Verizon BlackBerry Curve 8530 OS Update On the Way?

Curve 8530 Update
By Adam Zeis on 12 Mar 2010 11:59 am EST

It looks like Verizon will be bringing Curve 8530 users a special treat coming soon. We got our hands on a PDF that shows an update to OS is on the way. No exact date is mentioned for the release, but it should be within the next week or two.  Highlights of the update include:

  • Simplified lock-key function
  • Overall improvements to battery life
  • Improved video streaming
  • Improved Voice Activated Dialing function
  • Message enhancements
  • Bluetooth improvements 

This will be an official Verizon release for 8530 users. The document lists the download site as for the upgrade, but the page isn't live just yet. Stay tuned for more details on this one.

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Verizon BlackBerry Curve 8530 OS Update On the Way?


Hmmm....a 5.0 update for the 8530 which is 2 months old and still nothing for the 9630. BITE ME Verizon....grrr!

i Just dont understand this bullshit...the curve which already has the 5.0 is gettin a new update while the tour users are still eating shit?!....Eff verizon

i'm seriously considering just buying an android device.

as tour owners, this has to be like the 10th time we've gotten totally screwed.

and once again the 8350i is left out in the cold ... we need the update as promised as well to fix all the issues with current OS.

Man, I'm getting drunk off all the whiny tour owners! Put .419 on your tour! The OS works just fine! I've had it on mine since MTS went official with it. Nobody cares what you do or don't have, they only worry about themselves, and nobody on a crackberry forum is gonna influence VZW! SHUT UP!!!!!!!

I like this. It might be enough to force AT&T to finally offically role out 5.0 for the 8900. that means VVM for the 8900.

The 8530 needs some love shown to it. I mean, hell, try finding a good theme that is made for 8530. From what I have seen the 8530 is like the "step child" of the Blackberry family. Even if it is the step child...I still love mine.

I loved my 8530. But the battery was horrible. The 28th day after I got it, after new batteries, OS reinstall, changing screen settings, going bare bones, etc., I went through 3 batteries in one day. I was in Milwaukee, which is a large city and lots of towers. As much as I liked the phone, I ditched it for Storm 2. Glad I did, but this update would have kept me in it.

awesome! i feel bad for the Tour users though. hey i'll take improved battery life any day. i hope they update all these phones on a regular basis now.

I'm hoping the update will make it better for the video streaming. I noticed when I'm watching videos when a text message comes in, it interrupts what I'm watching & it has to start all over again! Anyone know if there's a way to turn off text msgs or a program or something so it doesn't interrupt the Vcast Videos or the YouTube videos?

Any suggestions would be great!

Does anyone know what "message enhancements" it fixes?

Like the text being off the screen at times, or when it says you have a new text, you can preview it by going into messages but when you click the message its white, and blank. You have to "Clear chat" then have the person re send the message.

It's a pain in the ass.