that is my carrier's (Globe telecom) latest update.

Overall, my experience with this update is smooth. I used BBHTool to shrink the OS installer and removed the stuff that I don't need (i.e. other languages aside from us english, social feeds, etc).

It's faster than 7.0.. Not so sure if it's faster than the previous 7.1 releases.
Everything is working fine for me! :)

Brix Dy
I have the and it has great battery life. Let me know if this is worth the update to .284. let me know if there some issues. BB 9900 Globe Telecom

i got an macbook .. and a rogers bold 9900 how do i update this new software ?
i search for updates and no luck any ideas >?

BlackBerry Protect NOT working on my TMo 9900 Bold, with OS
Everything else, is fine

So I downloaded the OS and can see it on my PC, but BBSAK doesn't see it and DTM doesn't either. Can anyone tell me how to access it?